Quite a Day

We’re having quite the day here at Lookout Books!

First, it’s the official release day for John Rybicki’s When All the World Is Old.

AND this morning, The Boston Globe featured Leah Hager Cohen’s smart and engaging profile of the beautiful and wise Edith Pearlman on the cover of today’s “G” section.

I knew I liked Tuesdays!

– John Mortara, Lookout Intern

What We’re Reading :: Staff Profile

Every once in a while, we will profile what’s currently inspiring a particular staffer or intern at Lookout. Today’s victim is intern Toni Blackwell. This girl does it all: design, grant-writing, promotion, and more. Here’s what she has to say about what’s on her nightstand.

“Right now I’m reading One Morning in Sarajevo by David James Smith. It is a history of the events of June 28, 1914, surrounding the actions of Gavrilo Princip and the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which kicked off WWI.

The design of the book suits the topic: the cover is grainy and uses actual photographs of the involved parties and the assassination. There are another two sections of photographs, four glossy sheets with pictures of the assassins, their relatives, the guns used, and the memorial to the assassins (who are regarded by some as heroes).

The writing style is functional — no frills — but it gets the job done. It may not be the most artistic or creative, but this topic is so rarely addressed that Smith still comes off original.”

Binocular Vision Press Kits

Last week we were busy bees here in the Pub Lab! Edith Pearlman is coming to North Carolina for her tour soon (mid-April! Who’s ready?), and so we were getting together her press kits. They are so very beautiful, filled with reading guides, stickers, posters, Binocular Vision, and much more! All right, all right, enough ogling, it’s back to work for us!

– Sally J. Johnson, Lookout Intern

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What We’re Reading :: Pub Lab Assistant Edition

The Lookout staff and interns wouldn’t accomplish much without the genius and faithfulness of the Publishing Laboratory teaching assistants. These lovely people actually know how to operate the scary machinery that makes our quality products, they keep track of where all our books are going, and so much more. In their honor, here’s a “What We’re Reading” that’s all about them!

“I am reading Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman. It’s certainly not a fun read, but these days World War II history has a hold over me that I can’t shake. If the old adage ‘those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it’ is true, I think the public should never stop looking at the events of WWII. That being said, the style of this particular book so far is pretty interesting, since it interweaves perspectives but follows one particular American soldier. Ink drawings, actually produced by that soldier, intersperse the sections and add some visual character to the book.”

– Lee Cannon, Publishing Laboratory Teaching Assistant

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What We’re Reading

Today our Executive Director and some of our interns would like to share a few books and journals that inspire us here at Lookout.

Executive Director Emily Smith read A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash (April, William Morrow) en route to AWP. “I was so engrossed that the friend I’d arranged to meet during the layover had to stand directly in front of me, wave, and say my name twice before I even looked up. A smart, riveting debut.”


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