Book News 11/26

Here’s a quick look at what’s happening in the book world: Variety reports that digital book subscription service Scribd raised $58 million from venture capital firm Spectrum Equity. Scribd’s website attracts 100 million visitors a month and claims a million subscribers. Journalists at The Washington Post share their top picks for children’s books in 2019. A copy of TheContinue reading “Book News 11/26”

Calling All Young Book Collectors (Who Live in California)

California bibliophiles 35 and under: the Southern & Northern California Chapters of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America has announced its second annual Young Book Collector’s Prize for Golden State-based collectors.    The first-place winner receives a gift certificate of $500 to spend at the 2020 California International Antiquarian Book Fair where the winner’s collectionContinue reading “Calling All Young Book Collectors (Who Live in California)”

Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos Debut TV Series on PBS That’s Anything But “Ordinary”

Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos talk to Abby about their new television series on PBS and their goal of making history exciting.

Tourists Overwhelm Beatrix Potter’s Beloved Lake District

Beatrix Potter’s beloved Lake District is also beloved by tourists–perhaps a little too much. How to preserve this delicate countryside is pitting the District’s Park Authority against locals.

Jennifer Morla’s Career-Spanning, Kickstarter-funded Autobiography Makes a Splash

Jennifer Morla is a legend in her own time: for forty years, her shadow has loomed large over the world of graphic design, and now she is discussing her work in a wide-ranging monograph recently published by the San Francisco-based nonprofit literacy center, Letterform Archive. 

Counting Crows…and Robins, Jays, and Chickadees

Bird Count, by Susan Edwards Richmond, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman, Peachtree Publishers; $17.95, ages 4-8. October 2019. Fall birdwatching is more challenging now that mating season is over–the bright plumage of some birds gives way to more muted tones–but scouting them out is excellent preparation for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. In SusanContinue reading “Counting Crows…and Robins, Jays, and Chickadees”

The Dog Who Lost His Bark

Rehabilitation and redemption are possible, and in the right homes, both animals and humans can forge lifelong bonds of love and friendship, as masterfully told in Artemis Fowl series author Eoin Colfer’s latest, The Dog Who Lost His Bark (Candlewick, $16.99, 144 pp, ages 7-10). Here, we meet a young pup whose lot in life is filled with sadness; soldContinue reading “The Dog Who Lost His Bark”

Brave Flies and Barking Spiders Featured in New Series by Kyle Sullivan

HOBGOBLIN AND THE SEVEN STINKERS OF RANCIDIA by Kyle Sullivan (Hazy Dell Press. 168 pp. $15.95). Ages 6-8.            Are you somebody that likes fart jokes and happy endings? If so, then this is the book for you! Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of Rancidia, the first book of the Hazy Fables series, is theContinue reading “Brave Flies and Barking Spiders Featured in New Series by Kyle Sullivan”

Fish Tales at Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival

  Martha’s Vineyard’s reputation as a haven for writers and poets is well-documented–Dorothy West, Art Buchwald, David McCullough, and Judy Blume represent a few who have called the island home–and since 2005 the Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival has brought authors from far and wide to celebrate reading and writing. Originally conceived as a biannual event,Continue reading “Fish Tales at Martha’s Vineyard Book Festival”