Spring is finally here, and that means it’s time to prepare Publishers Weekly’s listing of your audio offerings for Fall.
While we’ve had a great response thus far, there’s always a chance we’ve missed someone. So, if you’ve yet to get in touch about your upcoming audio titles, NOW is the time. Please contact our own Shannon Maughan at email@example.com. And be sure to check out all the pertinent details after the jump. Continue reading →
Award-winning librarian, bestselling author, and host of Book Lust Nancy Pearl has recorded her first audiobook, the children’s title Isabella: Star of the Story, by New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Fosberry and illustrator Mike Litwin.
“Doing the taping was great fun for me,” Pearl said in a statement. “I adore Isabella not least because she and I share a love of the same books.”
According to publisher Sourcebooks, Isabella’s latest adventure celebrates a love of books and libraries, making Pearl an ideal narrator for the audio edition
For more on Isabella, CLICK HERE — and check out the following book trailer, which features Pearl’s reading of Isabella: Star of the Story.
For the second consecutive week, Clive Cussler and Justin Scott’s The Striker: An Isaac Bell Adventure (narrated by Scott Brick for Penguin Audio) grabs the top spot on PW’s list of audio bestsellers.
In at #2 is David Baldacci’s The Innocent (Hachette Audio), which is read by long-time narrators Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy, while taking the #3 spot is The Litigators (Random House Audio), written by John Grisham and narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris.
Coming in at #4 is James Patterson’s Alex Cross, Run (narrated by Michael Boatman and Steven Boyer for Hachette Audio), and debuting on our list at #5 is Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, which is narrated by Elisa Donovan for Random House Audio.
We had a great turnout last night at the Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene Brooklyn to hear cartoonist Josh Neufeld give a talk about AD: New Orleans after the Deluge, his impressive graphic nonfiction documentary on the lives of seven New Orleanians during and after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Neufeld gave a slide show about his career as a cartoonist as well as about the making of the book, which was originally published as a Web comic on Smithmag.com, before being published in hardcover by Pantheon in 2009.
He’s on a short book tour to promote the trade paperback which has just been released. PW was also on hand and we had a nice public conversation with Josh about how much the comic book industry and his own career has changed and developed—from serious nonfiction comics and Web comics to the growth of graphic novels in the book market, his long career collaborating with the late Harvey Pekar to his recent state department-sponsored trips abroad to promote comics—since he began working professionally as a cartoonist. The event was cosponsored by the nearby Long Island University and drew a nice crowd to Greenlight Bookstore, which offers a terrific selection of graphic novels and was profiled in a PW Comics Week story about how general bookstores shelve comics and graphic novels.
It occurred to me that folks in the little but lively poetry corner of the publishing world might like a better sense of what’s going on in the PW poetry reviews section–the reviews, for instance, are hard to find on the site. So, from now on, I’ll post periodic (probably once or twice a month) updates from the poetry section, linking to new reviews (10-12 come out the third issue of every month), profiles and Q&As, plus I’ll post links to notable poetry things from around the Web. If you want just poetry updates, you can also follow PW Poetry Reviews on Tumblr.
Welcome to PWxyz, PW’s new news, info and gossip blog. We thought it was about time we brought all our resources to the blogosphere. On this blog, you’ll hear mostly from PW’s Senior Web Editor Craig Morgan Teicher (me), but also from lots of other PW staffers, who’ll bring you breaking news and stuff you won’t find anywhere else about upcoming books (from our Reviews department), children’s and YA titles and events, and breaking news from our news staff. We hope to cover these beats with a fun flair. All of this in addition to the PW coverage you’ve come to know, love and depend on.
So what’s PWxyz mean? Well, it’s the name of the company our new President George Slowik Jr. recently formed to buy PW and reboot the magazine for a new life. We think of ourselves as a 138 year old startup, finding new ways to expand what we’ve been doing for more than a century.
The name PWxyz also alludes to what we plan to accomplish–kind of covering the whole alphabet of the publishing and book worlds. Look out for not just news, but cool videos, product reviews, interviews, neat lists, live-blogged events, and anything else we can come up with. You’ll be hearing from us a lot over the course of every day (and even at night!). Stay tuned, and follow us on Twitter at @PWxyz.