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B&H Español named Best Publisher at SEPA Awards Print Email
Written by Burns   
Monday, 09 June 2014 03:47 PM America/New_York

Larry Downs Sr. also given special honor for years of service

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B&H Español received the Publisher of the Year award for the second year in a row at the Spanish Evangelical Publishers Association (SEPA) Awards Banquet on April 30. Held prior to the May 1-4 Expolit 2014 event in Miami, the awards banquet saw several publishers receiving book and Bible awards as well as honors for sales.

A special award was given to Larry  Downs Sr., manager of key accounts, Spanish sales at Thomas Nelson, for his 50 years of service and outstanding contribution to the Spanish Christian publishing industry. Downs oversaw a Peruvian bookstore, which grew into a distributor and then moved to Miami. He and Ralph Gates ran SAM Literature, later known as Libros International. Downs later worked for Editorial Vida and Editorial Unilit before joining Thomas Nelson in 2005.

During the SEPA banquet, publisher B&H Español also won five awards for individual titles, including Best Specialty Bible and Best Cover and Interior Design (RVR 1960 Biblia del Pescador/RVR 1960 Fisher of Men).

Editorial Clie took home two big prizes for Gran Diccionario Enciclopédico de la Biblia—Book of the Year Harold Kregel Award and Best Original Book in Spanish.

Gary Chapman’s Los Cinco Lenguajes del Amor/The Five Love Languages won two Best-selling Book awards for Unilit, the first time a single title won trade- and pocket-size awards. Another classic by the publisher, Josh McDowell’s Más que un Carpintero/More Than a Carpenter, was added to the Galería de Honor for sales of more than 1 million copies.

Casa Creación won for Leadership (John Maxwell’s Las 15 Leyes Indispensables del Crecimiento/The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth), Christian Life (Joel Osteen’s Yo Declaro/I Declare) and Gift Book (John Eckhardt’s Declaraciones Diarias de Guerra Espiritual Para la Mujer/Women’s Daily Declarations for Spiritual Warfare).

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