Friday, November 30, 2012

LITTLE PRINCES Chosen as Villanova's One Book

Little Princes By Conor GrennanWe're very excited to announce that Villanova University has chosen Conor Grennan's Little Princes as their One Book. One Book is Villanova's campus-wide program that selects a common reading book worthy of close analysis, course adoption, and discussion. In choosing their One Book, the program directors hope to garner dialogue between all members of the campus community through their shared reading experience. Following a year of almost non-stop college speaking engagements, Conor Grennan will be speaking at Villanova in January—details to come! You can read more about Villanova's pick here.

Little Princes has also been chosen as a common book for San Jose State University, St. Bonaventure, and a slew of other colleges. Click on the picture above to browse inside this wonderful book!

Praise for Little Princes:

"In the tradition of 'Three Cups of Tea' and 'Mountains Beyond Mountains,' this book provides proof (there cannot be too much) of the value of volunteer work."—Los Angeles Times

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Varied Selection of Books

We arrived at work this morning to find this bundle of books sitting atop Diane's desk:

The Partnership by Philip Taubmanwith a clear analysis of the threat of nuclear terror, this book focuses on the partnership of the five key cold war players, and their unlikely efforts to dismantle the nuclear arsenal that they helped create.

The End of Diabetes by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.this leading expert on preventative medicine offers a scientifically proven program to prevent and reverse diabetes.

Past Lives of the Rich and Famous by Sylvia BrowneNew York Times best-selling author and reigning queen of the psychics offers a fascinating, and often surprising, look at some of our favorite celebrities and the lives they lived before our time.

The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshona rich work of historical fiction about Mary, an English farmgirl in 1830, sent to a vicarage by her violent father, who quickly learns the dangerous consequences of learning to read and write as a lower class female.

HMMMM...trying to find a connection's eluding me in spite of the rubberbands. Regardless, we're both excited to take a look at this (wildly) varied selection of new books!


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November is National Novel Writing Month!

To help you get started on your novel, HarperCollins is offering ten essential ebooks for writers on sale for $1.99 each for a limited time. Among them are Elizabeth Berg's Escaping Into the Open and Francine Prose's Reading Like a Writer. You'll find more about this special offer here.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My First Conference: NCTE

This was an exciting weekend for me, as it marked by first-ever trip to a book conference AND my first-ever business trip. I was a little nervous because I started only a month ago, and don’t know Harper’s list as well and I could, but I could not have been more pleasantly surprised by the whole excursion.
We arrived in Las Vegas for the annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) convention late on Wednesday, and fell asleep quickly after a long day of travelling. When I woke up the next morning to go down to the lobby, I was able to take in the MGM Grand casino in its full splendor, replete with its giant golden lion, too many slot machines to count, and an unexpected number of 8am gamblers. We walked what seemed like a mile, past many rhinestone-happy clothing stores, and began to set up for the conference, which officially started at noon on Friday.
Everyone I met during my four days in Las Vegas was so incredibly nice. All the teachers seemed so enthusiastic about their jobs, and our books (especially the many free copies we distributed). Our two panels (“Reaching Boys Who are Reluctant Readers” and “Ask the Experts About Thornton Wilder”) went off without a hitch, and I came away with a much better sense of our books and what works in mostly middle and high school classrooms. Titles that the teachers seemed especially excited about included Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, The Graveyard Book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, How to Write a Sentence, Understanding Comics, and the new graphic novel version of The Alchemist, along with classics like Our Town and Their Eyes Were Watching God.
I had a really wonderful time, and hope to stay in contact with many of the teachers I met and spoke with there. I think that I’m going to love the conference-going aspect of my job in the future, because it provides the unparalleled opportunity to actually meet our customers, and hear what works for them and what doesn’t.
 - Louisa
P.S. - Did I forget to mention the food? SO. MUCH. GOOD. FOOD. If you ever have the chance to travel to Las Vegas, you’re definitely in for a treat in that department, even if you have to wait in line for an hour and fifteen minutes like we did for the famous Caesar’s buffet.

Monday, November 19, 2012

An Essential Addition to the History of World War II: A TRAIN IN WINTER by Caroline Moorehead

They were teachers, students, chemists, writers, and housewives; a singer at the Paris Opera, a midwife, a dental surgeon. They distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, printed subversive newspapers, hid resisters, secreted Jews to safety, transported weapons, and conveyed clandestine messages. The youngest was a 16-year old schoolgirl who scrawled “V” for victory on the walls of her lycĂ©e; the eldest, a farmer’s wife in her sixties who harbored escaped Allied airmen. Strangers to each other, hailing from villages and cities from across France, these brave women were united in hatred and defiance of their Nazi occupiers.

Eventually, the Gestapo hunted down 230 of these women and imprisoned them in a fort outside Paris. Separated from home and loved ones, these disparate individuals turned to one another, their common experience conquering divisions of age, education, profession, and class, as they found solace and strength in their deep affection and camaraderie. 

In January 1943, they were sent to their final destination: Auschwitz. Only 49 would return to France.

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, A Train in Winter:  An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France draws on interviews with these women and their families; German, French, and Polish archives; and documents held by World War II resistance organizations to uncover a dark chapter of history that offers an inspiring portrait of ordinary people, of bravery and survival—and of the remarkable, enduring power of female friendship.

Praise for A Train in Winter:

"A necessary book. . . . The literature of wartime France and the Holocaust is by now so vast as to confound the imagination, but when a book as good as this comes along, we are reminded that there is always room for something new."—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post

"The first complete account of these extraordinary women and, incredibly, over 60 years later we are still learning new and terrible truths about the Holocaust. . . . An important new perspective. . . . Careful research and sensitive retelling."—Boston Sunday Globe

"A compelling account of human suffering and courage in the face of appalling brutality. And by the careful use of detail, and an almost obsessive curiosity, Ms. Moorehead has succeeded in frustrating one of the main aims of the Nazis' . . . the memory of 'le Convoi des 3100' has not disappeared."—Wall Street Journal

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Congratulations to Louise Erdrich, Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction for THE ROUND HOUSE: A NOVEL

Congratulations to Louise Erdrich, who has won the National Book Award for Fiction for her most recent work, The Round House:  A Novel, which is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family. 

You can read detailed coverage here from the New York Times about the exciting awards ceremony which took place last night in New York City. And once again, congratulations Louise! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The 50th Anniversary Edition of FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN by Edward Abbey Is Now Available

The late Edward Abbey (dubbed by Lonesome Dove author Larry McMurtry as "The Thoreau of the American West") was a hero to environmentalists and rebels of every stripe. With Fire on the Mountain, this literary giant of the New West wrote a powerful, moving, and enduring tale that gloriously celebrates the undying spirit of American individualism. The 50th anniversary edition of this classic work is now available, with an introduction by historian Douglas Brinkley that reminds students of Abbey's steadfast conviction that "a patriot must always be ready to defend his country against the government."

John Vogelin’s land is his life—a barren stretch of New Mexican wilderness, mercifully bypassed by civilization. Then the government moves in, and suddenly the elderly, stubborn rancher is confronting the combined land-grabbing greed of the county sheriff, the Department of the Interior, the Atomic Energy Commission, and the U.S. Air Force. But a tough old man is like a mountain lion:  if you back him into a corner, he’ll come out fighting.

"Abbey is a fresh breath from the farther reaches and canyons of the diminishing frontier."—Houston Chronicle

"Abbey can attain a kind of glory in his writing. He takes scenes that have been well-traveled by other writers, and re-creates them as traditional American myths."—New York Times Book Review


Moby Dick By Herman MelvilleWaiting for the perfect opportunity to tackle Herman Melville's classic American novel Moby-Dick? Well, it looks like this is your weekend. A group of Melville fanatics have created a city-wide, weekend-long event this November 16-18, dedicated to the genius of this immense book. Brave enthusiasts across two boroughs will pursue marathon-read-aloud sessions with the same single-minded, unwavering tenacity of the story's protagonist, Ahab.

The event is shaping up to be a kind of star-studded, travelling circus, with stops at WORD, Housing Works Bookstore Cade, and Molasses Books, and one-hundred readers including Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Sarah Vowell, Rick Moody, Jonathan Ames, Lev Grossman, and Adam Wilson. So check out their website here if you’re interested in attending part or all of it:

AND if you feel you may need a strong drink either before or after this epic affair, TimeOut: New York asked some participants for their favorite bars within walking distance. You can find them here:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Amazon's 2012 Best Books List

The Round House By Louise ErdrichHarperCollins is proud to have eleven books on Amazon's 2012 Top 100 Editor Picks list. All titles are available in physical and kindle adult books; just click on the links to begin reading!
#8  FLIGHT BEHAVIOR by Barbara Kingsolver
#13  ROUND HOUSE by Louise Erdrich*
#20  LIVE BY NIGHT by Dennis Lehane
#26  TELEGRAPH AVENUE by Michael ChabonBilly Lynn's Long Halftime Walk By Ben Fountain
#35  SUTTON (Hyperion) by J.R. Moehringer
#42  BEAUTIFUL RUINS by Jess Walter
#55 THE ORCHARDIST by Amanda Coplin
#79  WHEN IT HAPPENS TO YOU by Molly Ringwald
#86  SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller
#96  DELICACY by David Foenkinos

Congratulations to all of the authors!

*denotes National Book Award finalist


Harold Holzer, one of the world's leading experts on Abraham Lincoln, has just published an authorized companion to Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, entitled Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America. Holzer served as content consultant on the movie, and has authored, co-authored, and edited an amazing forty-two books, including Emancipating Lincoln, Lincoln at Cooper Union, and three award-winning books for young readers: Father Abraham: Lincoln and His Sons; The President Is Shot!; and Abraham Lincoln, The Writer.

Holzer's book is especially suited for teenage students, and gives a closer, fast-paced look at one of our greatest presidents. Coupled with a glut of primary source materialfrom letters to memoirs to speeches and other documentsHolzer traces Lincoln's shifting opinions towards slavery from his boyhood onwards, and how he weighed those feelings against the contemporaneous American political landscape. The book includes historical photos, a chronology, a historical character list, text of several major speeches and documents, a reading list, and a behind-the-scenes photo section of the movie.

If you haven't seen the trailer for Spielberg's Lincoln, watch it below:

Friday, November 9, 2012

Michael P. Spradlin at the NCTE Convention

Blood RidersWe’re happy to announce two events with New York Times best-selling author Michael P. Spradlin at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention next Friday, November 16, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. If you’re going to be there, you can come meet Mike at Booth 521 between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm, or you can catch his REACHING BOYS WHO ARE RELUCTANT READERS panel in Grand Ballroom 112 between 4:00 pm and 5:15 pm.  
Michael P.  Spradlin is the author of a number of wildly successful (and often satirical) children and young adult books including It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies, Every Zombie Eats Somebody Sometime, Jack and Jill Went Up to Kill, sure to delight even the most reading-weary boys with his ghoulish take on classic children’s holiday stories, songs, and nursery rhymes. He is also the author Spy Goddess series, and the Youngest Templar novels.
This September, Mike made his first foray into adult fiction, with the acclaimed Blood Riders, the story of US Cavalry Captain Jonas P. Hollister. Set in 1880, the books begins as Hollister rots in prison for “lying” about the deaths of eleven soldiers, who he claims were murdered by blood-drinking demons. When a detective arrives with an order for his release after the eerie deaths of some Colorado miners serve to validate his story, Jonas begins a perilous journey towards a battle with the undead.  
If you’re unable to come to the NCTE Conference, fret not. You can still get a sense of Mike’s wit and expertise on his personal blog here.

ARGO's Inspiration: Antonio J. Mendez's MASTER OF DISGUISE

Master of Disguise, The By Antonio J. MendezBen Affleck’s Argo has been one of the biggest movies of the fall, receiving widespread and profuse critical acclaim. If you’ve seen it and loved it like we have, or if you’re interested in going to see it in the future, now is the perfect time to explore the amazing autobiography behind the phenomenonAntonio J. Mendez’s Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA, published through Harper Perennial in 2000.
The book itself garnered a lot of positive attention when it first came out, as the first-ever memoir written by a top-level operative to be authorized by the CIA. In the book, Mendez describes his entrance into the Agency, and closely details the tricks he used to save hundreds of livesfrom his adventures in East Asia to Cold War maneuvers in Moscow.
The title of Mendez’s book is truly a nod to his invaluable creativity and remarkable ability to create new identities for anyone, anywhere. As we all now know, in 1980, Mendez utilized this gift to orchestrate the release of six Americans during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Masquerading himself and the hostages as Canadian filmmakers scouting locations in Iran, Mendez accomplished what many said could not be done, and what no one, outside of the CIA, knew about until 1997. This real-life tale of heroism is just as gripping in print as it is in the movie, straight from the man at the center of it all.
If you haven’t yet seen the trailer for Argo, watch it below!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Kenneth C. Davis on C-SPAN's In-Depth TV

Historian Kenneth C. Davis, author and creator of the popular Don't Know Much About series, including Don’t Know Much About the Presidents and Don’t Know Much About History, was the subject of a three-hour long interview on C-SPAN’s In-Depth TV this Saturday. It will re-air at the end of this week.    

For the last twenty years (and fifteen books!), Kenneth C. Davis has been attempting to make historical learning fun, even for the most resistant adults and children. The popularity of his DKMA series is a testament to his success in this arena; it has sold some 4.7 million copies all-together. Davis has no plans to slow down, and has recently expanded his work outside the DKMA series, authoring the successful historical books A Nation Rising, and America’s Hidden History.

In the C-SPAN segment, Davis gives a comprehensive look inside the entirety of his DKMA backlist, and divulges his strong stance on the value of libraries. He is a frequent lecturer at national museums and commentator for media outlets like NPR and the New York Times 

Click here to watch the entirety of his interview online.