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Part of Motorbooks publishing program includes titles by and about motorcycle outlaw culture. Although the material is gritty, it is honest. These books play an important role in informing the reading public and - as we've seen in recent news reports - even mainstream media outlets. The May shootout at a restaurant in Texas showed that little is known or understood about outlaw motorcycle-club culture. In fact, the Department of Justice had not heard of one of the clubs involved in these events leading CNN to turn to a Motorbooks title: The One Percenter Encyclopedia by Bill Hayes. Learn More.
Publishers Weekly reported on the latest craze in publishing with a feature on the popularity of coloring books. Featured in the story was information on The Quarto Publishing Group's coloring book program. Quarto will easily have a million adult coloring books in print this year, with the market continuing to surge, said Ken Fund, president and CEO of Quarto, a publisher of illustrated and creative titles. Those sales are being led by its Zen Coloring Book series, which includes the bestselling Color Me Calm and Color Me Happy, both by art therapist Lacy Mucklow with art by Angela Porter. The books have gone back to press 10 times in the past six months, for a total of more than 275,000 copies worldwide. “We imagined the books would appeal to adults looking to relax. But we never expected the responses we’ve received from people battling serious medical conditions,” added editorial director Jeannine Dillon, who came up with the idea for the series after coloring with her four-year-old son. Learn More.
With their popularity soaring, coloring books are giving adults a chance to relax and be creative, while reducing stress. NBC Nightly News featured several Quarto Publishing Group coloring books in a May 11 report. The story includes an interview with Quarto artist Lisa Congdon as well as a coloring book group in Chicago. Learn More.
Jonathon Sawyer, author of Noodle Kids and owner of the Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland, won the Best Chef in the Great Lakes Area award during the James Beard Foundation Gala in Chicago May 4. In addition to the Greenhouse Tavern, Sawyer also owns and operates Noodlecat, Tavern Vinegar Co, Sawyer's Street Frites & SeeSaw Pretzel Shoppe in the Cleveland area. Learn More.
Sean Vigue, author of Power Yoga for Athletes, has released the Sean Vigue Fitness App for Apple and Android. The app is free and contains several free workouts. Additional workouts are available for purchase. Learn More.
The Quarto Group, Inc. (LSE: QRT), the leading global illustrated book publisher and distribution group, has announced its final unaudited results for the year ended Dec. 31, 2014. Commenting on the results, Chief Executive Officer Marcus Leaver said: "In 2014, Quarto started to deliver on its potential following a year of tactical reorganization. The business has been simplified and focused and is beginning to deliver on its strategic priorities. The second half of the year was strong and this has given us momentum into 2015." Learn More.
Have you ever wondered how Zack Miller, the publisher of the world's leading automotive book publisher, Motorbooks, got where he is today? He told the folks at CarsYeah.com. Learn More.
Wayne Vansant, the son of a World War II veteran, grew up on war stories. As a child, he loved hearing adults talk about the war, reading about it and watching movies about it. Medium.com tells the story of how Vansant has taken that love of war stories and turned it into a career as an author and illustrator of graphic novels. Learn More.
Gabrielle Balkan, author of The 50 States, will appear on a panel on the Uptown Stage at BookExpoAmerica! The discussion on Nonfiction for Kids and Young Adults will take place May 29 during the annual trade show in New York, NY. Learn More.
An expanded excerpt from John Hughes: A Life in Film, to be published March 25, has been published on Vanity Fair. The excerpt from the book by Kirk Honeycutt goes behind the scenes of the production of the classic comedy, The Breakfast Club, which is turning 30 this year. Learn More.