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Librarian Preview: Chronicle Books (Spring/Summer 2012)

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What publisher created the first librarian preview, inviting local carriers of MLIS degrees to their places of work to show off the upcoming season?  I don’t have an answer to that, I’m just asking.  With my NYC preferences and tunnel vision my inclination is to believe that it was one of The Big Six based […]

Librarian Preview: Harper Collins (Spring 2012)

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Here’s how paranoid I am.  I saw an allusion somewhere to someone having written up the recent Harper Collins 2012 preview and my first reaction was, “GAH!  Someone else is working my beat!!”  That was followed promptly by a sense of profound relief.  “Aww.  That’s awesome.  Someone else is working my beat.”  Then I actually […]

Librarian Preview: Lerner Books (Spring 2012)

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Fun Fact: Librarian previews done in the presence of small attention seeking babies yield surprisingly drool-soaked notes.  Not so drool-soaked that a person couldn’t decipher them later, but wet with the moisture of someone else’s mouth just the same. Still and all, the good people of Lerner Publishing Group (Lindsay Matvick and Terri Reden if […]

Librarian Preview: Penguin Young Readers Group (Spring 2012)

Chopsticks

At last!  The season for previews has begun yet again!  And as of right now I am (checks watch) four previews behind. Yipes! Guess we better get started then.  If you want to read a recap of this same preview done already (and on time) though, check out this Early Word post by Lisa Von […]

Librarian Preview: Lerner Books (Fall 2011)

InvestigatingMatter

I like a lot of things about Lerner, but probably what I like the most is the fact that they’ve managed to transition from rote titles that are of primary use in schoolrooms to publishing of all kinds of books.  Not that they don’t still create useful books for class use, but this preview should […]

Librarian Preview: Albert Whitman and Company (Fall 2011)

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Prior to my babyfied state I met with two publishers who gave me the rundown on their upcoming seasons.  Not knowing when I’d get to their previews I had the vague hope that I’d be able to do so before their books came out (Fall 2011).  Fortunately, sometimes life works out just the way you’d […]

Librarian Preview: Candlewick, Brilliance Audio, Harper Collins, HMH, Scholastic, Sourcebooks, & Sterling (Fall 2011)

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Heh heh.  You know when I said I’d write up the Day of Dialog librarian previews that I saw?  Well, I wasn’t kidding.  In fact, I’ve decided to be extra efficient and just cram the whole lot of them into one big, superlative, overcompensating post.  Before I do, however, I should note that a couple […]

Librarian Preview: Macmillan (Fall 2011)

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Saying that one is spoiled in New York City is sort of like saying that water is wet or snow is cold.  There are tradeoffs, of course.  The filth.  The crowds.  The teeny tiny apartments.  But for all of that, you instantly forget your previous discomforts when you get to visit gorgeous landmarks as part […]

Librarian Preview: Egmont (Summer/Fall 2011)

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I just searched my archives to see if I ever made a “monted eggs” joke in conjunction with Egmont USA.  To my chagrin, I did that very thing during the last Egmont preview.  Gah.  I hate being so predictable that even I can figure out what old jokes I’ll be pulling out at a given […]

Librarian Preview: Blue Apple Books (Spring-Fall 2011)

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A publisher is like a delicate cheese. Each one has their own flavor. Their own specific style and substance. After years of watching one publisher or another, you get a sense of what they do and do not like. In some big publishers like Candlewick or Chronicle you detect a kind of personality. Slightly smaller […]

Librarian Preview: Little Brown and Company (Fall 2011 – Winter 2012)

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Previews, previews!  Lovely little previews! And we find ourselves back at the Yale Club, across the street from Grand Central Station, and a whopping 10 minutes away, on foot, from my library.  There are advantages to living on a tiny island, I tell ya. As per usual, Little Brown pulled out all the stops for […]

Librarian Preview: Penguin Young Readers Group (Summer 2011)

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I’d been feeling a bit guilty about Penguin recently.  If my calculations are correct (and I think that they are) I haven’t been to a Penguin preview since April of 2010.  The timing just never worked out!  I do hold down a 9-5 job in the library, after all, so angling my free days to […]

Librarian Preview: Albert Whitman & Company (Spring 2011)

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Whew!  Boy, am I getting this last one in right under the gun or what?  Which is to say, before the end of January has passed.  The new round of previews begin in February so I didn’t want to have any loose stragglers waiting about when I saw the new crop of 2011 titles. A […]

Librarian Preview: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Spring 2011)

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It’s a bit late in the season for me to keep typing up these librarian previews, but due to the fact that the “Spring” has only just begun, I think I have a little leeway for my two remaining previews before I start hearing about the Summer 2011 books that are right around the corner. […]

Librarian Preview: Egmont (Spring & Summer 2011)

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All right!  Egmont time!  A time for monted eggs (wait . . . . what?). Yes, Egmont doesn’t always put on a librarian preview, but once in a while they do and I was pleased to partake of their copious heaps of cheese (cheese = always good) when seeing the latest titles they have on […]