“There are some people who are drunk on books: the bibliobibuli …”
—H. L. Mencken
Kelli Christiansen is drunk on books (in a good way).
Since joining B. Dalton Bookseller (remember that store?!?) in 1989, Kelli’s career has been one immersed in books and publishing and writing and editing. She has worked in all aspects of publishing, from acquisitions to editorial to production. Over the years, she has acquired, developed, and edited more than 250 books, working with such publishers as:
- ABA Publishing
- ALA Editions
- Bloomberg Press
- Consumer Guide
- Kaplan Publishing
- Osprey Publishing
- Workman Publishing
A number of the books Kelli has worked on over the years have earned positive reviews from such media as Barron’s, BusinessWeek, Library Journal, Military History Quarterly, The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, and Washington Times. Over the years, Kelli has worked on several titles of particular note, including:
- Backbone: History, Traditions, and Leadership Lessons of Marine Corps NCOs by Julia Dye, winner of the Military Writers Society of America’s 2014 Gold Medal for Reference
- Don’t Hurry Me Down to Hades by Susannah Ural, named one of the Best Books of 2013 by The Kansas City Star
- The Rice Paddy Navy by Linda Kush, nominated in 2013 for The William E. Colby Award for the Best Military History Book of the Year by a First-Time Author and for The Brigadier General James L. Collins Book Prize in Military History
- Battlefield Angels by Scott McGaugh, a Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist for History, 2012
- Lessons from the Greatest Stock Traders of All Time by John Boik, named by Barron’s as one of the best twenty-five books of 2004
- The New Reality of Wall Street by Donald Coxe, a BusinessWeek bestseller (December 6, 2004)
- Outsmarting the Smart Money by Larry Cunningham, named by Barron’s as one of the best twenty-five books of 2002
- The Master Swing Trader, a million-dollar bestseller in the finance and investing category
- Loyalty.com by Frederick Newell, named one of the best books of 2000 by getAbstract
agent … editor … writer … publishing pro
Kelli has spent more than twenty years writing manuscripts and working with books. She has covered high school sports, village boards, breaking news, and various aspects of the publishing industry. Her work has appeared in such media as Book Business Magazine; Carol Stream Press; Chicago Book Review; Chicago Life; Chicago Literati; Collections & Credit Risk Magazine; Faith, Hope & Fiction; Midwest Book Review; Midwestern Gothic; Sacramento Book Review; and San Francisco Book Review.
Kelli launched bibliobibuli professional editorial services in 2007, and she founded Chicago Publishing Network, a LinkedIn group with more than 1,800 members, in 2008. Kelli is publisher and founder of Chicago Book Review, which she launched in 2013. In addition, she served as Trustee and Vice President of the Glen Ellyn Public Library Board of Trustees from 2013–17, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Glen Ellyn Library Foundation.
In 2016, Kelli was honored to earn the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary and Dramatic Criticism by Society of Midland Authors for her work on Chicago Book Review.
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