Arcadia Publishing has agreed to acquire a “significant” majority interest in the New Orleans–based house Pelican Publishing. The purchase, due close in May, will be the first acquisition since Michael and Lili Lynton and David Steinberger formed a group to buy regional publishers and bought Arcadia last May. Pelican has been in business for nearly 100 years and has been owned by the Calhoun family since 1970. Pelican president and publisher Kathleen Calhoun Nettleton will continue with Pelican after the acquisition, and Pelican’s staff will remain in New Orleans. The company has a backlist of more than 2,000 titles with a particular focus on New Orleans and Louisiana. Click Read More below for additional detail.
With the release of the Winter Berries Forever stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates four of winter’s small yet vibrant offerings: the winterberry (Ilex verticillata), the juniper berry (Juniperus communis), the beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), and the soapberry (Sapindus saponaria). The stamps were issued at a First Day of Issue stamp dedication ceremony held in the A.R. & Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces at the Tulsa Botanic Garden today.
“I can’t think of a better place for the United States Postal Service to unveil a collection of stamps to celebrate one of nature’s unique and colorful wonderments,” said Steven Phelps, acting vice president, Pricing and Costing, U.S. Postal Service. “Although much of nature’s bold imagery gets muted by winter’s cold temperatures and snowfall, the four colorful berries that we are highlighting on our new stamps are sure to help brighten the season.”
The stamp art features highly detailed botanical portraits of each plant that highlight the bold colors and rich textures of their berries. Artist Steve Buchanan worked with Art Director Antonio Alcalá to create these four new stamps.
Barbara Sturdivant, chair, Tulsa Botanic Garden Board of Directors, and Todd Lasseigne, president and CEO, Tulsa Botanic Garden, joined Phelps in the ceremony, along with Raymond Red Corn, assistant principal chief, Osage Nation.
News of the stamps is being shared on social media using the hashtag #WinterBerriesStamps. Followers of the Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/usps.
The Winter Berries booklet of 20 stamps is being issued as Forever stamps, meaning they will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.