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Perseus Books Group ALA Midwinter Booth #640
In Booth author signings-
- 10:00 am: Bethany Crandell booth signing (RP)
- 12:00 pm: Eric Devine booth signing (RP)
- 2:30 pm: Haroon K. Ullah booth signing (PA)
- 4:30 pm : Leah Eskin booth signing (RP)
- 10:00 am: Tara Altebrando booth signing (RP)
- 12:00 pm: Maria Andreu booth signing (RP)
What’s Cooking- Cooking Pavilion-
- 1:00 pm: Tenaya Darlington and Marissa McClellan Cooking Demo, What’s Cooking Stage (RP)
- 3:00 pm John Schlimm Cooking Demo, What’s Cooking Stage (DC)
11:00 am: Larry Kane booth signing (RP)
Library Reads ALA Session – Saturaday Jan 25 -11:30 am–12:30 pm – PCC-114 Lecture Hall
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LIBRARYREADS ALA INFO SESSION
Saturday, January 25th from 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Philadelphia Convention Center
PCC-114 Lecture Hall
Find out how to share the books you love with readers across the country and enhance your professional profile by participating in LibraryReads, the monthly, nationwide library staff picks list.
Come to the FREE panel, LibraryReads: Collaborative Discovery for Librarians & Patrons. Advance Readers Copies available.
You can be part of this exciting program. Learn how to recommend your favorite titles and how to share LibraryReads with your readers, at:
LMC Review features Mermaid in Chelsea Creek from McSweeney’s McMullens
“The legend says that a girl will be born who will crave salt to stay pure and will bring a magic that will save the distorted world. Sophie is that girl, and she has been hidden in plain sight in Massachusetts. Taken into a dream world, Sophie meets an old world mermaid who says she has come to take Sophie away. Sophie’s mother sends her to stay with her grandmother at the public dump where Sophie meets an Angel, who tumbles glass, and a flock of talking pigeons, who became great allies.
She finds out her grandmother is evil and they both have power to change the world. This title is a magical coming-of-age novel where old country stories have grains of truth. It is also gritty, reflecting the language, lives, and harshness of the diseased town in which they story is set. This is an interesting read which will capture the imaginations of female readers.” ~ Karen Perry, Educational Reviewer, High Point, North Carolina/LMC Reviews Jan/Feb 2014
”Mermaid in Chelsea Creek is a triumph in its own right, a stand-alone treat.”-San Francisco Bay Guardian
“I started reading Michelle Tea’s Mermaid in Chelsea Creek on the subway this morning and was instantly hooked… can’t wait to get back to it.”-Emily Temple, Flavorwire Literary Editor
“A fun read… a classic fairytale.” -San Francisco Book Review
Watch the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVOKMpstNxQ
Michelle Tea is the author of 4 ½ memoirs, 1 ½ novels and a collection of poetry. Her memoir Valencia is an underground classic and is currently being made into a feature film by 21 different filmmakers. She is the founder and executive director of RADAR Productions, a literary non-profit which hosts the monthly RADAR Reading Series (voted Best Literary Series by SF Bay Guardian Readers), the infamous Sister Spit Literary Performance tours, an annual poetry chapbook contest, and the Radar LAB Writers’ Retreat in Akumal, Mexico. She is a former writer of horoscopes and a current reader of tarot cards. Jason Polan’s illustrations are featured regularly in The New York Times. He lives in New York City. Michelle Tea lives in San Francisco, CA, United States.
MERMAID IN CHELSEA CREEK
US $19.95 / CAN $21.99
McSweeney’s McMullens Spring 2013
Consortium is going to Midwinter!
ALA Midwinter is quickly approaching–less than three weeks to go! Stop by and see Consortium in booth 411. We’ll have author signings, stacks of great, new galleys to give away, and bunches of swag and catalogs and other fun things to send home with you!
We’re bringing along some great publishers–people you should meet in person! They are: Akashic Books, Auzou Publishing, Biblioasis, Cinco Puntos Press, Enchanted Lion Books, and Nobrow.
We will have two in-booth signings while at the show:
Laurie Loewenstein, author of Unmentionables, will be in the booth on Saturday, January 25th, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.
Joshua Isard, author of Conquistador of the Useless, will be in the booth on Saturday, January 25th, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.
Laurie Loewenstein will also be on the AAP panel, Best in Debut Authors. The panel will be in Room PCC-108B in the Philadelphia Convention Center, on Saturday, January 25th, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. Copies of Unmentionables will be available at the event.
Finally, during the Spotlight on Adult Literature, on Saturday, January 25th, at 2pm, we will give away two galleys: Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky (Two Dollar Radio), and The Boy in His Winter (Bellevue Literary Press). Stop by, say hi, and pick up your next favorite book!
We can’t wait to meet you in person! Can’t make it to Philadelphia? We’ll be tweeting at @ConsortiumBooks, and using the #alamw14 hashtag.
Kirkus Review: Azzi In Between from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Kirkus reviewed this haunting story of a family’s flight from danger to a new life in a new country.
“Though given a British setting, this sensitive tale of a young war refugee slowly adapting to a new life will strike chords of sympathy and recognition almost anywhere.
A hasty nighttime departure with her parents leads to a long ride in a motor launch crowded with other refugees. In “the new country,” Azzi finds herself living with her parents in a one-room flat, going to a school where she doesn’t speak the language and pining for her left-behind grandmother. Her feelings of isolation are soon eased by Sabeen, an adult classroom helper who speaks her language and teaches her English phrases, and Lucy, a friendly classmate. Azzi in turn helps her parents settle in by sharing newly learned words and also by planting a handful of the beans her father had brought in her class’ summer garden. In time, her father receives a work permit that allows a move to a small house, and, joy of joys, her grandmother arrives to reunite the family. In Garland’s sequential panels, Azzi’s subdued emotional landscape is clearly mapped in her body language, occasional tears and sweet smile. Her city of origin is never specified, freeing the sharply felt anxiety and life-altering disruption she and her parents experience from particular locales or wars.
A positive but not blandly idealized portrayal of challenges displaced people face. (Graphic picture book. 7-9)” ~ Kirkus Review Posted Online:Aug. 14th, 2013 | Kirkus Reviews Issue:Sept. 1st, 2013
“Wonderful. A masterpiece.” – Kate Kellaway of the Observer
Endorsed by Amnesty International
About the Author: Sarah Garland is a much-loved author/illustrator who has published more than 40 books. The daughter of a publisher and illustrator, she trained as a typographer at the London College of Printing. She has written many books for children, and also books for adults on herbs and their uses. During her childhood in the New Forest and in recent years she has concentrated on growing a very wide variety of herbs to use in her kitchen, and to treat minor ailments.
She lives in Chedworth, Gloucestershire, U.K. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Eddie’s Garden and Eddie’s Kitchen; Going to Playschool, Doing the Garden, Going Swimming, Coming to Tea, Doing the Shopping, Doing Christmas, Having a Picnic and Doing the Washing; Billy and Belle; Dashing Dog; Splash and Zoom.
AZZI IN BETWEEN
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
US $17.99 / CAN $19.99
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Spring 2013
Encourage creativity with Trash to Treasure from Scarletta
With easy step-by-step instructions, this book will help kids from age nine get creative, recycle and repurpose their trash into handmade treasures. All projects feature common everyday items to reuse in a fun new way. From bottle-top pop art to felted tin-can organizers, kids will love making useful crafts and helping the environment. Great tips and advice on reusing, garage sales, and spotting treasures are also provided. So start your upcycling with these fabric, paper, metal, glass & ceramics, and odds & ends projects.
Booklist review: December 15, 2013
“What do you have around the house? Cans, glass, pieces of games? This attractive book shows you how to turn them into something interesting—though many of the finished products look like they’ll take patience. The brightly colored, graphically appealing layout will draw crafters right in. The book is divided into sections: paper, metal, glass, etc. Instead of offering directions for a few projects in each category, the introductory spreads are taken up with suggestions. For instance, from newspaper you can make gift bags, wrapping paper, and seedling pots; from magazines, envelopes, bows, and collages. But there are no relevant pictures, and as far as directions, you’re on your own. However, the two-page spread of an actual project in each section—for instance, a scrap-paper curtain—has crisp photos and clear directions. (And though not complicated, the curtain looks time-consuming.) One smart thing the book does is put photos of all supplies at the beginning of the book, so kids can look back and see what each project needs. For those with time and imagination. ~Ilene Cooper”
Review: Alamance Christian School in Texas, December 19, 2013
“From the very young child to the adult, developing one’s creative self is important as a means of expression and an outlet for our creative abilities. To be able to do so at very little financial cost is a tremendous plus – especially in the home where the parent watches those dimes and dollars. So the use of various “trash” materials to be creative is a true benefit not only financially, but it allows us to utilize that which would end up in the landfill and generate a lifestyle of “upcycling.”
In Trash to Treasure detailed instructions are provided with beautifully done photographs of the process for the making of a variety of items. Using a plethora of materials flowers, wall hangings, cases for various items, etc. can be created. I especially liked the “Button Bouquet” on pages 40-43. They are adorable and would delight a child to make for his or her mother for a gift or simply to decorate a room.
This book would be a real plus in the home, school, or library and is sure to provide valuable instruction on activities that will fill down-time for kids. I recommend it.”
Pam Scheunemann wrote her first short story in high school and couldn’t wait to see her name in print. She has worked in the graphic design and publishing industry since the early ’80s and has written over 100 books for young readers. Whenever she gets a moment, she enjoys indulging her other passion: making stuff. She has worked with many different mediums and continues to experiment and look for new craft ideas even in the most unlikely of places.
Contributor Residences – Pam Scheunemann lives in Golden Valley, MN.
TRASH TO TREASURE
US $15.95 / CAN $17.50
Scarletta Junior Readers Fall 2013
Ages 9 And Up, Grades 3 And Up
You Are Stardust from Owlkids ranked at #2!
This innovative picture book aims to reintroduce children to their innate relationship with the world around them by sharing many of the surprising ways that we are all connected to the natural world.
Grounded in current science, this extraordinary picture book provides opportunities for children to use their imaginations and wonder about some big ideas. Soyeon Kim’s incredible diorama art enhances the poetic text, and her creative process is explored in full on the reverse side of the book’s jacket, which features comments from the artist. Young readers will want to pore over each page of this book, exploring the detailed artwork and pondering the message of the text, excited to find out just how connected to the Earth they really are.
Brain Pickings ranked You Are Stardust as #2 on their list of the 13 best children’s, illustrated, and picture books of 2013, AND #2 on their list of the 13 best Science and Technology Books of 2013 (for adults!).
Click here for the full article: http://tinyurl.com/ol3o8em
ELIN KELSEY is an internationally respected leader in the field of environmental science and education, as well as the award-winning author of Not Your Typical Book About The Environment and other books for children and adults. She consults around the world on environmental projects and is a Research Fellow at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University in Australia and an adjunct professor at Royal Roads University. She lives in Pacific Grove, California.
Soyeon Kim is a Toronto-based, Korean-born artist who specializes in work that merges real-world materials and fine sketching and painting techniques to produce three-dimensional pieces. She is a graduate of the Visual Arts program at York University in Toronto.
YOU ARE STARDUST
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
Owlkids Books Fall 2012
Soyeon Kim lives in Toronto ON, Canada.
Elin Kelsey lives in Pacific Grove, CA.
Starred Library Journal Review for Bradley & Taylor THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE PARADOX
Starred Review on December 1, 2013 | Science and Technology
Bradley (public health, Yale Univ.) and Taylor (former program manager, Yale Global Health Leadership Inst.) take a fresh look at the reasons why Americans pay more for health care and yet are not as healthy as residents of other industrialized nations, specifically Scandinavian countries. The authors interviewed more than 80 health policy specialists and consumers to help formulate their theories. A key factor is the amount of money other countries spend on social services, treating not just a patient’s physical needs but the whole person. The authors consider many factors, such as the necessity for professional collaboration, beliefs in the causes of illness, views on self-reliance, the Scandinavian emphasis on the collective—rather than the individual—good, and the role of government in a democracy. They offer encouragement to programs that have improved the health of individuals in selected American neighborhoods and suggest ways to expand these programs. The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, focuses mainly on providing health care to those previously uninsured, but the authors state that it will most likely not address the root cause of the paradox. While there are many contemporary titles about health care, there is little information available in book format about this specific conundrum. Chapter notes are also included, from professional journals, books, and governmental websites. VERDICT This remarkably well-written, lucid work is highly appropriate for public and academic libraries.—Martha Stone, Treadwell Lib., BostonLibrary Journal Booksmack! LJXpress Prepub
Smarty Marty’s Got Game
Booklist reviewed Cameron + Company’s Smarty Marty’s Got Game, an inspiring story of older sister Marty, who teaches the game (and love) of baseball to her younger brother Mikey. “A San Francisco Giants in-game reporter, Gutierrez delivers a primer not just on baseball in general but on the intricacies of scoring the game like a pro and pitching the slang like a fastball. Baseball-lover Marty wants to teach her younger brother, baseball-doubter Mikey, to love the game as much as she does, so she takes him to the stadium, where she handily shows off her copious knowledge. Marty learned to love the game from her great-grandmother, and she’s determined to pass along the enthusiasm and teach Mikey some valuable information: What does a backward K mean? What’s a 6–4–3? What do you call the first two hitters? What are you telling someone when you shout, “Grab some pine?” McCauley hits a homer with clean, charming art that gives emotional investment to the facts and captures moments of the game in its greatest glory. From first pitch to grand slam, Gutierrez delivers a fun, snappy lesson. A joy for new fans and seasoned pros dying to share their love of the game.” ~ Jesse Karp Booklist 12/1/2013
“Amy G’s wit and her knowledge and passion for baseball shine through in this heartwarming story about baseball and family that is sure to be a favorite in many homes.” – Javier Lopez, San Francisco Giants Pitcher
“So glad to have a book I can share with my kids that speaks to the heart of the game. Amy’s sense of family and knowledge of baseball are very apparent. And it doesn’t hurt that the good guys wear orange and black!” – Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants Catcher
Amy Gutierrez, an Emmy-Award winning reporter and Bay Area native is entering her 20th year in the broadcasting industry and embarking upon her 6th season as a San Francisco Giants in-game reporter for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. She also serves as a contributing reporter for G-Mag, Giants Pregame and Postgame Live, and SportsNet Central. In her Bay Area broadcasting tenure, Amy has covered a variety of teams including the A’s, San Jose Sharks, Raiders, 49ers, PAC-10 and WCC football and basketball and the San Jose SaberCats. Amy G’s a graduate of UC Davis where she majored in Communications and played volleyball. She resides in her hometown of Petaluma with her husband and two children.
Adam McCauley enjoys illustrating, playing music, and making things. His illustrations have appeared in magazines, publications and campaigns world wide. Adam’s work has been included in group shows in Osaka, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo and Nashville. He works out of his studio in the sunny Mission district in San Francisco.
SMARTY MARTY’S GOT GAME
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
Cameron + Company Fall 2013
Child Abuse Prevention Advocate Lauren Book Named 2013 L’Oréal Paris National Woman of Worth
L’Oréal Paris hosted its eighth annual Women of Worth celebration last week in New York City, honoring child abuse prevention advocate Lauren Book as National Woman of Worth. Lauren Book is the author of a memoir titles It’s OK to Tell published by Prospecta Press. The event brought together an esteemed group of notable guests, company executives, business leaders, philanthropists and former honorees to recognize and celebrate the outstanding achievements of Book and nine other 2013 Women of Worth honorees.
Actress Lea Michele presented Book, founder and CEO of nonprofit Lauren’s Kids and survivor of child sexual abuse, with the honor of National Woman of Worth for her tireless work to prevent abuse and help survivors heal (watch here). The award gave Book a platform to tell the one in three girls and one in five boys that are victimized before their 18th birthday that ‘It’s OK to Tell’.