for the Month: August 2011

S’mores S’mores and more S’mores!

Adventures with Sarah Huck and Jaimee Young's 'Campfire Cookery'

Marketing Manager Kerry Liebling test drove our new summer camping cookbook, Campfire Cookery. The result? Some delicious-sounding confections and one very jealous editor.

When I received my advance copy of Campfire Cookery: Adventuresome Recipes and Other Curiosities for the Great Outdoors earlier this year, I remember flipping to the section on s’mores immediately. I have only gone camping a handful of times, but my favorite part of the entire experience is not communing with nature or watching the beautiful crackling embers of campfire , but the ooey gooey chocolately goodness of my beloved s’mores. So when I learned that we were doing a book devoted to campfire cooking, my first thought was: how does one improve upon the most delicious treat that may have ever been invented?

posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
in the category Cooking

The Mets: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

Fans pay tribute to their beloved blue-and-orange hometown team

Editorial Director Jennifer Levesque makes nice on her promise to pay respect to her beloved Mets, just in time for our 50th anniversary commemorative book.

I’m very excited for the publication on September 1st of The Mets: A 50th Anniversary Celebration, which I worked on in conjunction with the New York Daily News. The book is written by two of their reporters, Andy Martino and Anthony McCarron, and includes a moving foreword by former Met Ron Darling.

posted on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011
in the category Sports

What was your favorite dress growing up?

Some ABRAMS ladies reminisce about their favorite childhood garments

I know that school has already started in some states, but here in New York the kids go back the day after Labor Day.

I tend to reminisce at this time of year, thinking back to going school-clothes shopping with my mom, picking out a pile of things and talking about them in the car on the way home. In honor of one of my favorite new releases, I Had A Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn, I decided to ask some of the fashionable ABRAMS ladies if they had a favorite dress when they were heading back to school.

posted on Friday, August 26th, 2011
in the category Children's Books

Newport, Rhode Island: There’s more than sailing here after all

Discovering one of the 50 places to sail before you die

Alison Gervais, senior production manager, takes a trip back to her home state to discover one of the 50 places to sail before you die… but decides to attend the Newport Jazz Festival instead.

Ah, Newport. Newport, Rhode Island, that is. The harbor is spectacular, the bars and restaurants are hopping, and the town itself is rich in New England history. One of the four original towns of Rhode Island, the Astors and Vanderbilts built some of the most beautiful summer “homes” here, stunning mansions erected during the mid-nineteenth century. John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier were married in Newport and both Presidents Kennedy and Eisenhower made this their summer go-to spot. It’s been host to the legendary America’s Cup. And of course, it’s where Dylan went electric in 1965.

posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2011
in the category Featured Book

Snail mail origami yodas and darth papers

Celebrating the release of 'Darth Paper Strike Back' with author Tom Angleberger

To celebrate today’s release of Darth Paper Strikes Back, author Tom Angleberger talks about the perks being an author who inspires readers to get creative with origami.”

One of the best parts of being an author is hearing from kid readers. And, as School Library Journal Blogger Betsy Bird has noted, the Internet has really changed that since the days of Dear Mr. Henshaw.

See, I don’t just get letters from readers, I get origami! And with the Internet, a kid can email a photo of his or her origami and I can post it on for everybody to see.

posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
in the category Young Adult Books

A very happy birthday to the one and only George Herriman

'Krazy Kat and the Art of George Herriman' author Craig Yoe on this heppy, heppy day

Craig Yoe, author of ‘Krazy Kat and the Art of George Herriman,’ out this month, wishes the famed cartoonist a very happy (ahem… HEPPY!) birthday.

Happy Birthday George Herriman! Or “Heppy” as George used to spell it in his playful strip Krazy Kat. Or “Garge” as seminal newspaper cartoonist and close friend of Herriman Tad Dorgan used to spell it. Heppy Birthday Garge! George Joesph Heriman, merely The Greatest Cartoonist of All, was born on this date in 1880…

posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2011
in the category Graphic Novels

The Hidden Talents of ABRAMS: Revealed

So who really was a Majorette?

Merle Browne, executive assistant to CEO and President Michael Jacobs, finally divulges the final answers to our ‘Hidden Talents’ post on Monday.

It’s been a busy week here on the sixth floor, and though lots of people stopped me in the hall begging for clues to my list of extraordinary employees and their talents, not too many people ventured actual guesses.

posted on Friday, August 19th, 2011
in the category Around the Office, Who We Are

The Smurfs: A movie review

'The World of the Smurfs' book editor takes a trip to the cinema

Assistant editor Wesley Royce recalls the love she poured into the making of our new book The World of the Smurfs–and tells us what it’s like to see the little blue guys in CGI on the big screen.

When the proposal for The World of Smurfs first crossed my desk last September, I immediately leapt at the opportunity to publish the book. I was a huge fan of the cartoon series as a young kid, and even counted myself as a Smurf figurine collector. A year later, I am so pleased with the final product and must say this has been one of my favorite projects to have worked on. It was a mighty joint effort to say the least but between Lafig, the Belgian company who owned the rights. Smurfs creator Peyo’s family, Sony and Columbia Pictures, and of course Abrams, the whole project came together flawlessly. I’d like to think we published a book that everyone was proud of and any Smurf fan would be happy to have…

posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2011
in the category Pop Culture

The cover evolution of Peter Nimble & His Fantastic Eyes

The designer (and author and illustrator) recount the work that went into creating the beautiful cover

We decided that we needed to celebrate the cover art of one of our amazing Amulet titles that’s just released. It’s called Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, and our in-house designer (and creative director) Chad Beckerman shared the various iterations of the cover on his blog. We’re excerpting a bit of his post here but feel free to jump to his blog to see more. I also highly suggest taking a look at author Jonathan Auxier’s blog, where he also discusses the cover evolution.

posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
in the category Design, Young Adult Books

The Hidden Talents of ABRAMS

Uncovering the multi-layered personalities on the sixth floor

Merle Browne, executive assistant to President and CEO Michael Jacobs, decided to take a stab at uncovering some of the varied hidden talents of ABRAMS employees. Even if you don’t them, it’s still an impressive list.

There are 112 full time employees here at ABRAMS, 32 men and 80 women, who range in age from 21 to 72…and there are talented people in our midst.

I mean, obviously, there are talented people working here on the sixth floor. We publish beautiful, fascinating, funny and informative books, how could we not be talented?

But we have secret skills too. Hidden strengths that don’t get showcased at our desks each day, some of which would amaze a casual observer.

posted on Monday, August 15th, 2011
in the category Around the Office