Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wrap Up: ALA Midwinter & OLA Super Conference

It's been a busy week! From Jan. 25-28, we were in Seattle, Washington for the ALA Midwinter conference. At booth 2607, we busily handed out excerpts of our new graphic novel War Brothers, talked about our free Book Talks for interactive white boards, and introduced librarians to our Spring 2013 and key backlist titles. It was gratifying to have so many people come into the booth already familiar with our books (Fatty Legs was a big hit!).

Our lovely ALA Midwinter booth, with WAR BROTHERS banner

Claire Eamer at our ALA Midwinter booth with her book THE WORLD IN YOUR LUNCH BOX
And then today (Jan. 31), I went to the OLA Super Conference to assist with some author signing events at our distributor Firefly's booth, #706. We had Ed Butts signing Bodyguards and Claire Eamer signing The World in Your Lunch Box, and both were out of books within an hour!
Ed Butts signs a copy of BODYGUARDS! at OLA Super Conference

Author Claire Eamer and me with her book THE WORLD IN YOUR LUNCH BOX at OLA Super Conference
Loris Lesynski will be signing tomorrow at 10:30 am (booth 706), and Kate Cayley will be signing at the Follett booth (also in the 700 aisle) at 10 am tomorrow too. So if you missed our authors today, be sure to drop by tomorrow!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Join Us at ALA Midwinter in Seattle

Next week, we'll be showing off our brand new Spring 2013 titles, as well as last year's titles and key backlist, at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Seattle, Washington. Annick Press is at booth 2607: come pay us a visit to see what's new and snag a few beautiful bookmarks.

Here's a sneak peek of one of our Spring 2013 titles: War Brothers. It's a graphic novel about a group of young boys in Uganda who are kidnapped from their boarding school and forced to join the Lord's Resistance Army. Terrifying yet hopeful, I dare you to read this book and not be affected.

We will be exhibiting at booth 2607 on:
Friday, January 25: 5:30 pm–7:00 pm
Saturday, January 26: 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Sunday, January 27: 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Monday, January 28: 9:00 am–2:00 pm

Take advantage of these useful links to make the most of ALA Midwinter:

Hope to see you there!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Ruth Ohi on TVO Parents

Here's a nice video to end the week with: Ruth Ohi joins panelists Lana Button and Shelley Stagg Peterson on TVO Parents to discuss books for preschoolers. They talk about why reading with your child is important, how to enrich story time, and what makes a good picture book. Ruth also talks about her creative process as a children's author and illustrator.

They wrap up with some great recommendations for ages two to five, so it's worth watching till the end!

And don't miss Ruth's adorable trailer for Chicken, Pig, Cow's First Fight:

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy New Year! Bookish Resolutions for 2013

Happy New Year!

When making New Year's resolutions, most people focus on health: start the Couch to 5K running program, quit smoking, take up yoga or join a gym, learn how to make healthier, more nutritious meals.

But how about some bookish resolutions, too? After all, you'll need something to read while recovering after your jog, or to distract you when you have a nicotine craving, or while dinner's in the oven...

Bookish Resolution #1: Read more
How many books did you read in 2012? Were you keeping track? If you'd like to set yourself a personal reading challenge this year, become one of over 130,000 readers who have accepted the Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge. You can pledge to read ten books, or fifty--it's all up to you. (And you can see which books your friends are reading for the challenge, if you need some ideas!)

Bookish Resolution #2: Expand your literary horizons
If you're a fan of paranormal romances, why not mix it up with some non-fiction? If you like historical fiction, throw your brain a curve ball with some futuristic science fiction or a gritty dystopian tale. And if you haven't picked up a young adult book or a graphic novel recently, you might be missing out on lots of great stories! No matter what you normally read, make it a goal to try at least one book that's outside your comfort zone this year.

Bookish Resolution #3: Experiment with e-books
I love books, in all formats. There's a time and a place for trade paperbacks, mass market paperbacks, hardcovers... and yes, e-books. If you've staunchly insisted that only paper books are "real books," how about seeing what all the fuss is about? You don't need to invest in an e-reader right away: just download Adobe Digital Editions (free!) on your computer, or if you have a smartphone or tablet, install a free book app (there are lots to choose from). You'll find a wide selection, from free public domain books to the latest blockbusters. In fact, your main problem will be deciding what to read first!

Here's a video from Open Road Media of famous authors discussing e-books:

Do you have any other bookish resolutions for 2013? Let me know in the comments!