for the Month: January 2012

2012 Winter Institute in New Orleans

Old friends and and new at the American Booksellers Association's annual event

2012 marked ABRAMS’ second sponsorship of Winter Institute, a meeting of over 500 booksellers from all over the country. I was fortunate enough to attend alongside Erica Kochman. We divide and conquer to cover all bases during the show, with Erica handling any aspects that relate to sales and me handling all things related to entertaining. Editor-at-large Howard Reeves also attended as two of his authors were featured at the show.

posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2012
in the category Conferences

Q&A with author Matthew Robbins

Inspired Weddings: Designing Your Big Day with Favorite Objects and Family Treasures

Author Matthew Robbins sat down with ABRAMS editorial director Jennifer Levesque to answer some questions about his new book, Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings: Designing Your Big Day with Favorite Objects and Family Treasures!

Read the interview after the break!

posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012
in the category Interview

It’s awfully exciting to come to work in the morning and find a box on your desk containing a knitted dinosaur. It’s even more exciting (and, okay, a little strange) when that happens every day for a week! But alas, there was a reason I came to work each day last week to find a new knitted dinosaur waiting for me: We had hired knitters all over the country to make samples of all shapes and sizes from our new book, Knitted Dinosaurs, for display at Vogue Knitting Live (last week) and for TNNA (this coming weekend).

Head over to the STC Craft blog to read the full story! >>

posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012
in the category Craft

Boots Around the Office

Seven fabulous sets of boots worn by seven amazing ABRAMS women

It’s gotten good and cold here in NYC. I love the winter and am hoping for snow. Lots of snow. Paralyzing snow. The kind of snow that has my boss (the CEO) advising employees not to risk their safety whilst commuting. But I digress. Cold weather = boot weather and everyone is wearing them.

Here are six fabulous sets of boots worn by six amazing ABRAMS women who are always well dressed. (And, believe me, I could have found 56 pairs of great boots this week.)…

posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012
in the category Around the Office

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Honoring an American Hero

This Monday, as is every third Monday in January, marks the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday that honors the birth of a great community-minded and civil rights fighting leader. Dr. King led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, along with the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where he delivered one of the most important speeches in American History, titled I Have a Dream to over 200,000 Civil Rights supporters on the steps of The Lincoln Memorial. While Dr. King was known for being a beloved Baptist Reverend and a prolific orator, many don’t know about the personal side of King, or the type of person that he was outside the public eye.

posted on Friday, January 13th, 2012
in the category Holidays

STC Craft at Vogue Knitting LIVE New York

The second annual event is this weekend!

The second annual Vogue Knitting LIVE NYC is this weekend, and if last year’s show was any indication, midtown Manhattan will transform into a knitter’s mecca come Friday. STC Craft is excited to be part of the festivities. If you’re attending, we hope you’ll check out our author events. Head over to the STC Craft blog for the full schedule!

posted on Thursday, January 12th, 2012
in the category Craft

Faraway Place, Familiar Face

Robert Capa exhibition at Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

ABRAMS, like most of the publishing world, shuts down between Christmas and New Year’s, and this year, I took that wonderful week and fled to Barcelona to relax, wander, and eat. (Mostly eat. But there was also quite a bit of wandering.) For the first time ever, I was (eek!) traveling alone. Friends would be coming to join me a few days later, but for the first half of the trip, the bulk of my conversations were with the (very nice) people serving me dinner.

Not gonna lie— it got kind of lonely.

Granted, those five days were a good opportunity to reflect, think deep thoughts, etc., etc., but still, they were pretty lonely—and since I’m being honest, thinking deep thoughts is not something I want to be doing on my vacations. Luckily, during a visit to MNAC (Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya), I ran into a familiar face: Robert Capa!

posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
in the category Art

New Year’s Resolutions

Colleagues share their goals and aspirations for 2012

Back at our desks, after a very healthy break from the office (we didn’t return until the 3rd!), I have polled some co-workers for their New Year’s Resolutions…

posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
in the category Around the Office