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Ziggy Marley’s picture book, I Love You Too, publishes today!

John Mesjak

Ziggy Marley will be hitting some major media in the coming weeks, promoting both the release of his based-on-a-song picture book, I Love You Too (Edelweiss), and his brand new album, Fly Rasta (iTunes). The album dropped yesterday, and the book's publication date is today.

His upcoming appearances include:

  • VH1 Morning Buzz on April 28
  • MSNBC-TV/Morning Joe on April 28
  • WNYC (NPR)/Leonard Lopate on April 28
  • Late Show with David Letterman on April 29
  • The Queen Latifah Show on May 1
  • Real Time with Bill Maher on May 2
  • Conan on May 5
  • Tavis Smiley on May 5
  • performing & being interviewed on the Arsenio Hall Show on May 6

In addition to the media appearances, Ziggy is setting out on a major tour this spring & summer across Europe and the US:

Apr 08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia
Apr 11 – Live Oak, FL @ Wanee Music Festival
Apr 12 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Tortuga Music Festival
Apr 15 – Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
Apr 17 – Crans Montana, Switzerland @ Caprices Festival
Apr 18 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Komplex 457
Apr 19 – Paris, France @ Le Trianon
Apr 21 – Luxembourg @ Den Atelier
Apr 22 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
Apr 23 – London, United Kingdom @ London Electric Brixton
May 24 – Monterey, CA @ California Roots Music & Arts Festival
Jun 19 – Lowell, MA @ Summer Music Series (Boarding House Park)
Jun 22 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
Jul 19 – Costa Mesa, CA @ OC Fair (Pacific Amphitheatre)
Jul 25 – Floyd, VA @ Floydfest 13
Aug 03 – Bridgeport, CT @ Gathering Of The Vibes
Aug 15 – Jackson, MS @ Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival
Aug 29 – Aspen, CO @ Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS)


I Love You Too
Ziggy Marley
illustrated by Ag Jatkowska
9781617753107 | $15.95 | Apr 2014
Consortium | Akashic Books

Ziggy Marley: web | twitter

Congratulations to Alan Taylor and W.W. Norton on winning the Pulitzer Prize for History!

John Mesjak

Another year, another immensely well-reviewed book of history from W.W. Norton winning a major award.  Following in the footsteps of Eric Foner's The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery (2011) and The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2009), Alan Taylor has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1932.

This is Alan Taylor's second Pulitzer Prize for History – he previously won in 1996 for William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic.

Congratulations to Alan Taylor and W.W. Norton!

The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832
Alan Taylor
9780393073713 | $35.00 | Sept 2013
W. W. Norton

Norton: twitter

The Whispering Town reviewed in Sunday NYTBR (Kar-Ben / Lerner)

John Mesjak

illustration from The Whispering Town

illustration from The Whispering Town

Congratulations to author Jennifer Elvgren, and illustrator Fabio Santomauro, Kar-Ben Publishing, and Lerner Publishing Group on the warm review by Elizabeth Wein in the April 6 edition of the New York Times Book Review:

Rounding out this literary threesome of resistance and escape is “The Whispering Town,” a picture book written by Jennifer Elvgren and illustrated by Fabio Santomauro. The setting is a Danish fishing village, but one of the book’s charms is how little context you need to understand it: There’s a war, and Anett’s family is hiding refugees and sneaking them to safety by boat to neutral Sweden. Anett’s job is to bring food to the Jewish mother and child hidden in her basement, where she finds her way down the dark stairs by following the sound of their whispers. When Anett’s father worries that the refugees might get lost in the dark when they flee to the harbor, Anett suggests the whole village whisper directions to them as they go.

The publisher of “The Whispering Town” recommends the book for children ages 7 to 11, but it feels appropriate for reading to very young children as an introduction to the subject of the Holocaust. It’s definitely the least harrowing of the three books. The threat to the escaping mother and child is only hinted at in the bales of barbed wire that accompany the Nazi soldiers whenever they appear, in the worrying absence of the father in the Jewish family group, and in the villagers’ ominous, repeated warning: “Stay safe.” Santomauro’s thoughtful illustrations, with their restrained colors, subtly remind the reader of the village’s determined solidarity.


The Whispering Town
Jennifer Elvgren & Fabio Santomauro
9781467711944 | $17.95 | Cloth
Lerner Publishing Group | Kar-Ben

Success stories: Jon Klassen sells 1 million books worldwide; W.W. Norton’s Starling Lawrence talks Flash Boys

John Mesjak

Candlewick Press announced yesterday that Jon Klassen's two hat-related picture books with – I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat – have a combined worldwide in-print total of 1 million copies. 

As reported in Publishers Weekly, Jon Klassen was grateful to everyone involved:

Klassen is quick to share the credit for his books’ success – and his gratitude. “A huge heartfelt, humbled, amazed, deeply-grateful, crazily-lucky, kind-of-suspicious-it’s-all-a-trick, but-hoping-never-to-find-out thank you to everybody who helped with the making of, the editing of, the distribution of, the promotion of, the displaying of, the talking-about of, the recommending of, the selling of, the buying of, and the sitting-down-and-reading of these books,” he told PW. “I wish we could all go bowling or something together.”

Meanwhile, elsewhere in PW today, an interview with W.W. Norton editor Starling Lawrence about the origins of Michael Lewis’ latest nationwide bestseller, Flash Boys – what PW called the country's hottest adult title – as well as the Wall Street reaction to the book’s publication.


Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys is out and getting great reviews!

John Mesjak

Because Mr. Lewis is at the helm finding clear, simple metaphors for even the most impenetrable financial minutiae, this tawdry tale should make sense to anyone. And so should its shock value. “Flash Boys” is guaranteed to make blood boil.

And because this is Mr. Lewis, it’s a book about white-hatted heroes who set out to rectify the system. The principal figures in “Flash Boys” were not widely known outside the business world, or even within it, though they will be now. You could find some on LinkedIn, but Wikipedia had never heard of them or their accomplishments. That only adds to the excitement surrounding a book that has been kept carefully under wraps.

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
Michael Lewis
9780393244663 | $27.95 | Cloth
W. W. Norton | W. W. Norton & Company