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Interview with Patrick Jennings, Author of Hissy Fitz!

As readers of this blog already know, PubCrawl is excited to help spread the word about Egmont USA’s spring 2015 list, a group which has banded together under the name Egmont’s Last List. It’s my pleasure to welcome Patrick Jennings as our guest here at PubCrawl today! (And we are giving away of one of Patrick’s books! More on that below…) I’m so thrilled to interview such a prolific writer of children’s books! Patrick’s website […]

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Podcasts and More!

So…I may have a slight podcast obsession. It seems to me that podcasts have hit the cultural zeitgeist in a way I’d never seen before, or perhaps it’s simply because I’ve never noticed before. From Welcome to Night Vale to Serial, it seems as though people are tuning in and waiting for the next installment of a podcast now the way we used to sit down and wait for another episode of television. The way we consume media and […]

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Book Recommendation: The History of the Franks by Gregory of Tours

So you’re writing that sweeping historical novel full of war and political intrigue, and you maybe need some inspiration. Where better to turn than to history books? Only problem is that they can be a bit dry, and at times the forced impartiality (“I must present this as facts uncoloured by my opinion!”) can make the prose frustratingly ambiguous. Then there’s the whole “history is written by the victor” thing. The phrase reveals the difficulties readers […]

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What We’re Reading Now

Here at PubCrawl, we’ve occasionally done posts about “What we’re reading now.” Recently, I found myself feeling the need to do one again, prompted by this story I saw in Publisher’s Lunch, the daily newsletter of Publisher’s Marketplace: Booker Prize winner for The Luminaries Eleanor Catton said in accepting a recent prize from the New Zealand Post that she intends to establish a grant that will award writers $3,000 to provide “time to read.” Catton told the Guardian: “My idea is […]

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What to Watch this Weekend: Book-to-Film Adaptations

A few months ago, while sitting in a weekly meeting with the Sales team to go over numbers and publicity and marketing plans for books, a question came up about why two of our backlist titles suddenly jumped up in sales. A few people chalked it up to summer reading starting in a few months, but I wondered–did it have anything to do with the fact both of these books’ film adaptations were added to […]

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