Barge Bash Committee

The Barge Bash Committee is responsible for overseeing all aspects of BIGNY’s annual Barge Bash, an industry boat party with food, drink, and entertainment provided. This committee oversees the rental of the boat, promotes the event, distributes tickets, and so forth.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Steve Bedney at sbedney@gmail.com


Book Show Committee

The Book Show Committee is responsible for all activities related to The New York Book Show, a gala event showcasing the best books of the previous year as judged by a panel of industry professionals. The duties of the Book Show Committee are divided between a number of sub-committees, each of which deals with a specific aspect of the Book Show, such as submissions, the catalog, event planning, marketing, and so forth.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Steve Bedney at sbedney@gmail.com  or email info@newyorkbookshow.com.


Career Enhancement Committee

The Career Enhancement Committee conceptualizes, organizes, and executes programs that are geared towards newcomers in the industry. Programming includes trips to manufacturing plants, classroom series, and standalone seminars. All events are free to Guild members and employees of companies that have current corporate memberships.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kristen Eckhardt at keckhardt@penguinrandomhouse.com or Steve Bedney at sbedney@gmail.com.


Literacy Committee

The Literacy Committee is responsible for coordinating the Guild’s charitable activities and events. Since the early ‘90s this committee has raised nearly $300,000 for literacy programs in New York City and has formed a bond with the Literacy Assistance Center (LAC).

Fundraising events include an annual summer softball tournament in Central Park. During the games, the committee distributes a program sponsored by donors to the tournament, holds a raffle of donated prizes, and gives away children’s books.

In an effort to expand it scope, The Literacy Committee is seeking energetic individuals to organize and oversee additional fundraising and literacy events that are creative and fun.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Michael Weinstein at mwein72@gmail.com.


Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee is comprised of enthusiastic and creative individuals who promote the Guild’s many events. Its main goal is to expand the way the Guild interacts with the industry and world through paper mailings, email blasts, the BIGNY website, contests, social media, and other methods.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jacob Seifert at financial.secretary@bigny.org.


Programs Committee

The Programs committee oversees all aspects of BIGNY’s monthly evening programs, which are the Guild’s backbone. In addition to organizing programs that discuss timely and relevant topics, this committee also oversees each month’s Networking Hour, which provide a time and place for industry professionals to socialize outside of the formalized setting of their offices and meet peers from other companies.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Carol Naughton at cnaughton@penguinrandomhouse.com.


Website Committee

The BIGNY website was recently redesigned, but additional conceptualization, analysis, and development still needs to be done. The Website Committee discusses and further develops the website’s offerings, cultivates new content, and focuses on increasing usability. Programming knowledge is not required. Members of the committee rely on our hired programmer to handle the backend programming of the website.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kristen Eckhardt at keckhardt@penguinrandomhouse.com.