IBPA Welcomes New Board Members
The Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is pleased to announce the following new members of the 2011-13 Board of Directors:
Tom Doherty has worked in publishing for more than 28 years. Sixteen of those years involved in distribution with Time-Warner, The Hearst Corporation and for the past eight years as president of Cardinal Publishers Group; a full service national book distributor serving independent publishers of adult non-fiction books. Tom is also the publisher of Blue River Press, which publishes New York Times bestselling authors James Alexander Thom and Jack D. Hunter as well as category non-fiction and regional series books.
Stone Bridge Press president and publisher Peter Goodman is a graduate of Cornell University and lived in Tokyo, Japan for ten years, where he worked as an editor for English-language publishers Charles E. Tuttle and Kodansha International before returning to the United States in 1985. He has served as in-house editor, ghostwriter, translator, and project manager on nearly 200 Japan- and Asia-related titles. Peter established Stone Bridge in 1989. He is past president of the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (formerly MSPA). Stone Bridge Press specializes in books about Japan in English and, along with its children's and crafts imprint Heian, has over 150 titles in print. Distributed by Consortium Book Sales of St. Paul, Minnesota, Stone Bridge exemplifies the small and independent press with access to a national market.
MaryAnn F. Kohl, president of Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. (1985) has written and/or published more than 20 award-winning books about art for children (all ages), and their parents and teachers, including Scribble Art, Mudworks, Preschool Art, Discovering Great Artists and Storybook Art. She enjoys speaking internationally about creativity. MaryAnn was an elementary classroom teacher and later began writing and publishing books as a way to stay involved in education while being a stay-at-home mom. MaryAnn writes for magazines like Family Fun and Parenting, and consults for such companies as Fisher-Price, Jim Henson, and Nickelodeon. She has plans to expand her publishing to young adult fiction and inspirational education topics. MaryAnn recently became an agent for authors seeking publishers in the education genre. MaryAnn and her husband live in Bellingham, Washington where she is an avid snow-skier and kayak enthusiast. Both of MaryAnn's daughters have careers in the arts and have books in the works.