I know it’s been many Internet moons, Tumblarians, but I’m back after two weeks on the road in January. It all started with the EBMA conference in La Jolla, CA (if you want to learn about K-12 publishing, read my coverage); continued with ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia (at which we sponsored the Youth Media Awards, in case you didn’t hear the news); and ended, on a ridiculously high note, at the Ontario Library Association Super-Conference in Toronto (where we launched our Canadian business and met our fabulous new Canadian publishing partners Dundurn Press, ECW Press, House of Anansi, HarperCollins Canada, and Random House of Canada).
The gorgeous book jackets pictured above nicely sum up the last two weeks:
- Geoff Berner’s novel Festival Man, from Dundurn Press, represents the expansion of the Cloud north, as does Robert Priest’s How To Swallow a Pig, from ECW Press. The former is also available for purchase by U.S. Cloud librarians, and good thing because it sounds like a cracking good read: a "found memoir" that revolves around music manager Campbell Ouiniette, who is determined to make one last mark in the music industry, no matter the costs. This is so added to my TBR pile.
- As part of my close marketing relationship with Penguin, I’ve started getting regular new releases information about its distribution partners Overlook Press and Europa Editions. Richard Zimler’s The Seventh Gate is a perfect example of Overlook’s international mystery list, while Jane Gardam’s Last Friends from Europa Editions was nominated this morning for the inaugural Folio Prize, which I like to describe as a cross between the Man Booker Prize and National Book Awards, but nervier.
- Meanwhile, Akashic Books launched its young adult imprint, Black Sheep, and I love the concept of one of its launch titles, Changers: Book 1: Drew by T. Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper: a protagonist assumes a different identity in each book (in the kick-off title, a boy becomes a girl).
- February, of course, is Black History Month, and I built quite a shelf for young readers with the input of the Florida Department of Education and YALSA. Both Gretchen Woelfle’s Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence, just out from the Carolrhoda Books imprint of Lerner, and Elizabeth Partridge’s Marching for Freedom, have well-deserved places on it.