EJT-AuthorPhoto-WebLight Messages is excited and proud to announce that our very own Elizabeth Turnbull has been elected to serve on the board of directors of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), beginning in July of this year.


The IBPA is a not-for-profit membership organization serving and leading the indie publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With nearly 3,000 members, the IBPA is the largest publishing trade association in the United States.

The board members regularly meet to discuss and plan the association’s business while reflecting the IBPA’s core values and goals. The board members may serve two- to four-year terms where they will serve on committees representing the interests of the independent publishing association’s members.

“I’m beyond thrilled at the opportunity to serve, to influence our book culture, and, most of all, to learn from the best and brightest minds in the industry,” Elizabeth said upon hearing the news of her election to the board.



Elizabeth has been the Senior Editor at Light Messages Publishing since 2012. Under her tenure, the press has added a new imprint and expanded to a total of 15-20 titles a year, many of which have gone on to be award winners and bestsellers in their categories.

Currently, Elizabeth is also chairing the planning committee for Durham’s inaugural Read Local Book Festival, a three-day literary festival presented by Light Messages Publishing and Durham County Library to bring together more than 80 of the area’s writers, booksellers, small presses, and other bookish professionals. The festival is a benefit for Durham Library Foundation.

Elizabeth studied Spanish and Journalism at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and received her MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University. She currently lives in Hillsborough, N.C., with her husband, where they are starting a small farm.

About Light Messages Publishing: Light Messages is a small press in Durham, NC. We pride ourselves on publishing meaningful books by emerging authors. For more information, please contact Managing Partner Betty Turnbull by email at betty [at] lightmessages [dot] com or by phone 919-866-5498.

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