1 00:00:00,050 --> 00:00:04,830 we've got other great news to share this 2 00:00:03,000 --> 00:00:08,189 morning have the great pleasure of 3 00:00:04,830 --> 00:00:11,040 introducing the beacon press report as 4 00:00:08,189 --> 00:00:13,110 many of you know beacon press has long 5 00:00:11,040 --> 00:00:16,289 been the you use voice to the wider 6 00:00:13,110 --> 00:00:18,300 world I'm happy to see as others have 7 00:00:16,289 --> 00:00:21,230 said that the press continues to 8 00:00:18,300 --> 00:00:23,609 flourish and to do so much good work 9 00:00:21,230 --> 00:00:26,220 here to tell you about some of the 10 00:00:23,609 --> 00:00:28,560 successes this year it's our own Helen 11 00:00:26,220 --> 00:00:33,500 at one who has been director of beacon 12 00:00:28,560 --> 00:00:33,500 since 1995 Helen 13 00:00:41,340 --> 00:00:48,129 well that was amazing 14 00:00:44,850 --> 00:00:51,160 amazing I just talk about a hard act to 15 00:00:48,129 --> 00:00:54,730 follow but is also I just want to say 16 00:00:51,160 --> 00:00:57,809 that it has been such a privilege and a 17 00:00:54,730 --> 00:01:03,010 pleasure to work with these three 18 00:00:57,809 --> 00:01:07,570 inspired leaders and and I just wanted 19 00:01:03,010 --> 00:01:11,289 to call out how how much they brought us 20 00:01:07,570 --> 00:01:14,460 and and how grateful we on staff are for 21 00:01:11,289 --> 00:01:14,460 their leadership as well 22 00:01:20,220 --> 00:01:30,070 so now more than ever we can start the 23 00:01:25,900 --> 00:01:33,040 slideshow we have really learned the 24 00:01:30,070 --> 00:01:36,270 meaning of that expression since last 25 00:01:33,040 --> 00:01:38,950 November the bad news is that 26 00:01:36,270 --> 00:01:43,570 progressive people across the nation 27 00:01:38,950 --> 00:01:48,310 need help resources understanding and 28 00:01:43,570 --> 00:01:54,759 spiritual support the good news is we've 29 00:01:48,310 --> 00:01:57,600 got the books for that there is 30 00:01:54,759 --> 00:02:00,929 virtually no front in this resistance 31 00:01:57,600 --> 00:02:04,990 campaign where we don't have books and 32 00:02:00,929 --> 00:02:07,390 experts where we haven't had a voice 33 00:02:04,990 --> 00:02:10,179 this is your voice this is the voice of 34 00:02:07,390 --> 00:02:13,540 Unitarian Universalism and this isn't 35 00:02:10,179 --> 00:02:16,930 just measured in book sales but in how 36 00:02:13,540 --> 00:02:20,380 many times our books are reviewed how 37 00:02:16,930 --> 00:02:26,170 many times our authors speak to 38 00:02:20,380 --> 00:02:31,110 audiences live on TV on radio in print 39 00:02:26,170 --> 00:02:34,810 media and all over the social media 40 00:02:31,110 --> 00:02:36,910 we've done two full-page print ads in 41 00:02:34,810 --> 00:02:39,640 the nation and one in Harper's and 42 00:02:36,910 --> 00:02:42,959 millions of online impressions worth of 43 00:02:39,640 --> 00:02:45,760 ads with the nation and Harper's and 44 00:02:42,959 --> 00:02:48,459 independently we are reminding 45 00:02:45,760 --> 00:02:51,120 progressive thinkers that books are 46 00:02:48,459 --> 00:02:55,570 vital resource in these troubled times 47 00:02:51,120 --> 00:02:57,989 not just our books but hey especially 48 00:02:55,570 --> 00:02:57,989 Beacon 49 00:02:58,030 --> 00:03:05,329 we're promoting our backless that is our 50 00:03:01,670 --> 00:03:07,730 older titles as resources for resistance 51 00:03:05,329 --> 00:03:11,090 on Facebook Twitter and half a dozen 52 00:03:07,730 --> 00:03:14,239 other social media platforms the 53 00:03:11,090 --> 00:03:21,980 campaigns include advertising online and 54 00:03:14,239 --> 00:03:25,400 in print and of course our people sorry 55 00:03:21,980 --> 00:03:30,639 people are responding our backless sales 56 00:03:25,400 --> 00:03:34,819 were up almost 35% since the election 57 00:03:30,639 --> 00:03:38,359 that's a lot of books we saw and the 58 00:03:34,819 --> 00:03:41,480 hits just keep on coming our most 59 00:03:38,359 --> 00:03:47,480 popular blog of the month speaking truth 60 00:03:41,480 --> 00:03:50,689 to trump included Beacon authors Anita 61 00:03:47,480 --> 00:03:54,349 Hill Reverend William barber Aviva 62 00:03:50,689 --> 00:03:58,180 Chomsky Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz Christopher 63 00:03:54,349 --> 00:04:00,799 emdin eboo Patel and many others our 64 00:03:58,180 --> 00:04:04,099 associate publisher Tom Halleck did 65 00:04:00,799 --> 00:04:06,650 powerful post on the special role of 66 00:04:04,099 --> 00:04:10,489 publishers in these troubled times which 67 00:04:06,650 --> 00:04:14,120 was picked up and reposted widely really 68 00:04:10,489 --> 00:04:17,269 proud of that oh and by the way we had a 69 00:04:14,120 --> 00:04:20,570 post by Merrill Street on public 70 00:04:17,269 --> 00:04:23,720 education so I encourage all of you to 71 00:04:20,570 --> 00:04:25,940 sign up for our beacon press uu 72 00:04:23,720 --> 00:04:29,539 newsletter which will keep you 73 00:04:25,940 --> 00:04:35,860 completely up to date by texting beacon 74 00:04:29,539 --> 00:04:38,539 in all caps two six six eight six six 75 00:04:35,860 --> 00:04:40,430 just follow the instructions and you 76 00:04:38,539 --> 00:04:43,610 will be signed up on your preferred 77 00:04:40,430 --> 00:04:45,979 email to to get notices of what's going 78 00:04:43,610 --> 00:04:50,360 on at beacon press I think you'll want 79 00:04:45,979 --> 00:04:54,949 to stay with us on this and of course do 80 00:04:50,360 --> 00:04:55,840 read beacon broadside are we on the next 81 00:04:54,949 --> 00:05:02,760 slide 82 00:04:55,840 --> 00:05:05,889 yes okay but we seem to have missed 83 00:05:02,760 --> 00:05:09,910 Reverend Barbara and it may be just 84 00:05:05,889 --> 00:05:16,990 because I've missed my pages justice for 85 00:05:09,910 --> 00:05:21,430 immigrants thank you 86 00:05:16,990 --> 00:05:25,380 it's very sweet of you so of course our 87 00:05:21,430 --> 00:05:31,060 authors are defending immigrants and 88 00:05:25,380 --> 00:05:34,120 resisting Islamophobia and defending the 89 00:05:31,060 --> 00:05:40,750 rights of indigenous people and all 90 00:05:34,120 --> 00:05:47,680 those who work with them and more than 91 00:05:40,750 --> 00:05:54,210 ever since the appointment of Betsy 92 00:05:47,680 --> 00:05:57,100 DeVos resisting yes I like that his 93 00:05:54,210 --> 00:05:59,860 resisting the privatization of our 94 00:05:57,100 --> 00:06:03,360 public schools and the corporatization 95 00:05:59,860 --> 00:06:03,360 of public education 96 00:06:10,730 --> 00:06:17,300 we're working overtime on these urgent 97 00:06:13,730 --> 00:06:19,550 issues with three three new books these 98 00:06:17,300 --> 00:06:22,850 three new books are coming out in the 99 00:06:19,550 --> 00:06:29,810 next nine months ah 100 00:06:22,850 --> 00:06:32,540 now we get to reverend resistance love 101 00:06:29,810 --> 00:06:34,670 that title and i'm sure i don't need to 102 00:06:32,540 --> 00:06:37,280 say a lot about Reverend barber to this 103 00:06:34,670 --> 00:06:40,370 crowd he's been all over the traditional 104 00:06:37,280 --> 00:06:43,160 and social media since the election keep 105 00:06:40,370 --> 00:06:46,220 an eye out for his new book revive us 106 00:06:43,160 --> 00:06:49,700 again which will be out from Beacon in 107 00:06:46,220 --> 00:06:52,970 spring of 2018 the book is a series of 108 00:06:49,700 --> 00:06:55,760 sermons and speeches that lays out his 109 00:06:52,970 --> 00:06:58,220 groundbreaking vision for organizing 110 00:06:55,760 --> 00:07:01,550 across racial economic and religious 111 00:06:58,220 --> 00:07:03,230 lines paired with essays from leading 112 00:07:01,550 --> 00:07:07,250 activists in his moral Mondays movement 113 00:07:03,230 --> 00:07:11,420 who write about implementing ideas in an 114 00:07:07,250 --> 00:07:15,370 age of division and how about that New 115 00:07:11,420 --> 00:07:18,590 York Times front page above the fold 116 00:07:15,370 --> 00:07:20,690 full-color photo of Reverend barber that 117 00:07:18,590 --> 00:07:24,310 just was like ten days ago it was 118 00:07:20,690 --> 00:07:24,310 amazing and he was on Trevor Noah 119 00:07:26,200 --> 00:07:30,950 would it surprise you to hear that even 120 00:07:28,700 --> 00:07:33,280 more readers are turning to Victor 121 00:07:30,950 --> 00:07:35,500 Frankel's classic than ever 122 00:07:33,280 --> 00:07:37,820 so we've published an edition 123 00:07:35,500 --> 00:07:40,040 specifically for young adults and it's 124 00:07:37,820 --> 00:07:42,110 already receiving spectacular welcome 125 00:07:40,040 --> 00:07:44,750 one of our great strengths as a 126 00:07:42,110 --> 00:07:46,790 publisher is the ability to respond to 127 00:07:44,750 --> 00:07:49,580 the social and political climate in 128 00:07:46,790 --> 00:07:52,460 three ways to lift books out of our 129 00:07:49,580 --> 00:07:55,000 extensive catalogs catalogue of titles 130 00:07:52,460 --> 00:07:58,040 published over a century and a half and 131 00:07:55,000 --> 00:08:00,530 we promote them and sometimes reissue 132 00:07:58,040 --> 00:08:03,320 them in new formats or with new 133 00:08:00,530 --> 00:08:06,410 introductions as we did here with this 134 00:08:03,320 --> 00:08:08,630 entirely new edition of Frankel as we 135 00:08:06,410 --> 00:08:10,940 did with the classic Alice Childress 136 00:08:08,630 --> 00:08:13,050 book like one of the family with a new 137 00:08:10,940 --> 00:08:16,919 introduction by Roxane gay 138 00:08:13,050 --> 00:08:18,840 or we sign new books that speak to the 139 00:08:16,919 --> 00:08:21,840 moment and get them out as quickly as 140 00:08:18,840 --> 00:08:25,169 possible as we're doing with a new book 141 00:08:21,840 --> 00:08:27,270 by Francis Moore Lappe a known to many 142 00:08:25,169 --> 00:08:31,039 of you is the author of diet for a small 143 00:08:27,270 --> 00:08:34,140 planet and Adam icon called daring 144 00:08:31,039 --> 00:08:37,709 democracy look for that in just three 145 00:08:34,140 --> 00:08:40,890 more months and of course sometimes 146 00:08:37,709 --> 00:08:43,229 we're just prescient for those of you 147 00:08:40,890 --> 00:08:47,660 who haven't been around as long as I 148 00:08:43,229 --> 00:08:51,149 have both of the UUA are on the planet 149 00:08:47,660 --> 00:08:55,649 we published a landmark book about trans 150 00:08:51,149 --> 00:08:58,769 people in 1996 right after I arrived at 151 00:08:55,649 --> 00:09:00,769 beacon called transgender warriors by 152 00:08:58,769 --> 00:09:03,540 the wonderful Leslie Feinberg 153 00:09:00,769 --> 00:09:06,899 so now two new books 154 00:09:03,540 --> 00:09:09,240 carry on that proud tradition Jill 155 00:09:06,899 --> 00:09:11,700 Soloway known to many of you as the 156 00:09:09,240 --> 00:09:15,560 creator of transparent the TV series 157 00:09:11,700 --> 00:09:20,300 called at the broken places profoundly 158 00:09:15,560 --> 00:09:23,459 vulnerable and brave a necessary and 159 00:09:20,300 --> 00:09:27,240 beautiful new book and of course we 160 00:09:23,459 --> 00:09:30,870 received amazing praise and press for 161 00:09:27,240 --> 00:09:34,880 you're in the wrong bathroom now more 162 00:09:30,870 --> 00:09:34,880 than ever we need books like this 163 00:09:41,700 --> 00:09:50,470 the alt-right stand your ground two of 164 00:09:46,900 --> 00:09:54,490 dozens of phrases that we need to resist 165 00:09:50,470 --> 00:09:57,370 I am really proud of our community of 166 00:09:54,490 --> 00:10:01,420 authors and how they show up stand up 167 00:09:57,370 --> 00:10:04,300 speak up and resist and actually now 168 00:10:01,420 --> 00:10:06,910 more than ever on the opinion page of 169 00:10:04,300 --> 00:10:10,900 the New York Times we've had something 170 00:10:06,910 --> 00:10:13,570 like ten op-ed pieces by Beacon authors 171 00:10:10,900 --> 00:10:16,590 since the election and they've been 172 00:10:13,570 --> 00:10:20,650 about everything most recently our 173 00:10:16,590 --> 00:10:23,940 wonderful author dr. Danielle Ofri had a 174 00:10:20,650 --> 00:10:26,800 piece on the op-ed page about how 175 00:10:23,940 --> 00:10:30,100 doctors nurses the entire medical 176 00:10:26,800 --> 00:10:33,060 profession needed to stand up against 177 00:10:30,100 --> 00:10:35,110 these new the new health care law and 178 00:10:33,060 --> 00:10:37,750 she called it 179 00:10:35,110 --> 00:10:41,650 we need a doctor's march on Washington 180 00:10:37,750 --> 00:10:45,480 and people responded so spontaneously 181 00:10:41,650 --> 00:10:47,980 and so urgently to her that overnight 182 00:10:45,480 --> 00:10:51,370 with a little bit of help from us and 183 00:10:47,980 --> 00:10:55,290 other on her social media team she 184 00:10:51,370 --> 00:10:58,570 created an entire network a website a 185 00:10:55,290 --> 00:11:01,000 Twitter feed and accounts on Facebook 186 00:10:58,570 --> 00:11:03,570 and Twitter so that the medical 187 00:11:01,000 --> 00:11:07,060 profession could be alerted to this 188 00:11:03,570 --> 00:11:09,390 movement and they could quickly get in 189 00:11:07,060 --> 00:11:12,340 touch with their legislators to say 190 00:11:09,390 --> 00:11:14,530 we've got to stop this we're going to 191 00:11:12,340 --> 00:11:16,780 dissin we're going to take 24 million 192 00:11:14,530 --> 00:11:20,860 people off healthcare in America and 193 00:11:16,780 --> 00:11:24,010 it's been fantastic if you're on social 194 00:11:20,860 --> 00:11:28,350 media yourself look up dr. Danielle Ofri 195 00:11:24,010 --> 00:11:32,410 and follow her and support and retweet 196 00:11:28,350 --> 00:11:38,670 her work but it's really been a very 197 00:11:32,410 --> 00:11:38,670 grassroots and very rewarding movement 198 00:11:38,970 --> 00:11:46,900 I'm running out of time so I better move 199 00:11:43,240 --> 00:11:50,710 on Beacon had a great year I think you 200 00:11:46,900 --> 00:11:54,430 heard that from Lou Chia Santini we've 201 00:11:50,710 --> 00:11:57,339 had our 15-year our 15th year of surplus 202 00:11:54,430 --> 00:12:00,670 is in a row but these are the stats that 203 00:11:57,339 --> 00:12:05,620 should mean the most how our books and 204 00:12:00,670 --> 00:12:07,360 authors reach people here and abroad we 205 00:12:05,620 --> 00:12:11,500 couldn't have done it without the 206 00:12:07,360 --> 00:12:14,800 support of the UUA without our longtime 207 00:12:11,500 --> 00:12:18,160 and new friends at the U you've each 208 00:12:14,800 --> 00:12:20,700 program at shelter Rock without help and 209 00:12:18,160 --> 00:12:24,970 guidance from the uu funding panel 210 00:12:20,700 --> 00:12:27,640 without an outstanding staff of 211 00:12:24,970 --> 00:12:30,399 remarkable and dedicated individuals a 212 00:12:27,640 --> 00:12:34,420 staff that has grown stronger as it has 213 00:12:30,399 --> 00:12:36,850 grown more diverse and of course without 214 00:12:34,420 --> 00:12:40,750 the support evidenced here thanks to all 215 00:12:36,850 --> 00:12:43,330 of you in the uu community we are so 216 00:12:40,750 --> 00:12:47,730 proud to be here with you in this time 217 00:12:43,330 --> 00:12:47,730 of resistance and rejoicing