Front Table Picks
This issue’s Front Table Picks are all children’s titles that have caught my eye.
GUITAR GENIUS: HOW LES PAUL ENGINEERED THE FIRST SOLID BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR AND ROCKED THE WORLD (ISBN 9781452159195) from Chronicle Books is the story of the legendary guitar man and how he created the world famous solid body instrument. Wonderful illustrations in vivid color help tell the story. Learn more on the Chronicle website.
Abrams’ ROCKET TO THE MOON (ISBN 9781419734045) is by Sibert Medalist Don Brown and is the first title in a new series called Big Ideas That Changed the World. In this graphic novel-style book–published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing–we look at the history of rocket development from the Chinese to “the bombs bursting in air” to the space program. And it focuses on all the people and technology that got Neil Armstrong and company on their historic journey. It’s going to be a very fun series if this title is any indication! Learn more on the Abrams website.
Two Candlewick titles caught me this time. LIGHTER THAN AIR (ISBN 9781536205558 trade paperback, also available in hardcover) is the story of the first woman “pilot,” Sophie Blanchard. In 18th century France, ballooning was a craze taking everyone by storm. All the aeronauts were men until a shy girl named Sophie came along to become the first woman to enter the clouds. Matt Tavares’ illustrations bring her story to life. Learn more on the Candlewick website.
The second Candlewick title is THE ILIAD (ISBN 9780763696634 trade paperback, also available in hardcover). Illustrator Gareth Hinds’ latest stunning graphic novel adaptation of a classic (The Odyssey, Beowulf, Macbeth and others) is thoroughly researched and masterfully rendered. He captures all the glory of Homer’s epic and it shouldn’t be missed. Learn more on the Candlewick website.
Lonely Planet has launched Just Landed, their first ever trade newsletter. Each month they’ll introduce you to their new titles, share media features, and they’ll provide helpful tools to aid in your selling of their titles. The May newsletter features the new Best Of…series, which replaces the Discover Guides series.
The news of Baker & Taylor’s closing up shop on retailers is still reverberating throughout the industry, but publishers are responding and offering promotions for booksellers who do not have direct accounts or whose accounts have not been active for a long time. Some of the publishers in our bag are among those with offers:
- iPG has announced the Indie Direct program. Using promo code INDIEDIRECT, brand new indie accounts will not have to prepay their first order and an automatic credit limit of $1000 will be given with no credit application necessary. Besides that, all indies using the promo code on orders of 10+ units will earn a 50% discount, free freight and 60 day dating. Orders placed by 11 am CST will ship by the end of the following business day.
- Candlewick is included in Penguin Random House’s new Indie Express program. The promo code is RHP054 and the reason code is E11. The promotion runs from 5/6/19-10/1/19 and offers indies +3% and an extra 30 days billing on the first order when setting up a brand new account or reactivating an account that has been inactive for at least 12 months. Minimum order is $200 for returnable accounts and $100 for non-returnable accounts.
- Abrams’ offer has a promo code–NEWACCT–for brand new indie accounts or those whose accounts have long been inactive. The terms are 10+ units for 50%, free freight and 120 days dating. Two orders per account.
- Chronicle Books is included in Hachette Book Group’s Indie Direct program. Designed for any store that does not have a Hachette account, benefits include expedited account set-up, increased discount and no minimum quantity on a store’s initial order.
See you soon!