for the Month: January 2013
What a wonderful opportunity for a New Yorker to write a book about Grand Central Terminal! And what a challenge to find something new to say about this century-old landmark that has been the subject of half a dozen books and hundreds – if not thousands – of articles. Gabrielle Shubert, director of the New York Transit Museum, met the challenge by organizing the book to focus on not just the building, but also its 100 years of history at the center of New York – its special place in the city, its role as a haven for soldiers and sailors during World War II, its function as a town square where thousands gathered to watch moon shots on giant TV monitors.
I know it’s freezing and we’re all bundled up, but I spied a tattoo the other day over by an area of our office known as “Open Design” and decided to do some detective work to see how many tattoos I could find here in the office. I was pleasantly surprised! Several people passed me along to others and, of course, everyone had a story.
James Magni is an award-winning architect and designer based in Hollywood, California. His work has been featured in magazines such as Architectural Digest, the New York Times, and Robb Report. His furnishing line is available in major cities across the United States.
On January 15, 2013, Martin Luther King Jr. would have celebrated his eighty-fourth birthday. For a great many reasons, his absence is felt by all, but nowhere more profoundly than in the homes and hearts of his family.
Whenever a new year starts I look back on the books I’ve read and try and think about what I liked the most, and what I’m most looking forward to in the upcoming year. Working in publishing is great for many reasons, but being able to talk with coworkers just as passionate and knowledgeable about the world of literature is perhaps the best part. I decided to poll some of these coworkers to see what they read in 2012 and find out what they liked best, and what they’re looking forward to tackling in 2013. See what we read after the break!
Lindy sits diagonally across from my desk, in a warmly lit, comfortable office. She’s my island of calm on hectic days and I love that we can see each other perfectly from our desks. She’s a very quiet, very hard worker, that Lindy, and is always here long after I leave.
The RRKidz app made its debut on Apple’s iTunes in June 2012 and I joined representatives from Holiday House Books, Little Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group, and others for the launch party. Mr. Burton — oh, who am I kidding, he’s LeVar! — LeVar and I exchanged good wishes and he thanked ABRAMS for providing, yep, our beautiful books (and it should come as no surprise that I have a newfound interest in Star Trek: Next Generation 365).
GENIE WISHES is a charming middle-grade novel about a one-of-a-kind fifth grader’s wishes, hopes, and dreams. Written by Elisabeth Dahl, a debut author, the book will be published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, in April 2013. GENIE WISHES is a story about fifth grade—highs, lows, and hamster erasers—as seen through the eyes of the class blogger, Genie. Learn more about GENIE WISHES and more about Elisabeth after the break!
SPLINTERED is a stunning debut that captures the fantastical madness of a mystical under-land as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner, the fictional great-great-great-granddaughter of the real Alice Liddell, the woman who inspired Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, finds that the real Wonderland is full of strange beings and dark agendas. She must right the wrongs of Alice to break a maddening family curse. This month we celebrate the release of Splintered by debut author A. G. Howard. Learn more about the author after the break!
The following shows the process Ethen and I went through while working on the cover for Michael Buckley’s latest series, NERDS. I wish I could have better descriptions but I don’t want to give away all my secrets. See how the cover evolved after the break.