08 November

Thomas Nelson wins six 2019 Christy Awards, including Book of the Year

Thomas Nelson fiction authors honored in five categories and hall of fame induction

(Nashville, Tenn.) November 8, 2019 — Thomas Nelson is pleased to congratulate all five of its fiction authors who received Christy Awards, including Patti Callahan for taking home the Christy Award’s top honor – Book of the Year for her novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis. The awards were presented by the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association (ECPA) at the 20th annual Christy Award gala held at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN on November 6, 2019.

In addition to Patti Callahan’s Book of the Year honor, Thomas Nelson fiction author and five-time Christy Awardee, James Rubart, was inducted into the Christy Award Hall of Fame for his contribution to the craft.

Four other Thomas Nelson authors were recognized for their excellence in specific genres of Christian fiction, picking up Christy Awards in various categories.

  • The Baggage Handler by David Rawlings in First Novel
  • Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan in Historical Fiction (Tie)
  • With this Pledge by Tamera Alexander in Historical Romance (Tie)
  • Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock in Short Form
  • The Warrior Maiden by Melanie Dickerson in Young Adult

“The Christy Awards celebrate and recognize excellence in the Christian fiction industry, and we are thrilled to see so many of our authors honored this year,” said Amanda Bostic, publisher for Thomas Nelson fiction. “Patti, James, Terri, Tamera, Melanie, and David are all talented storytellers who are using their gifts to spread hope and light into the world. We could not be more proud to publish them.”

To learn more about the Christy Awards, please visit www.christyawards.com.

About Thomas Nelson: Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com.

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12 July

Zondervan senior editor-at-large Bob Hudson to retire in September

Grand Rapids, Mich., July 12, 2018 — After 34 years at Zondervan, Bob Hudson, senior editor-at-large, has announced his plan to retire, effective September 28, 2018.

Hudson has been a key figure at Zondervan, personally editing hundreds of books by authors including Philip Yancey, Walter Wangerin Jr., Lee Strobel, Terri Blackstock, Luci Shaw, Joni Eareckson Tada, Brock and Bodie Thoene, Tim LaHaye, Ann Spangler, Charles Colson, Gregory Boyd, Brandilyn Collins, Calvin Miller, Eugene Peterson, and many others.

Hudson is renowned for writing The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, now in its fourth edition. Hudson has written six other books, including The Monk’s Record Player: Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan, and the Perilous Summer of 1966 (Eerdmans 2018) and Kiss the Earth When You Pray: The Father Zosima Poems (Apocryphile 2016). His next book, The Art of the Almost Said: A Christian Writer’s Guide to Poetry (Bold Vision 2018), will appear in September.

“When Bob Hudson started at Zondervan in 1984, he quickly earned the reputation of setting the standard for what is involved in being a great editor,” says Stan Gundry, senior vice president, publisher, and editor-in-chief, Zondervan. “His range of expertise extends from works of fiction, to scholarly books, to trade nonfiction titles and everything in between. His book The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style, a tome of over 600 pages, is the standard for authors writing books in the Christian space. Bob will be sorely missed by his colleagues and the authors with whom he has worked. But Bob is not going away—be on the lookout for Bob’s own books of prose and poetry.”

Hudson plays fiddle and his wife plays banjo, and they plan to spend time booking more gigs for their old-time string band called Gooder’n Grits. Hudson also plans to spend time with his wife at their vacation home in North Carolina, and to write many more books.

Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications.  Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich.  For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com.