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Consortium is going to ALA Midwinter! Come see us!


Consortium will be at Midwinter this week, and we’d love to see you! We’ll be at booth #4129. As usual, we’ll have author signings, galleys, and lots of swag!


We’re bringing along a few publishers you should get to know: Auzou Publishing, Blue Apple Books, Cinco Puntos Press, Curbside Splendor Publishing, Enchanted Lion Books, Ig Publishing, Nobrow Ltd, and TOON Books. Each publisher will have their own giveaways and cool, new books for you to see–check them out!


Come to our party! We’re having a Consortium Family Party at the Beauty Bar in Chicago. The invite can be found here. RSVP, and come for the free drinks, $5 manicures, and great DJ sets!


Françoise Mouly, publisher of TOON Books, will be on the ERT/Booklist Author Forum Panel, on Friday, January 30th, from 4:00 to 5:15 at W375b, McCormick Place. Françoise will also be on the ASCLA Institute Panel: Using Comics to Promote Literacy at All Levels, Friday, January 30th, 12:00 to 4:00 at the Hilton Chicago, Salon A.


We will have many signings while at ALA:


5:30-6:00  Erika Wurth (Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend)


10:00-10:30  Cyn Vargas (On the Way)

11:00-11:30  Brian Costello (Losing in Gainsville)

12:00-12:30  Halle Butler (Jillian)

1:00-1:30  Susan Lanier (The Game We Play)

2:00-2:30  Janet Halfmann (Animal Teachers and Eggs 1,2, 3)

2:30-3:00  Pranas T. Naujokaitis (Belches, Burps, and Farts, Oh My!)

3:00-3:30  Chris Bower (Little Boy Needs Ride) and Ben Tanzer (Lost in Space)


11:00-11:30  Marvin Tate (The Amazing Mister Orange) and Tim Kinsella (Let Go and Go On and On)

1:00-1:30  James Todd Adcox (Does Not Love) and Daniela Olszewska (Citizen J)

3:00-3:30  Bill Hillman (The Old Neighborhood)

3:30-4:00  Pranas T. Naujokaitis (Balloon Toons)


10:00-10:30  Dasha Kelly (Almost Crimson)

11:00-11:30  Ryan Kenealy (Animals in Peril)

12:00-12:30  Cassandra Troyan (Kill Manual)


In addition, we will have galley giveaways, book giveaways, and book purse giveaways in between signings!


Finally, during the Spotlight on Adult Literature, on Saturday, January 31st, at 2pm, we will give away galleys of The Surfacing, by Cormac James. Stop by and pick up your next favorite book!


We can’t wait to meet you in person! Can’t make it to Chicago? We’ll be tweeting at @ConsortiumBooks, and using the #alamw15 hashtag.

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Creatures of a Day
Creatures of a Day

Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy

by Irvin D. Yalom

Yalom’s masterful storytelling, Creatures of a Day shows that the process of psychotherapy can create some of the most engrossing human dramas imaginable. Heartfelt, inspiring, and endlessly compelling, Creatures of a Day provides an unflinching look at the human soul, and all the pain, confusion, and hope that goes with it.

Shelf Awareness did a fantastic interview with Irwin D. Yalom about his new book Creatures of a Day.

Here is a peak…

“Creatures of a Day” is a phrase drawn from a quote by Roman emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius.  ….why did you select it as the title of the book?

The title story is a complex story about my suggesting to two different patients that they read Marcus Aurelius’ confessions. It deals with several issues, among them how the two patients saw very different things in their readings. One of the patients was very fixated upon my having a particular image of him in my mind. This was so important to him that he withheld important information from our therapy. One particular quotation referred to our tendency to use the phrase that we are but “creatures of a day.” That turned out to be a very important concept for this patient, and we discussed that phrase several times together in our work. I liked the ring of it and immediately thought of it for the title.

To read the full interview Shelf -Awareness Max issue

In the end, no two patients or their dilemmas are alike, nor do they reach conclusions and/or self-discovery in the same way or time frame. And while the themes explored may be largely universal, the resolutions certainly are not. Yalom believes that each patient must dive into “a great-souled man’s sea of wisdom” in order to emerge on the other side……





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Kirkus Reviews Seaver the Weaver from Mighty Media Press

“A web designer of the eight-legged sort experiments with geometric shapes in the face of pressure from his many conformist sibs.9781938063572_60f79

Being an orb spider, Seaver should weave round webs—but patterns in the starry sky inspire him to try out in succession a triangle, a square and a hexagon. Sitting on their perfect but empty round webs, the other spiders make critical comments as Seaver’s open-centered creations quickly (if counterintuitively) snag a series of bugs. “I will try harder next time,” he promises repeatedly. “But first I must tend to my guest.” The illustrations, which resemble paper collages on unevenly colored backdrops of either dark blue or mustard brown, feature spiders with faces human enough to include a view of Seaver smiling and licking his chops as he goes to “tend” an insect “guest.” After Seaver’s latest web, a combination of shapes, snags a swarm of mosquitoes, starvation brings the other spiders around to asking Seaver to teach them how to weave “such marvelous shapes,” and the episode closes with a buggy banquet. Though the patterned prose is stiff as a board (“I like my web. It is unique”), young readers with artistic visions of their own will applaud Seaver’s successful paradigm change.

A salutary tribute to the benefits of thinking outside the orb.”

Kirkus Review: Online: Jan. 10th, 2015  Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2015

Contributor Information:

Paul Czajak got an F with the words “get a tutor” on his college writing paper and after that, never thought he’d become a writer. But after spending twenty years as a chemist, he knew his creativity could no longer be contained. Living in Massachusetts with his wife, and two little monsters, Paul has rediscovered his passion for writing and looks forward to sharing his stories for years to come.

The Brothers Hilts are Ben and Sean. They work as a team illustrating, designing, and constantly comparing to see whose ideas are better. Sean went to Rhode Island School of Design, and Ben went to Cooper Union in New York City. They now live and work in Cambridge, MA.

Trade Cloth, Picture Book
US $15.95
Ebook All
US $9.95

Release date:  02/23/2015
Mighty Media Kids Spring 2015



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A Kirkus Starred Review for Sidewalk Flowers from Groundwood Books

A starred review from Kirkus is a wonderful way to start the New Year!  We love this heartwarming wordless picture book releasing February 23, 2015.

“A child in a red hoodie and a man on a cellphone navigate an urban landscape, the child picking flowers from cracks and crannies along the way.Best known for his nonsense verse, Lawson here provides a poignant, wordless storyline, interpreted by Smith in sequential panels. The opening spread presents the child and (probably) dad walking in a gray urban neighborhood. The child’s hoodie is the only spot of color against the gray wash—except for the dandelions growing next to a sidewalk tree, begging to be picked. The rest of their walk proceeds in similar fashion, occasional hints of color (a fruit stand, glass bottles in a window) joining the child and the flowers she (judging by the haircut) plucks from cr acks in the concrete. Smith’s control of both color and perspective is superb, supporting a beautifully nuanced emotional tone. Though the streets are gray, they are not hostile, and though dad is on the cellphone, he also holds the child’s hand and never exhibits impatience as she stops. Once the child has collected a bouquet, she shares it, placing a few flowers on a dead bird, next to a man sleeping on a bench, in a friendly dog’s collar. As child and dad draw closer to home, color spreads across the pages; there is no narrative climax beyond readers’ sharing of the child’s quiet sense of wonder. Bracketed by beautiful endpapers, this ode to everyday beauty sings sweetly.”

Kirkus Review Issue Date: January 15, 2015 | Online Publish Date: January 3, 2015

sidwalk flowers

JonArno Lawson is a three-time winner of the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Children’s Poetry, and the author of numerous books for children and adults, including Enjoy It While It Hurts, Down in the Bottom of the Bottom of the Box, and Think Again. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.

Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, and has been drawing since an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children’s books and he has received awards for his illustrations, including the Lillian Shepard Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. He now lives in Toronto and works in a shared studio space in Chinatown where he eats too many bahn mi sandwiches and goes to the library or Art Gallery of Ontario on his breaks.

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Rosie O’Donnell recommends The New Jim Crow on The View

On “The View” yesterday, Rosie O’Donnell recommended that everyone read The New Jim Crow from The New Press. Here’s the clip–start watching just before 4:10 —

The New Jim Crow
By Michelle Alexander
978-1-59558-643-8 Trade Paper / $19.95
978-1-59558-103-7 Trade Cloth / $27.95


In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination—employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service—are suddenly legal.

Featured on The Tavis Smiley Show, Bill Moyers Journal, Democracy Now, and C-Span’s Washington Journal, The New Jim Crow has become an overnight phenomenon, sparking a much-needed conversation—including a recent mention by Cornel West on Real Time with Bill Maher—about ways in which our system of mass incarceration has come to resemble systems of racial control from a different era.

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Black Lives Matter

With the renewed request for justice and social change, The New Press recommends the following titles for librarians and library patrons. New Jim Crow

by Michelle Alexander

$19.95 Trade Paper; 978-1-59558-643-8

The “explosive debut” (Kirkus) from a rising legal star arguing that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it.

In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination—employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service—are suddenly legal.

Mass Incarceration on Trial

by Jonathan Smith

$26.95 Trade Cloth; 978-1-59558-769-5

An innovative look at the way a radical Supreme Court ruling on California prison conditions may lay the groundwork for the dismantling of mass incarceration from the award-winning author of Governing Through Crime.

Mass Incarceration on Trial examines a series of landmark decisions about prison conditions—culminating in Brown v. Plata, decided in May 2011 by the U.S. Supreme Court—that has opened an unexpected escape route from this trap of “tough on crime” politics. this set of rulings points toward values that could restore legitimate order to American prisons and, ultimately, lead to the demise of mass incarceration. Simon argues that much like the school segregation cases of the last century, these new cases represent a major breakthrough in jurisprudence—moving us from a hollowed-out vision of civil rights to the threshold of human rights and giving court backing for the argument that, because the conditions it creates are fundamentally cruel and unusual, mass incarceration is inherently unconstitutional.

Remembering Jim Crow

Edited by William H. Chafe, Raymond Gavins & Robert Korstad

$19.95 Trade Paper; 978-1-62097-027-0

Winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award and the Carey McWilliams Award and an unforgettable account of the Jim Crow South, through first-person accounts of those who lived it.

Praised as “viscerally powerful” (Publishers Weekly), this remarkable work of oral history captures the searing experience of the Jim Crow years—enriched by memories of individual, family, and community triumphs and tragedies. In vivid, compelling accounts, men and women from all walks of life tell how their day-to-day lives were subjected to profound and unrelenting racial oppression. At the same time, Remembering Jim Crow is a testament to how black Southerners fought back against the system—raising children, building churches and schools, running businesses, and struggling for respect in a society that denied them the most basic rights. The result is a powerful story of individual and community survival and an important part of the American past that is crucial for us to remember.

Black Stats

by Monique W. Morris

$14.95 Trade Paper; 978-1-59558-919-4

An essential handbook of eye-opening—and frequently myth-busting—facts and figures about African Americans today.

Author and advocate Monique W. Morris has compiled statistics from a broad spectrum of telling categories that illustrate the quality of life and the possibility of (and barriers to) advancement for a group at the heart of American society. With fascinating information on everything from disease trends, incarceration rates, and lending practices to voting habits, green jobs, and educational achievement, the material in this book will enrich and inform a range of public debates while challenging commonly held yet often misguided perceptions.


Everyday Antiracism

Edited by Mica Pollock

$24.95 Trade Paper; 978-1-59558-054-2

Leading experts offer concrete and realistic strategies for dealing with race in schools in a groundbreaking book.
Contributors including Beverly Daniel Tatum, Sonia Nieto, and Pedro Noguera describe concrete ways to analyze classroom interactions that may or may not be “racial,” deal with racial inequality and “diversity,” and teach to high standards across racial lines. Topics range from using racial incidents as teachable moments and responding to the “n-word” to valuing students’ home worlds, dealing daily with achievement gaps, and helping parents fight ethnic and racial misconceptions about their children. Questions following each essay prompt readers to examine and discuss everyday issues of race and opportunity in their own classrooms and schools.

12 Angry Men

Edited by Gregory S. Parks & Matthew W. Hughey

$16.95 Trade Paper; 978-1-59558-771-8

True stories of racial profiling, as experienced by a dozen black men from all walks of life and all parts of the country—a JET pick of the week.

We hear from Joe Morgan, a former Major League Baseball MVP, who was tackled and falsely arrested at the Los Angeles airport; Paul Butler, a federal prosecutor who was detained while walking in his own neighborhood in Washington, D.C.; Kent, a devoted husband and father, hauled into central booking for trespassing and loitering when he visits his mother’s housing project; Solomon Moore, a former criminal justice reporter for the New York Times, detained by the police while on assignment in North Carolina; and King Downing, former head of the ACLU’s racial profiling initiative, who was himself pursued by National Guardsmen after arriving on the red-eye in Boston’s Logan Airport.

Burning Down the House

by Nell Bernstein

$26.95 Trade Cloth; 978-1-59558-956-9

A heartbreaking and meticulously reported indictment of our nation’s failed juvenile detention system, by the award-winning journalist and advocate.

One in three American children will be arrested by the time they are twenty-three, and many will spend time locked inside horrific detention centers that defy everything we know about how to rehabilitate young offenders. In a clear-eyed indictment of the juvenile justice system run amok, award-winning journalist Nell Bernstein shows that there is no right way to lock up a child. The very act of isolation denies delinquent children the thing that is most essential to their growth and rehabilitation: positive relationships with caring adults.

Race to Incarcerate

by Sabrina Jones and Marc Mauer

$17.95 Trade Paper; 978-1-59558-541-7

Marc Mauer’s landmark book on race, class, and the criminal justice system adapted as a work of inspired graphic storytelling by Sabrina Jones.

Sabrina Jones, a member of the World War 3 Illustrated collective and an acclaimed author of politically engaged comics, has collaborated with Mauer to adapt and update the original book into a vivid graphic narrative designed to reach new audiences. Jones’s dramatic artwork adds passion and compassion to the complex story of four decades of prison expansion and its corrosive effect on society and on generations of African Americans. In this highly accessible format, Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling presents a compelling argument that mass incarceration has replaced the kind of civic institutions and economic welfare crucial to creating a just society.

“Multiplication is for White People”

by Lisa Delpit

$17.95 Trade Paper; 978-1-59558-898-2

From the author of the classic Other People’s Children, a new bestselling book on how to close racial achievement gaps in America’s public schools.

Hailed as “illuminating” (Publishers Weekly), “thought-provoking” (Harvard Educational Review), and a “much-needed review of the American educational system” (Kirkus Reviews), “Multiplication Is for White People” is a passionate reminder that there is no achievement gap at birth. Poor teaching, negative stereotypes, and a curriculum that does not adequately connect to poor children’s lives conspire against the prospects of poor children of color. From K-12 classrooms through the college years, Delpit brings the topic of educating other people’s children into the twenty-first century, outlining a blueprint for raising expectations based on a simple premise: that all aspects of advanced education are for everyone.

The New Black

by Kenneth W. Mack & Guy-Uriel E. Charles

$21.95 Trade Paper; 978-1-59558-677-3

A fresh and illuminating look at twenty-first-century American race relations in original pieces by an all-star set of commentators.

Through provocative and insightful essays, The New Black challenges contemporary images of black families, offers a contentious critique of the relevance of presidential politics, defies accepted notions of what “black” means individually and collectively, transforms ideas about the real and perceived political power of people of color, and generally attempts to define the new boundaries of debates over race in America.

Let’s Get Free

by Paul Butler

$16.95 Trade Paper; 978-1-59558-500-4

An accessible and lively critique of the criminal justice system that will change the way we think about crime and punishment in the United States.

Drawing on his personal fascinating story as a prosecutor, a defendant, and an observer of the legal process, Paul Butler offers a sharp and engaging critique of our criminal justice system. He argues against discriminatory drug laws and excessive police power and shows how our policy of mass incarceration erodes communities and perpetuates crime. Controversially, he supports jury nullification—or voting “not guilty” out of principle—as a way for everyday people to take a stand against unfair laws, and he joins with the “Stop Snitching” movement, arguing that the reliance on informants leads to shoddy police work and distrust within communities. Butler offers instead a “hip hop theory of justice,” parsing the messages about crime and punishment found in urban music and culture. Butler’s argument is powerful, edgy, and incisive.


Other People’s Children

by Lisa Delpit

$17.95 Trade Paper; 978-1-59558-074-0

An updated edition of the classic revolutionary analysis of the role of race in the classroom.

In a radical analysis of contemporary classrooms, MacArthur Award–winning author Lisa Delpit develops ideas about ways teachers can be better “cultural transmitters” in the classroom, where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education. Delpit suggests that many academic problems attributed to children of color are actually the result of miscommunication, as primarily white teachers and “other people’s children” struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics plaguing our system.


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THE END OF POWER by Moisés Naím Named by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the inaugural title in the “A Year of Books” Challenge!
THE END OF POWER by Moisés Naím Named by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the inaugural title in the “A Year of Books” Challenge!

THE END OF POWER by Moisés Naím Named by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the inaugural title in the “A Year of Books” Challenge!

“I’ve found reading books very intellectually fulfilling. Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today.” —Mark Zuckerberg

  • A Year of Books Facebook page has more than 150,000 likes – and counting
  • Zuckerberg has invited readers to discuss the book on the A Year of Books Facebook page in what’s been dubbed “The World’s Largest Book Club”
  • THE END OF POWER is in stock and available to ship

“It’s a book that explores how the world is shifting to give individual people more power that was traditionally only held by large governments, militaries and other organizations. The trend towards giving people more power is one I believe in deeply, and I’m looking forward to reading this book and exploring this in more detail.” —Mark Zuckerberg

Select Praise and Accolades for THE END OF POWER:

  • Longlist, 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award
  • Financial Times Best Books of 2013
  • Washington Post Notable Non-Fiction of 2013

“Moisés Naím’s The End of Power offers a cautionary tale to would-be Lincolns in the modern era. Naím is a courageous writer who seeks to dissect big subjects in new ways.” —Wall Street Journal “From his seat in the Venezuelan government to his tenure at Foreign Policy magazine, Moisés Naím is no stranger to power and influence. In this book, Naím reveals the ways in which traditional power structures, all across the globe, are transforming, and, in some ways, declining. The End of Power will change the way you read the news, the way you think about politics, and the way you look at the world.” —William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the United States of America

BASIC BOOKS Paperback ISBN: 9780465065691  •  Ebook ISBN: 9780465065684 Price: $16.99 US / $19.99 CAN  •  320 pages  •

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Happy Holiday!

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Warm wishes for a happy and healthy 2015!

All best,

Elenita, Susan, Hannah & Heather

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The Flat Rabbit

Flat Rabbit from Owlkids has received some fantastic reviews!  Check out this recent review from New York Times Sunday Book Review online on November 26, 2014.

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Click here for the full review:

The Flat Rabbit
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
US $16.95
Bardur Oskarsson is a Faroese children’s writer, illustrator, and artist. He has won several literary awards and his works have been translated into Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, French, German, and English. He lives in the Faroe Islands, Denmark.
Reading Levels:
Fountas & Pinnel: N
Lexile Measure: AD 610L
Common Core State Standards:
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Running Press Kids- Reviews, Nominations and so much more….

PrintAn epic finale to the The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist, two-book series. Once again, Lundquist presents an addicting story that is filled with even more palace intrigue, heightened conspiracy, and romantic drama

Reviews-“[Lundquist’s] characters are distinct and accessible…. Fans of fantasy romances will enjoy getting to know Wilha and Elara in an action-packed foray into this world.” ​—VOYA

“Fans of the first title will appreciate the satisfyingly logical plot flow, compelling characters, and strong feminist roots.” Booklist


Oh My, Oh No!  by Lisa Charrier9780762454099

Illustrator Agnes Domergue

When a little girl sees her mother drinking coffee, she decides she wants to try it too! “Oh my, oh no!” says her mother. “Coffee is no good, it is yucky!” But if it is no good, then why does Mommy drink it? And when the little girl mops the floor with lots and lots of water just like Mommy, she hears, “Oh my, oh no! There’s water everywhere!”

Review- “It’s a familiar motif given a French spin, with watercolor illustrations as bright and creamy as macarons, and a mom who wears high heels at home.” –The New York Times


Blackfin Sky-by Kat Ellis

PrintA moody, atmospheric town and a dusty circus from years past are connected by a most unusual girl who wakes up to a normal day only to discover that everybody thought she drowned three months ago.

Review- “With convincing logic and a thrilling pace, Ellis spins out a vivid and eloquent tale in which the borders between past and present, experience and memory, and even life and death are porous. Each smart and well-rounded character, even the enigmatic adults, contributes cleverly to Ellis’ purposeful plot. Hand this well-wrought mystery to fans of Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle series and E. Lockhart’s rich writing.” –Booklist

Nominations-  BLACKFIN SKY was nominated for the YALSA 2015 Popular Paperbacks list in the category of Mysteries: Murder, Mayhem, and Other Adventures.





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