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Lena Tabori
Lena Tabori is the Publisher of Welcome Books and founder of the parent company, Welcome Enterprises. She runs it today with her partners, Hiro Clark Wakabayashi, her two daughters, Katrina and Natasha, Clark’s wife Alice Wong and his brother Greg Wakabayashi.

Her first post on Huffington Post can be found here.

Distributed by Random House, Welcome Books has published numerous photography books: "The Oxford Project" by Peter Feldstein, with text by Stephen G. Bloom, "American Farmer" by Paul Mobley, "Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town" by Douglas Gayeton, "India" by Eric Meola, Jon Ortner’s "Canyon Wilderness of the Southwest", "Elvis 1956" by Al Wertheimer, "On The Street" and "Fourth Wall" by Amy Arbus, "Searchings" by Barbara Bordnick (for which they have also organized exhibitions in New York, East Hampton, Cleveland, Modesto, Palo Alto and San Francisco), "Buddha" by Jon Ortner, "An Evening with Marilyn" by Douglas Kirkland, "New York Deco" by Richard Berenholtz and Rosalie Winard’s" Wild Birds of the American Wetlands". Art books include Sam Fink’s "The Constitution of the United States", which they also produced as a Limited Edition of loose folios.

Welcome Enterprises, as book packager, designed Richard Avedon’s "Portraits", designed and produced New York, New York by Richard Berenholtz, "Los Angeles" by Tim Street-Porter and Laura Wilson’s "Avedon At Work: In The American West" not to mention dozens of high end Disney books.

Welcome Entertainment, as a film production company, produced "Ziggy’s Gift", for ABC for which Ms Tabori won an Emmy in 1982.

Lena Tabori began her publishing career in 1967 at Harry N. Abrams where she developed and edited Masaai by photographer Carol Beckwith, Norman Rockwell’s Christmas and numerous other titles.

She left in 1980 as Vice President of Marketing and Special Sales to co-found Stewart, Tabori & Chang, a company now owned by the French Groupe Latigny.

Ms. Tabori has contributed articles to various national magazines, has taught at The Women’s School and was an Adjunct Professor at NYU. She has served as a director on the board of the American Book Producers Association and participates in many seminars, panel discussions and lecture series in the publishing industry.

Ms. Tabori has two grown daughters, Natasha and Katrina (both of whom work at Welcome) and a 10-week old grandson, George Michael. She lives in New York City with Frank Rehor. She grew up in the theatre. Her mother was Swedish actress, Viveca Lindfors; Her stepfather, Hungarian writer-director George Tabori.

Probably, if Leo Lerman, then with Conde Nast, hadn't opened his art library to her when she was eleven, she would be a theatre producer today instead of a book publisher.

Entries by Lena Tabori

18 Books to Inform, Deepen and Transform Your Understanding of Education in America

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 4:33 AM

Recommendations from the Best K-12 Teachers in the Country

Last Fall, when we were publishing Katrina Fried's brilliant book, American Teacher, Heroes in the Classroom containing interviews with 50 of the best K-12 teachers in America, I asked the educators if they could recommend books and films which...

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11 Books You Can't Miss This Mardi Gras

(3) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Tourists are flocking to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and this weekend it is in full swing. This year's parade season is through March 4th. Of course, there will be a wild time eating, drinking and shouting, "Throw me something, Mista!" And, many will leave New Orleans bloated,...

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A Hero in Detroit Changing the World

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 1:37 PM


For 40 years, Brother Bob Malloy, a priest of the Capuchin order, has been serving the mentally ill and disabled, and ministering to the poor. Raised in the Detroit area, a decade ago he returned to his childhood neighborhood to run the Capuchin Soup...

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San Francisco Heroes Changing the World

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 1:29 PM

On Oct. 24, the country celebrated National Food Day, marking a movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. With every year, the day becomes more popular and the interest in our nation's food policies becomes more widespread. The City of San Francisco, known for its progressive movements, is no exception....

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L.A. Heroes Changing the World

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 1:28 PM

Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation started a chain of pharmacies and thrift-stores over a decade ago, which almost fully support the organization's $500-million annual budget. Today, AHF is the largest nonprofit global HIV/AIDS organization and cares for 175,000 patients in 24 countries.

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D.C. Heroes Changing the World

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 1:18 PM

Through job training, meal distribution and supporting local food systems, D.C. Central Kitchen uses healthy food as a tool to strengthen community. The organization has served 25 million meals, helped 1,000 men and women gain full-time employment and empowers 5,000 student volunteers every year...

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New York Heroes Changing the World

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 1:10 PM

Geoffrey Canada started the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) 14 years ago with the goal of providing every necessary support service to the children living on one block in New York City's poorest neighborhood. Today, the HCZ serves the needs of 11,000 children, from birth...

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Chicago Heroes Changing the World

(1) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 12:59 PM

Gary Slutkin's unorthodox approach of training local members of America's most crime-ridden urban areas to use their street credibility to interrupt the violent impulses of fellow residents before they are acted upon, while simultaneously providing social outreach and educational resources within the communities, is the foundation of his organization CeaseFire....

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Amazing Illustrated Art Books And Their Brilliant Publishers (PHOTOS)

(17) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 8:18 AM

At Book Expo America, I was thinking deeply about the role of publishers as I walked the show looking for the new great visual books--gift books, photography books, cookbooks, art books, maybe even a children's book. What is a great publisher and why does America have so few...

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Veterans Day 2010: Books To Remember World War II (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 6:12 AM

Today is the day we honor our veterans. Yet many of us, particularly the young amongst us, know little of World War 2, a war that every American played a part in. A new book that pays tribute to World War II veterans hopes to change that. As an immigrant...

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7 Best Meat Cookbooks For Carnivores And Locavores (PHOTOS)

(14) Comments | Posted November 3, 2010 | 8:25 AM

I love meat but I prefer it without antibiotics, hormones or genetically modified anything. When I had a breast cancer diagnosis years ago my brilliant New York oncologist said, "Eat bush." Bush was our President at the time and for a weird second I thought he was digressing into politics....

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8 Of The Best Italian Cookbooks (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted October 2, 2010 | 5:30 AM

Just so you know, I'm a Swede. Warner Brothers brought my mother to America when I was three and she was an actress all of her life. She never cooked. She ate cottage cheese and blueberries. My nanny baked. Thank goodness for that. Until I was eighteen, Italian...

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Constitution Day: Celebrate The Birth Of America With A New Illustrated Constitution (PHOTOS)

(6) Comments | Posted September 17, 2010 | 7:30 AM

Today is Constitution Day. "Constitution Day--what's that?" you may well ask. It's not exactly a well-known holiday. In fact, it's only existed in an official sense since 2004, when a bill requiring schools to teach about the Constitution on September 17 was passed. But official or not, today...

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'Give It All, Give It Now': A Beautiful Illustration Of Annie Dillard's Writing Advice (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 5:55 AM

The Independent Publisher Book Awards just announced the 2010 Outstanding Books of the Year. These are special awards recognizing the daring spirit of independent authors and publishers. This year we at my publishing company, Welcome Books, are again included.

Give It All, Give It Now (Welcome...

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Mother's Day: 7 Of My Favorite Books As A Mom And A Publisher (PHOTOS, POLL)

(4) Comments | Posted May 7, 2010 | 8:30 AM

In 1995, my mother died in Sweden where she had gone to perform her one-woman show, "I Am Strindberg." Last September my eldest daughter became a mother and I a grandmother for the first time (his name is George).

These books cover what I love as a...

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Earth Day 2010: America's Amazing Canyons (PHOTOS, POLL)

(24) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 6:29 AM

Spring exploded in New York over these last two weeks...tulips, bleeding hearts, apple blossoms, daffodils... all emerged from the earth with startling speed, perfectly timed for Earth Day. Simultaneously, cartons tumbled out of the Random House warehouse bearing copies of the mini edition of Jon Ortner's stunning "Canyon...

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Best Books For Your Christmas Wishlist (PHOTOS, POLL)

(6) Comments | Posted December 22, 2009 | 6:29 AM

Books are beautiful objects, and to me there's nothing more alluring than one produced with all the stops pulled out: on uniquely gorgeous paper and practically ready for the museum glass case. They carry a stiff price tag, but these limited editions will only become more valuable with age. I...

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Christmas Gifts 2009: The Most Beautiful Books Of The Year

(8) Comments | Posted December 4, 2009 | 10:46 AM

"Here is my secret...what is essential is invisible to the naked eye"
--The Little Prince

I grew up with a Swedish mother and a Hungarian stepfather both of whom had a powerful aesthetic. She was emotional, raw, and dramatic -- she was an actress, after all. He was still,...

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