News Roundup: Book Signing in Norwich with Bishop Graham James; Cornerstone Ulverston Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day; Evangelical Press Update; and more…

WELCOME to the first UKCBD News Roundup of 2015, with very best wishes for the rest of the year. As usual it’s a mixed bag of news but more good than bad by far; in particular, I’d like to highlight Cornerstone Ulverston‘s window display for Holocaust Memorial Day: is this a first for a Christian bookshop? If not, then please leave a comment to set the record straight. And with Lent imminent, an opportunity to meet the Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, for the launch of his Lent Book in — yes, you’ve guessed it — Norwich.

Do you prefer your news in print? Then make sure you’re subscribed to Together magazine for all the latest every couple of months: as I said in November, If you’re not a subscriber, you’re missing out — and don’t miss the discussions between editions in the Together LinkedIn group.

The Lent Factor - Forty Companions for the Forty Days of Lent

The Lent Factor – Forty Companions for the Forty Days of Lent

Book Signing in Norwich with Bishop Graham James

Norwich Christian Resource Centrenow also known as Revelation Resource Centre — are hosting a book signing with the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, for the launch of his 2015 Lent Book, The Lent Factor – Forty Companions for the Forty Days of Lent (Mowbray/Bloomsbury, ISBN 9781408184042, £9.99; NCRC offer price, £9.00).

The event is free with complimentary refreshments: give them a shout via the facebook event page if you’d like to attend: 5pm, Monday 16 Feb 2015.

Cornerstone Ulverston Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day

Is this a first for a Christian bookshop? Cornerstone Books and Gifts, Ulverston, have dedicated their latest window display to Holocaust Memorial Day, which takes place every year on January 27th. It’s an event I’m familiar with due to my involvement with CCJ Hillingdon but this is the first time I know of that a Christian bookshop has commemorated the event. If I’m wrong, please leave a comment to set the record straight; but in any case, well done Cornerstone on helping to raise awareness of HMD in a new way. You’ll find a photo of the window and some reflections in their facebook group: Keep the Memory Alive — if you’re a bookseller, why not take inspiration from it for your own window?

Evangelical Press Update

It’s all change at Evangelical Press as the company’s contracts with Evangelical Times (publishing) and IVP (distribution) come to an end; a change of mailing address from Darlington, Co. Durham to Pistyll, Flintshire; and a new relationship with 10ofthose, who will be carrying the full range of EP books.

Graham Hind, Managing Director of EP, explains all here: Changes at Evangelical Press and Evangelical Times.

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Farewell to Falkirk Christian Bookshop: closing down sale ends Sat 31 Jan 2015

Farewell to Falkirk Christian Bookshop: closing down sale ends Sat 31 Jan 2015

Farewell to Falkirk Christian Bookshop

Falkirk Christian Bookshop — one of the four branches of Wesley Owen that survived the 2009 STL meltdown by going independent — have announced a 75% discount stock clearance sale as they prepare to close their doors for the last time on Saturday 31st January:

It is with considerable sadness that The Falkirk Christian Resources Trust has to announce the forthcoming closure of Falkirk Christian Bookshop.

From its opening just under five years ago in February 2010, Falkirk Christian Bookshop has served the local churches and wider community as a source of Christian literature, cards, gifts and multimedia, firstly as an independent bookshop and, since 2012, under the ownership of The Falkirk Christian Resources Trust (SCIO).

Many people have benefited from our ministry over this time as we have been able to publicise Christian events and initiatives in Falkirk and its surrounding area, and to resource churches, organisations and individuals to equip them for Christian living…

To all those who have worked so hard and given so much to keep the shop running over these last five years: I salute you. In the words of your Lord and mine, “Well done, good and faithful servants.” May you know his blessing and his love surrounding you during the uncertain days ahead.

The Mustard Seed, Banbury

The Mustard Seed, Banbury

New Home for Mustard Seed, Banbury

Banbury’s Mustard Seed Christian Bookshop has moved to new premises in St Mary’s Church, Banbury, amalgamating with the church’s gift shop. Keep track of their activities via their new twitter feed, complete with shop photos and more:

Updated UKCBD entry here: The Mustard Seed (St Mary’s Gift Shop), Banbury

Note to other booksellers: please remember to let me know when there are changes at your shop to ensure that your listing remains up to date. Thank you.

Take Note 2015 - Issue 1

Take Note 2015 – Issue 1

Take Note 2015 – Issue 1 Out Now!

The first 2015 issue of Take Note, the free instore magazine published by CLC, is out now and copies should be available from all participating bookshops. This issue brings us…

… books that speak both of God’s redeeming love for us and of how we can love Him and His people. There are modern day love stories, wise advice on marriage and relationships, and books to teach children about God’s love for them.

— all, of course, at the usual Take Note special offer prices. Pick up your copy from your nearest stockist or, if you prefer, read it online at issuu.com then contact your local store to place your order (if you’re a bookseller who isn’t taking part yet, contact CLC Wholesale for details: you’ll be glad you did).

Teal Press Celebrate 30 Years: solve the puzzle to win a prize with your next order (trade account holders only)

Teal Press Celebrate 30 Years: solve the puzzle to win a prize with your next order (trade account holders only)

Teal Press Celebrate 30 Years

Congratulations to Teal Press as they celebrate their 30th anniversary this year! If you’ve got a few minutes to spare and can remember the ’80s, check out their 30th Birthday Crossword Puzzle: 1985 is the year you need to know. Once you’ve found the answers, there’s another puzzle to solve — and if you’re a trade account holder, a prize to win with your next order!  Check it out on their facebook page or on p.37 of the latest issue of Together magazine, Jan/Feb 2015.

Wildcard: Is buying your way onto the bestseller list wrong?

And finally: today’s wildcard via Christianity Today. You’ll need a CT subscription to read the whole article, but the headline alone poses a challenge: where do we draw the line when it comes to getting our message out? Can this sort of manipulation of figures ever be justified? I leave you, gentle reader, to ponder the questions…

Christianity Today: Is buying your way onto the bestseller list wrong?

Christianity Today: Is buying your way onto the bestseller list wrong?


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2 thoughts on “News Roundup: Book Signing in Norwich with Bishop Graham James; Cornerstone Ulverston Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day; Evangelical Press Update; and more…

  1. No comment, but just a ‘thank you’ from staff & volunteers at Cornerstone Books & Gifts, in Ulverston! We were stunned to see our name & recent window display mentioned on your blog. We are a very small concern, but with a huge heart for God & the work He is doing through us, in this quiet (but beautiful) corner of Cumbria.
    Please call in any time & visit us or see our Facebook page for regular window display updates!

    • It’s a well-deserved mention, Francis: well done to you and the entire team on an excellent and thought-provoking initiative. I hope that it will be the first of many and that other stores will follow your lead in years to come.

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