Don’t Miss Your Connection! Join Sophie Blackall for a Valentine’s Day Celebration

Categories: Authors on tour, Events, Holiday, News

Who: Brooklyn artist and Missed Connections author Sophie Blackall
What:
A Love-in-Transit Party
Where: New York Transit Museum
Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights
When: Tuesday, February 14, 6–8 PM
Why: Valentine’s Day!

(Click the flyer below or right here for a larger version.)Meet your missed connection at the NY Transit Museum!

Sophie Blackall is an illustrator and author who lives in Brooklyn. Her latest book is Missed Connections, in which she illustrated the most intriguing “missed connections” listings that she found on Craigslist.

P.S. Hey commuters: Have you seen Sophie’s beautiful art in the subways yet?

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Perfect Gifts for New Parents

Categories: Family, Kids, News

Call us biased, but we think the best presents come in book form. Since we’ve recently welcomed the newest little Workman-ites into our extended office family, that got us thinking about our favorite gifts for new parents. Here are just a few of our picks for the new mom, new dad, and mama-to-be:

  • Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton – What could be better than a great big hug in book form? It’s the perfect love letter from parent to child.
  • Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg – A sweet book with a powerful message: When you make a mistake, think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful!
  • Gallop by Rufus Butler Seder – Every turn of the page brings a new animal to life: a horse in full gallop, a turtle swimming, an eagle soaring. It’s impossible not to flip the pages again and again!
  • Indestructibles - Beautifully illustrated books that babies can really sink their teeth into! They’re waterproof, tear-proof–baby-proof!–and truly impossible to destroy. (Trust us, we’ve tried.)
  • What to Expect the First Year by Heidi Murkoff – Why not get something for the new mama, too? This book has absolutely everything parents needs to know about their baby’s first year from one of the most trusted names in pregnancy.

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This Valentine’s Day, Find Your Missed Connection…Underground!

Categories: Authors on tour, Events, Holiday, News

Who: Brooklyn artist and Missed Connections author Sophie Blackall
What:
A Love-in-Transit Party
Where: New York Transit Museum
Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights
When: Tuesday, February 14, 6–8 PM
Why: Valentine’s Day!

(Click the flyer below or right here for a larger version.)Meet your missed connection at the NY Transit Museum!

Sophie Blackall is an illustrator and author who lives in Brooklyn. Her latest book is Missed Connections, in which she illustrated the most intriguing “missed connections” listings that she found on Craigslist.

P.S. Hey commuters: Have you seen Sophie’s beautiful art in the subways yet?

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Title Tag, or What Happens in Publishing on a Slow Friday

Categories: Behind the scenes

When is a book title more than the name of something to read? Late last week, a lively email thread started after Artisan publisher Ann Bramson sent out a plea for her missing scarf—and used the title of a recent Artisan bestseller for reference:

Whaaa…

I miss my winter scarf which disappeared earlier this week. It’s the color of the cover of Design*Sponge at Home. Have you seen it??

It began slowly. James, later that evening:

I think I saw it In The Sweet Kitchen.

Andrea gets it:

Really? I thought I saw it Beyond The Great Wall. But maybe I was Under Pressure.

Ann replied the following morning:

So you’re saying I have to Man Up! about this? Even though it was The Right Color?

Then gates seemed to open. Randy:

Whoever took it should be thinking What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? because when Ann finds out, you’ll just have minutes to live.

(sorry, couldn’t help myself)

Danielle, a minute later:

No Randall, it’s more like whoever stole it… your a$$ is ON THE LINE; 9781579653699 (James, I know how much you hate it when people send title emails w/out ISBN’s) ….

Shani, a moment after that:

Then they’ll wind up in The Obits

Insiders will note that up until this reply, all references were to Artisan titles. Then James, the consummate insider, doubles-down with a cheeky reference to a Workman book Ann wrote that’s no longer in print:

If someone stole it, they should be more concerned with going to jail. They might wind up dropping The Soap: Making it, Enjoying it.

Elisabeth, with her imprint ignored so far, piles on from left field with Algonquin references:

My umbrella, I figured, by now is somewhere West of Here, Mudbound, or maybe being enjoyed by the Last Child in the Woods.

Mmm, ok. A second after that Jean returned us to relevant Artisan territory:

Along with the box of cereal that some Mad Hungry person took from my desk.

Rachel sagely added:

That’s What to Expect When You’re Expecting too much from people.

Natalya summed it up succinctly:

Well, ladies and gentlemen Sh*t Happens.  All we have to do is Work Hard, Be Nice.

But wait! There’s more! An hour or so later Greg got in the act:

You know, things like this just shouldn’t happen On American Soil, but I guess they do once in a Blue Moo……

So many things lost around here, maybe it’s not just, Arlo Needs Glasses?

Or should we stop focusing on The Wine Bible and try Drinks Without Alcohol…. Again.

Eileen, steered us back with a consoling reference to an OP Boynton title:

Sorry Ann, Hope you find it – Don’t Let the Turkeys Get You Down.

Nope, one last word, from Rachel:

Now just Hold Your Horses, Eileen!

Which no longer has anything to do with Ann, scarves, Artisan….but no matter. It’s good advice.

Thanks everyone!

 

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Bean Dip for the Courteous Super Bowl Party Guest

Categories: News

On the list of party faux pas, showing up to a Super Bowl party empty-handed falls somewhere between using up all the toilet paper and spilling red wine on the couch. There are few things worse than the guest who eats all the guacamole, but doesn’t bring any of his or her own.

While it doesn’t matter what you bring—beer, wings, Chinese food…all will suffice—there is one satisfying staple that will prevent you being “that guest”: 7-layer bean dip. But before you dig up that old recipe you learned in college, check out this new one below, courtesy of Workman’s newest cookbook Bean by Bean by Crescent Dragonwagon.  Go ahead! It’s what the courteous Super Bowl party guest would do.

 

7-Layer Tex-Mex Mountain

  • 3 to 4 soft-ripe Hass avocados, peeled and pitted
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 bunches of scallions, derooted, whites and about 3 inches of  green chopped
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro, well rinsed, stemmed, and finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sliced pickled jalapenos, minced
  • 2 to 2 ½ cups refried beans, either homemade or canned
  • 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded sharp cheese, preferably a combination of Monterey Jack and Cheddar
  • 3 large tomatoes, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups sour cream or thick, full-fat unsweetened plain yogurt (Greek-style is ideal here)
  • 1 cup sliced California black olives, drained
  • A few large red-leaf lettuce leaves (optional)
  • Red, yellow, and/or blue tortilla chips, for serving

 

  1. Place the avocados, lemon juice, and salt in a medium size bowl and coarsely mash together with a fork. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the scallions, cilantro, and minced jalapeno. Set aside.
  3. Spread the refried beans on the bottom of a glass pie pan. Spread the avocado mixture on top, then the scallion mixture, then the cheese and then the tomatoes. Cap the mountain with the sour cream or yogurt, and lastly, sprinkle with the circle of black olives. If you like, poke a few lettuce leaves around the mountain’s base to frame it decoratively.
  4. Place the tortilla chips in a bowl (or separate bowls, by color) alongside.

Serves 8 to 10 as an appetizer.

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Missing Cat Calendar Contest Winner Recognized, Reunited with Family

Categories: Calendars, Family, News, On blogs around the web, Pets

As anyone familiar with Workman will tell you, we really love cats. We also love stories with happy endings—which is why we were excited to read this story of a missing cat who was reunited with his family almost a year after he disappeared.

Zach was selected as a winner of the 2012 365 Cats Page-a-Day Calendar, but by the time his owners were notified last fall, he had gone missing from their yard. Happily, after seeing a picture of Zach in an article celebrating his appearance in the calendar, a neighbor realized that the cat she’d been feeding for months was a certified cat celebrity! She reached out to the owners, and the happy family has since been reunited. Hopefully now Zach is back for good.

365 Cats Page-a-Day Calendar for 2012

Zach's photo appears on Nov. 9 of the 2012 "365 Cats" calendar.

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Overcoming Anger across the Globe

Categories: Health, Self-help

Someone knocks into you on the subway. A car cuts you off on your way home from work. The friends you’ve gone out to happy hour with stiff the bill and leave you to pay double.

Why are you so mad right now?

I’m sure you’ve asked yourself that question a million times.

Now take a cleansing breath.

Better?

We’ve all felt angry before. Anger knows no boundaries and touches every person in every corner of the world. Anger is universal and luckily Workman has THE book to combat this feeling.

The Cow in the Parking Lot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger has been stretching its helpful pages across the globe; and now that Cow is printed in 11 different countries worldwide, we really are taking the bull by the horns (pun intended) to beat anger.

Below are some of the best foreign edition covers so far, and we hope to see many, many more in the future! Which one is your favorite?

Brazil

Brazil, Published by: Objetiva

Portugal

Portugal, Published by: Sinais De Fogo

Italy

Italy, Published by: De Agostini

Germany

Germany, Published by: Goldman Verlag

Netherlands

Netherlands, Published by: Lannoo

I have to say, I’m partial to the Italian cover. That is one relaxed cartoon cow!

Cow in the Parking Lot is now printed in Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Complex Chinese, Czech, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, and Turkish.

–June, International Department

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