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August 6, 2011

Tomie dePaola: Wilder Award Winner and Grand Poobah of Brunch

By Elizabeth Bluemle

It was everything you’d hope for from the home of an artist like Tomie dePaola: a bright, clean, beautiful, whimsical space, chock-full of colorful artwork and icons and tchotchke. A home populated with meaningful items yet somehow uncluttered, utterly restful to the eye. The group of bookish folks who had gathered there for brunch took in the artful home and the magnificent lawn and landscaping, and murmured to one another, “I think we’re living wrong.” We threatened to set up permanent camp—and that was even before we’d tasted the scrumptious brunch.

We were in New Hampshire to celebrate the latest feather in the talented Tomie’s multiply bedecked cap: the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, which, in the words of the sponsoring American Library Association, “honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.” Only 18 children’s book authors and illustrators have won this prestigious lifetime achievement medal since its inception in 1954.

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December 22, 2010

Bookseller Buys Dahl Story

The unfinished Roald Dahl children’s story that went up for auction on eBay last week fetched $1,900 for Jerry Biederman, who has owned the document and the rights to the story since 1982 when he paid Dahl $200 for its use in the proposed Do-It-Yourself Children’s Storybook…read more

December 20, 2010

Random on Track for Good 2010; Digital Sales Up 250%

Filed under: Publishers — Tags: , , , — Bookblurb @ 8:56 pm
Random House will have a good fiscal 2010 spurred by a strong fourth quarter, chairman Markus Dohle told employees in his annual year-end letter. As has become his style, Dohle emphasized the global aspects of Random’s operations, and the success of the company’s rapidly expanding digital businesses. Digital sales are expected to be up 250% in 2010 with Dohle noting that in the U.S. this fall, e-book sales accounted for nearly half of the first week sale of certain titles….read more

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