With only about half as many vendors and buyers as last year, the 23rd annual Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit (RBTE), held May 27-29 in St. Charles, Ill., was very quiet. But one thing came through loud and clear: Catholic publishers are betting Pope Francis’ popularity will translate into burgeoning book sales.
“Everybody’s got a pope book,” said Michael Lawrence, national sales manager for Orbis Books. Theirs is Francis of Rome & Francis of Assisi: A New Springtime for the Church, (Aug.) by Brazilian liberation theologian Leonardo Boff, a former Franciscan priest.
RBTE 2014: Catholic Show Soldiers On
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