Wednesday, August 29, 2012

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard

Candlewick Press is publishing an astonishing book this September - October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman.

On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old college student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a Wyoming bar by two young men, savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence, and left to die. Gay Awareness Week was beginning at the University of Wyoming, and the keynote speaker was Lesléa Newman, discussing her book HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES. Shaken, the author addressed the large audience that gathered, but she remained haunted by Matthew’s murder. OCTOBER MOURNING, a novel in verse, is her deeply felt response to the events of that tragic day. Using her poetic imagination, the author creates fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence Matthew was tied to, the stars that watched over him, the deer that kept him company, and Matthew himself. More than a decade later, this stunning cycle of sixty-eight poems serves as an illumination for readers too young to remember, and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard’s life.

Here’s the book trailer:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Nation of Wusses

Former Pennsylvania Governor and author of Nation of Wusses (Wiley 9781118279052, $25.95 )  Ed Rendell has been confirmed to be a guest on “Colbert” on Comedy Central on Friday, September 7!  Rendell will also be providing analyses at the Democratic National Convention in September and more media is expected. In A Nation of Wusses, Rendell revisits some of the toughest fights of his career. He recalls most vividly those moments when he saw someone stand his ground, even at the risk of incurring the wrath of supporters and losing the next election. Unfortunately, as he surveys the current political scene, what he sees is a herd of elected officials, both legislators and executives, who seem far more concerned with their own job security than with serving the people who elected them.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee

THE SECRET OF THE FORTUNE WOOKIEE by Tom Angleberger makes its debut and the ORIGAMI YODA series surges onto the bestseller lists at #4!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Love Looks Not With The Eyes

Get your copy of Martha Stewart Living this week - they're recommending this look through the lens of photographer Anne Deniau.

Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Alexander McQueen
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0448-2

Monday, August 6, 2012

In the Shadow of Greatness

Voices of Leadership, Sacrifice, and Service from America’s Longest War
The U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2002
Naval Institute Press

This book's getting some nice praise:

From Tom Brokaw:
This is a must read for all Americans--an up close and personal account of duty and sacrifice by graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy in Iraq and Afghanistan. You´ll stand a little straighter when you mingle with these remarkable fellow citizens.

From Publishers Weekly:
These proud Annapolis graduates provide a glimpse of the achievements of and contributions made by today’s young service members, making a strong case that they are worthy of being called the next great generation.

Watch a video made by the authors:

Visit the publisher's website for the book: