Want to
talk directly
to Michael? Click here to send him an email!

Want More?

Click here for a sample of Michael’s monthly Workman Update e-letter!

It includes news about Workman authors, libraries around the world, the book busness in general, and whatever happens to pique Michael’s intrest, that month.

If you like the sample, you can ask to receive it monthly.

What’s on Michael’s Mind?
ALA 2013 & More!
June 7, 2013

We are now back from ALA.

It was a great conference; great to see so many librarians at our booth!

If you were not there, don’t despair. If anything in this blog sparks your interest, shoot me an e-mail. If at all possible, I will get it for you… That’s the kind of guy I am!

So who joined us in Chicago?

Bellwether Prize winning novelist Susan Nussbaum,
9780761151418Rock critic, Jessica Hopper, author of THE
(just right for
your YA collection) She’ll also be at the Live
at Your Library Stage, on Saturday.
Marci Alboher, author of THE ENCORE CAREER
, Hear her speak at the inaugural meeting
of the Retirees’ Roundtable. She’ll be speaking to
issues of preparing for that second act, after your
current job.

9781615190782 [space]
Sue Sanders will be signing MOM, I’M NOT A KID
. Remember when we used to be saying that,
not hearing it?

9780761168829Ball of fire, Abby Stokes (author of IS THIS THING ON?)
will be on the UFL Quirky Books panel, tearing it up at
the AAP Family Feud, and generally available to answer
your questions on how to make the library’s computers
intelligible to your neophyte patrons.

Sherri Brooks, author of PUT ‘EM UP! FRUIT will be
showing you… well, how to put up fruit, on the
What’s Cooking Stage.

Sophie Brody winner, Matti Friedman,
author of THE ALEPPO CODEX, will be on the Literary
Tastes author program, as well as receiving his award, at
the RUSA reception.
Raghavan Iyer, will be gracing the What’s
Cooking Stage, on Sunday.

Follow the links to read more about all these titles!

If you were at Midwinter, or any of the recent AAP Book Buzzes, you
know that the big news of the year for Algonquin is the emergence of
new imprint, Algonquin Young Readers. In fact, I think it’s fair to say
that this is the most exciting library oriented development at
Workman, since I landed here!
In particular, I’m over the moon about SOMEBODY UP
. Come find out why, when I speak at
the AAP Book Buzz during ALA (Saturday 2:00PM in
room S104B).

9780761171768There in spirit will be Sandra Boynton,
whose newest venture features country music, with her
signature brand of humor. We’ll have a limited number
of CD samplers to give away, so… Hang onto your hat,
cowboy. We’ve got FROG TROUBLE!
Remember that huge tome, THE LOUVRE, replete with
searchable DVD? How about THE VATICAN: All the
Paintings (as well as illuminated manuscripts,
sculpture, tapestries, & more?

There’s great history, courtesy of The New York Times, a sequel to UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS, and the usual great fiction from Lee Smith, and other Algonquin authors, and even some nonfiction from the likes of Alice Hoffman.

Another book we’ll be featuring in the booth that has my juices going
Jurassicparkis from Knopf’s acclaimed book
designer, Chip Kidd (a legend, going
back to his iconic JURASSIC PARK
jacket). Based on the premise that we
are ALL graphic designers, in what we
do in our daily lives, it’s nearly an all-
ages book.

In fact, Chip’s been invited to lecture
about the book, at the oldest art
college in the country! If it’s
sophisticated enough for them (and it is) it’s sophisticated enough for
anyone. You might think about your Maker Space, as well.

While in the booth, don’t forget to ask me about our daughter Mara’s new titles. This year she’s gotten three (count ‘em, three) awards:

o Golden Kite Award for the best written picture book, from the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
o Ezra Jack Keats Honorable Mention
o Charlotte Zolotow Honorable Mention

Am I proud of her? Well, What do you think?

Untitled-1Speaking of which, I can’t resist sharing this bit, about her daughter (and my granddaughter), Cassidy. Her parents have painted her room with purple walls. The girl likes purple!

Cassidy says that she will put up photos of movie stars.

“Like whom?” sez us. “Una Merkel” sez she!

You’ve got to love it! This is one apple that didn’t fall too far from the grandparental tree!


Michael Rockliff
Director, Library Sales and Marketing
Workman Publishing Company
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014-4381