This Is a Love Story

October 2001
by Betsy Robinson

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Parabola has been publishing books since 1984, and our best bestseller is And There Was Light: Autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran, Blind Hero of the French Resistance.

We are a small not-for-profit publishing company. Since 1976, we have produced Parabola Magazine, a journal of the world’s wisdom traditions. With books, a usual run for us is 2,000 to 3,000 copies. To date, we have sold 14,000 copies of And There Was Light. We first published it in 1987, then re-released it in 1998 with additional material that had been omitted from the earlier edition. This later release is still selling like a frontlist title.

Jacques Lusseyran has an appeal that transcends race, age, culture, and religion. He inspires everyone who discovers him. The book has been chosen for discussion groups. It is required reading for the ninth grade class in some Waldorf Schools. It was named one of the best spiritual books of the century by a Harper San Francisco committee in 1999, “one of the 10 best spiritual books you’ve never read” by U.S. Catholic magazine that same year, and it was an “Editor’s Pick” for the Quality Paperback Club in 1992.

I think the most interesting thing about this book is that it has garnered an almost cult following mainly through word of mouth. We did all the normal things: sent the book to reviewers, got many magnificent reviews, did direct mailings to organizations for the blind, WW II buff…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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