Wednesday, July 10, 2013

June News and Review Round Up

Here at David R. Godine, Publisher, we strive to produce high quality books above all else. So, when our books and authors are praised, we hope you'll forgive us for acting like proud parents. Please join us in celebrating the recent success of a few of our talented authors.

In recent news, Joe McKendry attended Winchester Town Day in Winchester, Massachusetts on June 1st to promote One Times Square and Beneath the Streets of Boston. He can be seen below holding Beneath the Streets of Boston and standing with fellow author Neal Sanders. A fun time was had by all, and we at the office sure wish we could have been there! You can get your own copy of McKendry's Beneath the Streets of Boston from our website.

Joe McKendry (left) and Neal Sanders

We love to see our wonderful authors and translators getting the recognition that they deserve. Library Journal praised and recommended J. M. G. Le Clézio's The African, specifically highlighting C. Dickson's skillful translation:
Le Clézio, recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature, recalls the emotive and evocative African experience of his youth. . . In the process of writing this reminiscence and selecting some of his father's photos to accompany the text, Le Clézio comes to cherish a life subsumed by Africa. None of the photos include his father, and the book never mentions the man's name. VERDICT This is a fluid translation from the French version published in 2004 and a fine introduction to a prolific and relatively unrecognized writer. Recommended. —Lonnie Weatherby, McGill Univ. Lib., Montreal
The Complete Review shared Library Journal's positive impression of The African:
These are quite fascinating lives, though what Le Clézio offers are largely only glimpses and general outlines. . . Still, it makes for an appealing little memoir, of distant fathers and their sons; a sliver, only, of these lives, but thoughtfully presented. —M. A. Orthofer
Read the full review here. The African is available for purchase on our website.

We just became aware that's Pet Chatter blog mentioned our much-beloved Catie Copley books Catie Copley and Catie Copley's Great Escape back in May. Blogger Stephanie St. Martin writes:

Fairmont Copley Plaza welcomes pets of all sizes, but you don't have to bring your own to receive some cold nose therapy. Bellico shares his favorite part. "The hotel has a resident 'canine ambassador' in Catie Copley, a gorgeous (and incredibly gentle) black Labrador retriever," he says. "Originally trained as a guide dog, Catie occupies a dog house at the hotel's main entrance and can be reserved for walks or runs throughout the city. Catie has become something of a celebrity, with a pair of charming children's books written in her honor." But don't worry, sweet Catie hasn't let it go to her head. She still greets guests with the enthusiasm of a puppy!
The real-life Catie Copley
You can find the full post on pet-friendly Boston hotels here, and check out our Catie Copley books (if you haven't already!) here.

Kate Barnes
On a sadder note, The Boston Globe celebrated the life and work of the late Kate Barnes, author of Where the Deer Were and Kneeling Orion. Read the article here. She was a woman of many talents, and she will be sorely missed.

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