April 18th, 2013
Check out this extremely interesting video posted by KNOPF DOUBLEDAY where they show the process of creating a special Foil-Embossed Book Jacket for Dan Brown’s THE LOST SYMBOL. This book was published by Anchor Books back in 2009 and it had a first printing of 5,000,000 copies! (Whoops! I guess should make a special note here stating that Chip Kidd did not design this book cover, we’re just sharing a fun video for you to enjoy).
April 12th, 2013
Check out these really great videos of Authors from the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group sharing advice and insights into the craft of writing. Then, after you get done being entertained here (and hopefully learning a thing or two or just being very inspired) you can also enjoy the entire playlist by clicking HERE!
March 24th, 2013
JOIN THE FIGHT! Here’s some strange news to be reporting on in 2013. Marjane Satrapi’s Graphic Novel, THE COMPLETE PERSEPOLIS (Pantheon), is being
censored removed from Chicago Public Schools… for NO known reason. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has been all over this issue (excuse the pun), but the war rages on! To join the fight, and for more details, please be sure to visit the CBLDF Website.
Also, Knopf Doubleday, the parent company of Random House, which published Persepolis, has issued the following statement:
"The Chicago Public School district has issued an ambiguous statement regarding the present and future availability of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis to students," the statement read. "Persepolis is a coming of age memoir about a girl in her early teens. The book has been read and taught in school districts across the country, without caveat or condition. In addition, Marjane has met with students across the country, including students in Chicago. The fact that Chicago is trying to limit this book's use in classrooms and curriculums, suggesting teachers need guidance before they can discuss it, smacks of censorship."
August 20th, 2012
The BIG Book Reading News this Summer is the much-anticipated adventure story by Peter Heller titled, “THE DOG STARS, a novel”. The basic plot goes like this:
“Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life-something like his old life-exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return-not enough fuel to get him home-following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face-in the people he meets, and in himself-is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.”
Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, The Dog Stars is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.
Peter Heller Book Signings:
Lemuria Book Store Inc
August 21st, 2012 at 5:00 pm
202 Banner Hall
4465 I-55 North
Jackson, MS 39206
August 22st, 2012 at 5:00 pm
160 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655
Book Trailer Video:
Writers on Writing:
August 1st, 2012
Charles Yu returns with a hilarious, heartbreaking, and utterly original collection of short stories in his new book, “Sorry Please Thank You”, in stores now. Just a few of the wacky adventures you will read about:
“A big-box store employee is confronted by a zombie during the graveyard shift, a problem that pales in comparison to his inability to ask a coworker out on a date . . . A fighter leads his band of virtual warriors, thieves, and wizards across a deadly computer-generated landscape, but does he have what it takes to be a hero? . . . A company outsources grief for profit, its slogan: "Don't feel like having a bad day? Let someone else have it for you.”
Please be sure to view the Official Book Trailer down below & here are some AUTHOR BOOK SIGNING DATES :
8/1 - Boston, MA - Brookline Booksmith
8/2 - NYC - Asian American Writers' Workshop
8/8 - Redondo Beach, CA - Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach
Also, For more information please visit the Official Pantheon Book website, Sorry Please Thank You!
Here at Alfred A. Knopf we’re really excited about the sudden success of the recently published book titled, “The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, A Novel”. The Book asks the question, “What if Abraham Lincoln hadn’t been killed by that bullet on April 14, 1865 and, also, did the president subvert the Constitution? ”
That’s the startling premise of the latest novel from Yale Law School professor Stephen Carter, in which Lincoln survives that terrible night at Ford’s Theatre, only to face an impeachment trial two years later. Please be sure to check out the BOOK TRAILER Video and then, below that, be sure to listen to what the Author had to say on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” TV News Program. They’re both pretty interesting.
June 22nd, 2012
OK, I don’t mean for today to be “Video Day” here at CHIPKIDD.COM ( Ha Ha! ). But while surfing through YouTube last night I came across this extremely excellent video of the Opening Sequence to THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Movie (2011) and the visuals are just completely incredible! It reminds me of the ones you see in many James Bond 007 films. It’s pretty cool. Plus, the modern-day cover version of Led Zeppelin’s Classic, “The Immigrant Song” ( circa 1970 ), is great too.
WAIT! THERE’S MORE! I should also note that this movie is based on the Stieg Larsson Trilogy Book Series published by Random House Knopf. The book covers were art directed by Peter Mendelsund & down below is a link to the special “Millennium Trilogy Deluxe Boxed Set” published after the huge success of these books. I mention it here because Peter did an excellent video for it that you can see ON the Amazon page. I wanted to share that too but you can’t embed or share it. You have to watch it on Amazon. So please be sure to check it out.
June 17th, 2012
UNTERZAKHN is a mesmerizing, heartbreaking graphic novel of immigrant life on New York’s Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th-century, as seen through the eyes of twin sisters whose lives take radically and tragically different paths.
In drawings that capture both the tumult and the telling details of that life, Unterzakhn (Yiddish for ‘Underthings’) tells the story of sisters Esther and Fanya: as wide-eyed little girls absorbing the sights and sounds of a neighborhood of struggling immigrants; as teenagers taking their own tentative steps into the wider world; and, finally, as adults battling for their own piece of the ‘golden land,’ where the difference between just barely surviving and triumphantly succeeding involves, for each of them, painful decisions that will have unavoidably tragic repercussions.
Please listen to Author Leela Corman as she explains it all in her new Knopf Doubleday Book Trailer: