Demystifying Copyediting

Demystifying Copyediting

This summer Ruth Goring, of the University of Chicago Press, came to IVP to lead a copyediting workshop for some of our editorial staff. Ruth used to work in IVP’s editorial department some years ago, and she still does some freelance copyediting for us from time to time. According to our freelancer database, Ruth is …

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From the Publisher: A Year in Review

From the Publisher: A Year in Review

A small, hand-stitched wall hanging has adorned my offices throughout most of my thirty-four years as a bookseller and publisher of books in the Christian tradition. The gift of a former colleague, its message is drawn from a portion of a Jewish proverb attributed to an 18th century rabbi. The print simply says: In remembrance …

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What Can Movies Teach Us About Prayer?

What Can Movies Teach Us About Prayer?

“Movies can be many things: escapist experiences, historical artifacts, business ventures, and artistic expressions, to name a few. I’d like to suggest that they can also be prayers.” This is how Josh Larsen, co-host of the popular WBEZ-Chicago podcast Filmspotting, explains our relationship to the silver screen. In his new book Movies Are Prayers, he …

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A Wannabe Librarian Attends the ALA Conference

A Wannabe Librarian Attends the ALA Conference

I was thirteen when I first worked as a volunteer in a library. I loved everything about it. The variety of materials, the organization, the quiet, the possibilities! The head librarian was smart, witty, strong, decisive, and I admired her greatly. I decided then that I wanted to be a librarian and worked at my …

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Why We Still Need Books by White Men

Why We Still Need Books by White Men

Welcome to the reboot of the “Behind the Books” blog of InterVarsity Press! The blog has a long and storied history but has lain dormant in recent years—until now. We are excited that a new team of voices here at IVP are eager to welcome you behind the scenes of how we do what we …

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Roger Ebert, Writer

Roger Ebert, Writer

If you think of Roger Ebert (who passed away yesterday) as a movie critic or a TV personality first, let me recommend to you his beautiful 2011 memoir, “Life Itself.”




Seven Kinds of Reading

Seven Kinds of Reading

The incomparable Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) practiced four distinct kinds of reading: (1) Study, (2) Perusal, (3) Mere reading and (4) Curious reading. But I’ve got an alternate scheme that allows me (like Johnson) to have a baker’s half-dozen books in active readership at any given time.




Junot Díaz on Creating a Reading Public

Junot Díaz on Creating a Reading Public

There are some periodicals that are so good that I fall way behind—because they’re so good I don’t want to skim or skip or unsubscribe. Currently I’m about three years behind with National Geographic, even longer with McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, and I don’t even want to think about Books & Culture.




Mama Loves All Her Babies the Same

Mama Loves All Her Babies the Same

One of the struggles I have when blogging about books here is my fear of appearing to favor some IVP titles over others. I have quite the opposite problem from that of another colleague in book publishing: the incomparable Bridget Jones.