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Baker Book House employee named a PW Star Watch nominee

Grand Rapids, MI—Baker Book House is pleased to announce that long-time employee Josh Mosey has been named a PW Star Watch nominee. Publishers Weekly created PW Star Watch to identify and celebrate non-executives who are making an impact on the publishing industry.

Mosey is children’s book buyer for Baker Book House, one of the largest independent Christian bookstores in the nation. He helped create the bookstore’s summer reading program for kids, which started in 2007 with less than 100 children. This year, 1,871 kids are enrolled. Mosey is also responsible for exponential growth in the store’s children’s department.

“I’ve worn a lot of hats in my 15 years at Baker Book House, but none has been as comfortable or as exciting as that of children’s book buyer,” said Mosey, whose 3-Minute Prayers for Boys was recently released by Barbour. “One of my favorite parts of the job is hand selling to parents, grandparents and teachers. The store is an incredible place to connect in a personal way, then draw those connections between author, book and child.”

PW Star Watch nominees work in all areas of publishing, from publicity to production, bookselling to new technology and come from the U.S. and Canada. Mosey is among about 40 nominees chosen from all entries. That number will be narrowed to five finalists, with one winner honored in New York on Sept. 18.

“Josh has a wholehearted love for children’s literature,” said store manager Sue Smith. “He understands the impact that good books have on the lives of children. That impact can begin here at BBH. In embracing that vision, Josh is dedicated to making our children’s department a fun & engaging place of discovery”

About Baker Book House
Baker Book House was founded in 1939, when Herman Baker started the store with 500 books from his personal library. Baker is known world-wide for a deep selection of Christian titles, including new, used, and bargain books. Visit for more information.

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