Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Good Morning America has selected
Hitchcock and Earth From Above
for their Coffee Table Book Round-up
The segment will air on Monday, December 20th between 8:30 and 9:00am EST.

Earth From Above, Tenth Anniversary Edition; Abrams; October; $60.00
Publicist: Jennifer Brunn, x. 1257; Marketing: Ashley Rich, x. 1203
ISBN: 978-0-8109-9693-9

Hitchcock, Piece by Piece
Publicist: Katrina Weidknecht, x.8812; Marketing: Ashley Rich, x. 1203
ISBN: 978-0-8109-9601-4

Dogs in Washington Post

By Tim Flach

Was featured in this past Sunday’s
Washington Post Holiday Gift Guide
The piece included a huge photo from the book

Circulation: 797,679!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Year's Best Cookbooks

Both India Cookbook (ISBN: 9780714859026) and The Book of Tapas (ISBN: 9780714856131) from Phaidon Press have been featured in The New York Times (circ. 951,063) annual cookbook round-up. Both cookbooks are prominently featured in the photograph that ran on the front page of the Dining section yesterday (12/8). Both books received excellent praise:

On India Cookbook "Wave upon wave of recipes that illustrate the enormous creativity of Indian cooks"

On The Book of Tapas "Irrestistible for many reasons [...] It is summer cooking bound between sunny covers."
See the article here:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Michael Buckley

Bestselling author MICHAEL BUCKLEY, author of the hit book series THE SISTERS GRIMM and NERDS, has terrific new Cartoon Network show called ROBOTOMY. It has been a quick hit. New Episodes air Mondays at 8:45 est/7:45c.

From MTV Geek:
“Robotomy” is about Thrasher and Blastus, two teenage best-friends who happen to be killer robots. They just want to fit in, be popular, find love, shoot old people into space – you know, typical teenage stuff. The problem is they live on the planet Insanus where feelings are bad and destruction is fun. Their teachers at Harry S. Apocalypse High are determined to turn them into interplanetary conquerors, or to destroy them in the process. In this regard, it’s not much different than your typical American high-school.
The show is up for’s best shows of the year! Please vote using this link:

Monday, November 22, 2010

Portrait of Camelot

At approximately 6:50 pm tonight, images (including cover of book) and video from Portrait of Camelot will be featured on NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams! This will also go out on NBC online!

Authors: By Richard Reeves w/Harvey Sawler, Photographs by Cecil Stoughton
Imprint: Abrams Books
ISBN: 9780810995857

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What to Cook and How to Cook It

What to Cook and How to Cook It (ISBN: 9780714859583) was prominently featured over the weekend on the first page of The Wall Street Journal (circ. 2 million) Food section. The "Bits and Bites" column ran on the bottom quarter of the front page of the section.

There will be a review of Renée French: H Day in The New York Times Book Review's Halloween issue on October 31st.  Renée French, an acclaimed graphic novelist and Inkpot Award winner at San Diego's Comic-Con International, has entranced legions of fans with her twisted, highly inventive pencil drawings, whose agile lines and delicate shading open up strange imaginary vistas. She's been called an inimitable and masterful stylist, a kind of Edward Gorey who draws out the whimsical side of body-horror, and indeed, the spirit of Gorey's grotesques breathes through French's creations. In H Day, her first graphic novel in four years, French explores, through metaphor and in pictures, her struggles with migraine headaches, marshaling troops of insects, beasts and humanoids to envision the processes that result in such hideous sensations. A sweeping, often tense narrative of invasion, repulsion and liberation, H Day can be read both as an oblique autobiography and as a suspenseful fantasy story. This volume makes clear the qualities that led Myla Goldberg, author of Bee Season, to call Renée French "that rare gift among artists--one whose work finds its way into the most guarded corners of our psyches and allows us to revel in all that is awkward, embarrassing or sticky about being alive."

Friday, October 15, 2010

Wall Street Journal review for Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead

DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD (9780810988484) was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday, October 9. From its opening line, the review is a rave: “The other night I started laughing so hard I had to leave the room.”

Thursday, September 30, 2010


Get ready for Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid as you’ve never seen him before! Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS, and Macy’s announce the 2010 debut of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon in the 84th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Paradeâ. Stepping off on Thursday, November 25, 2010, the Macy’s Parade is broadcast nationally on NBC-TV, from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M., in all time zones. In 3-D for the first time, Wimpy Kid is one of two new giant character helium balloons that will debut in the legendary Parade lineup this year, joining 13 other helium giants. The Parade is part of a series of initiatives celebrating the release of the fifth book in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, which is on sale Tuesday, November 9, 2010, with a first printing of 5 million copies.

Major national publicity confirmed for Alton Brown!

Good Morning America/ABC-TV will air October 6

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon/NBC-TV will air October 8

USA Weekend plans to run an extensive feature on the book on October 24

O magazine will include Alton in a piece on New Year’s food resolutions to run in the January issue

Much, much more to come!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Atlantic City News

After the airing of just one episode, HBO has committed for a second season of Boardwalk Empire, "the sprawling gangster drama," the New York Times reported. The show is based on the book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson (Plexus).

Boardwalk Empire was one of many titles Chesapeake & Hudson showcased at this year's NAIBA trade show.  Thanks to all of our customers who stopped by and said hi to Sally (left, below) and Robin.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Major print publicity has just been confirmed for Bunny Williams' Scrapbook for Living

By Bunny Williams
ISBN: 9781584798590
$60.00 U.S. / Stewart, Tabori & Chang
Pub month: November 2010

Country Living – November (circ 1.7 million)
Departures American Airlines in-flight- November (circ 1.1 million)
House Beautiful – November (circ 850,000)

Holiday issues:
Traditional Home (circ 1 million)
Town & Country (circ 500,000)
Veranda (circ 500,000)
Connecticut Cottages and Gardens (circ 50,000)
Array (circ 30,000)

Cake Pops!

Cake Pops, ISBN 9780811876377, $19.95
by Bakerella and Angie Dudley
Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for Irresistible Mini Treats

The first print run (28,600) is SOLD OUT.  Reprint #2 (17,500) due 10/2 and reprint #3 (36,000) due 10/15.

What's cuter than a cupcake? A cake pop, of course! Wildly popular blogger Bakerella (aka Angie Dudley) has turned cake pops into an international sensation! Cute little cakes on a stick from decorated balls to more ambitious shapes such as baby chicks, ice cream cones, and even cupcakes these adorable creations are the perfect alternative to cake at any party or get-together. Martha Stewart loved the cupcake pops so much she had Bakerella appear on her show to demonstrate making them. Now Angie makes it easy and fun to recreate these amazing treats right at home with clear step-by-step instructions and photos of more than 40 featured projects, as well as clever tips for presentation, decorating, dipping, coloring and melting chocolate, and much more.

Angie Dudley is the creator of, her very popular blog that chronicles her adventures in baking.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Heart of a Samurai Review Roundup

Heart of a Samurai
$15.95; AUGUST; 978-0-8109-8981-8

“In picture book author (The Peace Bell) Preus’s excellent first novel, based on the true story of Manjiro Nakahama, Manjiro is 14 in 1841 when he is shipwrecked in a storm.”

“Preus mixes fact with fiction in a tale that is at once adventurous, heartwarming, sprawling, and nerve-racking in its depictions … She succeeds in making readers feel every bit as “other” as Manjiro, while showing America at its best and worst through his eyes.”

“Preus (The Legend of the Lady Slipper) takes readers on a page-turning, salty adventure based on a true story about bridging a cultural and geographic divide.”

“Beautifully written and liberally illustrated with Manjiro's own drawings, this impressive novel charts not only a boy's coming of age, but also two countries edging closer to enlightenment.”

“Stunning debut novel” … “beautifully articulated”

“Preus places readers in the young man’s shoes… Her deftness in writing is evident in two poignant scenes, one in which Maniro realizes the similarities between the Japanese and the Americans and the other when he reunites with his Japanese family.”
“It’s a classic fish-out-of-water story … and it’s precisely this classic structure that gives the novel the sturdy bones of a timeless tale.

“Bracketed by gritty seafaring episodes … the book’s heart is its middle section”

“Illustrated with Manjiro’s own pencil drawings in addition to other archival material and original art from Tamaki, this is a captivating fictionalized (although notably faithful) retelling of the boy’s adventures.”

“… highly entertaining page-turner”

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Heart of a Samurai and America by Car

School Library Journal gives Heart of a Samurai (9780810989818) an incredible 4th starred review, joining Booklist, Kirkus and Publishers Weekly in praising the book.

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York will mount first major exhibition of master photographer Lee Friedlander's new series, America By Car.  Exhibition dates are September 4  - November 28, 2010.  The exhibition is accompanied by a book published by D.A.P./Fraenkel.

"If you want to understand America, start by looking out the window."

--Lee Friedlander

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

MARKETING FLASH: Wimpy Kid Ice Treat Truck Tour Kicks Off - DVD is #1

The Wimpy Kid Ice Treat Truck Tour kicked off yesterday with trucks in both New York City and Decatur, GA.

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" is the #1 DVD on the U.S. sales list as of last Thursday!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth

Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, reveals today in a major press announcement the title, first-printing quantity, and cover of the fifth Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. The Ugly Truth will have the largest first printing to date of any title in the series, with more than 5 million copies, making it one of the largest publishing releases of 2010 when it goes on sale Tuesday, November 9. The cover is purple, following the red, blue, green, and yellow of the first four #1 bestselling books, which are available together for the first time this September in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books, which features an original Rowley Jefferson cartoon. The Ugly Truth follows the sales and publicity momentum of the #1 bestseller The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary, a nonfiction book by Jeff Kinney published to coincide with the March 2010 release of the feature movie version of the first Wimpy Kid book. The Ugly Truth is a pivotal installment in the series and a must-read for fans.