HarperCollins Celebrates 200 Years

On Friday night in Chicago, as the exhibit floor at ALA Annual 2017 opened, hundreds of librarians commenced their yearly ritual, divesting vendors of books and promotional tote bags in a euphoric, more literate approximation of Supermarket Sweep. News traveled fast: HarperCollins had free champagne. Within seconds, the publisher’s booth was chockablock with librarians sipping from kicky plastic flutes.

Virginia Stanley of HarperCollins leads ALA attendees to a champagne toast

HarperCollins provided the bubbles as part of its 200th anniversary celebration, a milestone dating from the year brothers John and James Harper started their publishing house in New York. In March, the publisher debuted an anniversary website intended to highlight HarperCollins’ “storied history and influence on readers of all ages around the world.” The site features a list of 200 titles chosen by librarians and booksellers as HarperCollins’ most vital, brief essays from HarperCollins authors about reading and writing, and other goodies. Visit www.HC.com/200 for all the details.

Celebrating 200 years, the HarperCollins booth is packed with ALA attendees

 

 

 

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