Thursday, July 4, 2013

Chicago, Chicago, That Wonderful Town!

Everyone loves Chicago, which is only one reason why the ALA Annual Conference held there last week was so well attended. The appearance of such noted authors as Khaled Hosseini and Ann Patchett  may also have had something to do with it.

Annick Press could be found near the front of the busy hall where we met and greeted dozens of librarians. Many stopped by the booth just to say hello and to tell us how much they were looking forward to seeing our Fall 2013 books.

The star of the booth was undoubtedly the new picture book by Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Dusan Petricic, The Man with the Violin. Many people remembered the event on which the the story is based--the experiment conducted by the Washington Post that had the world-famous violinist, Joshua Bell, play his priceless Stradivarius in a Washington, D.C., subway station.

Other Annick titles that drew a lot of attention were War Brothers: The Graphic Novel, which was selected as a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. It's a Feudal, Feudal World: A Different Medieval History also drew positive comments for its unique infographic approach to world history. And many people were drawn to When I Was Eight, a picture book version of the best-selling memoir, Fatty Legs.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by. Given the great response to our list, Fall 2013 promises to be a banner season.

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