Friends, This Is Our Turn: The Year in Nonfiction
What did you love — and since we are content people, why?
What did you not love — why?
Our focus is younger readers, but if you saw something in adult books, online, other media that made you think about the books we do, tell us. What was this year in nonfiction for good, for ill, for reflection, for inspiration?
I saw a few trends worth discussing: book making and book design. From the -ology books to the new Barry Denenberg Christopher Bing Lincoln Shot www.amazon.com/Lincoln-Shot-Presidents-Life-Remembered/dp/031237013X book-making is replacing book-design. That is, every inch of the book is part of the story of the book. Some of this is fiction, or historical fiction, some aims at more traditional nonfiction. But this is clearly a trend that will continue.
Book and web — as I discussed here, web trailers, blog tours, Vicki Cobb’s home movie and video conf website, Loree’s site that shows her research, authors are exploring how to surround the print books with web expressions and enhancements.
Voice: When the awards are given out I hope Kadir Nelson’s personal tone and angle of vision in We Are the Ship gets as much attention as his art. Many of us cannot draw, but we can bring similar passion and explicit point of view to our books.
So, friends — give us your view: what was this year in nonfiction?