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BEA starts today...

Wednesday May 28, 2014

BookExpo America 2011 Show Floor...as the official BookExpo America conference sessions and CIROBE Remainders & Sideline Pavilions open; the main trade show floor and exhibits open tomorrow.

This year's BEA features 750 authors autographing (200 more than last year), live author chats from the show floor, and a number of associated events such as Digital at BEA, uPublishU conference for indie authors, and a book bloggers conference, as well as the Global Market Forum.

This year marks the inaugural BookCon event for fans, a retooling of the BEA Consumer Day.

Read more about:

For more specifics on this year's conference, visit the BEA official site.

Please note that as of June, About.com will be "sunsetting" the blog feature of this site. While her articles about book publishing will continue here, you will find Valerie's book publishing blog posts on her personal site, ValeriePeterson.net.

Photo by Valerie Peterson

Rare Literary Treasures Visit NYC

Sunday May 25, 2014

Jane AustenBack in July of 2011, I mentioned that the Bodleian Library at Oxford University won the auction for a 68-page fragment of the handwritten manuscript for Jane Austen's unfinished novel, The Watsons, for £993,250 ($1.6 million).

Beginning on June 6, that manuscript will join the additional 12 surviving pages housed at the Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum in New York City in a special exhibition Marks of Genius: Treasures of the Bodleian Library.

In addition to the Austen manuscript, the exhibit holds such other literary treasures as the copyright deposit copy of Shakespeare's First Folio; a thirteenth-century manuscript of the Magna Carta; the definitive account of Aztec civilization; the manuscript of Handel's Messiah; J.R.R. Tolkien's drawings for The Hobbit; and Mary Shelley's manuscript draft of Frankenstein.

The exhibit will run until September 14, 2014.

And please note that as of June, About.com will be "sunsetting" the blog feature of this site. While her articles about book publishing will continue here, you will find Valerie's book publishing blog posts on her personal site, ValeriePeterson.net.

 

Book Publicity-palooza

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Customers on line with books in a holiday-decorated bookstoreGet the media cranking and the readers lining up...

In case you missed the latest newsletter, here it is -- all about book publicity with insights from Jessica Glenn of MindBuck Media.

And don't miss these articles from other book PR experts:

Happy publicizing!

And please note that as of June, About.com will be "sunsetting" the blog feature of this site. While her articles about book publishing will continue here, you will find Valerie's book publishing blog posts on her personal site, ValeriePeterson.net.

I Got Schooled...

Wednesday April 16, 2014

cover of book Washington's Spies by Alexander Rose... in American Revolutionary spy history by the first two episodes of TURN on AMC, Craig Silverstein and Barry Josephson's compelling, historically-based drama.

Of course, I want to know what happens in the next episode (18th century waterboarding and honey pots? Bayonets and ambushes? Father-son dynamics and thwarted romance?). And I also want to learn more about Culper Ring -- the Long Island boyhood friends who become spies for the George Washington (especially fun because so much of the history took place in my tri-state "backyards" of Long Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey).

Luckily, "learning more" is handily available via the book on which the show is based Washington's Spies by Alexander Rose (now complete with its TV tie-in book jacket). So with the show as a dramatic, must-see entry point, I'll be digging in further... and while I'm at it, maybe dipping into Donna Thorland's fictional Philadelphia-based Revolutionary spy saga, The Turncoat (highly recommended to me by the Penguin/NAL national account manager).

Bonus fun publishing fact: Robert Rogers, the acclaimed-then-disgraced tracker-soldier and mercenary leader of the Queen's Rangers (in TURN played by the actor Angus MacFadyen) was also an author. Published in England in 1765, Rogers' A Concise Account of North America is in print today.

And please note that as of June, About.com will be "sunsetting" the blog feature of this site. While her articles about book publishing will continue here, you will find Valerie's book publishing blog posts on her personal site, ValeriePeterson.net.

Image: Bantam Books

Congratulations to the Pulitzer Prize Winners

Wednesday April 16, 2014

TomsRiver.jpgThe 2014 Pulitzer Prize recipients were announced this week. Among the Letters (aka book) winners were Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books), which took home the award for General Nonfiction; and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown) which won the Fiction prize.

See the list of 2014 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters. Or read more about the history and criteria for the prestigious Pulitzer Prizes.

And please note that as of June 2014, About.com will be "sunsetting" the blog feature of this site. While her articles about book publishing will continue here, you will find Valerie's book publishing blog posts on her personal site, ValeriePeterson.net.

Image: Bantam Books

Tweet for National Library Week

Wednesday April 16, 2014
A Manhattan branch of the NYPLLove libraries? Did a library change your life?
If so, join honorary chairperson Judy Blume and the ALA and celebrate the 2014 National Library Week (April 13 - 19) by tweeting it out with the hashtags #LivesChange and #NLW14
And read more about libraries:

Bookish inclinations - being a librarian.

The American Library Association (ALA) - serving libraries and librarians.

The New York Public Library (NYPL)- iconic repository of knowledge.

The Morgan Library and Museum - literary treasures from ancient to modern times.

And please note that as of June 2014, About.com will be "sunsetting" the blog feature of this site. While her articles about book publishing will continue here, you will find Valerie's book publishing blog posts on her personal site, ValeriePeterson.net.

Image: NYPL branch by Valerie Peterson

Launching Bourbon...

Tuesday April 1, 2014

Dane Huckelbridge - BourbonIs Bourbon truly "A wonderfully entertaining look at American history as seen through the lens of Kentucky's famous brown water"?* Or just a clever ploy to enable the author, Dane Huckelbridge,** to take his bar bills as tax deductions?

We may never know for sure. But Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit launched this week with a lively book party. Tonight Huckelbridge -- "The sage of sour mash"*** -- kicks off his book tour with a bourbon history and tasting event at the 92nd St Y in Manhattan.

Read more about the 92Y Bourbon history & tasting event.

Or, to review your own potential for liquor deductions, read tax tips for authors.

novelist Jim Fuerst

*Bill Samuels, Jr. president emeritus of Maker's Mark Distillery

**Is that even his real name?

***John Baxter, author of The Perfect Meal

Images: Author Dane Huckelbridge with bourbon and Bourbon; book-party-goer/novelist Jim "Ron Barrelitos" Fuerst.

Green Apple Books Wins PW Bookstore of the Year

Monday March 31, 2014

Green Apple Books San FranciscoCongrats to Green Apple Books in San Francisco, named Publisher's Weekly 2014 Bookstore of the Year and to Teresa Rolfe Kravtin of Southern Territory Associates, who has  won PW Rep of the Year.

Read about Green Apple Books -- and about last year's Bookstore of the Year, Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi.

Read the full PW announcement here.

Image: from Green Apple Books

Thinking About Publishing with a Small Press? Read This Expert Advice First...

Wednesday March 19, 2014

Lou-Aronica-author-photo-1-.jpgWhat advantages can a small press bring to an aspiring author? In this Q&A, The Story Plant President and Publisher (as well as bestselling novelist) Lou Aronica provides small press insights and the five key questions to ask before your sign your book contract.

Image courtesy of The Story Plant

2014 IACP Cookbook Award Winners Announced

Monday March 17, 2014

The 2014 IACP Cookbook Award winners were announced on March 15 by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. As is traditional, the winners were announced at an awards event at the annual conference, which took place this year in Chicago.

The list of 2014 IACP cookbook winners includes The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food & Drink in America, Second Edition (Oxford University Press) by Andrew F. Smith,  which was awarded the prize for Beverage/Reference/Technical;  One Souffle at a Time (St. Martin's Press) by Anne Willan and Amy Friedman, which won for Literary Food Writing; and Wine Grapes (HarperCollins Publishers) by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding & Jose Vouillamoz, which took home both the Wine, Beer and Spirits category and Jane Grigson awards.

Notably, Stone Edge Farm Cookbook by John McReynolds, winner in both First Book and Book of the Year categories, was self-published under the Stone Edge Farm imprint.

Read more about the IACP Cookbook Awards:

The list of 2014 IACP Cookbook Award finalists.

The history of the IACP Cookbook Awards and about the different IACP Cookbook Award categories.

For more about cookbooks, see articles about:

The James Beard Foundation Book Awards

Writing "recipe books" - all about cookbooks

How to make a so-so title really "cook"

Iconic cookbook author, Julia Child

 

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