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IUPUI Graduate Named One of Top 50 Women in Book Publishing


January 11, 2010

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Book Business Magazine recently named Indiana University Kelley School of Business Indianapolis graduate Florrie Binford Kichler, publisher and founder of Indianapolis-based Patria Press , to its list of top 50 women in book publishing. The first-ever list recognizes women who have made, and are still making, a significant contribution to the book industry.

Kichler, a member of the Kelley School of Business Women’s Alumni MBA Advisory Board, earned her bachelor’s degree in 1972 and a master’s degree in 1985. She is also president of the 3500-member Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).

"As the major source of creativity and innovation in book publishing, independent publishers continue to shape the book business,” Kichler said. “I am proud to be in the company of so many gifted women in our industry and even prouder to serve so many independent publishers through IBPA.

IU Press Director Janet Rabinowitch is also included on the top 50 list. Others listed include women from a broad cross-section of the publishing industry, including well-known independent publishers Dominique Raccah, CEO of Sourcebooks, Inc, and Esther Margolis, president and owner, Newmarket Publishing and Communications Co.

The full Book Business Magazine list of the 50 Top Women in Book Publishing also appears in print.

Patria Press, an independent publisher founded in 2000, publishes the award-winning Young Patriots Series of historical fiction for children ages 8-12. The company’s 14 titles, many of whom feature famous Hoosiers, have won 10 national awards for excellence.

IBPA, founded in 1983, is the largest trade organization of independent publishers in the United States. The association assists in marketing the membership's titles to the industry, educates publishers in all aspects of the business, and acts as an advocate for publishers' rights. The association, formerly known as PMA, includes more than 3500 members and is headquartered in Manhattan Beach, Calif.