Our very own John Mesjak has been named the 2018 Publishers Weekly REP OF THE YEAR!

We are so unbelievably proud! Congratulations, John, and thanks for everything that you do for bookstores, publishers, and your fellow sales reps!

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John has been in the Book Business for 28 years and a Book Rep for 18 years. He is one amazing person and anyone who has been lucky enough to work with him knows the passion he has for the written word. We could not think of a better Rep to be the newest PW Rep of the Year!


John Mesjak, who joined Abraham Associates in 2007, was named PW Rep of the Year one decade after Roy Schonfeld, his colleague at the Midwest-based rep group, received that honor. Before joining Abraham Associates, Mesjak represented Publishers Group West.

In her nominating letter, Kris Kleindienst, co-owner of Left Bank Books in St. Louis, wrote: ‘John has consistently set the standard that all reps should aspire to. He sweats every detail, whether it’s sorting out a shipping confusion, or making sure the right bookstores know about the right books, or letting a publisher know that the cover they have in mind is in need of help. In the publishing and bookselling world, he is all in.’
— PW, March 28, 2018

Congratulations to Roy Schonfeld, the Voice of the Heartland 2017!

Here's some more news we've been waiting to share! We could not be more proud of Roy!

The Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and Midwest Independent Booksellers Associations have jointly announced, ahead of the Heartland Fall Forum next month:

“We grant the Voice of the Heartland award to outstanding individuals who uphold the value of independent bookselling and who have made a significant contribution to bookselling in the Midwest. This year's Voice of the Heartland award goes to Roy Schonfeld.

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“Roy Schonfeld began his life in books after a stint in the Peace Corps and graduate school at Ohio State. After some years as a bookseller and a book buyer, Roy was one of Stu Abraham's first hires when he started Abraham & Associates in 1992. 

“Covering a huge swath of the Midwest representing over 20 publishers, Roy was named Publishers Weekly Rep of the Year in 2008. He has served multiple terms on the board of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and continues to contribute to the education program of the Heartland Fall Forum. 

“Cary Loren of The Book Beat in Oak Park, MI, a longtime customer and friend, says "Roy is that rare creature in the book rep world able to endorse what he believes in, take orders without padding them, and leave an appointment before rush-hour traffic. We will miss Roy and remember dearly all those multiple trips to his car lugging hundreds of catalogs and samples from the bottomless list of publishers he represents."

“Thank you deeply to Roy for his years of service to booksellers all across the Midwest.”

We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Congratulations and thank you to our friend and colleague, Roy.

Say hello to our new sales rep, Sandra Law!

Here's some news that we've been breathlessly waiting to share!

We are proud to announce that Sandra Law will be joining Abraham Associates, beginning October 11, as our new sales rep for Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and some Chicago stores. 

Sandra will be taking over for Roy Schonfeld as he retires at the end of 2017.

For the last three years, Sandra has been the store manager at Anderson’s Bookshop in La Grange IL. Before that she was a store manager at H&M, and a manager and bookseller at Mitchell Books in Fort Wayne IN, and B&N.

We are thrilled to be able to draw on Sandra’s experience, insight, and passion as a bookseller, buyer, and store manager as she begins working with our publishers and booksellers.

(After Roy retires at the end of the year, as part of this territory reorganization, John will take over selling to stores in Kentucky.)

If you've got questions, email us at info [at] abrahamassociatesinc.com.