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GO WEST! New Mexico’s National Book Festival Selection for 2016
Go West!, Joel Nakamura’s award-winning children’s book about the American West, has been chosen as New Mexico’s representative book for the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.! This selection was made by the New Mexico State Library Staff, and in their press release, State Librarian Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer wrote “Many New Mexicans and New Mexico librarians have read and enjoyed Go West! We are delighted to feature it as New Mexico’s National Book Festival selection for 2016.” The National Book Festival is sponsored by the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book, and will take place on Saturday, September 24th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Congratulations Joel and Leaf Storm Press for receiving this great honor!
2015 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award Winner: Best Writer/Illustrator, Gold Medal
2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Winner: Best Illustrator, Silver Medal
2015 USA Best Books Award Winner: Best Hardcover Nonfiction Children’s Picture Book
“A vibrantly imagined and illustrated tribute to the magic of the West and its wide-open spaces.” — Publishers Weekly
“Nakamura’s bold rainbow of paint colors evokes the timeless natural beauty of the American West, and his whooping prose will echo across the mountain peaks of children’s imaginations.” –Foreword Reviews Magazine: Best Children’s Picture Books, Fall 2015
GO WEST!; By Joel Nakamura; Leaf Storm Press; 9780991410569; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $17.95
Posted in Mini Pretzels, News Tidbits
by Susan McConnell
Tagged foreword reviews, Gelett Burgess, Go West!, Joel Nakamura, Leaf Storm Press, Legato, Library of Congress, National Book Festival, New Mexico, Publishers Weekly
PDN Photo Annual Selects Collections from Kehrer Verlag and Daylight Books!
Five Kehrer Verlag photo collections are winners in the Photo District News 2016 Photo Annual! Dima Gavrysh’s Inshallah was selected because it “explores the Soviet and American occupations of Afghanistan and draws on Gavrysh’s childhood fantasies that romanticized the military and intertwine with his past and present personal conflicts.” Of Hey Mister, Throw Me Some Beads!, the judges said, “[Bruce] Gilden, known for his iconic New York City street photographs, captures the energy of the Carnival crowds on Bourbon Street with the same raw intensity and poignancy.” Matt Henry was praised for “employ[ing] his own prop and costume styling, storyboarding and set design” in Short Stories: Recreated Scenes from America during the 1960s and 1970s. The “intimate exploration” The Lams of Ludlow Street is also a winner. The judges’ citation for Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album reads, “Tavakolian, an Iranian photographer, mixes artistic creation and journalism in this book, taking inspiration from the traditional Iranian family photo album to deftly chronicle middle-class life by following Iranians from several generations with her camera.” In the Personal category, Jesse Burke won for his work documenting road trips in nature with his daughter, collected in Wild and Precious, published by Daylight Books last fall. A photo from that collection is also a winner in the American Photography 32 competition hosted by AI-AP. Congratulations to Kehrer Verlag, Daylight Books, and these incredible photographers!
In a Village By the Sea Wins Northern California Book Award
The 35th annual Northern California Book Awards took place on Sunday, May 15 at Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Library, and celebrated and recognized Northern Californian authors and their best books of 2015. Among the honored was In a Village By the Sea, written by Muon Van (The Little Tree) and illustrated by April Chu (Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine), which took home the award for Children’s Literature: Younger Readers. Both Muon and April live in Northern California. The Northern California Book Awards are presented and sponsored by Northern California Book Reviewers, Poetry Flash, PEN West, Mechanics’ Institute Library, Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter, San Francisco Public Library, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, and Readers Bookstore at the Main. Congratulations Muon, April, and Creston Books!
Signs Preceding the End of the World Wins Three Percent’s Best Translated Fiction Book Award!
Three Percent has recognized author Yuri Herrera and translator Lisa Dillman for their tremendous work producing Signs Preceding the End of the World with And Other Stories! The novel swept the fiction category to take the 2016 Best Translated Book Award! The Millions announced the news on May 4, noting that Herrera is the first Spanish-language writer to win the award for fiction. In his argument for why Signs Preceding the End of the World should win the award, Stephen Sparks of Green Apple Books praised the literal and symbolic borders discussed in the novel, which he called “accomplished both structurally and linguistically,” and ended by saying, “The fact that it so clearly and powerfully speaks to the state of migrants today renders it all the more powerful.” The winners, judges, and honorees celebrated the award during BEA at a party hosted at 57th Street Books in Chicago on May 11. Herrera and Dillman have teamed up for the second time for the English translation of Herrera’s new novel The Transmigration of Bodies, which And Other Stories will publish on July 5.
PGW Kids at BEA 2016!
PGW Kids is at BEA Chicago this week! Come by Booth #2365 and check out all the great books on our frontlist and backlist, and visit the rest of the great booths in our aisle.
McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago
Wednesday, May 11- Friday, May 13
Bookcon: Saturday, May 14
Four Consortium Titles Nominated for Eisner Awards!
Several of our publishers’ titles and authors have been nominated for the 2016 Eisner Awards, considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry. Written and Drawn by Henrietta, created by Liniers and published by TOON Books, is competing in the Best Publication for Early Readers category, and Kevin McCloskey’s lettering in We Dig Worms!, also published by TOON Books, is nominated for Best Lettering. Nicolas André, Sam Arthur, Alex Spiro, and Camille Pichon are nominated for Best Publication Design for their work creating Beyond the Surface. Eventually Everything Connects designers Loris Lora, Sam Arthur, Alex Spiro, and Camille Pichon are nominated in the same category. Both titles are published by Nobrow Press. Nominees for the awards, sponsored by Comic-Con International, are chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges and highlight the wide range of material being published in comics and graphic novel form today. Winners will be announced at Comic-Con International on July 22. Best of luck to all!
Mighty Media = Midwest Book Award Finalists!
Three Mighty Media titles have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Midwest Book Awards!
If an Elephant Went to School by Ellen Fischer, illustrated by Laura Wood, and Monster Needs Your Vote by Paul Czajak, illustrated by Wendy Grieb, are in the Children’s Picture Book category, and The Kids’ Book of Simple Machines by Kelly Doudna is in the Children’s Nonfiction category. Mighty Media Press is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Midwest Book Award winners will be announced on May 13 at a gala in St. Paul. Congratulations Mighty Media!
IF AN ELEPHANT WENT TO SCHOOL; by Ellen Fischer, Illustrated by Laura Wood; 9781938063619; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $14.95
MONSTER NEEDS YOUR VOTE; by Paul Czajak; Illustrated by Wendy Grieb; 9781938063633; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $16.95
THE KIDS’ BOOK OF SIMPLE MACHINES; by Kelly Doudna; 9781938063596; Trade Paper; $14.95
Two Theatre Communications Group Plays are Pulitzer Prize Finalists!
We are excited to announce that The Humans by Stephen Karam has been named a 2016 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama! The Theatre Communications Group play has been a rousing success since it opened on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theater in February. The Pulitzer Prize Board members were also clearly impressed with the “profoundly affecting drama that sketches the psychological and emotional contours of an average American family” when they announced their selections on April 17. The other finalist in the drama category was Gloria, a play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins that will be published by Theatre Communications Group in Spring 2017. His collection Appropriate and Other Plays is due from Theatre Communications Group in August. This continues an impressive Pulitzer streak for TCG; last year’s drama winner was their play Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis, and The Flick by Annie Baker won in 2014.
What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? Q&A in Kirkus!
Julie Danielson (Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast) has done a Kirkus Q&A with What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? co-author Emma Dryden. What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? is the sixth book in the What Does It Mean to Be…? Series, and follows young Rae as she goes from witnessing a problem (a fiasco involving ice cream and a dog), to crafting an innovative solution. Check out the interview here, and see why everyone from critics to other entrepreneurs are loving this title.
“A fun approach to a difficult subject…a useful addition to collections to inspire creativity.” — School Library Journal
“Inspires young dreamers to find the courage to be doers.” — Jerry Greenfield, Co-Founder, Ben & Jerry’s
“DiOrio and Dryden capture the emotional, physical, and intellectual rigor of entrepreneurship in this wonderfully illustrated book which is sure to engage and inspire readers of all ages.” — Shamini Dhana, Founder and CEO, Dhana Inc.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR?; By Rana DiOrio and Emma D. Dryden; Illustrated by Ken Min; Little Pickle Press; 9781939775122; Trade Cloth, Picture Book; $17.95
Posted in Mini Pretzels, News Tidbits
by Susan McConnell
Tagged Emma Dryden, Julie Danielson, Ken Min, kirkus, little pickle press, Q&A, Rana DiOrio, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, What Does It Mean...?, What Does it Take to Be an Entrepreneur?
The Story of My Teeth Wins a Los Angeles Times Book Prize!
The 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction goes to The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli! The Los Angeles Times Jacket Copy section reported the news on April 9. The prize honors literary excellence and celebrates the reading community in Los Angeles, and it was awarded on April 9 at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. This is yet another entry in a long list of accolades for The Story of My Teeth, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction earlier this year. Additionally, the Coffee House Press title was named one of the best books of 2015 by the New York Times, NPR, the Guardian, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Translated by Christina MacSweeney, it is currently in the longlist for Three Percent’s 2016 Best Translated Book Awards. Congratulations to Luiselli, MacSweeney, and Coffee House Press!