the category of "Pets"
Some people question the usefulness of book trailers. Does it actually help sell books? Do they possess the perfect balance of intrigue and information to make someone go out to their local bookstore or click that “buy” button on their favorite website?
Who knows! What I can tell you is that people seem to love puppies. So when I got the chance to make a book trailer for J. Nichole Smith’s new book Puppyhood: Life-sized Portraits of Puppies at Six Weeks Old I knew the perfect diva dog for the role!
I can see why Julia Child was always happiest when she had a cat in her home. I’ve had my new kitten, Pepper, for about four weeks now. I’m a first time cat owner but she has already become such a wonderful part of my life. When we adopted her it was a spur of the moment decision, and it was such a huge commitment that I wasn’t completely sure I was ready for.
This August 15th would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday, and in celebration and admiration of her work and influence, Abrams Image is publishing Julia’s Cats: Julia Child’s Life in the Company of Cats Barey and Therese Burson. From Julia’s and Paul’s letters and original interviews with those who knew her best, Barey and Burson have gathered fresh stories and images that offer a delightfully intimate view of a beloved icon. Read on for their reflections on the making of this book.
Spring is in the air here in New York City! The trees are blooming, the flower boxes are making their way out onto the windowsills, and as the days get longer every park, square and sidewalk has been flooded with cosmopolitan canines from all over the 5 boroughs. So to celebrate the return of some of the cutest residents of our great city, I decided to give you guys a sneak peek into one of our Spring 2012 titles: The French Dog by Rachael Hale (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). Because if I have to be stuck inside while puppies abound all over Manhattan, at least I can look at pictures of dogs in France.
When you’ve been in publishing and sales as long as I have it’s easy to get jaded. Dinner with Ivan Doig, Don Delillo, Barry Moser, Jon Scieszka, Reynolds Price? Sure, I’ve had the pleasure. Playing piano for Garrison Keillor? I might have been nervous but I did it. Chatting over lunch with Michael Eisner or meeting Bill Bradley or Robert Macneil? Yes, when I was a mere publishing pup.
Which brings me to a more recent thrill, and maybe my biggest ever. Ever since the early days of Saturday Night Live, when I saw a funny, quiet video about dogs playing baseball I’ve been a fan of William Wegman. I loved the way he combined the beauty of weimeraners, the lovely German hounds, with a great photographic eye and a broad sense of humor to create art that works on many levels. When he started working with puppies he sealed the deal. And since 2002 I’ve had the pleasure of selling his books and calendars for Abrams. It’s been a while since we’ve done a new book, but every year we do his two calendars, Man’s Best Friend and William Wegman’s Puppies. He’s got a loyal audience and the calendars are fun to sell.