Stanford University Press Economics Catalog

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Recently received the 2017 Stanford University Press Economics Catalog. There are about 21 new titles available this year.

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NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY AND MACMILLAN TO LAUNCH A PUBLISHING PARTNERSHIP

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The New York Public Library and Macmillan Publishers have announced a new agreement to create and publish a wide variety of print and e-books for adults and for children drawing from and inspired by the Library’s world-renowned collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, artifacts, and more. The bulk of these collections – spanning centuries and representing iconic writers, scholars, performance artists, government and civic leaders, artists, and more – are housed in the Library’s historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, and the Science, Industry and Business Library.

Among the first adult titles will be: a book by acclaimed and beloved author and illustrator Maira Kalman celebrating libraries; a book on New York restaurant life, featuring menus from the library’s extensive collection of 45,000 eatery menus; and Book Face, a book bringing together the best posts from the #bookface Instagram sensation. St. Martin’s Press Executive Editor Michael Flamini is overseeing the adult program.

Among the first children’s titles will be: Coloring in the Lions, a coloring book featuring vintage art from the NYPL archive; a yet-to-be-titled picture book starring the stoic lions who stand in front of the Library’s main building, Patience and Fortitude; and a middle grade novel based on a real family who once lived in the library. Publisher Jean Feiwel and Henry Holt Books for Young Readers Editorial Director Christian Trimmer are overseeing the children’s book program.

The deal was negotiated by NYPL Chief External Relations Officer Carrie Welch and Macmillan EVP Will Schwalbe.

“For over 100 years, The New York Public Library has collected, preserved, and made accessible to the public millions of significant and enlightening books, manuscripts, photographs, artifacts and more from history – items that have informed and inspired countless new works and ideas,” said NYPL President Tony Marx. “This partnership with Macmillan is a new, wonderfulway to share our collections and celebrate the role of libraries with the public. We thank our partners at Macmillan, and look forward to filling our shelves with these new titles.”

John Sargent, the CEO of Macmillan, said, “What a great pleasure it is to be the publishing partner of the NYPL. Their building and the incredible collections it holds has been an inspiration for generations of Americans. It is an honor both personally and professionally to work with them to disseminate this great wealth of content.”

About The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves approximately 18 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at nypl.org. To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at nypl.org/support.

HACHETTE AUDIO ENHANCES YOUNG ADULT AUDIOBOOKS THROUGH IMMERSIVE MUSIC SOUNDTRACKS WITH BOOKTRACK TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM

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Hachette Audio, a division of Hachette Book Group, and literary technology pioneer Booktrack (www.booktrack.com) launch a new generation of audiobooks with an industry-first partnership, bringing full soundtracks to young adult novellas. This collaboration offers YA listeners an innovative new way to experience their favorite stories through immersive, synchronized movie-style soundtracks complementing the narration of existing audiobooks; the tempo and rhythm of the score harmonize with action, dialogue and the characters’ emotional arcs. Popular novellas by bestselling YA authors—including Laini Taylor, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl at launch—will be made available on Hachette’s Booktrack page (www.booktrack.com/hachette) beginning October 4, with new releases to come.

“We were thrilled with the reception of Booktrack eBooks from Little, Brown for Young Readers when we launched the titles in the Booktrack format this summer. Hachette Book Group has always been a leader in the publishing industry and is once again ahead of the curve, leveraging Booktrack’s technology. Beautifully narrated audiobooks from Hachette Audio now join their eBook counterparts in harnessing Booktrack’s creative potential for authors to deliver a new experience to their fans,” said Paul Cameron, CEO and co-founder of Booktrack. “The soundtracks add a totally immersive, enhanced experience to the amazing Hachette audiobooks.”

“Booktrack is doing exciting things in the digital space, and we’re happy to be the first major publisher to expand their technology to a list of audiobooks,” said Tina McIntyre, Senior Executive Director, Content Development, at Hachette Book Group. “We love creating new ways for our YA fans in particular to consume content from their favorite authors. We are eager to expand our offerings to established fans and neophytes alike by making these newly imagined editions of original YA audiobook recordings available.”

Senior Vice President, Content Development, and Audio Publisher Anthony Goff said “I’m proud of Hachette Audio’s reputation as a forward-thinking publisher. Working with Booktrack, we hope to expand our authors’ audiences, giving current audiobook fans the ability to experience some of their favorite stories in a fresh, new way, while attracting those who may be new to audiobook listening with a “cinematic” gateway experience. We look forward to growing our catalog and partnership with Booktrack in the seasons to come.

Booktrack’s Hachette Audio Fall launch includes this selection:

By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES – read by Kevin T Collins, the first title in this bestselling series, which has been translated into 39 languages and was made into a feature film by Warner Brothers in 2013.

BEFORE THE CLAIMING – read by Khristine Hvam, revisits the events that would define Lena’s future in the third installment of Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories

A GATLIN WEDDING – also read by Kevin T. Collins, reveals Gatlin’s destiny in this not-to-be missed final installment of Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories

By Laini Taylor

NIGHT OF CAKE & PUPPETS – read by Khristine Hvam & Kevin T. Collins, brings to life a night only hinted at in the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE trilogy—the magical first date of fan favorites Zuzana and Mik—which will be available on Booktrack on August 8th. Taylor’s series topped the bestseller charts and received accolades from Kirkus Reviews, YALSA, School Library Journal, and the Junior Library Guild.

ABOUT BOOKTRACK

Booktrack (www.booktrack.com) is an industry-leading global technology company that synchronizes movie-style soundtracks and ambient audio to eBooks and audiobooks. Music and ambient audio are automatically paced to an individual’s reading speed and synchronized to complement and enhance the story while a person reads. Booktrack is proven to increase comprehension by 17 percent, retention by 30 percent, and reading satisfaction by 35 percent. More than 3 million readers and writers worldwide enjoy instant access to thousands of stories. Booktrack offers more than 16,000 titles in 40 different languages, across all genres of reading.

Backed by investors including Peter Thiel, Booktrack is a disruptive force in the publishing and audio world, equivalent to how the introduction of sound transformed the experience of film forever. The Booktrack application is available from http://www.booktrack.com and in the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Google Chrome’s Web Store.

Bruce Springsteen to Narrate the Audiobook Edition of his #1 Bestselling Memoir BORN TO RUN

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Bruce Springsteen will narrate the audio edition of his critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling memoir BORN TO RUN. Simon & Schuster Audio will publish the 18-hour-long audiobook on December 6, 2016.

In addition to his narration, Springsteen recorded musical transitions for the audiobook at Stone Hill Studio in New Jersey.  Excerpts from the original studio recordings of Living Proof, Long Time Comin’ and Born to Run are also featured in the audiobook.

“As a lifelong Bruce Springsteen fan, I’ve spent countless hours listening to him tell stories of the most unforgettable characters in rock and roll,” said Chris Lynch, President & Publisher, Simon & Schuster Audio. “To now hear Bruce tell his own intimate story with the same charisma and force that he brings to his performances is simply magic.”

Published in both print and e-book editions on September 27, 2016, BORN TO RUN received glowing reviews from both music and literary critics, including Nation Public Radio’s Will Hermes, who called the book “a virtuoso performance,” and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford, who praised Springsteen in the New York Times Book Review for his “informally steadfast Jersey plainspeak …cleareyed enough to say what it means when it has hard stories to tell, yet supple enough to rise to occasions requiring eloquence.”

 

Oxford University Press

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About 135 new titles are available from the Oxford University Press Economics & Finance catalog for 2016.

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Parts I & II to be Published on July 31, 2016

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(New York, NY – February 10, 2016) Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, announced today that it will publish a script book based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II, a new play by Jack Thorne. The Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book will be published in print in the United States and Canada at 12:01 a.m. on July 31, 2016. Published in hardcover under Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books imprint, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (ISBN 978-1-338-09913-3; All Ages), the eighth Harry Potter story, will be priced at $29.99 U.S. and $39.99 Canada. The script eBook will be published by Pottermore simultaneously with the print editions by Scholastic in the US and Canada, and Little, Brown Book Group in the UK.

In making the announcement, Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade, said, “As the U.S. print publisher, Scholastic introduced Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World to American readers nearly 20 years ago and experienced firsthand the anticipation and excitement of the publication of each of the books over the years. We are thrilled to publish Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this summer.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth Harry Potter story, and the first to officially be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

The first seven Harry Potter stories, published by Scholastic in the U.S. between 1998 and 2007 have sold more than 160 million copies in the U.S., over 450 million copies worldwide, and are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 79 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films.

In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital entertainment and e-commerce company Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy her new writing and immerse themselves deeper in the wizarding world.

Her first novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, was published in September 2012 and adapted for TV by the BBC in 2015.  Her crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, were published in 2013 (The Cuckoo’s Calling), 2014 (The Silkworm) and 2015 (Career of Evil), and are to be adapted for a major new television series for BBC One, produced by Brontë Film and Television.

J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech was published in 2015 as an illustrated book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, and sold in aid of her charity Lumos and university–wide financial aid at Harvard.

In addition to J.K. Rowling’s collaboration on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II, an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, she is also making her screenwriting debut with the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a further extension of the wizarding world, due for release in November 2016.

The Special Rehearsal Edition of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book will comprise the version of the play script early in the production’s preview period, several weeks prior to the opening performances. The preview process allows the creative team time to rehearse changes or to explore specific scenes further, in front of a live audience, before the official opening performances on Saturday 30th July. As such the script is subject to change after the Special Rehearsal Edition is published, which is why this edition will only be available for a limited time, to be replaced by the Definitive Collector’s Edition at a later date. More details about the Definitive Collector’s Edition will be announced in due course.

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. The Company creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, comprehensive classroom magazines and other products that, in combination, offer schools customized and solutions to support children’s learning both at school and at home. The Company also makes quality, affordable books available to all children through school-based book clubs and book fairs. With a 95 year history of service to schools and families, Scholastic continues to carry out its commitment to “Open a World of Possible” for all children. Learn more at www.scholastic.com.

Princeton University Press

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Just received their Economics and Finance catalog for 2016. Looks like they have about 144 titles available.

 

2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival Slated for Sept. 24

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Kwame Alexander, Newt Gingrich, Philip Glass, Annette Gordon-Reed, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Salman Rushdie, Luis Alberto Urrea, Bob Woodward Among Participants

The Library of Congress continues its annual celebration of authors and readers, the National Book Festival, for its 16th year on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. All programs will be free of charge.

“The National Book Festival is a day for all to celebrate the joy and power of reading by connecting with their favorite authors and discovering new ones,” said acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao. “No matter your age or favorite type of book, there is something at the National Book Festival for you. The Library is grateful to the generous sponsors who make this day of fun and discovery free to all attendees.”

The National Book Festival is made possible by the generous support of private- and public-sector sponsors who share the Library’s commitment to reading and literacy, led by National Book Festival Co-Chairman David M. Rubenstein. Those interested in supporting the National Book Festival may contact the Library at devofc@loc.gov.

Many authors have already accepted the festival’s invitations this year, and they include:

  • Kwame Alexander, Newbery Medal winner
  • Douglas Brinkley, prize-winning historian
  • Christopher Buckley, author of such satirical works as “Thank You for Smoking”
  • Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and author
  • Philip Glass, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
  • Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Winston Groom, author of “Forrest Gump”
  • Stephen King, best-selling, prize-winning author and literacy advocate
  • James McBride, National Book Award winner
  • Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
  • Joyce Carol Oates, prize-winning author of more than 70 books
  • Ed Piskor, alternative comics artist
  • Michael Ramirez, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Diane Rehm, NPR host and author
  • Salman Rushdie, Man Booker Prize winner
  • Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Bob Woodward, Pulitzer prize winner and author of 17 No. 1 best-sellers
  • Luis Alberto Urrea, prize-winning author of “The Devil’s Highway”
  • Gene Luen Yang, Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Additional authors will be announced in the coming months.

The National Book Festival poster will be designed this year by Yuko Shimizu, an illustrator based in New York City and an instructor at the School of Visual Arts. Her work has appeared on The Gap T-shirts, Pepsi cans, Visa card billboards and Microsoft and Target ads, as well as on book covers for Penguin, Scholastic and DC Comics. She has published work in the pages of The New York Times, Time magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and many other publications.

The festival will feature more than 100 distinguished authors across many fields and in all genres of writing, with audiences ranging from young readers to adults. The festival will continue to feature its popular offerings dedicated to Children, Teens, Contemporary Life, History & Biography, Fiction & Mystery, Graphic Novels, Picture Books, Science, Poetry & Prose and Culinary Arts.

For more information, see the National Book Festival website at loc.gov/bookfest/. The National Book Festival App is available for iPhone and iPad at the iPhone App store and for Android at the Google Play Store. Attendees with smartphones not compatible with either iOS or Android may use a fully functional web version of the app. Links to all are available at loc.gov/apps/. Follow us on Twitter @librarycongress with hashtag #NatBookFest.

The MIT Press for 2016

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Just received their Economics & Finance catalog for 2016. About 136 titles available.

Library of Congress Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Literacy Awards

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Deadline Is March 31

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, which are made possible through the generosity of David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group.

The awards, which were initiated by Rubenstein, were first conferred in 2013 to support organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and worldwide. The awards seek to recognize organizations doing exemplary, innovative and easily replicable work over a sustained period of time and to encourage new groups, organizations and individuals to become involved in promoting reading and literacy.

The application rules and a downloadable application form may be accessed at Read.gov/literacyawards/. Applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern time on March 31, 2016.

Last year’s winners were:

  • The David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000): First Book
  • The American Prize ($50,000): United Through Reading
  • The International Prize ($50,000): Beanstalk

More information about these organizations and 14 other literacy organization leaders is available in “Library of Congress Literacy Awards 2015: Best Practices.”

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards program is administered by the Library’s Center for the Book. Final selection of prize winners will be made by the Librarian of Congress with recommendations from an advisory board of literacy experts.

Three prizes will be awarded in 2016:

  • The David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made outstanding and measurable contributions in increasing literacy levels and has demonstrated exceptional and sustained depth and breadth in its commitment to the advancement of literacy. The organization will meet the highest standards of excellence in its operations and services. This award may be given to any organization based either inside or outside the United States.
  • The American Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels or the national awareness of the importance of literacy. This award may be given to any organization that is based in the United States.
  • The International Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization or national entity that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels. This award may be given to any organization that is based in a country outside the United States.

The Library’s Center for the Book, established by Congress in 1977 to “stimulate public interest in books and reading,” is a public-private partnership. It sponsors educational programs that reach readers of all ages through its affiliated state centers, collaborations with nonprofit reading promotion partners and through the Young Readers Center and the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit Read.gov.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s first-established federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs, publications and exhibitions.