Picture Books – Hiocpely http://hiocpely.com/ Fri, 08 Oct 2021 21:11:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://hiocpely.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/hiocpely-icon.jpg Picture Books – Hiocpely http://hiocpely.com/ 32 32 Writing icons with Luke – Catholic Telegraph https://hiocpely.com/writing-icons-with-luke-catholic-telegraph/ https://hiocpely.com/writing-icons-with-luke-catholic-telegraph/#respond Fri, 08 Oct 2021 20:03:52 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/writing-icons-with-luke-catholic-telegraph/ Our youngest daughter, Agnes, loves books! Whenever she can, she picks up a stack of picture books and takes them to the couch. Then she’ll go get her blanket, climb on the couch, crawl next to us, and listen to story after story. Our saint this month, Saint Luke, whose feast is October 18, also […]]]>

Our youngest daughter, Agnes, loves books! Whenever she can, she picks up a stack of picture books and takes them to the couch. Then she’ll go get her blanket, climb on the couch, crawl next to us, and listen to story after story. Our saint this month, Saint Luke, whose feast is October 18, also loved stories. In fact, of the four evangelists, he alone is known as the storyteller.

Saint Luke lived in the 1st century AD. He was probably a member of a well-to-do family and because of that he was highly educated. In addition to being a writer, we know that Saint Luke was a doctor. Luke was not a companion of Jesus, but was a Christian and knew the apostles of Jesus and traveled with Saint Paul. He spent his time not only preaching the good news of salvation brought by Jesus Christ, but also listening to the stories of those who knew Jesus. Throughout his gospel and throughout the book of Acts, Luke describes a number of very important ideas, including, salvation is for everyone and Jesus is the key to understanding the full story of salvation which started in Genesis. The last point that is clear in Luke’s writings is that he loved Mary and that he believed that she was truly Jesus’ first and foremost disciple. Luke’s devotion to Mary was so strong that a legend has come down to us that he even wrote (painted) the first icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus. This is why he is known as the patron of artists as well as doctors and surgeons.

Luke was an incredibly intelligent man who used his knowledge and attention to detail to convey the life of Jesus in a true and beautiful way. But, his desire to share the Good News brought by the Blessed Virgin Mary could not be contained in mere words, it had to be written in a picture. An icon like this has helped stories come to life in a whole new way.

Sitting on the couch with Agnes or one of our children, we witness what it was like to be the ones who heard the story of Jesus for the first time. We can easily imagine, through the eyes of our children, how these early Christians must have been in awe of the Man who brought salvation to the whole world. They would never want to leave the side of these early storytellers. Saint Luke could not keep these stories to himself. They changed him forever, and he shared them orally, wrote them down, and wrote them in paint. These stories continue to change us. May we as parents always share this news with our children and may our children all grow up to do the same.

Writing icons with Saint Luke (2 rosaries)

Stationery:

Saint Luke icon inverted pattern

Original icon image

Small brushes

Painting (we use washable tempura)

Wax paper

Tape

8 × 10 canvas

Instructions:

  1. Print the inverted model of the Saint-Luc icon
  2. Glue a piece of waxed paper onto the printed paper.
  3. Using a small brush and dark colored paint, trace the icon onto the waxed paper.
  4. When tracing is complete, push the canvas over the wet paint onto the waxed paper.
  5. After the image is transferred, allow it to dry.
  6. Complete the icon by filling in the empty space with as much detail as you want.

This activity is ideal for children ages 7 and up. For families with young children, simply print out this quirky pattern and use crayons, markers or paints to color the image.


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Spooky October books for all ages https://hiocpely.com/spooky-october-books-for-all-ages/ https://hiocpely.com/spooky-october-books-for-all-ages/#respond Thu, 07 Oct 2021 10:05:39 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/spooky-october-books-for-all-ages/ Happy October! To get you ready for Halloween, here are six spooky new books to read! All can be viewed at the Magdalena Public Library. Barely haunted by Jessie Sima (elementary / preschool) “The house has a problem. At least, she thinks so. Its hinges creak. And its floors creak. And when the wind howls, […]]]>

Happy October! To get you ready for Halloween, here are six spooky new books to read! All can be viewed at the Magdalena Public Library.

Barely haunted by Jessie Sima (elementary / preschool)

“The house has a problem. At least, she thinks so. Its hinges creak. And its floors creak. And when the wind howls, its shutters slam, slam, slam. Could she be… haunted?

This lovely brand new picture book is perfect for bedtime read aloud. The illustrations are soft and richly colored. Funny sound words move with you across the page, bringing the story to life.

The non-drowned by KR Alexander (middle)

“Former best friends Samantha and Rachel are fighting by a lake. Samantha pushed Rachel into the water. No way to save her. No way she’s alive. But the next day, Rachel shows up at the water. school because nothing happened, now she wants to make Samantha’s life a living nightmare.

If you liked The collector Where The fear zone, you will love this new track from KR Alexander. A page turner full of suspense, you will not be able to let go. Filled with vivid imagery and crisp prose to make your heart beat with every line.

The ghoul next door by Cullen Bunn and Cat Farris (middle)

“When left with strange and horrific gifts, 11-year-old Gray discovers Lavinia, a ghoul, a death eater! Their unlikely friendship shatters traditions and the punishment is a fate worse than death.

This graphic novel is perfect for college. Amazing and vivid watercolor images with expressive lines bring the characters to life. The story is a great mix of humor and horror which is more creepy than frightening.

The cousins by Karen M. McManus (Ados / JA)

“Receiving invitations from their ex-grandmother, three cousins ​​go to her island resort for the summer. But when they get there, all is not as it seems. What separated their family years ago is not over and this summer they will learn everything. If they can survive the season.

Although it takes place during the summer, this mysterious thriller is perfect for the Halloween season. Shifting perspectives, jaw-dropping twists and an ending that will make you want more. It’s a story worth reading all night long.

The forbidden by Heather Graham (Adult)

“When a real corpse is discovered on a film set, actress Avalon Morgan finds evidence on the dark web. When he disappears, no one believes her except FBI Agent Finley Stirling. Having no one to trust, they are determined to uncover the truth at all costs. But that might be the last thing they do.

If you are looking for a bit of romance with your scares and more suspense than outright terror, this is a great choice for you. With an emphasis on intrigue and setting, Graham takes you right into the heart of the action in lush and spellbinding New Orleans.

Billy Summers by Stephen King (Adult)

“Billy Summers is a killer for hire and the best in the business. And now Billy wants out. But first, there is one final blow. Billy is one of the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war veteran, a Houdini when it comes to disappearing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong? What about everything.

Of course, I had to include the master of horror, Stephen King, on this list. His latest novel is another worthy page turner, filled with “Most Vile Murder and Most Entertaining Chaos”. -Kirkus notice.

We also have several other Stephen King books in the library, including Pet Sematary, ranked as the scariest horror novel ever directed by Barnes & Noble and Buzzfeed.



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Wayland Library News and Events, October 6, 2021 – WaylandeNews https://hiocpely.com/wayland-library-news-and-events-october-6-2021-waylandenews/ https://hiocpely.com/wayland-library-news-and-events-october-6-2021-waylandenews/#respond Wed, 06 Oct 2021 20:06:50 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/wayland-library-news-and-events-october-6-2021-waylandenews/ October 6, 2021 SERVICES FOR ADULTS The Public History of King Philip’s War: A Panel Discussion. “The Sudbury Fight”, “King Philip’s Woods”, “Metacomet Way”. What comes to your mind when you hear these terms and place names? What was King Philip’s war really and how do we understand its importance in our history? A panel […]]]>

SERVICES FOR ADULTS

  • The Public History of King Philip’s War: A Panel Discussion. “The Sudbury Fight”, “King Philip’s Woods”, “Metacomet Way”. What comes to your mind when you hear these terms and place names? What was King Philip’s war really and how do we understand its importance in our history? A panel of Native American and White scholars will discuss the history and impact of the war, how it is remembered through memorials and markers, and recent efforts to center an Indigenous perspective in our public memory of King Philip’s war. Register on our Events page. Sunday October 17 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Author’s Discussion: Anders Morley. One winter in his early 30s, Anders Morley decided to cross-country ski across Canada on his own, a journey he recounts in This land of snow: a journey through the north in winter. Along the way, her clear, subtle and self-deprecating voice explores the dichotomy between savagery and refinement, language and personal history, travel and home. Register on our Events page. Tuesday October 19 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Scan multiple pages at once. With a recent update, you can now use our copier to scan long documents to an email address. Simply ask the librarian for the bypass key, drop your document (up to 50 pages) into the basket, and scan to create a PDF. No more laborious page-by-page scanning!
  • New Chinese books. We have added over 160 books to our Chinese collection since June, including a variety of recently published novels and non-fiction. If you read Chinese, you’ll want to take a look.
  • Group of books on social justice. We want to do more than survive by Bettina Amour. Monday October 18 at 7 p.m. Contact cmichael@minlib.net for the Zoom link.

YOUTH SERVICES

FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLS

  • TO PLAY! Kits for toddlers and preschoolers. The Children’s Room is launching a set of PLAY! Kits to discover and enjoy at home with your toddlers and preschoolers. Each kit contains 6-7 new books, an educational toy, plus an activity sheet and song sheet to inspire learning and fun at home. Language-rich, child-centered play promotes early literacy, social and emotional growth, problem-solving skills, and the confidence to take on new challenges. Developing these skills now will help your child be ready for school. The game! The kits are funded by the Mind in the Making Grant, federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Commissioners.
  • * Outdoor storytelling hours with Mrs. Carly. Join Ms. Carly for an outdoor story hour! Children and their guardians will listen to stories, sing songs, and perform fun rhymes and movements. We will meet on the green lawn behind the library. For babies to preschoolers, with caregivers. Registration required. Face masks are encouraged for adults and for children 2 years of age and older. We encourage participants to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair. This event is if time permits. You can register here or from our online events calendar. Tuesdays October 19 and 26 at 10:30 a.m.
  • * Outside story time with Mrs. Pam. Join Ms. Pam for stories, songs, puppets and activities OUTSIDE on the lawn behind the library. For ages 2.5 to 5 with an adult. You can register here or from our online events calendar. Thursdays, October 21 and 28 at 9:30 a.m.

FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL

  • 4th / 5th year book club zoom. we will discuss Save me a seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. Register HERE for the zoom link. For 4e and 5e graders. For questions or to get a copy of the book, email Pam at pmccuen @ minlib. Tuesday October 19 at 7 p.m.
  • * Celebrate fall! : Outdoor story hour with Ms. Elise. Ms. Elise will be reading picture books that celebrate fall and spending time outdoors during this wonderful season. From 4 years old with an adult. Please register HERE or online from our Eventkeeper calendar. Wednesday October 20 at 3:00 p.m.
  • * Halloween! : Outdoor story hour with Ms. Elise. Ms. Elise will read not too scary stories and guide the kids through super fun activities to celebrate Halloween! Please register HERE or online from our Eventkeeper calendar. Wednesday October 27 at 3:00 p.m.

* The outdoor programs meet on the green lawn behind the library. We will help maintain social distancing, but encourage participants to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair. Registration is compulsory. Outdoor programming is if time permits. Call us or follow us online for updates.

FOR TEENS

  • Spooky Take & Make Craft Kit for teens: Leaf Zombie. Teens are encouraged to create their own leaf zombies. The kits can be picked up on Monday, October 18 at our curbside recycling service. Register HERE to reserve a kit. Limit of one per adolescent.
  • Adolescent Advisory Council meeting. Teens! We want to hear from you! What types of library programs would you like? What materials and services would you like from your public library? Please come to our first Teen Advisory Council meeting of the year and let us know. We’ll also talk about our favorite summer books and movies. There will be a lot of free ARCs (copies of books for advanced readers). We will meet in the Espace Ados on the first floor of the library. Please register HERE or online from our Eventkeeper calendar. Thursday October 21 at 4 p.m.

For all ages : Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Take part in our 3rd annual pumpkin decoration contest! Compete for the best carved or best decorated pumpkin! We will be running contests for children ages 3 to 11, teens 12 to 18, and adults 19 and over. Submit photos of your pumpkin by October 25, then vote online. Please use your own pumpkin. (More library pumpkins available.) Questions? Contact cmichael@minlib.net. Library pumpkins generously donated by Stop and Shop.


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Children’s book writer Peter Kolwijk wins Golden Granger Prize https://hiocpely.com/childrens-book-writer-peter-kolwijk-wins-golden-granger-prize-2/ https://hiocpely.com/childrens-book-writer-peter-kolwijk-wins-golden-granger-prize-2/#respond Wed, 06 Oct 2021 01:27:52 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/childrens-book-writer-peter-kolwijk-wins-golden-granger-prize-2/ Writer Peter Kolwijk has his book josrt He received the Gouden Griffel Prize, the most important Dutch literature prize for children’s books. The book, with illustrations by Linde Faas, chronicles the experiences of the protagonist Ties and his imaginary friend Gozert. Together they do things that are not always wise. As Ties’ parents don’t know […]]]>

Writer Peter Kolwijk has his book josrt He received the Gouden Griffel Prize, the most important Dutch literature prize for children’s books.

The book, with illustrations by Linde Faas, chronicles the experiences of the protagonist Ties and his imaginary friend Gozert. Together they do things that are not always wise. As Ties’ parents don’t know how to treat Ties and her makeup artist pal, they decide to take her to an establishment.

According to the jury, Kolvík proves in his book “that the imagination has a right to a place in reality”. devotion Instead of praising humor josrt, “With wonderfully amazing characters.”

Koolwijk, 46, has written five other children’s books in recent years. The role of the imagination in everyday reality plays a role in every book.

The author combines his writing with his work as a computer scientist in the commune of Emin, where he also lives. josrt This is the first book that Kolwijk has won Godin Greville. The book is written for children aged 9 to 12.

golden brush

The award for best children’s picture book, The Golden Brush, goes to Ludwig Volpeda. He made drawings for the book Complete Stories of a Half-SoldierWritten by Benny Lindelof.

Complete Stories of a Half-Soldier About six brothers each were drafted into the military. Each of the brothers must pass through a border post, where they tell stories to cross. They recount these experiences in the letters they send to the brothers who are still at home. The jury said that Vulpeda beautifully portrayed the story with “interesting graphics”.

Children’s Book Week

Prizes were awarded on the eve of Children’s Book Week. It will start tomorrow. This year’s theme is “Be What You Want”. Writer Pete Westra who received a Gouden Griffel award last year, he wrote the Children’s Book Week giveaway: “Tiril and the Magic Potion.


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Children’s book writer Peter Kolwijk wins Golden Granger Prize https://hiocpely.com/childrens-book-writer-peter-kolwijk-wins-golden-granger-prize/ https://hiocpely.com/childrens-book-writer-peter-kolwijk-wins-golden-granger-prize/#respond Tue, 05 Oct 2021 20:12:46 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/childrens-book-writer-peter-kolwijk-wins-golden-granger-prize/ Writer Peter Kolwijk has his book josrt He received the Gouden Griffel Prize, the most important Dutch literature prize for children’s books. The book, with illustrations by Linde Faas, chronicles the experiences of the protagonist Ties and his imaginary friend Gozert. Together they do things that are not always wise. As Ties’ parents don’t know […]]]>

Writer Peter Kolwijk has his book josrt He received the Gouden Griffel Prize, the most important Dutch literature prize for children’s books.

The book, with illustrations by Linde Faas, chronicles the experiences of the protagonist Ties and his imaginary friend Gozert. Together they do things that are not always wise. As Ties’ parents don’t know how to treat Ties and her makeup artist pal, they decide to take her to an establishment.

According to the jury, Kolvík proves in his book that “fiction has a right to a place in reality”. devotion Instead of praising humor josrt, “With wonderfully amazing characters.”

Koolwijk, 46, has written five other children’s books in recent years. The role of the imagination in everyday reality plays a role in every book.

The author combines his writing with his work as a computer scientist in the commune of Emin, where he also lives. josrt This is the first book that Kolwijk has won Godin Greville. The book is written for children aged 9 to 12.

golden brush

The award for best children’s picture book, The Golden Brush, goes to Ludwig Volpeda. He made drawings for the book Complete Stories of a Half-SoldierWritten by Benny Lindelof.

Complete Stories of a Half-Soldier About six brothers each were drafted into the military. The two brothers have to go through a border post, where they tell stories to cross. They recount these experiences in the letters they send to the brothers who are still at home. The jury said that Vulpeda beautifully portrayed the story with “interesting graphics”.

Children’s Book Week

Prizes were awarded on the eve of Children’s Book Week. It will start tomorrow. This year’s theme is “Be What You Want”. Writer Pete Westra who received a Gouden Griffel award last year, he wrote the Children’s Book Week giveaway: “Tiril and the Magic Potion.


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Preparations for “martyrdom” continue – InsideSources https://hiocpely.com/preparations-for-martyrdom-continue-insidesources/ https://hiocpely.com/preparations-for-martyrdom-continue-insidesources/#respond Tue, 05 Oct 2021 00:16:54 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/preparations-for-martyrdom-continue-insidesources/ Member of Badri Command, Kabul, Afghanistan. CREDIT: Jake Simkin KABUL, Afghanistan – For nearly two decades, the Taliban have waged a vicious war against the US occupation and the Afghan government – with frequent suicide attacks claiming countless lives and limbs. But now that they have come to official power, the old insurgency still has […]]]>

Member of Badri Command, Kabul, Afghanistan. CREDIT: Jake Simkin

KABUL, Afghanistan – For nearly two decades, the Taliban have waged a vicious war against the US occupation and the Afghan government – with frequent suicide attacks claiming countless lives and limbs. But now that they have come to official power, the old insurgency still has no intention of reducing training to “martyrdom”.

The difference now is that their once coveted suicide schools operate freely on bases mostly bought and paid for by the US taxpayer.

“They are not going to blow themselves up on us,” said Akif Mohajer, 32, a longtime member of the Taliban and recently appointed director of news and culture in Logar province. “They are part of the special forces. If someone or any country tries to go against our interests, they will be used. “

Members of Badri Command, Kabul, Afghanistan.
CREDIT: Jake Simkin

According to Mohajer, who himself joined the Taliban as a teenager in 2004, says the process is a combination of psychological and military skills similar to that of any advanced army in the world.

“We provide them with all the equipment and facilities used in developed countries,” he continues casually. “We used to do the training anywhere, but since our takeover we have facilities that the previous government used.”

The Taliban, officially called the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, regularly stormed the besieged country of 38 million people throughout 2020 as the United States prepared for its final withdrawal. Then, on August 15, the force – armed with the best weapons captured by government troops fleeing from surrounding provinces – captured the capital of Kabul after former President Ashraf Ghani suddenly escaped the country.

Immediately after the change of power, the Taliban’s most elitist – and most obscure – unit known simply as the “Badri Command” quietly moved into a kindergarten on the outskirts of Kabul to pursue the war. suicide school.

Picture books and pink toys still languish on the shelves near the entrance, and play equipment is rusting in the scorching sun. The patches of grass – which one can only imagine were weeks ago filled with the smiles of little children – have since been reduced to dust, frighteningly adorned with a multitude of armored vehicles and American-made weapons ranging from M240 and M16 rifles to bulletproof vests and camouflage uniforms strung on a swing to dry.

Hafiz Badry, a 29-year-old commander from Helmand province, speaks ominously about the selection process.

“You have to have done some special actions before,” he said sternly, his young face a map of wrinkles – clearly a product of years spent waging war deep in the Afghan mountains.

His fellow combatant, a 26-year-old unit leader named Kari Omadi Abdullah, assures me that they continue to be inundated with young Taliban – a word that translates from Pashtu to “student” – are arguing desperately. the chance to blow themselves up in the name of Islam and fight for their country.

“They come to beg and cry,” he continues in a low voice.

After selection, specialist bombers undergo training that typically lasts between 40 days and two months, focusing on dual physical preparation to understand explosives and move undetected, followed by intense religious studies to ensure they are sufficiently committed to complete the end-of-life mission.

Typically, suicide bombers come from poor families and are mostly uneducated, recruited directly from madrassas on the Afghan and Pakistani sides of the border. Throughout the now over “Eternal War”, the Taliban have used such attackers to kill dozens of Afghan forces, American soldiers and, ultimately, citizens caught in the crossfire.

“The greatest thing about the Supreme Leader is that he gave his son,” a Taliban guard stationed in Kandahar also told me of the new Afghan leader and his former madrassa teacher, Haibatullah Akhundzada, who has ruled the emirate behind the veil of secrecy since 2016. “His son carried out a suicide mission years ago in Helmand. “

Badri’s men refuse to give a figure on the number of talibés in suicide schools, but indicate that the number is in the hundreds, if not thousands. They also tell me that the average age of recruits is around twenty years or more. Yet human rights defenders and security analysts have long warned that a large portion of the group’s combatant ranks are considered “child soldiers,” which, according to international law, is considered to be under. 18 years old.

And like most of the Talibs, who took up arms with the insurgency to push back the American imprint and simply entered the battlefield without extensive training or skill, Badry said with a shrug that he simply acquired an AK-47 and “started”.

Yet the victory, paired with billions of US-issued weapons, inspired senior Taliban officials to turn their basic training into a more detailed process. Mohajer says their public recruiting process will start any day. They are also urging the former Afghan national security forces – many of whom have fled the country or have been hiding in their homes – to bring their US-trained skills back into the fold of the Taliban-controlled government.

He explains that part of the motivational process is recalling stories of war in the midst of the long and bitter struggle against the United States.

“One night I was staying in a garden, and there was a house nearby. Special forces (Afghan), the United States and NATO jointly conducted a raid on the house. I could hear people screaming. They were ordinary people who had nothing to do with the Taliban, ”says Mohajer. “The next day there was blood all over the walls… that’s why we will fight. We will never allow others to use our land.


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Dr Cherice Roth releases new children’s book https://hiocpely.com/dr-cherice-roth-releases-new-childrens-book/ https://hiocpely.com/dr-cherice-roth-releases-new-childrens-book/#respond Mon, 04 Oct 2021 01:02:05 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/dr-cherice-roth-releases-new-childrens-book/ Dr Cherice Roth, veterinarian and children’s author, has announced the release of her first picture book, What’s a Real Doctor? While dispelling rumors about what makes a doctor, this charming story highlights the fact that women of color and other marginalized people can follow their hearts and dreams throughout their vet graduation. What is a […]]]>

Dr Cherice Roth, veterinarian and children’s author, has announced the release of her first picture book, What’s a Real Doctor? While dispelling rumors about what makes a doctor, this charming story highlights the fact that women of color and other marginalized people can follow their hearts and dreams throughout their vet graduation.

What is a real doctor? challenges the belief that veterinarians and human doctors are inherently separate. Tristan, Cooper and Clara have a thoughtful discussion of each career path from a child’s perspective. Together they learn what vets actually do and how they are real doctors with extensive training on multiple species.

Dr. Roth’s work is perfect for young children under the age of 6 who are interested in animals or like to learn new things. What is a real doctor? is a great way to introduce children to the importance of schooling and discover their passions when they first enter an elementary environment.

During these formative years, books like What Is a Real Doctor? encourage readers to think critically about the future and role of STEM in society. Roth’s charming story also includes a diverse cast and performance that reflects his own lived experience.

In veterinary medicine, only 2% of these highly qualified doctors are black. Dr. Roth’s story not only challenges the assumption that vets are not “real” doctors, but it also serves as a real-life example of a person of color breaking down barriers in their field. She hopes What is a real doctor? show young readers, especially children of color, that there are opportunities ahead.

What is a real doctor? can be purchased from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The book is available in paper and e-book format.


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Stephanie Grisham: Trump’s renegade who could be the most damaging yet | Books https://hiocpely.com/stephanie-grisham-trumps-renegade-who-could-be-the-most-damaging-yet-books/ https://hiocpely.com/stephanie-grisham-trumps-renegade-who-could-be-the-most-damaging-yet-books/#respond Sun, 03 Oct 2021 06:02:00 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/stephanie-grisham-trumps-renegade-who-could-be-the-most-damaging-yet-books/ On Monday, Stephanie Grisham will appear on Good Morning America. ABC presents the interview as an opportunity for the former White House press secretary to “break her silence”. Donald Trump is unlikely to watch. Grisham isn’t the first insider to break the omertà about the Trumps, who have gone from running a New York real […]]]>

On Monday, Stephanie Grisham will appear on Good Morning America. ABC presents the interview as an opportunity for the former White House press secretary to “break her silence”.

Donald Trump is unlikely to watch. Grisham isn’t the first insider to break the omertà about the Trumps, who have gone from running a New York real estate empire to occupying the White House, but she could well be the politician who is the closest of all.

A Republican agent before Trump took over the party, Grisham was Melania Trump’s spokesperson and confidante when she became first lady. Grisham moved to the West Wing, becoming Trump’s third press secretary, then returned to the East Wing as Melania’s chief of staff. Shortly before the Trumps left the White House, on the day of the Capitol attack, she resigned.

Now that she’s written a book, I’ll answer your questions now. The irony of the title was widely noticed. In nine months as a press secretary, Grisham did not answer any questions in a single White House briefing. Nonetheless, the book has generated many titles, almost all of them unflattering on its former patrons.

Stories range from salacious, Trump calling a forward press secretary on Air Force One to ‘watch his ass’, to ridiculous, like when Trump and Boris Johnson used a G20 working breakfast to discuss the force. Kangaroos.

Grisham clearly highlights Trump’s inability to be president, whether because of his terrifying temper or his ridiculous demands – as when, she says, he finally ordered her to step behind the White House podium. , to defend him during his first dismissal by “acting” his infamous phone call with the Ukrainian president.

Grisham avoided that humiliation, she writes, by having “one of our most trusted ‘yeses’ in the House, Devin Nunes of California, read the appeal on the Congressional file. She also exposes the decomposition higher up in the party. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina senator, is “rude and sticky … a snake.” Mitt Romney, the former Grisham boss, a mainstay of anti-Trump conservatives, is being ridiculed for trying to become secretary of state.

Back in the food chain, Grisham fails to name the White House aide with whom she had a relationship that ended in allegations of abuse, choosing to describe him as the “Music Man,” who, according to her, could calm Trump by playing his favorite songs. , Remember the musical leader Cats among them. The aide is widely known to be Max Miller, who denies Grisham’s allegations – and who is now a candidate for Congress from Ohio.

Trumpworld, of course, fought back. Peter Navarro, a former White House business adviser and law enforcement official, called Grisham’s book “unnecessary gossip.” Trump claimed that Grisham was “paid by a radical left-wing editor to say bad and false things.”

Grisham listens to Trump speak to reporters at the White House. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Harper Collins, owned by Rupert Murdoch, will no doubt continue with his sales plan. But Grisham seems to have cut ties with the mainstream media as well as with his political party. Although the Washington Post and The New York Times have published detailed reports on her book, it seems unlikely that she will be welcomed into the fold as a columnist or expert on television.

“Dirty acts”

Grisham resigned on Jan.6, the day Trump supporters launched a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, seeking to overturn the election in support of his lies about voter fraud. She says she rejected the electoral fraud argument. Politico has reported the opposite. In most eyes, anyway, it was far too late to leave the ship.

Eric Boehlert, founder of PressRun, a newsletter covering the US media, said the Guardian Grisham was “a legitimate inside source who had a post all the time. So I think there’s a feeling like she’s in the room. It’s not like hearsay.

“[But] she’s been attending meetings for years, writing notes at night that the President of the United States is a danger to the world and the country. If you must come forward, have the courage to be a whistleblower. Don’t do this after everything is safe and he’s gone.

Some Trump aides who jumped or were pushed before Grisham managed to stay in the good graces of the media, but obviously not the Trumps.

Michael Cohen was Trump’s fixer before switching over during the Trump-Russia ties investigation. He also went to jail, for crimes including lying to Congress and facilitating illegal payments to two women who alleged affair with Trump.

Finishing his sentence in house arrest, he became a vocal critic for Trump through a book, Disloyal, a podcast, Mea Culpa, and as a voice on MSNBC. That’s quite a change for a man who once threatened journalists with threats to expose Trump’s “dirty deeds”.

John Bolton was Trump’s third national security adviser. A foreign policy hawk on the Republican long before Trump, his time in the White House has not been a happy one, as Grisham relates. Trump failed to stop the publication of Bolton’s book, The Room Where It Happened, but Bolton managed to avoid testifying in Trump’s first impeachment trial. This and his presence as a media commentator, particularly on the withdrawal from Afghanistan, continues to anger many on the left.

Then there’s Anthony Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier who spent 11 days as White House communications director. He stayed with Trump for a while, publishing a book praising the “blue collar president,” then broke up with him. “The Mooch” maintains a presence in the national media.

Boehlert said: “I feel like these books are useful in that they paint a first-hand portrait of a madman, period. And they are useful because they are effective.

But in the case of Grisham, he said, “it would have been useful if [she] had warned us in 2017, 2018… She had this little job, she had access to the most elitist circles on the planet. And she knew it was all wrong, and she knew it was dangerous. And now she’s profiting from a book after Trump is in Mar-a-Lago.

“It’s not exactly a profile of courage.”

“I looked totally incompetent”

As far as Trumpworld is concerned, perhaps Grisham’s main crime is betraying her access, as Melania’s chief of staff and Donald’s press secretary, to some of the family’s most intimate moments.

In her book, she describes having discovered “another piece of the puzzle which was the marriage of Donald and Melania Trump”. During a trip to France in the summer of 2017, she says, she found herself “mostly alone” with the couple before a public engagement.

Melania Trump rides in her motorcade dressed in the infamous Zara jacket, in Maryland in 2018.
Melania Trump rides in her motorcade dressed in the infamous Zara jacket, in Maryland in 2018. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

“Mrs. Trump… leaned over to her husband, who whispered in her ear. Moments later, I saw them kissing. It was all quite unusual; it was actually the only time I had ever seen them express physical intimacy in public.

Grisham says she was “so surprised I took a picture of the scene on my phone”. This photo, taken from behind, his unsuspecting subjects, is reproduced in Grisham’s book. It sounds like a surprising breach of privacy and trust.

Grisham also recounts his version of a particularly furious media frenzy. On a trip to the southern border in June 2018 that included a visit to a detention center for migrant children separated from their parents, Melania Trump wore a jacket that featured a slogan: “I really don’t care. Are you? ”The outrage was immediate and sustained.

Grisham blames Melania for going rogue, choosing her outfit while her closest assistant was distracted. The first lady, she writes, “didn’t care about the media frenzy around her jacket, that’s for sure. Or at least she pretended not to care… But I did care, because it was my job, and at best I looked totally incompetent.

Grisham now lives in Kansas, far from the hubbub of Washington. If she ever wishes to dive into it again, she can hope that DC society as a whole will respond like a White House predecessor did to her book.

Joe lockhart, a press secretary under Bill Clinton, dismissed I’ll Take Your Questions Now in just five words.

“I don’t care,” he wrote. “Do you?”



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Wirral author to release new children’s picture book https://hiocpely.com/wirral-author-to-release-new-childrens-picture-book/ https://hiocpely.com/wirral-author-to-release-new-childrens-picture-book/#respond Sat, 02 Oct 2021 16:00:00 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/wirral-author-to-release-new-childrens-picture-book/ Award-winning author from Wirral is about to publish a fun story about healthy eating and problem management in school. Carrots don’t grow on trees! is a bright and colorful story, told entirely in dialogue and pictures, that takes a fun and compassionate approach to dealing with teasing in school, as well like promoting better eating […]]]>

Award-winning author from Wirral is about to publish a fun story about healthy eating and problem management in school.

Carrots don’t grow on trees! is a bright and colorful story, told entirely in dialogue and pictures, that takes a fun and compassionate approach to dealing with teasing in school, as well

like promoting better eating habits.

Rob Keeley’s second picture book sees him reunite with illustrator Simon Goodway, following their previous successes with My favorite people and The Tower’s Treasure.

Rob said: “I was stuck at home during the lockdown, working on new book ideas.

Carrots do not grow on trees will be released in November

“In the early morning, I was half awake and suddenly saw the image of a tree with carrots hanging from the branches. When I woke up, I started to create a story around this image, and by the time I got up, I had the whole plot and the four main characters worked out.

“After our previous books, I knew there was only one illustrator who could bring this strange idea to life: Simon Goodway!

“I hope my young readers will appreciate the result.”

In the book, Lily loves to eat fruits and vegetables, but is deceived by Jordan, who tells her that carrots grow on trees.

With the help of her mother, a healthy diet and a box of rubber bands, Lily sets out to teach Jordan a lesson.

The book will be released on November 28, 2021 at Matador Books.

To learn more about Rob and his books, visit robkeeley.co.uk


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Where have all the midsize book publishers gone? https://hiocpely.com/where-have-all-the-midsize-book-publishers-gone/ https://hiocpely.com/where-have-all-the-midsize-book-publishers-gone/#respond Fri, 01 Oct 2021 23:47:38 +0000 https://hiocpely.com/where-have-all-the-midsize-book-publishers-gone/ When Hachette Book Group acquired Workman Publishing, HBG CEO Michael Pietsch observed that Workman was one of the largest, if not the largest, of the remaining independent publishers in the United States. of its kind. Which has raised a question in publishing circles: why are there so few sizable independent publishers? There is a dearth […]]]>

When Hachette Book Group acquired Workman Publishing, HBG CEO Michael Pietsch observed that Workman was one of the largest, if not the largest, of the remaining independent publishers in the United States. of its kind. Which has raised a question in publishing circles: why are there so few sizable independent publishers? There is a dearth of what can be called mid-sized publishers that fall between the Big Five and the many independent publishers with sales of $ 20 million or less.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s business division, with 2020 revenue of $ 192 million, was what might have been considered a mini-major before it was acquired by HarperCollins. The Scholastic Business Group, with revenue of $ 355 million in the fiscal year ended May 31, is a major player in the children’s retail market, but as a member of a publisher of 1, $ 3 billion, it is clearly not independent. Other professional publishers who could be considered as medium-sized companies and which are also part of large companies are the publishing division of Disney and Abrams, which is owned by the French company La Martinière Groupe, itself acquired by Media. Participations.

Other commercial publishers classified as mid-sized independent, based on market share data from NPD BookScan, are (listed alphabetically and not by market share) Andrews McMeel, Chronicle, Kensington, Norton and Sourcebooks. Many of the smaller commercial publishers are distributed by three companies – Independent Publishers Group, Ingram Publisher Services, and National Book Network – which together represent approximately 900 publishers. The revenues of each of these distributors are the equivalent of a mid-sized publisher, with Ingram by far the largest of the three.

Jed Lyons, president and CEO of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group and its sister company NBN, cited two reasons it’s difficult to build a mid-sized publishing house: time and money. The key to a mid-sized publisher’s success is having a quality backlist, and that takes time to build, Lyons said. He noted that it took RLPG 45 years, and numerous acquisitions, to build his firm’s strong list of 80,000 titles containing both academic and business titles. Building a publisher also requires access to capital to support expansion, whether through organic growth or acquisitions. Small businesses don’t have access to the cash that big businesses do, and Lyons said as he grew up he had had “near-death” experiences, usually related to concerns raised by clients. banks.

Lyons offered a final reason for the current shortage of mid-size publishers. “They were chosen,” he said. All of the Big Five companies have grown to their size through a series of acquisitions that began years ago. Among the most significant transactions over the past 10 years are the purchase of Harlequin by HarperCollins in 2014 (which was not an independent but was a mini-major), the purchase by HBG of Perseus Book Group (which made its share of purchases prior to its acquisition) and Penguin Acquisition by Random House of the assets of Rodale Books.

David Lamb, partner at mergers and acquisitions broker Book Advisors LLC, said one reason for the lack of mid-size publishers is that many of the more successful small presses are comfortable in their own ways. publication and that while they seek annual growth, they do not. have the interest, time or resources to engage in major expansions. Given the shortage of mid-size publishers, Lamb said it was next to impossible for a new player to create a publisher that could compete with the Big Five, unless he bought one of the Big Five.

At the same time, Lamb said, the larger publishers are likely to continue to make acquisitions in an attempt to achieve greater economies of scale and operational efficiency, resulting in higher profits. He didn’t rule out the possibility that a company could build something like the equivalent of a Perseus (which had book sales of around $ 100 million when it was sold). He noted that some of the more well-known smaller independent and niche publishers have older owners who may be looking to cash in, and with the high prices HMH and Workman receive, it seems like now is a good time to sell. .

Ken Fund, executive director of Quarto Group, which had a turnover of $ 127 million last year, was not so sure there was a company that would be interested in stacking small publishers. , explaining that while books performed well during the then pandemic, investors don’t see publishing as an exciting investment opportunity. If there’s a company that is considering starting a mid-sized publisher, Fund has this little advice: “Develop a strategic vision and stick to it. For an independent publisher to survive, the business “needs to know where it fits” in the publishing ecosystem.

For Quarto, that means “sticking to your knitting” in areas such as illustrated non-fiction, arts and crafts, and home improvement, Fund said. “These might not be the sexiest categories, but there is an audience for these books. Over time, they will sell in number of bestsellers. It may take a few years, but the sales will get there. Similar to Lyon, Fund said Quarto has focused on building its order list, which accounts for around 65% of its revenue each year.

While this can be a good time to sell, one publisher that is not for sale is Kensington Publishing. After a few tough years, it finished one of its best in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, said President and CEO Steve Zacharius, with sales up about 30% from the previous year. ‘fiscal year 2020. He attributed Kensington’s ability to function as a mid-sized publisher to its relationships with authors, noting that, for example, Fern Michaels and Kat Martin left the publisher for larger houses then came back. “Publishing is a relationship-based business,” he added, “and it makes a difference when an author can meet the top executives of a company”.

Zacharius said he was sorry to see Workman being acquired, but admitted “it’s hard to be in the middle”. He said Kensington’s budget only allows him to invest in certain areas, which is one of the reasons the house still licenses its audiobooks rather than publishing them itself. “We can’t put money into everything,” Zacharius noted. Priorities at the moment include investing in IT upgrades and adding to advertising and marketing, with a focus on digital marketing in particular.

Zacharius is planning a modest expansion in the new fiscal year. Kensington was one of the first generalist publishers to enter the African American market in a meaningful way with the launch of Dafina in 2003, and Zacharius said he was looking to do more in this area. He would also like to expand Cozy Mysteries, another area of ​​strength for Kensington, while adding more thrillers and non-fiction. In the latter category, Zacharius has high hopes for Harlem Dance Theater, a $ 50 book that he noted received good initial orders ahead of its October 26 release.

Zacharius, Fund, and Lyons don’t really see the Big Five as direct competitors. “We’re in different leagues,” Lyons said. He noted that the agents RLPG works with on a regular basis know how much it can spend on a book and don’t come up with projects outside its budget. “They might not always be happy with the scale of the advance, but they are grateful that we buy a lot of books,” Lyons added.

“We publish in areas where we don’t go one-on-one with the Big Five,” Fund said, adding that books from Quarto and other independent publishers are a big part of what bookstores have to offer. .

One area where mid-sized independent companies can compete with the bigger players is finding companies to buy, which Lyons, Zacharius and Fund have said they do. “Nobody wants to sit still,” Fund said. The problem small buyers make Workman, a multiple of 1.8 of Workman’s revenue of $ 134 million).

International interest

While US businesses and investors may be cold on the publishing industry, international publishers remain interested in securing a share of the world’s largest book market. Quarto, although based in the UK, has generated $ 63 million, or about half of its sales in 2020, in the United States and is looking to continue to grow its presence here. UK-based Bloomsbury Publishing has made no secret of its interest in expanding in the US, a market that generated around $ 75 million for the publisher last year.

A potentially significant new player is Astra Publishing House, which is backed by Thinkingdom Media Group, the Beijing-based company that previously acquired Boyds Mills Press and took a controlling stake in Minedition. Last month, Astra announced the creation of a children’s book division, Astra Books for Young Readers, under which the company has organized its list of children’s book lines.

When asked what advice Lyon would give to someone who wants to start a mid-size publisher in America today, he replied: “You need a lot of determination. ”

A version of this article appeared in the 04/10/2021 issue of Editors Weekly under the title: The Vanishing Middle


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