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Baker & Taylor and Red Cygnet Press Announce Winner of Writing Contest
Baker & Taylor, Inc.( 04/04/2008 )

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - April 4, 2008 -- Baker & Taylor, the world's largest book and entertainment distributor, announced today that Hana Khan of Irvine, CA was named the winner of the Baker & Taylor/Red Cygnet Press Young Author Writing Contest. Khan's entry, entitled Taylor's Birthday Party, will be published by Red Cygnet Press in August of 2008. Khan, age 9, will appear with Baker & Taylor at the ALA summer conference in Anaheim, CA in June 2008 for a book signing in their booth.

"Red Cygnet is very excited to be able to extend our mission down to the younger grades," said Bruce Glassman, President and CEO of Red Cygnet Press. "It's been so gratifying to publish "undiscovered" talent at the college level, and now we can do it at the elementary level, too."

Baker & Taylor and Red Cygnet Press co-sponsored a writing contest for kids ages 12 and under to create an original story based on Baker & Taylor's famous cat mascots. Red Cygnet, the publisher partner in the contest, is pairing Khan's winning story with illustrations by Mai S. Kemble to create a picture book for children ages 3 - 7. Taylor's Birthday Party will be published by Red Cygnet and distributed through Baker & Taylor.

About Red Cygnet Press, Inc.
Red Cygnet Press ( is a new kind of children's book publishing company--one that gives some of the most talented college students a chance to be published illustrators and authors by the time they graduate, or shortly thereafter. To do this, they've developed partnerships with America's best universities. These partnerships enable their editorial staff to evaluate the talents of each school's students and then to offer the most promising individuals a chance to create an entire children's book, which Red Cygnet Press will publish.

About Baker & Taylor, Inc.
Baker & Taylor, Inc. ( is a global information and entertainment services company that offers books, videos, music, games and services to libraries, educational institutions, and retailers. Based in Charlotte, N.C., the company has been in existence for over 180 years, developing long-term relationships with major suppliers, including book publishers, movie studios, and music labels. Baker & Taylor maintains one of the largest combined in-stock book, video and music inventories in the United States, and services the broadest customer base in the industry. Baker & Taylor is majority owned by Castle Harlan Partners IV, L.P., a leading private equity investment firm.

About Castle Harlan
Castle Harlan invests in controlling interests in the buyout and development of middle-market companies in North America and Europe. Its team of 10 managing directors has completed 45 acquisitions since its inception with a total value in excess of $8.7 billion. The firm traces its roots to the start of the institutionalized private-equity business in the late 1960s. Castle Harlan's current portfolio companies, which employ more than 42,000 people, include Ames True Temper, a leading manufacturer of lawn and garden tools and accessories; RathGibson, Inc., a leading manufacturer of highly engineered premium stainless steel and alloy welded tubing products, and Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, the operator and franchisor of 480 family restaurants.

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