An Update from Martha Hanson, President, BIGNY


On behalf of the Book Industry Guild of New York, I would like to send you our best wishes for your health and safety during this pause in Guild activities. We have been working behind the scenes to ensure that once business resumes more normal business practices, we will be in a position to move forward with our typical program activities. As an industry organization, BIGNY intends to remain true to the history and procedures as laid out in our bylaws and Mission Statement.

We would like to remind you that our officer elections will take place at our Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. If you subscribe to the BIGNY mailing list, you will receive the ballot in advance of that meeting and we urge you all to vote and return the ballot to prior to Friday, May 22. The Board has determined that we should hold the Business Meeting as a live, virtual meeting, either by Zoom or Cisco Webex. We will be sending along more details on that meeting with the ballot in the near future.

As prescribed by our bylaws, it is incumbent upon the BIGNY Nominating Committee to formally announce the Slate of Officers for the 2020/2021 season.


Karen Romano, Coral Graphics


Brigid Black, Simon & Schuster


Mel Cowher, LSC

Financial Secretary

Richard Bretan

Recording Secretary

Carol Bystrom


The Nominating Committee is co-chaired this year by Diana Gee ( and Janet McCarthy Grimm ( In the event that there is someone else who should be considered for any of these positions, please contact either Diana or Janet. Members of the Nominating Committee this year are: Lisa Ferris, Victoria Fogarty, Carol Naughton, Peggy Samedi, and Lara Vergoth.

Please know that your current Board of Directors has been meeting regularly to help guide the Guild during these unusual times. As soon as we are able, we will update you all on our upcoming plans for the rest of 2020 and into 2021.

In the meantime, please be well. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon!


President's Signature




Martha Hanson

President, BIGNY

The Book Industry Guild of New York is a member-operated professional organization composed of individuals from every aspect of the book publishing and book manufacturing industries. It sponsors educational seminars and trips, holds monthly informational programs, and helps raise money to support literacy programs.


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