Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Rep Night Catch Up--Here's #3, with Penguin Adult and Kids, Perseus/PGW, and Random House Blue (Crown and Random House Groups).
Tension City, by Jim Lehrer, is a memoir that you might put in the long-awaited category. It's an informative history of presidential debates from "the guy who was in the driver's seat for most of them." Next Chapter's Geoff echoed the positive sentiment.
Betty at PGW/Perseus has been our rep for a few years after a long gap. I remember when she sold David Schwartz, and gave us this program from Doubleday/Dell, where we would sign up for certain lead titles each month to have pre-determined order quantities. I remember these visuals of piles of books. And before that, we had this guy who I only met once, and could only talk about how great The Firm was As this all happened pre-release, he apparently had a good eye. Isn't it odd how you get fixated on these little details?
Melvyn Bragg's The Book of Books is a celebration of the 400-year anniversary of the King James Bible. Booklist notes that Bragg "greatly values the book for its impact on the human worlds of culture and politics."
I was not aware of the cult following of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, but apparently he's got 11 million followers for the stop-motion videos. We were on the fence about whether this might have been even more popular as an impulse title with a smaller trim, but won't that likely be next. There was oohing. There was ahhing.
Harlan Coben's Shelter is his first thriller for kids. If you sell in the kids area, you'll not that there is no end of options for a kid who likes science fiction and fantasy, but options for mystery/thriller lovers are usually a bit more limited.
And for the holidays, there is of course a new version of The Twelve Days of Christmas, by Laurel Long. It's a beautiful book that has an interactive element--every spread has every thing mentioned in the lyric to that point, from rings to drummers to a partridge. And don't get that confused with Loren Long's new Otis and the Tornado.
In the Scandanavian mystery/thriller sweepstakes, Jussi Adler-Olsen seems to have developed some big fans here, after wearing the "#1 crimewriter" sash in Denmark. The series, starting with The Keeper of Lost Causes, follows Carl Morck, a homicide detective that closely escaped death and is "promoted" to solving cold case crimes in Copenhagen.
Jason noted that he was sort of excited that the last rep night only had three presenters. I can see his point. I'll give you the scoop on that one soon, but meanwhile here's hoping that a book caught your interest. And yes, the food was from Beans and Barley.
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