for the Month: April 2012

The Joy of Decorating

NYC book launch and party recap

Phoebe Howard is not only an incredibly talented decorator, but such a warm and fun woman that everyone who knows her can’t help but volunteer their support and good wishes in whatever new endeavor she’s taking on. And so, Phoebe found herself in the very enviable position of having not one, but TWO, A-list designers hosting her for her first NYC book launch of The Joy of Decorating: Southern Style with Mrs. Howard.

On April 24th, Charlotte Moss and Bunny Williams co-hosted the launch party at Carolina Herrara’s Madison Ave store. The store graciously devoted window space to a large display of the book cover – and included a gorgeous color-complementary evening dress in the mix!

posted on Monday, April 30th, 2012
in the category Design

Al Roker and Poem in Your Pocket

The culmination of National Poetry Month

ABRAMS has really gotten in the spirit of National Poetry Month this year, including inspiring a mysterious poetry bomber to take over the office and poetry bombing independent bookstore ourselves! Yesterday, which was Poem in Your Pocket Day, the children and young adult marketing and publicity department woke up at the crack of dawn to wait outside The Today Show in the name of poetry. We were armed with our “Poem in Your Pocket” sign, as well as many copies of Poem in Your Pocket. The department was on TV three times (we’re famous!)—one of which was behind Al Roker while he did the weather! After The Today Show, we headed to Union Square where we passed out single poems to unknowing commuters. Our hope is that these lucky New Yorkers read and enjoyed the poems, and went on to share them with friends and colleagues throughout the day.

posted on Friday, April 27th, 2012
in the category Poetry

Poem In Your Pocket Day

Celebrating National Poetry Month at ABRAMS

After weeks of “Poetry Bombing” which included surprising and fabulously interesting poems and placements, we are closing in on the culmination of Poetry Month with Poem In Your Pocket Day, today, and then a Verse And Vino luncheon on Monday.

posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2012
in the category Poetry

“We gaze, we also learn to love.”

ABRAMS President and CEO Michael Jacobs reflects admiringly on Wordsworth and Coleridge

“The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heav’n;
And, as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shape, and gives to aiery nothing
A local habitation and a name.”

—From A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wm. Shakespeare

While in town for the London Book Fair last Sunday, I decided to take the Tube to near the end of the Northern Line and walked up the hill in search of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s grave. I’ve been reading Coleridge and Wordsworth and thinking about their famous and ongoing “conversation.”

posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
in the category Poetry

I Speak Dinosaur!

An interview with author Jed Henry

ABRAMS Creative Director Chad Beckerman interviews I Speak Dinosaurs! author Jed Henry. Jed is a fresh, new picture book talent and the illustrator of Pick a Pup, by Marsha Wilson Chall, and Can’t Wait till Christmas, by Mike Huckabee. Click through to read the interview!

posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
in the category Children's Books

I Want To Go To Chelsea

Art Around Town & Beyond

This month’s installment of I WANT TO GO TO CHELSEA: ART AROUND TOWN & BEYOND takes us to the Storm King Art Center, located in the Hudson Valley in Mountainville, NY.

We had been car sitting for a friend of ours, and along with the responsibility of remembering to move the car in order to not get a parking ticket, came the fun of having the car to get out of town on weekends! So on a very gorgeous spring day a few weeks ago, we hopped in the car and headed upstate. Destination? Storm King.

posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
in the category Art

Alice in Wonderland

Giant Poster and Coloring Book

My kids are I are huge Alice in Wonderland fans – we’ve watched the Disney movie together several times, and they both love reading The Annotated Alice with me before bed. They make me read and reread the annotations, even though they don’t understand most of them. So they were completely thrilled when I brought home The Alice in Wonderland Giant Poster and Coloring Book (Abrams Image, 2012). Full disclosure: The girls actually colored (i.e., destroyed) an entire Alice coloring book already, so I had to bring home a brand-new one for the purpose of this blog post!

posted on Monday, April 16th, 2012
in the category Children's Books

Friday the 13th

Superstitions from around the office

In honor of Friday The Thirteenth I have been asked to write a post about superstitions. Superstition is a belief in supernatural causality that one event leads to the cause of another without any process in the physical world linking the two events. How superstitious is the staff here at Abrams? Click through to find out…

posted on Friday, April 13th, 2012
in the category Around the Office

Powell’s City of Books

A store visit in Portland, OR

Powell’s City of Books. It’s a nice idea, first of all, but when you’re there, it’s a nice reality. You can wander and sniff out and have coffee and hunker down and pet a cat or a dog – if only the food trucks delivered…. Anyway, I was recently in Portland, OR (City of Roses), so headed to Powell’s, picked up my map, and contemplated the neighborhoods.

posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
in the category Bookstore

Under the Cover: Get Dressed! by Seymour Chwast

A new book from Abrams Appleseed

Working on this project was a designer’s dream come true. When Abrams Appleseed Publishing Director Cecily Kaiser, casually mentioned we were doing a children’s book with Seymour Chwast (!) … she wondered if I’d have any interest in accompanying her to a meeting with Seymour (!!) … at the Pushpin studio (!!!) … I very nearly fell off my chair. Let me preface: I studied Seymour Chwast and the original Push Pin Studio in college. His work is highlighted in my circa-1999 art history book because even then, as a naive art student, I knew Seymour was the real deal.

posted on Monday, April 9th, 2012
in the category Children's Books