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1887, New York.
Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Planet: Earth. Year: 2010. Dimension: who knows?
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Librarians: the Crusaders for Literature.
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February 20, 2012

You should be reading: The Silence of Our Friends

The Silence of Our Friends was a joy to edit. From early conversations with the two authors and the artist about the story structure and the nature of autobiography to the moment the printed book landed in my hot little hands, I've had nothing but joy in this project. And I could not be prouder of it.

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(Note the typically gorgeous cover, designed by :01 book designer Colleen AF Venable)

Based on co-author Mark Long's childhood in Texas, where his father was a television reporter focusing on the civil rights struggle, The Silence of Our Friends is a very personal story but it also tackles one of the defining moments of the United States of America. It does this with understated, nuanced writing by Long and his co-author Demonakos, and gorgeous, immersive artwork by artist Nate Powell.

 It seems like I'm not the only person who loves this book (though I'm probably the least objective!)--The Silence of Our Friends has spent three weeks so far on the New York Times bestseller list, and it's been getting very gratifying media attention.

For a taste of what this book is all about, check out Mark Long's essay for the Wall Street Journal "Speakeasy" blog, or the exerpt available at the book's website.

February 17, 2012

Stuffed! Limerick

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Everyone has things they don't want to talk about
It's always amusing when those things come out with a shout!
Go back under the bed
Please, hide your head
We don't want you to bring us any more doubt.

Nick Bertozzi does a great job on the art of this humorous story about prejudice and prejudgements in US life today. 

February 10, 2012

Thieving Limericks

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The Knights Templar were in a terrible bind
The French Government wanted them out of sight and mind
One knight held the key
To the Templar treasury
So he went away, to a place that no one could find.

For those of you who loved the first book, there will be more!  We're working on having something ready for next year. 

February 03, 2012

Stormy Limericks

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In comes a tornado, to turn things around
Because nothing in life can be simple and sound.
Especially when life
Is full of confusion and strife
Maybe it'll get better the next time around. 

This book by Danica Novgorodoff is just gorgeous -- if you haven't seen it already, you should check it out.

January 27, 2012

Silent Limericks

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America has been a country beset with strife
The sixties -- not the time for the quiet life.
This story is one sample
Part of a larger example
Of the stories with which the sixties were rife.

If you haven't checked out this book (four weeks on the NYT Best-Seller list this winter!), whyever not?  It is very much worth it.

January 20, 2012

Outer Space Limericks

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Small children rocketing about outer space!
They have adventures all over the place!
Until Supermuscleman
Comes in with a plan
Then the kids will just kick him in the face!

Let me just say, Sardine has one of the most excellent cats ever.  It has such a wonderful hat to sit on!  And it flies!  What more could you ask of a cat?  I ask you. 

January 13, 2012

Different (But Similar) Limericks

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Once upon a time there was published a book

Here at First Second we gave it a new look.

The fish float on top

On the jacket they stop

The new look gives this book a new hook.

We love the way our designer, Colleen AF Venable, made the new hardcover edition of Same Difference look!  She is super.

January 06, 2012

Robot Limericks

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There once was a robot and a dog

They went together, like the gears of a cog.

The dog went away

He's gone to this day

While the robot must continue the daily slog. 

This is one of my favorite books that we have published.  Ever. 

January 04, 2012

JOANN SFAR documentary screening in NY

Hear ye! Here's the first chance to see the new documentary by Sam Ball, about the excellent and prolific and deliriously talented Joann Sfar!

Check out this preview first:

 

Joann Sfar Draws From Memory, director Sam Ball’s documentary portrait of the French comics artist and filmmaker (DungeonThe Rabbi’s CatLittle Vampire) will receive its world-premiere screening at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater in New York City.

The film follows Sfar to his favorite neighborhood spots and muses about his artistic process and the influence of his Algerian and Eastern European heritage. Tickets are still available for the screening, which also includes the U.S. premiere of The Silent Historian and a Q&A with Ball and executive producer Valerie Joseph.

 

January 02, 2012

Flatiron Snacks: Le Pain Quotidien

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(photo ganked from here)

We've got a Le Pain Quotidien down the block from us (actually looking at the 'coming soon' signs down the street, it looks like there may be another within reasonable walking distance in the very near future), and they are an excellent thing.

(When you order hot chocolate at Le Pain Quotidien, you get a bown of steamed milk and a pitcher of chocolate syrup.  To make hot chocolate, combine.  It is like fun interactive activity + breakfast!)

The best part of breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien is the bread.  You can order a basket, and they'll give you multiple kinds -- plus jams and chocolate spread and hazelnut spread to put on top of them.  This clearly rates among the top breakfasts to ever exist. 

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