Book Sense Welcomes Peachtree

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Book Sense is pleased to welcome Peachtree Publishers, Ltd. as a Publisher Partner.

Peachtree Publishers is an independently owned trade book publisher, specializing in quality children's books, from picture books to young adult fiction and nonfiction; consumer references in health, education, and parenting; and regional guide books about the American South, where the company is based.

The company, which was begun in 1977 by music publisher Helen Elliott, originally emphasized works exclusively by Southern writers, particularly in the areas of adult fiction and humor. One of a handful of regional houses established throughout the U.S. in the late '70s, Peachtree was the first trade publishing house in the South to achieve national recognition and distribution with two books landing on the New York Times bestseller list.

In 1988, Margaret Quinlin was named executive editor and vice president of Peachtree. Quinlin's background includes 15 years of publishing experience in New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. In June 1990, Quinlin purchased controlling interest in Peachtree from the Elliott family to become president and publisher, a position she still holds today.

Over the years, Peachtree has had the pleasure of publishing works by notable authors such as Terry Kay, Lewis Grizzard, Ferrol Sams, Celestine Sibley, and Eugenia Price. Today, bestselling authors include Carmen Agra Deedy, author of award-winning children's books, and Effie Leland Wilder, who entertains legions of fans with her series of humorous novels set in a retirement home. "Miss Effie" has more than three quarters of a million copies of her five books in print, having written the first of these at the tender age of 85.

Editor's Note: Peachtree recently issued a warning to booksellers to beware of a scam being perpetrated by someone calling himself John Gilbert and claiming to represent Peachtree Publishers. This person calls booksellers and offers to set up signings for the Peachtree title The 50 Best Small Southern Towns. The catch is the bookseller has to purchase $300 worth of bumper stickers to set up the signing. Peachtree warns that this person has no affiliation with them and suggests booksellers refuse to talk to him.