Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Artist/Author Mercedes Helnwein Interview in Lula Magazine

Mercedes Helnwein, whose debut novel THE POTENTIAL HAZARDS OF HESTER DAY (Simon & Schuster, 2008) was represented by us in association with Ed Victor Ltd., is interviewed at length in the current issue of Lula Magazine.  The interview can be read on Mercedes' site here.

SOUL OF A PEOPLE Documentary Nominated for WGA Award

Andrea Kalin and client David Taylor's documentary, which premiered on The Smithsonian Channel in September,  has been nominated for the "Documentary -- Other than Current Events" award from the Writers Guild of America.  David's tie-in book, also titled SOUL OF A PEOPLE:  The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America, with an introduction by Douglas Brinkley, was published by John Wiley a little under a year ago.

BookTV on CSPAN 2 has video from the 2009 Nation Book Festival of Taylor and Brinkley discussing the book, and there is also a segment of just the author speaking about the book.  There was an All Things Considered segment on NPR, and David was also interviewed about the book, arts, and democracy by Bethanne Patrick for The Book Studio, the PBS online series.

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Literary Side of the Hamptons

The blog An Aesthete's Lament's mission is "to inspire you to live with more personal panache: whoever you are, whatever your income, and wherever you live," a mission certainly shared by the late, great Mark Hampton, also known as "The First Decorator" for his work on the White House. David Patrick Columbia, whose excellent New York Social Diary chronicles a rarefied world with much panache, brought it to Duane's attention.

We've been looking for the right publisher to reprint both ON DECORATING (Random House, 1989) and LEGENDARY DECORATORS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (Doubleday, 1992) for a while, and were happy to read the blog's call for reissue of the first book.

 Duane Hampton's MARK HAMPTON: An American Decorator (Rizzoli, April 2010), a celebration of the career of her late husband, Mark, whom the New York Times called "an icon of American Style," will be published next spring. A classic American success story, Hampton grew up in small-town Indiana and went on to worldwide fame. He began his career working for some of the greatest interior designers of the age: Mrs. Henry Parish II, David Hicks, and McMillen, Inc. He later went on to design for such clients as Brooke Astor, Estee Lauder, Jacqueline Onassis, and the Henry Kissingers, in addition to his work on the White House, Camp David, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the American Academy in Rome. Known for the tremendous depth and breadth of his knowledge, Hampton refused to be pigeonholed into a trademark style, moving effortlessly from sleek modernism to English country and back again. A highly popular lecturer who drew crowds, Hampton was also the author of the aforementioned books, as well as a designer of both furniture and fabrics.

Rich with original materials including Hampton’s watercolors, sketches, and notebooks, as well as hundreds of images of Hampton’s important commissions, and impeccably researched and intimately written, this will be a visual feast for everyone interested in interiors as well as an important addition to the history of interior design.

Duane also wrote MARK HAMPTON: On Friendship (HarperCollins, 2001), a collection of Mark's occasional watercolors through time.

The family business--and literary tradition-- continues with Mark and Duane's daughter, who is President and featured designer of Mark Hampton LLC. Alexa Hampton's forthcoming THE LANGUAGE OF INTERIOR DESIGN (Clarkson Potter, Fall 2010) offers the core principles of her approach to interior design, which she has dubbed “The Julie Andrews Approach:” "once you know the notes to sing, you can sing most anything." Alexa keenly felt that there needed to be a design book written that addressed design’s language so people could reliably “speak” it. The bigger the profession gets, she believes, the more people need to understand that there are foundational principles that support it.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A HEARTBEAT AND A GUITAR nominated for 13th Belmont Book Award!

Antonino D'Ambrosio's cultural history is up for the best book on country music award, to be presented at the annual International Country Music Conference at Belmont University on May 28th.

Antonino will be in Seattle December 12th at Elliot Bay Books 7PM presenting the book with musician Rocky Votolato.

On December 19th at 8PM Antonino will be presenting a show with artist Shepard Fairey at his Subliminal Projects Gallery called 'A Furious Heartbeat." Shepard will be showing his original artwork for Antonino's film LET FURY HAVE THE HOUR and the book. He will be performing with Wayne Kramer (MC5) and special guests. For more info: http://www.subliminalprojects.com/

"This is cultural history at its finest." The Progressive Favorite Book of 2009

On worldhum.com, Cullen Thomas's "A Tourist’s Afghanistan"

Read the current Top Story about Cullen's friend Barry Misenheimer, an independent traveler in the war-torn country, replete with a Japanese tourist couple.

Check out his web site here, and the publisher's page here.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Boston Globe speaks with Antonino D'Ambrosio about Johnny "Cash's lost treasure."

Download this two hour special on the book on Pirate Cat Radio out of San Francisco--considered one of the best indy radio stations in the country.

GritTV with Laura Flanders featured Antonino's last book and upcoming film LET FURY HAVE THE HOUR: The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer, which you can view here.

Here is Shepard Fairey's cover for the Nation Books reissue of that book:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Peter Hessler's forthcoming COUNTRY DRIVING gets a starred Kirkus

"...The result is a remarkably detailed, engrossing account of China today. The human side of China’s great transformation, told with humor, affection and great insight."

Publisher's Weekly also gave it a starred review, saying: "In his latest feat of penetrating social reportage, New Yorker writer Hessler (Oracle Bones) again proves himself America's keenest observer of the New China."

Check out Peter's Facebook page here.

Read some of his New Yorker pieces here, or National Geographic here.

COUNTRY DRIVING: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory will be on sale February 9, 2010.