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The Unpopular Virtue of Moral Certainty – John Quincy Adams
The Unpopular Virtue of Moral Certainty – John Quincy Adams

The Wall Street Journal’s previously announced review ran in Monday’s paper, calling the book “penetrating, detailed and very readable,” and a “splendid biography.”

As previously announced, an essay by James Traub on John Quincy Adams ran in yesterday’s New York Times, in the Sunday Review section. The book is mentioned in his byline. 

James Traub also devoted his column to John Quincy Adams last Friday.

“Traub thoroughly, even quite engagingly, follows Adams through the years during which he served in the diplomatic corps, building up the reputation as the new republic’s best representative abroad.”

—Booklist, starred review

“[A] meticulous study of the statesman’s public service and private life…. Adams surfaces as an ambitious intellectual with deeply held convictions striving to hold his family together through illness, tragedy, and financial woes while relentlessly promoting a strong, active federal government as the young but rapidly expanding and diversifying nation grappled with geographic sectionalism and political partisanship. This rich…account emphasizes Adams’ distinguished early career tenure as diplomat and secretary of state, the heated 1824 presidential election resulting in Adams defeating longtime personal and political foe Andrew Jackson, and his tireless effort to force the issue of slavery onto the Congressional floor as a postpresidential member of the House of Representatives.”

—Library Journal


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Kirkus Reviews Profiles Author of The Cosmopolitans

Kirkus Reviews ran a feature story on The Cosmopolitans author Sarah Schulman on March 17. The interview discussed the characters in her newest novel, published by The Feminist Press at CUNY, and the “queer content” in her writing that makes every book her “breakout book.” This follows a starred review from Kirkus Reviews on January 1 that called the book “jarring and beautiful,” and another starred review from Publishers Weekly that described the novel as “a satisfying revenge narrative and a portrait of an unexpected but vital friendship.” Publishers Weekly followed up by making The Cosmopolitans a Pick of the Week for March 14, along with A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century (Bellevue Literary Press) and Playing for the Devil’s Fire (Cinco Puntos Press).

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Everyone Loves Blanche Hates the Night!

Upload TIF to generate missing Small JPGBlanche does NOT want to go to sleep, and she’ll do anything and everything to chase away the moon and wake up the sun. She sings. She bangs on her drum. She somersaults. She gets yelled at by her mother. We know the ending of Blanche Hates the Night is unavoidable, but readers and critics have fallen in love with Sibylle Delacroix‘s (Prickly Jenny) not-quite-nocturnal protagonist and her endearing attempts to stay awake.

The New York Times: “With adorable, shadowy drawings, Delacroix offers a refreshing c’est la vie take on bedtime conflict.”
(Print coverage in March 13 issue)

Kirkus Reviews (Starred review!): “Sparkling with clarity and replete with gentle humor, this straightforward selection is an excellent choice for lulling active toddlers off to sleep.”

Publishers Weekly: “[Blanche] has lots of visual oomph and an irresistibly confident heroine front and center.”

Featured in Today’s Parent‘s “17 Books on Nighttime Fears”
(alongside The Little Book of Big Fears!)

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BLANCHE HATES THE NIGHT; By Sibylle Delacroix; Owlkids Books; 9781771471589; $16.95; Trade Cloth, Picture Book


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One of the Must-Read Books for Geeks
One of the Must-Read Books for Geeks

Stephon and the book will be featured in a Weekend Confidential interview in the Wall Street Journal’s Review section.

Run date to be confirmed, but it could be as early as March 26.  

Keith Blanchard includes the book in a round-up of three “Must-Read Books for Geeks”, coming in the Off Duty section in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal. The piece is already available online:

“Music lovers are at high risk of being inspired by this exploration of the connections between music and physics…. Alexander elegantly charts the progress of science from the ancients through Copernicus and Kepler to Einstein (a piano-player) and beyond, making it clear that what we call genius has a lot to do with convention-challenging courage, a trait shard by each age’s great musicians as well.”  

“This book could just as well be called The Joy of Physics because what leaps out from it is Stephon Alexander’s delight and curiosity about the cosmos, and the deep pleasure he finds in exploring it. True to the jazz he loves so much, Stephon is an intellectual improviser riffing with ideas and equations. It’s a pleasure to witness.”  —Brian Eno, artist, composer and producer

The Jazz of Physics is a cornucopia of music, string theory, and cosmology. Stephon takes his reader on a journey through hip hop, jazz, to new ideas in our understanding of the first moment of the big bang. It is a book filled with passion, joy and insight.”  —David Spergel, Charles Young Professor of Astronomy & Department Chair, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University

“A riveting firsthand account of the power of intuitive and unconscious in the process of scientific discovery. Being both top-notch physicist and jazz musician, Stephon Alexander has a unique voice. Listening to him, you will hear the music of the Universe.”  —Edward Frenkel, author of Love and Math

 “Stephon Alexander takes us along on his twinned quest to discover the fundamental principles of physics and of jazz performance and composition. He is a great story teller and he paints vivid portraits of the masters of music and science who guide him on his search, which leads to a revelation of a common pattern and symmetry in the universes created by John Coltrane and Albert Einstein. If you spend one evening of your life contemplating the relationship between art and science, spend it with this book.”—Professor Lee Smolin, founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and author of The Trouble with Physics

“Is the universe a musical instrument that plays itself? It is according to Stephon Alexander, a string theorist who shares his journey from a crime ridden junior high school to the upper echelons of physics and jazz. Moving fluidly from T dualities to John Cage, he tells how his two worlds blended together like a stereoscopic vision—a sonic cosmos where Einstein and Coltrane naturally meet, and where intuition and improvisation are as important as technique. Whether he’s hanging with Brian Eno or Brian Greene, Alexander never loses sight of the math or the melodies, never condescends to his reader but rather uses his own childlike awe and personal charm to take us into the details of chords and equations. It’s impossible to resist following him as he “solos with the equations of D-branes” on paper napkins in jazz clubs, searching for  the eloquent underlying harmonies that brought the universe (and us) into being.”  —KC Cole, author of Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens and The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty

“Music, physics and mathematics have lived in tune since Pythagoras and Kepler, but Prof. Alexander’s book creates a new and powerful resonance, coupling the improvisational world of Jazz to the volatile personality of quantum mechanics, and making the frontiers of cosmology and quantum gravity reverberate like in no other book.”  João Magueijo, Professor of Physics at Imperial College London and author of Faster Than The Speed of Light

“In this very creative work Stephon Alexander leads us through his remarkable journey from jazz musician to theoretical physics, from the music of the spheres to string theory.”  —Professor Leon N. Cooper, Laureate of the Nobel Prize in Physics

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Gelett Burgess Awards Go to Ruckus on the Ranch, Noah Chases the Wind, and Written and Drawn by Henrietta

Three of our publishers’ titles have won 2015 Gelett Burgess Awards! The awards are named after Frank Gelett Burgess, who is credited for inventing the word “blurb” in 1917 and inspiring Dr. Seuss as a child with his Goops book series, which brought humor to the subject of polite behavior and child rearing. The books the Gelett Burgess Center selects must stimulate the child’s imagination, as well as inspire them creatively. Noah Chases the Wind, written by Michelle Worthington and published by Redleaf Press, won in the Lifestyle: Growing Up category. Blue Apple Books’ Ruckus on the Ranch and the accompanying CD produced by the Texas Tenors were recognized in the Arts & Letters category as the best Picture Storybook & CD. Also in the Arts & Letters category, Written and Drawn by Henrietta from TOON Books and Argentinian cartoonist Liniers won for best Graphic Novel.

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What happens now that Sunshine’s powers are fully awakened….
What happens now that Sunshine’s powers are fully awakened….

Having passed her test in Book One, Sunshine’s Luiseach powers are now fully awakened: for months now, Sunshine has felt spirits everywhere: heard voices, felt emotions – intense and sometimes overwhelming. She tries to ignore them, but it is impossible. Hoping to get her powers under control – and hoping for answers to her never-ending questions – she agrees to undergo training with her Luiseach mentor, even though she still hopes to give up her powers someday.

She and her mentor clash left and right; he doesn’t understand or approve of her attachment to the humans in her life; and she can’t understand how he could give her up so many years ago, only to endanger her mother’s life as part of a test.

Sunshine’s training is every bit as terrifying and creepy as her test was, and along the way she meets and befriends another young Luiseach, forcing her to confront her feelings for Nolan. Though her mentor is reluctant to answer her many questions, she finally learns more about her lineage, as well as the rift that threatens the future of Luiseach and the human race… and the crucial part she has to play in repairing it.

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The New York Times Reviews Tokyo Digs a Garden

Tokyo Digs a GardenTokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano and illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka was reviewed in the March 11th issue of The New York Times! Reviewer Paul O. Zelinksky calls the story “a thing of beauty,” and describes Hatanaka’s pictures as “full of energy, popping colors and some sly humor.” Read the full review here.

Other praise for TOKYO DIGS A GARDEN:
“The text is neither too simple nor too complex but just what is needed to relate this imaginative tale of environmentalism. This title could be used in a wide variety of academic disciplines, including science, art, social studies, and language arts.” — School Library Journal

“A challenging 21st-century fable sure to spark discussions.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Hatanaka’s crisp collages revel in the vivid colors and spiky shapes of the encroaching vegetation, and while Lappano suggests the importance of balance, it’s clear that humans are the ones with work to do.” — Publishers Weekly

Featured in Quill and Quire‘s Kidlit Spotlight

TOKYO DIGS A GARDEN; By Jon-Erik Lappano; Illustrated by Kellen Hatanaka; Groundwood Books; 9781554987986; $18.95; Trade Cloth, Picture Book
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A story of family, heartbreak, violence, punk rock, drinking, drinking, drinking, drinking, and an unlikely savior: distance running.
A story of family, heartbreak, violence, punk rock, drinking, drinking, drinking, drinking, and an unlikely savior: distance running.

An apology for choices he wasn’t sure he’d live long enough to regret, Mishka Shubaly’s  first full-length memoir, I Swear I’ll Make It Up To You:A Life on the Low Road, is a story of family, heartbreak, violence, punk rock, brokenness, broke-ness, sex, love, loss, drinking, drinking, drinking, drinking, and an unlikely savior: distance running. A misfit kid in the best of times, Shubaly had his world shattered when, in a 24-hour span in 1992, he survived a mass shooting on his school’s campus, then learned that his parents were getting divorced. After the departure of his father, his remaining family soon lost their house. Vowing to avenge the wrongs against his mother, Shubaly plunged into a 17-year love affair with alcohol. Taking a cab home one night after a bar fight, Shubaly decides to run five miles the next morning to retrieve his bike. Thus begins a new, much healthier love affair with running, and eventually a new life. And when

Shubaly finally reunites with his estranged father; he discovers the story of his childhood was radically different from what he’d imagined.

Mishka Shubaly is the author of six bestselling Kindle Singles for Amazon.



“We all have heroes. I would never want to imagine Tom Waits going to therapy or Bukowski running a 10k. In my heart, Mishka Shubaly will always be spilled over the bar next to me and playing on the jukebox of my soul.”  —Doug Stanhope

“Here is a young writer fully in possession of an immense talent. His story is about what happens when the dream runs out, when the bank forecloses and the father lights out for the territory. It is a memoir with a mythic dimension—the angry son’s vow to avenge his deserted mother—and a contemporary vocabulary of bad drugs and hard times. I Swear I’ll Make It Up to You explores one of the great unanswered questions of our time: What does it really mean to be a man?”  —Caitlin Flanagan, contributing editor to the ATLANTIC

 I Swear I’ll Make It Up To You is a mercilessly honest trip to the very center of alcoholic despondency, followed by a perfectly messy, self-deprecating squirm toward the light. An elegant and eminently human account of what it means to struggle, despair, dream and ultimately find meaning in an uncomfortable world. This is the memoir I wish I could write. Wish I had written. And for that I will always resent this author I call a friend.” —Rich Roll, bestselling author of Finding Ultra

“There’s no storyteller like Mishka Shubaly—hardcore on every emotional level, he scares the bejezus out of me, especially when he’s cracking me up. I Swear I’ll Make It Up to You is a brilliantly toxic confession awash in booze, bodily fluids, and the shock of accidentally turning into a human being, against your will.” —Rob Sheffield, author of LOVE IS A MIX TAPE

 “If Mishka Shubaly can trade in his pills and booze for a pair of Nikes, there’s hope for every addict and drunk out there. This book is rehab for the soul.” —Cat Marnell

 “A fevered memoir… [a] tale of soused desperation… Shubaly produces some humorous and trenchant observations” —Kirkus Reviews

“In this memoir of darkness and redemption, singer/songwriter [Mishka] Shubaly describes his virulent romance with alcohol and his struggle to escape the toxic embrace by way of long-distance running.” —Publishers Weekly


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BEA Selects Cinco Puntos Press Novel for YA Buzz Panel

BEA is only two months away! In preparation, Publishers Weekly reported on March 2 that Book Expo America has selected Rani Patel in Full Effect as one of the titles to be championed during its YA Editors’ Buzz Panel at this year’s convention in Chicago! Psychiatrist Sonia Patel’s first young adult novel will be published by Cinco Puntos Press in November, and it was selected for the BEA Buzz Panel by a committee of booksellers, librarians, and other industry professionals as one of the most anticipated titles of fall 2016. Congratulations to Patel and Cinco Puntos Press!

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with Ada Byron Lovelace

32-33-Ada-ColorMarch is Women’s History Month (corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8) and we can think of no better way to honor the achievements of women than with Laurie Wallmark and April Chu’s Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machinethe illustrated biography of the mathematician credited with giving us the world’s first computer program. Here are three articles featuring this incredible story this month:

  • “Disrupters, Daredevils, and Artists: Women Who Changed the World”
    School Library Journal
    “This enchanting biography unfurls with clearly presented content and compelling excitement.”
  • “Helping Girls Shatter the Tech Ceiling” (Includes interview with Laurie Wallmark)
    Foreword Reviews
    “Wallmark’s book shows young women how they were represented at the embryonic stage of the computer revolution.”
  • “Here are Women’s History Books for Your Kids” (Part of the USA Network)
Written by Laurie Wallmark, Illustrated by April Chu
Creston Books
9781939547200, US $17.99
Trade Cloth, Picture Book

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