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Mary Ann Grossman Article Waldman legacy stays
in the family


Mary Ann Grossmann,
St. Paul Pioneer Press,
April 20, 2003, Page 11E

Brett Waldman is on a high these days. He started a new publishing house, he now owns Waldman House Press, and he got married.

"There's been a world of change in my life over this last year. Lots of positive things," Waldman says happily.

He had been president of the Minneapolis-based Bookmen book distributorship and of Waldman House Press when the Bookmen was sold last year. At that time, Ned Waldman didn't want to sell Waldman House Press to his son. So Brett struck out on his own and launched TRISTAN Publishing, dedicated to publishing books with a message.

About a month ago, Ned changed his mind and offered to sell Waldman House to Brett.

"It was a surprise, and also exciting, when my dad came to me with the deal," Brett says. "I think he realized he would rather his legacy carry on through me rather than one of the monster publishing corporations. It worked out, and we closed the deal. I rented a truck, hired some guys and moved 140,000 books to my TRISTAN offices in Golden Valley."

This is good news for readers because it ensures the continuation of a press that's published books such as the "Cup of Christmas Tea" series and inspirational picture books like Warren Hanson's "The Next Place." Waldman House will now become an imprint of TRISTAN Publishing.

About the time Waldman started his new press, he met Sheila Bleeke as they both waited for early morning flights out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. They were married Jan. 17 in a quiet ceremony at the Como Conservatory in St. Paul.

"I was standing in the security line at the airport, and there she was," Waldman recalls. "When she walked by, it was kind of 'Wow!'"


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