Baker Book House Company President and CEO to retire May 2023

Baker Book House Company President and CEO to retire May 2023 Baker Book House Company announced today that Dwight Baker will retire on May 1, 2023, after serving 43 years at the company, 25 of those as president and CEO. Speaking on behalf of the board of directors, board chair Dr. Kathryn Scanland said, “Dwight’s tenure has been punctuated with serving both the local Grand Rapids community and the global Christian community with steady commitment and a generous heart. Under…

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Virtual author events offer reader interaction, learning opportunities for Baker Book House

Virtual author events offer reader interaction, learning opportunities for Baker Book House Grand Rapids, MI—Virtual author events, a thriving new occurrence at Baker Book House due to restrictions caused by Covid-19, have been learning opportunities for the largest independent Christian bookstore in North America. The store has hosted several talks with novelists that have drawn good numbers to the live events and large numbers of viewers in the days following. Novelists Charles Martin, author of The Water Keeper, and Susie Finkbeiner, author…

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Curbside pickup, online sales flourishing during Covid-19 quarantine at Baker Book House

Curbside pickup, online sales flourishing during Covid-19 quarantine at Baker Book House Grand Rapids, MI—Baker Book House, the largest independent Christian bookstore in North America, has seen dramatic increases in website sales and third-party online sales in recent weeks as customers continue to purchase books and Bibles during the Covid-19 crisis. “Our website sales have risen 120 percent from this time last year, and our third-party sales through Amazon have tripled over the same period,” said Sue Smith, EVP of Retail….

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Events draw crowds to Baker Book House, the largest independent Christian bookstore

Events draw crowds to Baker Book House, the largest independent Christian bookstore Calvin University January Series draws crowds to Baker Book House Program for writers, Prologue Writer Nights,  flourishing at Baker Book House Grand Rapids, MI—Baker Book House, the largest independent Christian bookstore in North America, drew crowds to its event space as an offsite viewing location for the popular January Series hosted by Calvin University, located in Grand Rapids. The January Series, in its 33rd year, is a free, 15-day lecture series…

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Bestselling author Sharon Garlough Brown launches sequel novella at Baker Book House

Bestselling author Sharon Garlough Brown launches sequel novella at Baker Book House Grand Rapids, MI—Sharon Garlough Brown, author of the bestselling Sensible Shoes series, launches her new novella at Baker Book House at 7 pm Thursday, Jan. 9.  Remember Me: A Novella About Finding Our Way to the Cross is the sequel to Shades of Light, the first in Brown’s new series. “We are delighted to help Sharon Brown launch her newest book,” said Sue Smith, executive director of retail at Baker Book House….

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Denhollander, Nassar’s first public accuser, launches two books at Baker Book House

Denhollander, Nassar’s first public accuser, launches two books at Baker Book House Grand Rapids, MI—Rachael Denhollander, a sexual assault victim who helped spearhead the arrest, trial, and conviction of sports doctor Larry Nassar, will speak at Baker Book House on Tuesday, Sept. 17 to mark the launch of her two new books. Denhollander is author of her memoir What Is a Girl Worth? My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth about Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics, as well as…

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Jordan Lee Dooley draws huge crowd to Baker Book House

Jordan Lee Dooley draws huge crowd to Baker Book House Grand Rapids, MI—Jordan Lee Dooley, author of Own Your Everyday: Overcome the Pressure to Prove and Show Up for What You Were Made to Do, drew a crowd of 250 to Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, Mich. Dooley spoke to the large crowd and signed copies of her book on July 23. “We were delighted with the number of people who registered for the event; it came as a bit of…

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Baker Book House employee named a PW Star Watch nominee

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…

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Summer reading program flourishing for Baker Book House

Summer reading program flourishing for Baker Book House Grand Rapids, MI—Baker Book House, the largest independent Christian bookstore in West Michigan, has the largest number yet enrolled in its summer reading program titled Ready. Set. Explore! Almost 1,500 children are already enrolled, with an estimated 2,000 joining the program by the mid-July cutoff date. “Last year we had 1,500 kids enrolled; the year before 1,200; the year before that 800,” said Josh Mosey, Children’s Product Buyer and director of the…

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Sue Smith promoted to Executive VP, Baker Book House

    Sue Smith promoted to Executive VP, Baker Book House Ada, Mich. (September 10, 2018)—Baker Publishing Group is pleased to announce that Sue Smith is promoted to the position of executive vice president, Baker Book House, effective immediately. Sue’s responsibilities will continue at the company bookstore in Grand Rapids and will expand to include direction of the publishing/retail consumer website. Sue arrived at Baker Book House in 1997 and accepted the assignment of store manager seven years later. She supervised…

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PW Star Watch nominees include two Baker Publishing Group employees

PW Star Watch nominees include two Baker Publishing Group employees Ada, Mich. (August 9, 2018)—Darron Schroeder, assistant manager and children’s product buyer at Baker Book House, and Amy Green, senior fiction publicist at Bethany House, have been chosen as nominees in the fourth annual PW Star Watch award and celebration. Publishers Weekly, in association with Frankfurter Buchmesse, created PW Star Watch to identify, celebrate, and mentor up-and-coming members of the US and Canadian publishing communities and bring recognition to them on a wider platform. “As…

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The Baker Book House Company Celebrates 75 Years as a Family-Owned Business

The Baker Book House Company Celebrates 75 Years as a Family-Owned Business Contact: Karen Steele (616)676-9185 x100 ksteele@bakerpublishinggroup. com www.bakerpublishinggroup.com  Grand Rapids, Mich. (January 7, 2014)—In August 1939, Herman Baker opened a small retail bookstore on Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. One year later, Baker ventured into publishing and released More Than Conquerors by Dr. William Hendriksen. Today, Baker Book House is a thriving retail store and Baker Publishing Group is one of the top three Christian publishers in the country. The…

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