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What’s on Michael’s Mind?
March 26, 2012

I know; it’s been a while since my last post, but with Spring right around the corner—and a breather from travels, it’s time to catch you up on a couple of great titles from Black Dog & Leventhal which is distributed by Workman.

For starters, and in the interest of full-disclosure, I am not a big sports fan… never have been. Yet even I am taken up with stories about baseball. Why? Well, I suspect that it’s because (more than perhaps any other sport) baseball is theater, and I love theater.

Now, you’d be hard pressed to find a more dramatic baseball story than that of the Yankees, the sport’s most storied franchise; and who better to cover it than The New York TimesThe Times was there in 1903, when two New York bartenders bought The Highlanders, and brought the team north. They’ve been there, ever since.

The New York Times
Story of the Yankees

382 Articles, Profiles and
Essays from 1903 to Present

Edited by Dave Anderson; Foreword by Alec Baldwin; Introduction by George Vecsey
Hardback , 480 pages
ISBN: 9781579128920 (1579128920)
Black Dog & Leventhal
$29.95(US) $39.95(CAN)
Available for purchase May 1, 2012

May be pre-ordered now from
your preferred supplier.

The heavily illustrated The New York Times Story of the Yankees, organized by era, covers every significant event in Yankee history, such as the purchase of Babe Ruth, ‘27 World Series championships, the fabled rivalries with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, controversial owners and managers, plus much, much more!

Would you like one, for your library? Just e-mail me with your name, library name, and address at mrockliff@workman.com. We’ll pull 5 names out of the hat.

Another Black Dog & Leventhal title coming this fall has me particularly excited.  It’s My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read & Shop  (Edited by Ronald Rice/Hardcover/ISBN: 9781579129101/Price: $22.95/Release date: November 2012). As it’s early days yet, I can’t tell you a great deal about who the authors will be, which stores will be covered. It got me to reminiscing, though.

I did my indentured servitude, at Pickwick Bookshop a landmark bookstore on Hollywood Blvd. which closed in 1995.

Besides learning the book business I also became acquainted with the most amazing cast of characters… legendary booksellers, like Louis Epstein and Jake Zeitlin, but also Will and Ariel Durant, Ray Bradbury, Alfred Hitchcock, Jaqui Suzanne, Anita Loos, Lilian Gish, Irving Stone, Anais Nin, and so many more.

That’s part of what the great bookstores do, isn’t it? It’s not just about books and their discovery, although that would certainly be enough. It’s about the people those stores bring into your life. Have you any interesting bookstore experiences? I’d love to hear them; and keep your eye on these pages for a give-a-way on this title, too!

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Michael Rockliff
Director, Library Sales and Marketing

Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014-4381