for the Month: October 2011
Let’s face it: most of us no longer dress up for Halloween. But what would your costume be if resources (time, money, and peer acceptance) were endless? I posed the question to some folks around the office, and the responses were more specific, immediate, and decisive than I expected. What a bunch of closeted costume-lovers! There were some historical choices…
This past Friday we had our semi-annual preview party in our office. It’s basically an excuse to eat and drink while looking at all of the books we are publishing that season (in this case fall). There’s also a bake-off and a quiz. This season, after numerous victories, I was put in charge of the quiz and, and after discussion with the other planning committee members we decided to make it more of a survey/scavenger hunt than a quiz. A few of my colleagues’ answers…
The 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts is coming up in 2012, and ABRAMS is fortunate to be publishing the official commemorative book, Girl Scouts: A Celebration of 100 Trailblazing Years and Girl Scouts of the USA 100th Anniversary 2012 Wall Calendar. Below is a brand-new q&a with the Girl Scouts of the USA, about the making of the book and, of course, the cookies.
With a significant percentage of our co-workers in Germany earlier this month, Kristina Tully (Assistant Contracts Manager) and I wondered if there was a way to lift the spirits of those remaining. Kristina is presently attending business school and was inspired by one of her management classes. We contacted Michael with a plan and he agreed. A mini Octoberfest on Friday!
With the World Series in full swing, it seems appropriate to revel in a little baseball nostalgia. Here is a selection of several of my favorite baseball photographs from The Big Show: Charles Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball Photographs (Abrams, September 2011) by Neal and Constance McCabe.
For some folks, life is a straight and steady line, pushing on toward the horizon. For others–and one must surely count author Lauren Myracle in this latter group–it’s a roller coaster ride of dizzying heights and dramatic lows. Never more so than in the past ten days. Last Monday the 10th, Lauren got a phone call that authors dream of: her most recent book, Shine, had been nominated for a National Book Award. She was ecstatic, but was told to keep the news secret until the formal announcement on the 12th. Sure enough, at the live press conference, Shine was held up and extolled as one of the best books of the year for young people. Lauren heard her name read off in a list that included such great writers as Albert Marrin, Gary D. Schmidt, Thanhha Lai, and Debbie Dahl Edwardson. Then, shortly after the press conference, another book was hastily added to the list, the similar sounding Chime, by Franny Billingsley. The National Book Foundation explained the late addition by saying there had been a “mistake” and a “miscommunication.” Soon the internet was alight with speculation that the wrong book had been announced, that Shine was meant to be Chime.The roller coaster was plummeting to earth.
Eli, No! by Katie Kirk (Abrams Books for Young Readers, October 2011) is the story about a very adorable dog named Eli, who likes to get himself into trouble by eating too much, taking up the whole bed, and not always playing nice. His owners are constantly telling him, “Eli, no” as he runs through the house creating chaos, but even at his messiest, they love him very much. This story about unconditional love between dog owners and their pets, written and illustrated by Katie Kirk, is great for even the youngest of readers! In celebration of the publication of this title, some of my colleagues in the Children’s Department have shared their own stories about their best friends.
Last week Little Pim celebrated the release of the brand new board books with a launch party at Books of Wonder in New York City. Little Pim‘s creator and author Julia Pimsleur Levine spoke about the making of the books, “With three languages and half a dozen language advisors, reaching a consensus on what to put IN the books was not always an easy task. Debating the relative merits of ‘scared’ vs. ‘frightened’ (‘peur’ vs. ‘effrayé’), and deliberating over whether we were staring at a banana or platano, reminded me how learning a second language expands your understanding of the world and how languages work.”
Publishing can be a pretty fun and cool business. Over the years, if one sticks around long enough, you get to meet exciting authors and artists, chefs and craftspeople, all sorts of personalities. But every once in a while you get the opportunity to do something that stands apart as extra special and memorable, a kind of event of a lifetime. Mary Wowk, Abrams Vice President Sales and Marketing, and I had such an opportunity. We were invited to attend the grand opening of the new George Harrison exhibition at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
October is the time of year when many craft breweries release a style of beer called Märzen. Which is weird, since in German the word Märzen means “March,” as in the month. Of course, not all brewers call this style by that name; some use the style’s other name: Oktoberfest.
Come again? How can a single, seasonal beer style be alternately named after two months that are half a year apart? To solve the riddle, you’ve got to go back in time.