Author Archives: Lorraine Shanley

Despite Their Differences, Digital Kids and Toy Fair Cheerfully Co-Exist

For the last four years Toy Fair and Digital Kids have been held in tandem, the Fair taking up the entire exhibition space at Javits, and Digital Kids being held downstairs in one of the large conference rooms.  With about 150 attendees, Digital Kids doesn’t compete with Toy Fair, with its estimated 33,000 visitors.  This…Continue Reading

Digital Book World’s Launch Kids: Looking Forward and Back

January is a great time to talk about children’s books, what with the aftermath of the MidWinter ALA and its accompanying Newbery, Caldecott, and other awards, presented earlier in the month.  While publishing for the adult market has its rewards and sense of community, children’s publishing has an infectious enthusiasm and sense of mission that…Continue Reading

Books “Plus” = Complex

On November 18, the Association of American Book Producers (ABPA) hosted a panel on “Developing Winning Kits for Kids and Adults.”  The three panelists, ably moderated by Karen Matsu Greenberg, were Richard Burgess, Associate Director Manufacturing Planning at Scholastic, Nanette Delumpa-Roach, the Director of Vendor and Product Compliance at Barnes & Noble and Brooke Lindner,…Continue Reading

Nielsen Convenes its Kids’ Book Summit

Nielsen’s second Children’s Book Summit took place on September 16th at the Forum at Convene – a handsome downtown space east of Wall Street.  This year (the first Summit took place in December 2014) the emphasis was on publishers’ customers, both booksellers and readers, and to that end there were three live panels of adult…Continue Reading

In Case You Missed It…PT Picks: Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars by Samuel I. Schwartz and William Rosen

PT Picks: Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars by Samuel I. Schwartz and William Rosen (PublicAffairs, 2015) From Lorraine: Sam (Gridlock Sam) Schwartz was NYC’s longtime traffic commissioner and now runs an eponymous consulting firm with offices around the country.  So he’s got the purview and experience to tell us how car came to dominate our…Continue Reading

Parsing the BEA Buzz Panels

For many who attend BEA, the Editor’s Buzz Panel is a highlight.  But, depending on whom you ask, that means Adult, Middle Grade, or Young Adult.  (For those who haven’t done so, many book samples, including some buzz panel books, are available for download from Publishers Marketplace. What are the differences between the three panels? …Continue Reading

Literary Partay: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

The 29th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival took place March 25-29, with a banner roster of attendees and speakers, including John Waters, Roy Blount Jr., Rick Bragg, Joe Kanon and John Patrick Shanley.  (Laura Lippman missed this year, as she was sick.) One of the festival’s literary lions was John Lahr, whose biography of…Continue Reading

Nielsen’s Children’s Book Summit

Nielsen’s first Children’s Book Summit took place at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium on December 12, and attendees claimed it a great success.  The emphasis, not surprisingly, was on media consumption data, but unlike in the past, when Nielsen kept its tracking of media very discrete, this conference brought together information on how children – and parents with children –…Continue Reading

The Virtual Museum Visitor: The 16th National Museum Publishing Seminar

The 16th National Museum Publishing Seminar took place June 12-14 in Boston.  A biannual conference, it attracted a broad group of about 200 museum publishers, from the smallest college museum or UK art book publisher, to the Met, Getty, and Yale University Press.  Yale’s John Donatich was the keynote speaker on Saturday and gave a rousing talk on “Why Books Still Matter.” With two…Continue Reading

Let’s Get Digital: Notes from Digital Minds 2014

Digital Minds, the conference that kicks off the London Book Fair, took place at the QEII Centre on April 7 with a large audience on hand and some lively speakers to inform and entertain it.  Authors Anthony Horowitz and Richard Wiseman talked about their respective approach to writing, publishing, and their audience, with the latter…Continue Reading