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NYT BR Ends the Year Poetically

Monday, December 28th, 2015

The 12/27 NYT Sunday Book Review devotes its attention to “The Year in Poetry.” Discussing the issue on the weekly podcast, the editors note that this has been a year of controversy and scandal in poetry, as poets dealt with the issue of race, “badly, mostly,”(see Sonya Posmenther’s “Critics Take: A Language for Grieving“) as well as politics.

9781931082877Somewhat less controversially, a range of people, from John Green to John Waters response to the question “What is Your Favorite Poem?” Gillian Flynn selects Gwendolyn Brooks, musing that Brooks “nestled into my heart when I was about 12, and she’s never been replaced,” adding that her poem, “a song in the front yard” is her “heartbeat anthem… it hit me with so much impact as a quiet, shy, relentlessly pleasing junior-schooler who yearned to be so much more than that.”

Lena Dunham picks “Man and Wife,” by Robert Lowell, explaining that she relates “to the story of the wronged wife, the wounded daughter, the angry mistress. But Lowell captures what is painful and precious about long-term love, about learning to live with someone else even when you cannot mend them.”

9780871406798Ta-Nehisi Coates lists Robert Hayden’s “Middle Passage,” saying “It is the poem I return to over and over — both for what it says about my country, and how it says it.”

Separately, online only, the NYT BR’s “On Poetry” columnist  David Orr selects the ten Best Poetry Books of 2015.

9781101875438_c0880Mary Jo Bang, Robin Coste Lewis, Ada Limón, and Lawrence Raab are likely the most familiar of his selections, with Limón also making the National Book Award’s poetry short list and Lewis winning that award for her collection Voyage of the Sable Venus (PRH/Knopf; OverDrive Sample).

We’ve added all ten selections to our downloadable spreadsheet:

Best Books, Poetry, V3

See all the downloadable spreadsheets, at the right, under “Best Books 2015.”

Order Alert: For Fans of SERIAL

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

9781250087102_f6366The many fans of the podcast SERIAL may not have realized they owe thanks to Rabia Chaudry, a woman who has worked tirelessly to free her friend Adnan Sayed from prison. Believing he was wrongly accused of murdering his high school girlfriend, Chandry approached Sarah Koenig of This American Life in hopes of bringing more attention to the case. The result was the podcast, which became a huge success.

SERIAL did not arrive at a definitive conclusion on Sayed’s innocence or guilt. He is still imprisoned and Chaudry has not given up. She will publish a book  in September, Adnan’s Story: Murder, Justice, and The Case That Captivated a Nation (St. Martin’s Press). Entertainment Weekly reports  it is being written with Syed’s cooperation, quoting him from a press release, “As someone connected to me, my family, my community, my lawyers, and my investigation, there is no one better to help tell my story, and no one that I trust more to tell it, than Rabia.”

Available for pre-sale now on Amazon, it is already #17 in the True Crime Biography category.

Cathleen Tetro, Publisher, Westview

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Cathleen Tetro

Publisher, Westview

Westview publishes academic titles in core disciplines, which also appeal to those who want to understand current events, such as the U.S. role in the Middle East, the future of U.S. foreign policy, the role of race in the response to Hurricane Katrina, ethnoviolence and the use of popular culture by Christian leaders to expand their congregations, dubbed “Christotainment.”

Download the Catalog Westview Press — Spring ‘09


Roger Cooper, Publisher, Vanguard Press

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Roger Cooper

Publisher, Vanguard Press

Vanguard was established two years ago by publishing veteran, Roger Cooper. Its “mission is to have a selective publishing list, and to look at every book as an event. We craft substantial, focused, and energetic marketing campaigns that will reach the widest possible audience.”

Vanguard is “very proud to be publishing quality commercial fiction in all genres by such bestselling authors as David Morrell, Greg Bear, Eileen Goudge, Kyle Mills, Mark Gimenez, Tom Grace, and others, as well as selected commercial nonfiction, such as the 30th Anniversary Edition of Roots by Alex Haley or Be a Real Estate Millionaire by Dean Graziosi.”

Download the Catalog Vanguard Press — Spring ‘09

Among the titles presented are:


Krista Lyons, Publisher, Seal Press

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Krista Lyons

Publisher, Seal Press

Seal Press’s motto is “Groundbreaking Books. By Women. For Women.” Their titles aim to offer “edgy, über-honest takes on all sorts of topics.” They are proud to have “scored some firsts and broken a few barriers, publishing the first book on African American women’s health, critical guidebooks on lesbian relationships and parenting, key writings of the third wave feminist movement, and essential, deeply personal stories by transgender men and women.”

See the Website

Among the titles presented are:


Jon Anderson, Publisher, Running Press

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Jon Anderson

Publisher, Running Press

Running Press’s tag line is “Creative…Engaging…and Lots of Fun.” Their list lives up to this goal, with titles like the “Skinny Bitch” series and the bestselling Cathy Trilogy for young adults.

Download the Catalog Running Press — Fall ‘08

Among the titles presented are:


Susan Weinberg, Publisher, PublicAffairs

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Susan Weinberg

Publisher, PublicAffairs

Public Affairs motto is “good book about things that matter.” Specializing in nonfiction, particularly politics and books by journalists, they made a major splash in the fall with the instant bestseller, What Happened by Scott McClelland.

Download the Catalog Public Affairs — Spring ‘09

Among the titles presented are:


John Radziewicz, Publisher, Da Capo Press

Monday, January 19th, 2009

John Radziewicz

Publisher, Da Capo Press

Da Capo Press, headquartered in Cambridge, MA, has been publishing for four decades. In addition to their long-standing focus on history and the performing arts, they have become known lately for popularly orient nonfiction. Their eclectic list includes Buzz Bisinger, Christopher Hitchens, T. Berry Brazelton, Mary Oliver and Jenny McCarthy. Da Capo prides itself on publishing “intelligent entertainment and informational books for the way people really live.”

Download the Catalog Da Capo Press — Spring ‘09

Among the titles presented are:


John Sherer, Publisher, Basic Books, Basic Civitas, Nation Books

Monday, January 19th, 2009

John Sherer

Publisher, Basic BooksBasic Civitas, and Nation Books

Basic Books has been an important publisher of scholarly books since 1957, known for accessible books on serious subjects. Civitas is their African American imprint. The Nation Books focuses on serious investigative journalism, particularly books that cover subjects that others are afraid to touch.

Download the Catalog Basic Books — Spring ‘09

Among the titles presented are:


Bill Newlin, Publisher, Avalon Travel

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Bill Newlin

Publisher, Avalon Travel

Avalon Travel was formed in 1999 with the merger of three independent travel publishers—Moon Publications (established 1973), John Muir Publications (established 1973), and Foghorn Press (established 1982)—creating the largest independent travel publisher based in the United States. Avalon Travel is the home of Rick Steves and the popular RoadTrip USA series.

See the website

Among the titles presented are:


Spring Titles: Public Affairs

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

One of the goals of EarlyWord is to bridge the gap between publishers and librarians. We’re excited to bring you a new feature of EarlyWord — podcasts sponsored by publishers and created for EarlyWord readers, about their new books. This is an opportunity to hear directly from publishers and to get a jump on major titles of the Spring.

First up is Susan Weinberg, publisher of Public Affairs, a house that made a major splash last year with What Happened by Scott McClelland. Public Affairs specializes in nonfiction, particularly politics and books by journalists. You can download or listen to the podcast by using the menu at the top of this post.

Susan’s focus is titles to be published in April and May and a special title coming in January that has not been reviewed yet.

Below is the bibliographic information for the titles in the podcast. You can also link to this Excel spreadsheet with ISBN’s.

A Long time Coming

Evan Thomas & the staff of Newsweek

Public Affairs Fall Catalog : pgs 34 & 35

  • Hardcover: $22.95; 256 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; (January 12, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1586486071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586486075
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes
    Tamim Ansary

    Public Affairs Spring Catalog: p24 & 25

    • Hardcover: $26.95
    • Publisher: PublicAffairs (May, 2009)
    • ISBN-13: 978-1586486068
    • Audio CD: Unabridged MP3 CD; $29.95
    • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks, Inc.;  (May 1, 2009)
    • ISBN-13: 978-1433272271
    A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures
    Quinn Bradley

    Public Affairs Spring Catalog: pgs. 2 & 3

    • Hardcover: $24.95
    • Publisher: PublicAffairs (April, 2009)
    • ISBN-13: 978-1586481896
    Invisible Sisters: A Memoir
    Jessica Handler

    Public Affairs Spring Catalog: pgs. 12 & 13

    • Hardcover: $24.95; 272 pages
    • Publisher: PublicAffairs (April 13, 2009)
    • ISBN-10: 1586486489
    • ISBN-13: 978-1586486488
    The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East
    Neil MacFarquhar

    Public Affairs Catalog: p30 & 31

    • Hardcover: $26.95; 400 pages
    • Publisher: PublicAffairs (April 27, 2009)
    • ISBN-10: 1586486357
    • ISBN-13: 978-1586486358
    Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It
    Karl Weber

    Public Affairs Spring Catalog: pgs. 4&5

    • Paperback: $14.95; 304 pages
    • Publisher: PublicAffairs (May 4, 2009)
    • ISBN-10: 1586486942
    • ISBN-13: 978-1586486945

    Public Affairs Spring Catalog: pgs 20 & 21

    • Hardcover: $24.95
    • Publisher: PublicAffairs (April, 2009)
    • ISBN-13: 978-1586487560