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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
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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!
Mom, Dad, Our Books and Me in The New York Times
Danielle Marcotte and Josée Bisaillon‘s beautiful book about books, Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me, has received a great review in the April 10th issue of The New York Times!
Gorgeous and sophisticated, this book doesn’t just preach about the importance of reading — it shows a world in which reading is all around, woven into life in many interesting ways. A fisherman “reads the sky”; a doctor “reads a thermometer.” And the little boy who narrates, a proud new reader, revels in his new solidarity with his parents, relatives and neighbors, who like to be immersed in words. Bisaillon’s art strikes just the right readerly tone, somehow both moody and cheerful.
Other praise for Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me:
“A combination of collage, paint, and crayon illustrations offer detailed views of this family’s many reading scenarios…philosophically astute.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The many forms and ways of reading are joyously celebrated in Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me.”—Foreword Reviews
“A contemplative and poetic reflection on the pleasures of story.”—Quill & Quire
“A librarian’s dream.”—School Library Journal
MOM, DAD, OUR BOOKS, AND ME; By Danielle Marcotte; Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon; Owlkids Books; 9781771472012; $18.95; Trade Cloth, Picture Book
Two Alice James Books Reviewed in Library Journal!
Two titles from independent poetry publisher Alice James Books were reviewed in the April 1 issue of Library Journal! Play Dead, a brand new collection of poems by francine j harris, was called “raw and punchy as a street fight.” The collection deals unflinchingly with identity, race, and gender politics, and Library Journal praises harris’s “searing, relentless language” and “lyric immediacy.”
The journal also reviewed Driving Without a License by Janine Joseph, calling the book “a gifted writer’s view on an all-American issue,” that issue being immigration. Through poetry, Joseph explores what life is like for undocumented immigrants in America, and how they are able to inform their identities and find a sense of belonging. Driving Without a License comes out on May 10.
Three Children’s Books for National Autism Awareness Month
April is National Autism Awareness Month, meant to celebrate and draw attention to autism acceptance and awareness. These three books are written from the point of view of characters with autism, and highlight the challenges and successes of life on the autism spectrum.
WEST MEADOWS DETECTIVES: THE CASE OF THE SNACK SNATCHER
By Liam O’Donnell; Illustrated by ; 9781771470698; Owlkids Books; Trade Cloth; $15.95
“With a cast that’s both ethnically and developmentally diverse, this school-day caper should entertain a broad range of readers, while also opening eyes to the perspectives of those not like themselves.” — Publishers Weekly
SPAGHETTI IS NOT A FINGER FOOD (AND OTHER LIFE LESSONS)
By Jodi Carmichael; Illustrated by Sarah Ackerley; 9781939775030; Little Pickle Press; Trade Paper; $6.95
The Moonbeam Best First Book Award
The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Digital Award
HOW TO BE HUMAN: DIARY OF AN AUTISTIC GIRL
By Florida Frenz; 9781939547019; Creston Books; Trade Cloth; $12.99
“A distinctive addition to the chorus of writers who are proving that ‘spectrum disorders’ do not equal ‘silence.'”
— Kirkus Reviews