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Posts Tagged ‘Abrams’

ABRAMS & Tumblr Partner for a Month-Long Poetry Bomb

Everyone is invited to “#poetrybomb together all month long!” ABRAMS and Tumblr have partnered up to launch the Poetry Bomb tumblr to celebrate National Poetry Month.

The site shines a spotlight on poems and words of advice from poets. A recent post features a postcard from former Poet Laureate of Virginia Rita Dove with this bit of wisdom: “Love reading first and the poetry will find its place…then write and love the work of writing.”

On April 30th, the PoetryBomb party and live reading event will be held at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York City. Some of the special guests set to attend include Paul Muldoon, Cathy Park Hong, and Leigh Stein. “Free drinks while they last!”

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ABRAMS Giving Away One Good Deed eBook

Readers can download a free digital copy of Erin McHugh‘s One Good Deed: 365 Days of Trying to Be Just a Little Bit Better on October 12th. The free eBook will be available at Netgalley and eBook retailers.

Just like the book, the publisher hopes to encourage more positive actions through this one good deed. Readers can share their own good Samaritan stories on the “#onegooddeed” Twitter hashtag and post on McHugh’s website.

Here’s more from the release: “One Good Deed originated from a blog that McHugh started one day when she learned that a  distant relative was going to be canonized. Was this a sign to reevaluate her priorities? What followed next was McHugh’s sincere urge to recapture a sense of charity, leading her to do one good deed every day for an entire year. Maybe she wouldn’t be saving orphans from burning buildings or curing cancer, but she wanted to take one small daily detour and make someone else’s life just a little bit better.”

New Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Coming in November

The Third Wheel, the seventh book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, will be released on November 13th. ABRAMS’ Amulet imprint at has ordered a first printing of 6.5 million copies.

In The Third Wheel, star character Greg Heffley will explore the wonders and complications of middle school romance. With this new installment, author Jeff Kinney promised that “the Wimpy universe will be changed in a way that will surprise fans of the series.”

Last month, Kinney was crowned “Author of the Year” at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala in New York City. The series earned him $17 million in 2011 and a spot on Forbes’ list of the highest paid writers.

High-Wire Artist Philippe Petit Inks Deal with ABRAMS

High-wire artist Philippe Petit has landed a deal with ABRAMS to publish his nonfiction title, Why Knot? How to Tie the Most Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Life-Saving, Magical, Intriguing, and Secure Knots Ever Knotted.

The book will be released in spring 2013. Publisher Steve Tager oversaw the acquisition of this title and secured world rights. Editor Laura Dozier will edit the project.

Here’s more from the release: “[This book] will explain how to tie sixty useful knots. All the knots included have been put to task during one wire walk or another; each passed the ultimate test: to hold a man’s life. All of the sketches and drawings are by Petit himself, and many are beautifully wrought works of art that have been exhibited at the Clic Gallery in Soho. The book will also include photographs of Petit’s major high-wire walks, with explanations of how specific knots have been put to significant use. Why Knot? comes with a little red rope—similar to the one Petit carries in his pocket at all times—that will allow readers to practice their new knot skills.”

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Orhan Pamuk Inks Deal with ABRAMS

Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk has landed a deal with ABRAMS for The Innocence of Objects. The book is slated for worldwide release in October 2012. Andrew Wylie of the Wylie Agency negotiated the deal with editor-in-chief Eric Himmel.

This publication catalogs Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence. The actual museum will open to the public on April 27th. This institution, located in Pamuk’s hometown Istanbul, was inspired by Pamuk’s 2008 novel which shares the same name.

Here’s more from the release: “The Innocence of Objects will explore the many meanings of this remarkable project. While it offers a rich visual guide to the exhibitions, it also allows Pamuk to write about things that matter deeply to him, including the psychology of the collector, the proper role of the museum, the uses of photography in modernizing societies, and of course the customs and traditions of his beloved city. The book’s imagery is equally evocative, ranging from pop ephemera that has become ‘collectible,’ to Pamuk’s superb collection of haunting photographs and movie stills of old Istanbul, to the stunning images captured by Turkish photographer Ara Guler.”

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Revolving Door News at Milkweed, Kensington & Abrams

The following three publishers have made some recent changes to their personnel staff: Milkweed Editions, Kensington Publishing Corp. and Abrams Books.

Milkweed Editions has hired Meredith Kessler as their new publicist. At Kensington, two editors have received promotions; Gary Goldstein has been named Executive Editor and Martin Biro has been named Assistant Editor.

At Abrams, the team has shifted to allow for one promotion and one new additional member. Eric Klopfer has been named editor. Michelle Montague makes the jump from Simon & Schuster; she will now serve as executive director of adult marketing and publicity.

‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ Book Gets 500K First Printing

Abrams will release The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy on November 15th. According to Publishers Weekly, an initial printing of 500,000 copies has been ordered.

Here’s more from the release: “The book chronicles the full 25 years of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ with unforgettable highlights and images, as well as essays about its indelible impact and most important themes by well-known individuals across a wide variety of areas and interests.”

Nonfiction writer Deborah Davis will write the narrative text. The book will feature a forward by poet Maya Angelou and essays by Pulitzer winner Toni Morrison and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. All three of these authors were featured in Oprah’s book club.

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Abrams Acquires Derek Jeter Book From The New York Times

Abrams has acquired the title, Derek Jeter: From the Pages of The New York Times, highlighting the career of the New York Yankees’ captain and shortstop, Derek Jeter. The title is due for release in March 2011.

Abrams’ editor-in-chief Eric Himmel negotiated the deal with the New York Times’ editorial director, Alex Ward. The book will carry a $29.95 price tag and contain 100 color photographs.

The press release had more: “Derek Jeter draws upon more than 5,000 news articles and features from The New York Times by the paper’s superb sports reporters, columnists, and photographers, past and present, including Dave Anderson, Fred R. Conrad, Jack Curry, Chang Lee, Buster Olney, Barton Silverman, and George Vecsey, as well as Tyler Kepner, who has written the introduction. The book is filled with entertaining stories, penetrating insights, and the voices of not only Jeter himself, but also George Steinbrenner, Joe Torre, Alex Rodriguez, and a host of players.”

Jeff Kinney to Embark on Tour for Diary of a Wimpy Kid #5

Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney will embark on a national tour to promote the fifth book in his series, The Ugly Truth. The title comes out on November 9th. Five million copies have been ordered for the first printing.

Publisher’s Weekly has more: “The launch for The Ugly Truth will take place at BookPeople in Austin on the book’s on-sale date; the store will have a kid-sized version of the Cheese Touch board game, a dunk tank, and other activities on hand for the event.”

On November 21st, Kinney will be in New York City at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade for Greg Heffley’s debut as a giant balloon. The wimpy kid will appear alongside other literary characters including Horton the Elephant and Spider-Man. Right now, readers enter a sweepstakes for a trip to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

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The Philosophy of a Bestseller

The Boston Globe’s David Mehegan spotlights what may well be the most surprising bestseller this year: Dan Klein & Tom Cathcart‘s PLATO AND A PLATYPUS WALK INTO A BAR: UNDERSTANDING PHILOSOPHY THROUGH JOKES. Released in the spring, the 200-page book jumped onto the New York Times bestseller list and stayed for five weeks; it’s still no. 32 on the 35-title online list (the printed list has 15 titles). The book’s career so far demonstrates at least one point: Writers shouldn’t give up too soon on a book they believe in.

Crammed with 143 jokes and an occasional cartoon, PLATO AND A PLATYPUS is a 10-chapter course on the classic categories of philosophy, written in a Marxist style (Groucho’s), paced by the frequent appearance of Dmitri and Tasso, a comic two-man Greek chorus. The chapter titles — “Metaphysics,” “Logic,” “Epistemology,” “Ethics,” “Existentialism,” and “Philosophy of Language” — are serious, but the content that follows is anything but. It helps that the two men, friends for 50 years, have differing perspectives: Klein is a former TV writer while Cathcart eventually became chief operating officer of Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine.

The idea came about after a 2004 vacation, and after less-than-enthusiasm from Klein’s longtime agent they approached Julia Lord, who “loved it” and proceeded to collect almost 3 dozen rejections before Abrams picked it up. Everyone is surprised by the book’s success, but not enough to stop Klein and Cathcart from concocting a sequel. ARISTOTLE AND AN AARDVARK GO TO WASHINGTON: UNDERSTANDING POLITICAL DOUBLESPEAK THROUGH PHILOSOPHY AND JOKES is due out next winter — just in time for the election season, when we can all use a laugh.