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Winter Wolf – Is the kind of winter that will remind us we are mortal, ‘Mortal and Alone’
Great Library Journal Review-
Ekbäck, Cecilia. Wolf Winter. Weinstein: Perseus. Jan. 2015. 400p. ISBN 9781602862524. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781602862531. F
Maija and her family move from their native Finland to Swedish Lapland in the summer of 1717, hoping for a fresh start. That dream is shattered when Maija’s oldest daughter, Frederika, discovers the mutilated body of a fellow settler on nearby Blackåsen Mountain. While the community insists a wolf is to blame, Maija is convinced he was murdered, and her investigation triggers events that will change their lives forever. As a harsh winter sets in and the settlers struggle to survive, Maija becomes entangled in the secrets, past tragedies, and religion of her neighbors and the native Lapps. Both Maija and Frederika are at once guided and tormented by the spirits of the dead, as they each attempt to solve the murder. VERDICT Swedish-born debut author Ekbäck writes with deliberate pacing and immerses the reader in the endless snowfall of winter with her hypnotic prose. The novel will appeal to readers who like their historical fiction dark and atmospheric, or mystery fans who are open to mysticism and unconventional sleuths. Readers who enjoyed the winter landscape and magical realism of Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child may also want to try this. [See “Editors’ Fall Picks,” LJ 9/1/14.]—Emily Byers, Tillamook Cty. Lib., OR
The Publishers Group West team attend NCIBA at the South San Francisco Convention Center last week. The four titles that were presented for the Kids Rep Picks are as follows:
Picture This – A favorite read-aloud
Author: Jeron Ashford
PGW/Publisher: Creston Books
Under The Radar – You need to know about this one
ALICE WATER’S TRIP TO DELICIOUS
Author:, Jacqueline Briggs Martin
PGW/Publisher: Readers to Eaters
THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL
Author: Paige McKenzie
Perseus Books Group/Publisher: Weinstein Publishing
One Book I Want Everyone to Read
Author: Kathryn Otoshi
PGW/Publisher: KO Kids
And because we have so many amazing books we created some fun handouts featuring some more books we really wanted to share…
Key Notes The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is a new paranormal YA series based on the wildly popular YouTube series (decsribed as “Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age”) about an “adorkable” teenager living in a haunted house.
YOUTUBE PHENOMENON: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl YouTube channel boasts almost 100 million total views, averages 10 million views per month, and maintains 165,000 monthly subscribers. Sunshine Girl is wildly popular with teens as well as young adults: 20% of viewers are under 18, and 37% are aged 18-24. Paige McKenzie is the face of the brand, and she is engaged with her fans across social media, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. With a devoted, ever-growing audience and a charismatic spokesperson, the possibilities for The Haunting of Sunshine Girl are endless.
On Sale April 2015
Elizabeth Harrower Featured in the New Yorker!
In the October 20 issue of the New Yorker, book critic James Wood discusses the life and work of Elizabeth Harrower, one of Australia’s most important postwar writers. Her novel, In Certain Circles, never before published, was released last month by Text Classics.
Text Classics rediscovered Harrower’s work after it spent decades out of the spotlight, most notably her 1966 novel The Watch Tower, which received critical acclaim after being republished last year.
In the article entitled, “No Time for Lies: Rediscovering Elizabeth Harrower,” Wood discusses the mysterious backstory of In Certain Circles, which Harrower donated to the National Library of Australia in 1971 and, in doing so, resigned from any further writing.
Wood goes on to note: “Harrower’s writing is witty, desolate, truth-seeking, and complexly polished. Everything (except feeling, which is passionately and directly confessed) is controlled and put under precise formal pressure. Her sentences, which have an unsettling candor, launch a curling assault on the reader, often twisting in unexpected ways. And although her novels can feel somewhat closed, and tend to repeat themselves in theme, her prose is full of variety.”
As an added bonus, the New Yorker will feature an excerpt from the novel for its app readers.
Previous Praise for In Certain Circles:
“Like a treasure from an unearthed time capsule. . .you feel the book must have been written last week rather than last century. . . .In its atmosphere of dread and compulsion it has elements of Daphne du Maurier’s Gothic suspense novels. But Ms. Harrower’s fearsome objectivity and her bristling, beautiful prose come from modernist masters like Katherine Mansfield and Elizabeth Bowen.”—The Wall Street Journal, September 19, 2014
“With its flavor of Henry James, Harrower’s rediscovered story is an odd, brittle yet impressive piece of work that exposes the complex passions beneath a drawing-room-scenario surface.”—Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2014
The title was also included in Library Journal‘s “Twenty five Key Indie Fiction Titles, Fall 2014–Winter 2015.”
Publishers Weekly Reviews The Misshapes from Polis Books
“Writing as Flynn, first-time novelists Stuart Sherman and Elisabeth Donnelly make a strong debut with this trilogy opener, set in a world populated by superhumans. Fifteen-year-old Sarah Robertson can control the weather with her emotions and yearns to attend Hero Academy, where she can train to be a full-fledged Hero. Instead, her lack of control, coupled with her mother being an infamous supervillain, brings her rejection and assignment to the local high school. But as Sarah meets other so-called Misshapes rejected by the Academy, she makes new friends and finds her own self-worth and confidence—which comes in handy when the outsiders catch wind of a plot to rid the world of Misshapes and others deemed unworthy. The authors conjure a world teeming with intriguing characters and unusual powers—the abilities to turn liquid into alcohol or conjure spectral backup singers are among those represented, a welcome deviance from more typical power sets. …the book never loses its sense of wonder and excitement. Worthy of the comics it takes inspiration from. Ages 10–up” – Publishers Weekly October 2014
Alex Flynn is the pseudonym for the writing team of Stuart Sherman and Elisabeth Donnelly. They met at a clandestine book club in Boston, where they broke into a fortified tower in order to discuss literature. They like garrulous Irish writers, Pushing Daisies, Axe Cop, and anything involving The Tick. Their secret lair is currently in a hollowed out volcano in Brooklyn. In addition to co-writing The Misshapes, Donnelly is cultural journalist who has written for the New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, The L.A Times, Paris Review Daily, GQ and many others. She is also an editor at Flavorwire. Sherman is a bioethicist, health policy analyst and a former contestant on the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
The Misshapes – The Coming Storm
Author: Alex Flynn. Polis, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-940610-31-3
Visit Alex Flynn at http://www.themisshapes.net or follow on Twitter at @The_Misshapes.
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Image courtesy of Alex Flynn/www.themisshapes.net
“Not a word is wasted or a detail extraneous” in Romesh Gunesekera’s Noontide Toll
The driver’s job is to stay in control behind the wheel and that is all. The past is what you leave as you go. There is nothing more to it.
Vasantha retired early, bought himself a van with his savings, and now works as a driver for hire. As he drives through Sri Lanka, carrying aid workers, businessmen, and families and meeting lonely soldiers and eager hoteliers, he engages them with self-deprecating wit and folksy wisdom—and reveals for us their uncertain lives.
On his journey from the army camps in northern Jaffna to the moonlit ramparts of Galle, in the south, Vasantha begins to discover the depth of the problems of the past—his own and his country’s—and the promise the future might hold.
From the writer praised by The Guardian for the “vivid originality” of his vision, here is a wonderful collection—perceptive, somber, finely tuned—that draws a potent portrait of postwar Sri Lanka and the ghosts of civil war.
Romesh Gunesekera is the author of eight highly acclaimed works, including Reef, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and The Guardian Fiction Prize; The Sandglass, winner of the BBC Asia Award; The Match; and a collection of stories, Monkfish Moon, a New York Times notable book (all available from The New Press). He lives in London.
Praise for Noontide Toll
“Not a word is wasted or a detail extraneous in the clenched, explosive vignettes Mr. Gunesekera strings together.” — Pico Iyer, The Wall Street Journal
“A moving chronicle of hope triumphing over despair from the author of The Match.”— Kirkus Reviews
“A superb work of fiction set in the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war, from the Booker Prize–nominated ‘master storyteller.'” — The New York Times
“[Romesh Gunesekera's] Monkfish Moon strikes the reader like a hammer blow. . . . Gunesekera’s subtly erotic prose animates Sri Lanka’s natural luxuriance, veined with menace.” — Voice Literary Supplement
“The book is an elegant balancing act and a pleasure to read. [Gunesekera's] snapshots capture the island’s terrors and its treasures, and give you an insider’s view of the many outsiders drawn to this troubled nation.” — The Guardian
“[Noontide Toll] will draw a new generation of readers to this most sympathetic of writers, graced with a poet’s vision as well as an abiding sense of justice.” — The Irish Times
“It’s one of the trickiest acts to pull off, the turning of political comment or observation into a believable, character-driven novel, but Gunesekera manages it beautifully.” — Sunday Herald
“These stories have all the beauty and poignance of graveyard flowers. Out of the blasted landscape of war, the explosion of language. This is Romesh Gunesekera at his lyrical best. Vasantha is a great listener and observer of life’s ironies; his excursions into civil warland take him into a living history mined with guilt, hope, brutality, and love.” — Amitava Kumar, author of Husband of a Fanatic
“In a postwar Sri Lanka convulsed by its wounds and scars, Vasantha, the protagonist in this remarkable collection of linked stories, provides the perfect compassionate guide.” — Shyam Selvadurai, author of Funny Boy
Noontide Toll: Stories
Trade Cloth, $24.95
The New Press
The Art of Things: Product Design Since 1945 — the most ambitious survey of its subject ever published
For most of human history, the form of a useful object was determined by its maker, usually a single artisan working within a long cultural tradition. With the dawn of the Industrial Revolution came the rise of a new type of creative individual—the designer, whose job it was to decide the appearance and even the function of goods that would be manufactured by others or, increasingly, by machines. The Art of Things: Product Design Since 1945 (September 30, 2014; cloth with slipcase, $150) explores this rich history with unmatched clarity and authority.
With more than 650 full-color illustrations, many printed for the first time, The Art of Things is the most comprehensive survey of design ever published. Rather than a mere collection of objects, it is a true narrative that places design within a historical perspective and underscores the vital role design plays in modern life. This beautiful volume taps into the knowledge of design experts and historians, thoughtfully edited by chief curator of the modern and contemporary department at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, Dominique Forest.
“This beautiful, slipcased blockbuster… is an amazing
accomplishment.” —Interior Design
This sweeping history of design, chronicled by nation, takes into account the unique styles that emerged throughout the twentieth century. Its various chapters cover the United States, Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain, France, Japan, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Through essays, photographs, and timelines, national tendencies emerge: the Germans and Swiss favored a modernist aesthetic in which form followed function; Scandinavians pioneered a warm functionalism with their distinctive wooden furniture; Japanese consumer electronics took an early lead in the branch of industrial design that is arguably most influential in today’s world; and the U.S. pursued a dual strategy, in which home furnishings influenced by European modernism coexisted with wildly exuberant cars and kitchen appliances.
The design community of the twentieth century—encompassing both iconic figures like Charles and Ray Eames and lesser-known creators—is mapped out in depth, with special attention devoted to influential objects and turning points in the history of design. Charming anecdotes, including the history of Tupperware and the connection between the Swatch and the Smart Car, are sprinkled throughout, contextualizing major design achievements in terms of the burgeoning consumer culture.
about the contributor
Dominique Forest is the chief curator of the modern and contemporary department at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. She has organized numerous exhibitions on contemporary design, including Small Talk: Konstantin Grcic dialogue avec le muse des Arts décoratifs (2007); Jasper Morrison: Take a Seat! (2009); Normal Studio: Design élémentaire (2010); Maarten Baas: Les curiosités d’un designer (2011); Les Frères Campana: Barroco Rococó (2012); and Ronan et Erwan Bouroullec: Momentané (2013). She has written many books and articles on ceramics and design.
The Art of Things: Product Design Since 1945
Edited by Dominique Forest
With contributions by Jeremy Aynsley Ásdís Ólafsdóttir, Anty Pansera, Constance Rubini, Penny Sparke, and Mienke Simon Thomas
Cloth with slipcase, 592 pages, $150
More than 650 full-color illustrations
Publication date: September 30, 2014
To request high resolution images for reproduction, please contact
Shannon Connors, Publicist, at 212.366.5585 x25
Available 9/30/2014: The definitive new book on Rodin’s life and art—featuring never-before-seen sketches and intimate details of the artist’s masterworks and hidden treasures
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, world-renowned expert on Rodin’s work and former curator at the Musée Rodin and Musée d’Orsay, has crafted an authoritative and absorbing new study that offers a fresh take on the beloved artist’s life and art. With more than 350 full-color illustrations, Rodin (September 30, 2014; cloth, $135 through December 31, 2014) explores the genius of the father of modern sculpture—from his most beloved works to his lesser-known sketches, studies, and plasters. Using her unprecedented access to Rodin’s archives, Le Normand-Romain details the evolution of Rodin’s artistic vision and challenges the perception of the artist as simply a man of bronze.
Le Normand-Romain tells the stories of Rodin’s sculptures, known for their sense of movement and fluidity, through each stage of development and explores Rodin’s unprecedented ability to breathe life into marble blocks, as well as his skill in capturing human movement in his joyous and lively colored-ink sketches. Illustrated by numerous reproductions of these sketches, the text details Rodin’s unique talent in capturing human movement in just two or three strokes of his pen; images of works in different stages of composition, and of the same work in different versions, show Rodin’s ability to translate this vision into finished pieces that highlight the character and physicality of his subjects.
The Age of Bronze, 1877
This new perspective on Rodin’s oeuvre is accompanied by photographs, many undertaken for this book and never before seen, that illuminate the amazing details of his work. Through full- and double-page spreads, well-known masterworks—like The Kiss and The Thinker—and curious hidden treasures, are showcased in breathtaking detail. With these outstanding illustrations accompanying Le Normand-Romain’s illuminating text, Rodin is the new authority on this modern master.
about the author
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain has been Director General of the National Institute of the History of Art in Paris since 2006. She specializes in French sculpture of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including the work of Rodin and his partner, Camille Claudel. Le Normand-Romain was curator of sculpture at the Musée d’Orsay and for twelve years at the Musée Rodin, where she undertook a new catalog of the collection.
Le Normand-Romain will be giving a lecture at the Art Students League of New York on November 4th on the topic “Rodin at the Heart of Creation: From the American Collections.” Her lecture will draw on her research for Rodin and will look at the strong collections of the artist’s work in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and San Francisco.
By Antoinette Le Normand-Romain
Cloth, 432 pages, $135 through December 31, 2014
350 full-color illustrations
Publication date: September 30, 2014
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain is available for interviews. She will be in the New York on November 4th and in the Boston area the week of November 8th.
To request an interview, please contact:
Shannon Connors, Publicist, at 212.366.5585 x25 or firstname.lastname@example.org
French praise for Rodin:
The Thinker, 1881
“Terracottas, bronzes, marbles, watercolors, and other media demonstrate the indomitable energy of a genius whose monumental works like The Gates of Hell stand alongside the grace of The Kiss or the power of concentration of The Thinker. The photos are of such quality that you feel you are touching the sculptures.” – Le Monde
“A wealth of eye-witness accounts and…short, well-paced chapters combine enlightening knowledge and a feel for narrative not often found in this type of book.” – Télérama
The Burghers of Calais, 1889
“Antoinette Le Normand-Romain’s approach…points to the unity of [Rodin’s] inspiration that connects his monumental projects produced for the public space, and his more private research.” – Le Spectacle du Monde
“Nothing is missing on the tense, suffering, or fainting bodies, powerfully crystallizing our so human condition…. Her commentaries on the plasters, bronzes, marbles, remnants, and drawings bring back to life a genius, a tactile and cerebral sensualist who never rested on his laurels.” – Le Figaro
Rodin in his studio with The Kiss pictured in the background
For the First Time, Jane Austen’s Earliest Works are Available in Facsimile Editions
"Jane Austen's earliest writings are violent, restless, anarchic,
and exuberantly expressionistic."
Forever immortalized as the author of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen actually created her first “books” as a teenager. Available for the first time in individual book form in Austen’s own handwriting, Volume the First, Volume the Second, and Volume the Third (October 21, 2014, hardcover, $24.95 each, $75 boxed set) offer readers the opportunity to immerse themselves in her brilliant early writings, known as her juvenilia, in book form as she intended them to be read. Taking their names from the inscriptions Austen wrote on their covers, these shrewd and entertaining collections include the stories, playlets, verses, and histories she wrote from the ages of twelve to eighteen. With introductions by renowned Austen scholar Kathryn Sutherland, these early works are placed in the context of Jane Austen’s life and the contemporary fiction of her day.
Jane Austen’s tongue-in-cheek tales were originally written for the delight of her family and included everything from parodies of popular fiction of the time, to a young lady’s guide to behaving badly, and a history of England, illustrated by Austen’s sister Cassandra.
The stories blend irreverent humor with Austen’s characteristic love of language and even plant the seeds of some of Austen’s most well-loved heroines, including Elizabeth Bennet and Emma Woodhouse.
“Facsimile publication extends the lives of these three notebooks to all her readers, allowing them to trace her hand across the page, to examine her corrections and revisions, and to enjoy in all its aspects her playful apprenticeship in the art of bookmaking,” writes Sutherland in her introduction to Volume the First. “The way items appear on the page is a major part of the book’s meaning . . . the reader needs to see how the young Austen laid out her page to appreciate fully her intentions.”
Through careful reproduction, these facsimiles were created to replicate the originals as closely as possible in color and paper. Even when Austen wrote near the edge and sometimes off the page her fine penmanship makes her stories highly readable.
None of Jane Austen’s six famous novels survives in complete manuscript form. Her expressive, neat handwriting offers a window into Austen’s adolescent world that will inspire would-be authors of all ages. Each volume includes R. W. Chapman’s definitive transcription following the facsimiles of Austen’s own notebooks.
about the authors
Jane Austen (1775–1817) is one of the most beloved novelists in the English language. Her novels Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion have left readers with a literary legacy hard to match by any author before or since.
Kathryn Sutherland is professor of bibliography and textual criticism at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Jane Austen’s Textual Lives: From Aeschylus to Bollywood and the editor of the Digital Edition of Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts.
In Her Own Hand Series
By Jane Austen
Introduction by Kathryn Sutherland
Publication date: October 21, 2014
Volume the First by Jane Austen
Hardcover, 256 pages, $24.95
Volume the Second by Jane Austen
Hardcover, 348 pages, $24.95
Volume the Third by Jane Austen
Hardcover, 208 pages, $24.95
Boxed Set (available November 4, 2014)
Three hardcover volumes, slipcased, $75
Wheels of Change from Creston Books
“Gr 4–6—Emily Soper is a 12-year-old who lives in a time of transformation. She sees big changes coming in Washington, DC in 1908—from women’s suffrage to the invention of the automobile. She is even going through a time of personal transition, as her mother and father begin pushing her to spend less time in her father’s barn and more time learning to be a proper lady. Resistant to amending her ways at first, Emily begins to see that it is important to have the courage to change when her father’s carriage making business is threatened by racial intolerance and the invention of the automobile. This superb work of historical fiction features a delightful protagonist and a likable cast of supporting characters. Jacobson’s writing is simple, elegant, and clever. The story’s pacing helps build to an exciting conclusion, and gives a great window into an important time in American history. Using a word game between Emily and her father, Jacobson smartly weaves in vocabulary and their definitions, without taking away from the story. The back matter also features an author’s note and recipes.—Amanda Augsburger, Moline Public Library, IL” School Library Journal 09/01/2014
“Resemblances to To Kill a Mockingbird are strong, especially during a tea party hosted by Emily’s mother. A nice touch: Throughout much of the book, Papa teaches Emily-and vicariously, readers-new vocabulary words. The strength of the text lies in Jacobson’s ability to evoke a different era and to endear readers to the protagonist. The prose is straightforward and well-researched, heavily peppered with historical references and containing enough action to keep readers’ attention.’ – Kirkus Review
Darlene Beck Jacobson has a BA in Special Education and a Reading Specialist MA. She worked as a Speech Language Specialist with the Glassboro Public Schools in Glassboro, NJ for 20 years. When not writing books, she substitute-teaches for Pre-K and K classes in her former school district.
Beck Jacobson has loved writing since she was a girl. She wrote letters to everyone she knew and made up stories in her head. Although she never wrote to a president, she sent many letters to pop stars of the day asking for photos and autographs. Her stories have appeared in Cicada, Cricket, and other magazines. Her blog features recipes, activities, crafts and interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators.
Check out her website at Darlenebeckjacobson.com.
WHEELS OF CHANGE