The coronavirus pandemic’s impact on global publishing and bookselling has been severe, but authors and publishers are seeking creative means to reach online readers and develop new strategies to stay afloat. Christian publishing leaders from seven nations, including China and Italy, gave updates and prayed for each other in MAI’s online “Global Townhall Prayer Meeting”
By John Maust Just before some borders were closed to control the spread of the coronavirus, MAI held a series of productive trainings in West Africa. Staff member Ramon Rocha III co-led MAI-Africa workshops for Christian publishers and writers in Nigeria, Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire in early March. Some 52 Christian booksellers and publishers attended
By Mark Carpenter, Brazil “I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” -1 Corinthians 1:10 (NLT) I was thinking of this verse
Interview with Czech Author Sasha Flek Most Czechs don’t believe in God, says Biblion publisher and theologian Alexandr “Sasha” Flek. But his latest title, Parabible, has reached its sixth printing and 20,000 copies sold in just over a year. So, why are readers excited? We interviewed Sasha, an MAI-Europe Trustee. Tell us about Parabible. I
By Joan Campbell, South African author and MAI trainer I walk in Eden. Dappled light paints shifting patterns on my legs and arms as my feet sink into a lush moss carpet. My steps unleash the scent of green growth; it mingles with the hints of lemon and spice lacing the air in this part
“Writer, translator, editor and poet, I have always been best friends with books,” Agnes Singine said. But she never imagined a 25-year career in publishing or starting a Christian publishing house. During a hard time as a jobless young woman, Agnes heard that MacMillan Publishers was hiring from a stranger who pitied her. Agnes lacked
God heard our prayers and blessed the November 5-7 LittAfrica conference in Accra, Ghana, beyond our highest expectations: “It took us to a deeper level of relationship with each other,” said publisher Luka Vandi Uti of Nigeria. “I gained knowledge of publishing needs across Africa.” Pastor Luka, general manager of Africa Christian Textbooks (ACTS), was
“You are not alone.” Clouds of self-doubt nearly kept Pamela Trujillo Fernández from joining our writer workshop in Puebla, Mexico, this June. “I was forgetting my call and no matter how hard I tried, I could not get unstuck,” wrote the 23-year-old university student with a blog for young women. “But in the end I
On a warm Wednesday morning this March, MAI’s Ramon Rocha strolled with Joseph (a pseudonym) to witness the first book festival in this closed country of Asia. Hundreds of uniformed school children lined the sidewalks in front of book stalls flanking an urban mall. Under a large covered tent, crimson-robed Buddhist monks clustered on chairs
By Pusonnam Yiri, Nigeria The following excerpts are from the author’s chapter in our new book, African Writers: A Journey in Writing. Imagine a leaf dropping from a tree’s branch with no hope of surviving, then suddenly getting another chance to be reattached to the tree and live even better than before. For me, becoming
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