Though wall calendars and desk diaries remain the mainstay of this business, publishers are bringing increasingly imaginative and interactive titles and formats to the marketplace. Families can keep track of schedules with calendars that sport pockets for appointment cards and notes along with segments for each family member to record activities. Slim calendars work in students' lockers, while panoramic calendars—whether horizontal or long and lean—decorate office cubicles. Elegant engagement calendars complement upscale offices; pocket-size offerings slip nicely into handbags or briefcases. And of course, there's the customary artistic array of cute pets, comical cartoons, pin-up girls (and guys), vintage cars and much more. From African-American masters to Zen, this category runs the gamut.
New in wall format (all in 16-month versions): At Ease: Navy Men of World War II depicts America's sailors enjoying leisure time, providing a visual memory of this dramatic era in America's history; devotees of goddesses will appreciate The Book of Goddesses, which features new illustrations and text taken from the author/illustrator behind The Lover's Path; Peeps: A Candy-Coated Tale is a testament to the oh-so-popular (and non-chocolate!) marshmallow chicks; the angry little girls are back in a bad mood on the Still Angry Little Girls 16-month calendar; kitties' secrets to good living (and they should know!) are revealed in Cattitude; canines get their due with William Wegman Man's Best Friend, featuring 25 classic photos of the photographer's noted Weimaraners (wall, $12.99 each). Perennial favorites include the colorful and dramatic Extraordinary Chickens, who've certainly earned that appellation; Hello KittyHello 2007! spotlights the sweet feline and her friends; Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Calendar sports all-new illustrations by Brian Froud, while baby Weimaraners cavort throughout William Wegman Puppies ($12.99 each). Sixteen-month engagement calendars include the crowd pleasing Blue Dog, with new illustrations by George Rodrigue, and Hello Kitty Through the Seasons ($14.99 each). Harry N. Abrams, 115 W. 18th St., New York, N.Y. 10011; (212) 206-7715.
Two striking calendars come from AMP's new division, Accord Publishing: Paper Airplane offers folding instructions for original paper airplanes and an Easy Fold-a-RoundCalendar Box that is a virtual aircraft carrier plus large-size paper makes airplanes big enough to fly ($13.99); 2007 Cross Stitch Calendar includes 12 pieces of fabric, 12 original designs and detailed instruction cards to create pillows, framed art, hand towels and more ($19.99). Two new formats are introduced this year: Slimlines work well in school lockers or tight spaces; check out Gary Larson's The Far Side: The Secret Lives of Animals ($7.99) and Mary Englebreit's Oh Happy Days ($8.99). Pocket Purse calendars are ideal for slipping into a purse or pocket. Each one has a place for to-do's, a calendar grid plus a place at the back for birthdays, names and numbers, zodiac signs, a tip calculator and notes. These calendars come in six designs including Botanicaland Linda Nelson Stocks ($7.99 each). Also new is a vintage weekly desk planner that is as beautiful as it is functional; two styles are The Nature of Things and A Song in My Heart ($18.99 each). Among the new wall calendars are Anne Geddes's My Pregnancy Calendar, a 42-week calendar that is undated for use from the start of the pregnancy; Dilbert continues to display the foibles of workers everywhere; Harry Potter continues to enthrall fans old and young; Desperate Housewives are still desperate, still comely and still fan faves ($13.99 each); The Da Vinci Code ties in with the summer blockbuster film, starring Tom Hanks and based on Dan Brown's ubiquitous novel ($12.99); Linda Nelson Stocks Barn Calendar portrays a bygone era as seen by this folk artist ($14.99). In Day-to-Day format: Gary Larsen returns this year with his Off-the-Wall Calendar, which will benefit Conservation International ($13.99); actor John Lithgow explains that a palooza is a fun and inspiring activity instigated by parents and quickly taken over by kids; in A Lithgow Palooza he's created a palooza for every day of the year. George Carlin Uncensored is a no-holds-barred batch of Carlin's trademark humor; USA Today Sudoku presents days of puzzling possibilities; You: The Owner's Manual offers daily health information from the national bestselling book; and Napoleon Dynamite provides memorable quotes from the cult classic movie ($11.99 each). The lovable Ziggy arrives with the Ziggy: Organize Your Fun!engagement calendar (12.99); two new mini wall calendars are Wyland, which features marine images from the painter, writer, sculptor and muralist, and the Mini Day-to-Day Horoscope Series, which provide readings for each sign ($7.99 each). Contact publisher for terms: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 4520 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 64111-7701; (816) 932-6700.
The Scenic Arizona calendar displays images by top photographers, and features descriptive text and "when you go" information about each location (wall, $13.99). Also available: the Arizona Highways Classic calendar provides room for daily reminders (wall, $7.99), while the engagement calendar provides photos of the state's most notable sites and wildlife with ample space for notes and appointments ($11.99). Terms: 1—24, 50% discount, 24—49, 52%, 50—99, 54%, 99+, 55%, nonreturnable. Arizona Highways, 2039 W. Lewis Ave., Phoenix, Ariz. 85009-2893; (602) 712-2200.
Avalanche's broad selection (their 2007 calendar catalogue is 95 pages) includes several interactive lines; new for next year are the Double-Pocket Note Nooks (12 double pockets, 24 pockets total); the Catch-all (a storage pocket holds papers up to 11" x 11"); Scrapbook-it (a keepsake calendar, says the publisher, that "you make for yourself or a loved one"); Super-size Mom's Plan-it; and Home Office Plan-it. Wall calendars—$12.99 each—are grouped in such categories as "Destinations" (Greece; Islands: A Glimpse of Paradise; America's Back Roads); "Animal Antics" (Curious Kittens, Canine Couture); "Home and Garden" (Japanese Gardens, Quilts, Orchids); "Poetry in Motion" (Muscle Cars, Tall Ships, Railroading); et al. Contact publisher for terms. Avalanche Publishing, 6262 Katella Ave., Cypress, Calif. 90630; (800) 888-6421.
Lead titles from this publisher of photographic calendars are America, with landscapes from around the U.S., and Golf, which highlights selected holes from some of the great courses around the country. Among the scenic calendars available are Arizona, California, Columbia River Gorge, New England, Oregon, Oregon Coast, Seattle, Washington and Utah. Terms: 50%, nonreturnable; free freight on orders placed before 6/30/06. Beautiful America, P.O. Box 244, Woodburn, Ore. 97071; (800) 874-1233.
BLACK DOG & LEVENTHAL
In addition to the latest version of their popular Take Me Out to the Ballpark Wall Calendar ($12.95), the publisher will introduce Broadway Musicals: A Month-by-Month Celebration of Broadway's Best Shows, with poster-sized photos, facts, profiles and production information on shows from My Fair Lady to The Sound of Music to Gypsy (wall, $12.95). Leonardo's Notebooks Engagement Calendar features da Vinci's thoughts, ideas, observations and inventions ($14.95). New in the Page-a-Day format are Storey's Country Wisdom & Know-How: Everything You Need to Know to Live Off the Land, which gathers tips, recipes and projects, and Ripley's Believe It or Not!, which continues to gather the world's oddities ($11.95 each). Terms: 53% discount, returnable; 56% nonreturnable; free freight for orders received by 4/30/06; minimum order, 100 calendars. Distributed by Workman Publishing, 708 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10003; (800) 722-7202.
Calendars from this publisher feature art from anima, manga and video games, among them: FLCL, with art from the animated series FLC (Fooly Cooly); Rurouni Kenshin, based on the manga created by Nobuhiro Watsuki; Pita-Ten, featuring a young boy whose problems may be helped by a neighbor claiming to be an angel; Samurai Champloo, displaying art from this anime series; Disgaea, which draws its art from the PlayStation 2 video game; Onimusha, centering on samurai warriors who fight the demonic Genma; Tenjho Tenge, set in a high school with a student body that battles to be the best; Trigun, centering around a mysterious gunfighter; Hellsing, which follows the dark story of a vampire turned vampire hunter (wall, $13.99 each). Di Gi Charat and Aquarian Age—Juvenile Orion are desktop calendars that convert to 12 collector's postcards ($9.99 each). Contact publisher for terms. Broccoli International USA, 1728 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90035; (310) 815-0660.
This San Francisco publisher, which this month celebrates its 20th anniversary, offers more than 1,000 titles in the categories of pets, travel, fine art, wilderness, American regions and states, national parks, sports, autos, machinery, lighthouses, home/garden and fine art photography in a variety of formats. Brand-new for 2007 are Frame Gamesand Killer Sodokuby Puzzlemaster Terry Stickels (boxed, $13.99 each). Among the firm's returning bestsellers are Herbs (wall, $12.99); Yosemite National Park(deluxe wall, $13.99); Cows (mini wall, $6.99); Wolves (hardcover weekly engagement, $14.99); Cats by Chrissie Snelling (hardcover slim diary, $9.99); Songbirds (two-year pocket planner, $4.99); and Audrey Hepburn(square wall,FACES Celebrity Calendars $13.99).
Lead titles for 2007 are, in engagement calendar format: Under the Tuscan Sun ($15.95) by Frances Mayes, photos by Steven Rothfeld; The Bad Girl's Your Bad Girl Life on a Weekly Basis which includes weeks of Power Profiles, Bad Girl Factoids, tips, party ideas and relationship advice from the Baddest Girl on Earth; and The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Calendar, which outlines ingenious ways to survive impending peril ($14.95 each). Also available in this format are Position of the Day Engagement Calendar by Nerve.com and Anne Taintor Engagement Calendar ($14.95 each). In daily calendar format: Position of the Day: Sex Every Day in Every Way; Car Talk, by Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers; World Almanac; The Bad Girl's Rage-a-Day Calendar, with insight from feisty Bad Girls of History, beauty tips and more; Worst Case Scenario and Worst Case Scenario: Golf ($11.95 each). In wall format: Breaking Bounds; Subversive Cross-Stitch; Anne Taintor; Emily the Strange; Spiderman; Superman; Wallace & Gromit; Cats in the Sun ($12.95 each). Chronicle Books, 85 Second St., San Francisco, Calif. 94105; (415) 537-4200
For those intrigued by the body's inner workings, Skeletons: 2007gathers fun facts about bones and skeletons along with famous quotes and, of course, fascinating photos of our interiors (wall, $12.95). Terms: 50% to bookstores when ordered directly from CyberINK; minimum order three copies; up to 30% of orders of 12 of more are fully returnable until 1/31/07. CyberINK, 621 N. Belmont Ave., Arlington Heights, Ill. 60004; (847) 506-4214.
The Down East Wall Calendar of Maine offers a full-page color photograph for each month along with room for notes and info on moon phases and tides (Wire-O bound, $10.95); the Down East Engagement Calendar features 18 photo of locations from Cape Elizabeth to Bass Harbor and provides room for notes, interesting Maine facts and more (Wire-O bound, $12.95). Terms: 1—11, 40% discount; 12—287, 50%; 288+, 55%; nonreturnable. Down East Books, P.O. Box 679, Camden, Maine 04843; (800) 766-1670.
Among the many calendars available highlighting wildlife and nature themes are Arctic Foxes, Astronomy, Bears, The Botanical Garden, Butterflies, Frogs, Herbs, Hummingbirds, Owls, Polar Bears, Rocky Mountains, Tom Thomson, Trees, Turtles, Unforgettable Places, Weather, Wilderness Paddling, Wildflowers, Wolves, The Canadian Landscape, Western Canada and The Group of Seven (wall, $13.99 each). Terms: 5—49 assorted, 50%; 50-99, 55%, 100—199, 60%, 200+, 61%, nonreturnable; 20% of purchase, 45% returnable. Free freight on orders of more than $50 net. Firefly Books Ltd., 66 Leek Crescent, Richmond Hill, Ont. Canada L4B 1H1; (800) 387-5085.
GRAPHIC ARTS CENTER
The publisher's 2007 state and city wall calendars—$12.99 each—feature award-winning photography and offer spaces for notes on each month as well as four-month planning grids. Among the subjects are Alaska, Appalachians, Connecticut, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, New York City, Tennessee, Utah and more. Terms: 12—9,999, 50% returnable; 55% nonreturnable. Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co., Box 10306, Portland, Ore. 97296; (800) 452-3032.
Continuing a successful Hobbit is Tolkein: The Lord of the Rings, this year featuring illustrations by artist Alan Lee (wall, $14.95); Futurama stars the Planet Express crew from the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim show (wall, $12.99). Laugh along with Matt Groening's celebrated silly family via The Simpsons 2007 Mini-Calendar ($7.99), The Simpsons 2007 Fun Calendar (wall, $12.99) and The Trivial Simpsons 2007 365-Day Box Calendar ($12.99). Contact publisher for terms. Harper Paperbacks, 10 East 53rd St., New York, N.Y. 10022; (212) 207-7000.
Susan McCord—The Complete McCord Collection from the Henry Ford features McCord's 12-quilt collection and a brief essay about McCord (1829—1909), an Indiana farm wife with extraordinary quilting talent; two free quilt patterns are included with Lynette Jensen's Thimbleberries Collection of Classic Quilts, with its year of classic Thimbleberries quilts and comforters, as well as with Diane Phalen's Quilts from a Painter's Art, with paintings from Phalen's Americana quilt series (wall, $12.95 each). Terms: 55% discount, returnable; 60% nonreturnable; no minimum. Landauer Corp., 3100 NW 101st St., Urbandale, Iowa 50322; (800) 557-5102.
HUGH LAUTER LEVIN
Calendar staples for this Connecticut publisher are The Jewish Calendar and The Jewish Engagement Calendar ($12.95 each), both of which feature illustrations from the collections of the Jewish Museum in London; both cover 16 months and list all national and Jewish holidays as well as Shabbat and holiday candle-lighting times.
The striking landscape photography of Ansel Adams graces the pages of two new calendars—Ansel Adams 2007 Wall Calendar and Ansel Adams 2007 Engagement Calendar, which includes a section of monthly calendars to facilitate long-range planning ($18.95 each). Terms: 55% to retail, returnable; minimum $150 invoice value. Time Warner Book Group, 3 Center Plaza, Boston, Mass. 02108; (800) 759-0190.
Celebrate the birth of a child with Max & Lucy Baby Boy and ...Baby Girl Scrapbooking Calendars that allow new parents to chronicle the steps in their baby's first year ($9.99 each); Zoey 101 is based on Nickelodeon's hot new show of the same name starring Jamie Lynn Spears; Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi follows the adventures of real-life Japanese pop stars; LazyTown's purpose is to increase activity and healthy lifestyles among today's youth; Marvel Heroes stars, among others, Spider-Man, Captain America and the Fantastic Four; Superman Returns ties in with this summer's blockbuster movie; X-Men 3 brings back the fabulous comic heroes as it ties in with the third installment of the film franchise; in Mary-Kate and Ashley the young stars offer tips, crafts and advice for tween girls; witty one-liners and clever art highlight Co-Edikit, which has found success in a variety of other product lines; Shoebox: Every Year Is the Year of the Woman brings sassy humor to bear on the female viewpoint (wall, $10.99 each). The new Brag Book Calendar format combines fashion and functionality and includes photo sleeves; themes include Earth 2 Jane, Flavia Baby and Rosanna ($4.99 each); Year-in-a-Pocket introduces a practical pocket with file tabs and a reusable list for daily organization ($12.99); Dry-Erase Calendar offers the convenience of a write-on, wipe-off surface (wall, $13.99); the paper of the Mousepad Calendar features "mouse-friendly" paper as well as the humor of Maxine and Gary Patterson and artists Mary Engelbreit and Thomas Kinkade ($8.99 each). Decorative calendars include Pirates of the Caribbean, with Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley back to commit piratical theft; Las Vegas, based on the popular TV series; The Sopranos, back for their final season; and Veronica Mars, featuring the teen detective (wall, $10.99 each). Contact publisher for terms. Mead/Westvaco Corp., Courthouse Plaza Northeast, Dayton, Ohio 45463; (937) 495-6323.
Go on the voyage of a lifetime via the dramatic marine photographs that grace The Seven Seas: The Sailor's Calendar, returning for its 27th year. Terms: 1—5, combines with books; six or more, 50%; 100+, 55%; 500+, 60%, free freight, returnable; 1—11, combines with books; 12+, 60%, free freight, nonreturnable. W.W. Norton, 500 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10110; (212) 790-4267.
Beautiful wooden craft—sailboats, powerboats, workboats and small open boats—are captured by the photographs of Benjamin Mendlowitz on the Calendar of Wooden Boats; captions are by marine historian Maynard Bray (wall, $14.95). Contact publisher for terms. Noah Publications, P.O. Box 14, Route 175, Brooklin, Maine 04616; (800) 848-9663.
Pictures of ancient philosophers and quotes from their works adorn the pages of Ancient Philosophy, while Philosophy features visualizations of philosophical themes and concepts (wall, $19.95 each). Terms: 1—12, 45%; 12+, 50%; 48+, 50% plus free freight, returnable; 12+, 55%; 48+, 55% plus free freight, nonreturnable. Dist. by University of Chicago Press, Customer Service, Chicago Distribution Center, 11030 S. Langley Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60628; (800) 621-2736.
PEACEABLE KINGDOM PRESS
The award-winning Celebrating Children's Books returns with the work of 12 illustrators including Maurice Sendak's In the Night Kitchen,Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat,Clement Hurd's Goodnight Moon, Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toadand Ezra Jack Keats's Snowy Day(wall, $12.95). Terms: 50% discount, returnable (up to 20% of returnable orders may be returned by 3/1/07); 55%, nonreturnable; minimum order, six calendars per style. Peaceable Kingdom Press, 950 Gilman St., Suite 200, Berkeley, Calif. 94710; (510) 558-2051.
Highlights for 2007: returning for its third year, The ECOlogical Calendar: A New Way to Experience Time is presented in four panels, one for each season, that depict what is going on daily in the natural world (wall, $14.99; engagement, $16.99); The Sacred Journey: Daily Journal for Your Soul is a tool for personal transformation (engagement, $16.99). New for 2007: Bateman: Animal Worlds (horizontal wall, $13.99); Bruce McCall: Serious Nonsense (vertical wall, $13.99); Robert Bateman: Animals of the World (engagement, $14.99); Bateman: Birds; and Bruce McCall: Serious Nonsense (mini wall, $6.99 each); Robert Crumb: Classic Crumb (wall, $13.99). M.C. Escher: Uncommon Ground highlights the artist's dramatic images; Edward Gorey: Mystery features the comically creepy works that are Gorey's specialty; Georgia O'Keeffe displays the noted artist's works, primarily flowers; CatCalendar, B. Kliban stars the artist's plump kitties; Frank Lloyd Wright looks at 12 classic Wrightian homes; Wolf Kahn presents the landscape paintings of this noted American colorist (wall, $13.99); The New York Times Crossword Puzzles 365-a-day ($12.99) provides puzzlers with a year's worth of brain-teasing crosswords. Contact publisher for terms. Pomegranate Communications, 775A Southpoint Blvd., Petaluma, Calif. 94954; (800) 227-1428.
In Dale Chihuly, this artist's contemporary sculpture in glass, bold drawings and large-scale installations adorn a 15-month wall calendar ($12.95) and a desk calendar ($16.95) with a hardcover cover for a stable writing surface. Contact publisher for terms. Portland Press, P.O. Box 70856, Seattle, Wash. 98127; (800) 574-7272.
The Inner Reflections 2007 Engagement Calendar ($12.95) provides encouragement each week of the year through images taken by well-known nature photographers coupled with inspirational words from the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi.Contact publisher for terms. Self-Realization Fellowship Publishers, 308 Humboldt St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90031; (323) 225-2471.
RONNIE SELLERS PRODUCTIONS
New for 2007: this publisher is adding page-a-day calendars that will be reformated from such popular past titles as Cat Naps, Pooped Puppies, Fender Guitar and more; new titles in this format are 365 Daily Indulgences, which features zany characters from humorist Erika Oller; Seize the Day: Inspiration for the Working Woman highlights the work of artist Kathy Davis; the work of fantasy artist Ciruelo graces the pages of Dragons ($12.99 each). Sellers is also introducing 17-month planner calendars, which feature separate activity lines for each member of the family on each day and a pocket for storing notes, recipes or appointment cards. Titles include Team Family, Our Dysfunctional Family and Retro Mama ($12.99 each). Also new are Keep It Calendars, which feature a storage pocket; they highlight the work of new artists Kim Jacobs (Country Gardens), Kathy Davis (Everyday Good Things) and April Cornell (The Kitchen Is the Heart of the Home) ($12.99 each). New in the wall format: Keep It Simple, with art by Kathy Davis; Mental Floss, based on the mind game magazine; Through My Cottage Window, art by Kim Jacobs; tuxedoed birds frolic on Penguins at Play; Erika Oller's lively sense of humor comes to life in Girls Night Out; retro artwork from Saturday Evening Post covers is displayed in Play Ball!; I'd Rather Be Hunting; I'd Rather Be Fishing; and American Childhood ($12.99 each). Mini Calendars will include Biddys, Dragons, Cat Naps, A Place of My Own and Wrapped in Cats ($6.99 each). New hardcover engagement calendars come with an elastic band attached to the back of the book to keep it closed when in purses or tote bags; titles include The Diva Datebook, The Spirit of Place and All Through the Year ($9.99 each). Terms: 55% discount, nonreturnable; 50% returnable; minimum order 24 calendars. Returns accepted between 1/15/07 and 3/15/07. Ronnie Sellers Productions, 81 Commercial St., Portland, Maine 04104; (207) 772-6833.
2007 Cool Sites wall calendars offer up-to-date travel information; titles include New England, Michigan, Florida, Texas, California, Pacific Northwest, The Carolinas, Minnesota, Boston and Twin Cities (wall, $12.99 each). The long, lean format of the Panoramic calendars makes them ideal for office cubicles; titles include Trees, Water, Mountains, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Hawaii, National Parks of the West, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Roller Coasters ($11.99 each). Dragonflies, in horizontal wall format, is back by popular demand ($12.99). Terms: 40% discount, returnable (returns limited to 50% of purchase), 50%, nonreturnable. Shearson Publishing, 411 Washington Ave. N., Suite 20, Minneapolis, Minn. 55401; (800) 800-9839.
Celestial Wonders 2007, produced by the editors of Sky & Telescope and Night Sky magazines, provides color photos of the universe along with relevant date and astronomical information and unique "night sky" scenes at the bottom of every page that identify bright constellations, moon and planet alignments and more (wall, $12.95). Terms: 1—249, 50% discount; 250—499, 55%; 500+, 60%. Sky Publishing Corp., 49 Bay State Rd., Cambridge, Mass. 02138; (617) 864-7360.
Blue staters (and perhaps even some reds) will race to put up the George W. Bush Out of Office Countdown Calendar with its wealth of Bush bloopers and blunders, scandals, indictments and embarrassments (wall, $12). Amy Knapp's Homeschooling Organizer taps into this rapidly growing market and offers grids for lesson planning and scheduling, forms for homeschool monitoring and a basic guide for homeschool resources (engagement, $18.99). Amy Knapp's Big Grid Family Organizer keeps busy families on target with a 17-month format, an oversized grid with plenty of planning space and color-coded stickers for keeping activities straight. Titles in boxed calendar format include Getting in Touch with Your Inner Bitch; Poetry Speaks; History Channel on This Day; Forbes Success Calendar; SuperMom Family Calendar; Buff Gondoliers; Zen Golf; Jesus: His Life and Teachings ($11.99 each). Contact publisher for terms. Sourcebooks, 1935 Brookdale Rd., Suite 139, Naperville, Ill. 60563; (800) 727-8866.
The fine swine cavorting in the publisher's first calendar, A Pig a Day: Icons of Barbecue are sure to, um, tickle your ribs (boxed calendar, $11.99) . Terms: minimum order, 5 calendars; 50% discount, returnable. Sunnyside Farm, 1028 Aratina St., Los Angles, Calif. 90042; (323) 257-3909.
TEN SPEED PRESS
Hallelujah: The Poetry of Classic Hymns offers inspiration; whimsical kitties continue their artistic endeavors in Why Cats Paint; Furry Logic: A Celebration of Life's Little Changes features comical animal portraits and their truth-telling adages (wall, $12.95 each). Contact publisher for terms. Ten Speed Press, P.O. Box 7123, Berkeley, Calif. 94707; (800) 841-2665.
TEXAS TECH UNIV. PRESS
In a unique book-on-the-wall format, Costume in Performance offers more than 60 illustrations in its examination of garments from Chinese opera, spectacular Mardi Gras garb, the legendary Broadway Gypsy Robe and more (wall, $14.95). Terms: 50%, nonreturnable. Texas Tech Univ. Press, 2903 Fourth St., Suite 201, Lubbock, Tex. 79409-1037; (806) 742-2982.
Among Tide-Mark's more than 90 titles for 2007: African American Masters gathers the works of Edward Bannister, Romare Bearden, Clementine Hunter and others; Balanchine offers photos of the choreographer's work in performance; Brother Against Brother examines the Civil War through paintings, photographs, engravings and sculpture; the gothic visions of fantasy artist Joseph Vargo adorn the pages of Born of the Night; Cirque du Soleil captures the extraordinary art of these performers; Arthur Suydam's whimsical illustrations pair with Kenneth Grahame's text in The Wind in the Willows; Fruits Basket is based on the manga series; English Cottages & Castles takes a tour of Great Britain's notable dwellings; down to the sea in ships, via Classic Sail and Classic Motorboats; artist Masaaki Tanaka's images celebrate Japanese Festivals; Painting the Blues captures notable musicians—Ray Charles, Bo Diddly, Jimi Hendrix et al.—at work; Milton Greene's photographs of Marilyn remember Norma Jean Baker; Sherlock Holmes: The Basil Rathbone Era looks at the actor who portrayed Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective on radio and film; the Gullah culture on the islands off South Carolina's coast is brought to vivid life in The Art of Jonathan Green; fanciers of flora can enjoy the vibrant imagery of Suzanne Lewis's Bouquetsand Heirloom Flowers, along with the American Rose Society's Roses; the paintings of Vermont artist Fred Swan evoke a strong sense of place in Hearth and Home (wall, $13.95 each). Contact publisher for terms. Tide-Mark, P.O. Box 20, Windsor, Conn. 06095-0020; (860) 683-4499.
The Granta Diary 2007 Classic Crime features 53 full-color illustrations of crime fiction book jackets plus important dates in life and literature (spiral bound, $14.95, published by Granta U.K.); The Tolkein Diary gathers watercolors and pencil sketches by Oscar-winning Tolkein artist Alan Lee ($14.95, published by HarperCollins U.K.). Terms: 50% returnable; 55% nonreturnable, no minimum. Distributed by Trafalgar Square, P.O. Box 257, Howe Hill Road, N. Pomfret, Vt.; (802) 457-1911.
Calendars for 2007 will include the first New York Pop Up calendar with a 3-D scene for each month ($13.99); manga enthusiasts will embrace the new titles Dragonball Z, Negima and Yu-Gi-Oh, and will welcome back Inuyasha and Full Metal Alchemist. Calendars by bestselling authors include Sudoku by puzzle master Will Shortz (engagement, $13.99, page-a-day, $11.99); Eats, Shoots & Leaves from Lynne Truss (page-a-day, $11.99), Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (engagement, $13.99) and Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (engagement, $13.99). From the world of television come Beavis & Butthead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Laguna Beach and HBO's Deadwood (wall, $13.99); pop music lovers will opt for VH1's This Day in Pop Music (page-a-day, $11.99). Also new: Jane Austen (engagement, $13.99), Americans in Paris, Art Lovers, Cezanne to Picasso, Cheerleading, Covergirls, Divine Art of Tibet, Edvard Munch, Groovy Girls, Lost Balls, Money, Monster Movies, Heirloom Flowers, Reservoir Dogs, Starry Nights, Teapots, Trains, World of Warcraft (wall, $13.99 each. Terms: minimum order $100 wholesale; 50% discount; returns permitted between 1/1/07 and 5/1/07. Distributed by Andrews McMeel. Andrews McMeel Publishing c/o Simon & Schuster, Inc., 100 Front St., Riverside, N.J. 08075; (800) 943-9839.
Celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland celebrates the ultimate sex symbol Marilyn Monroe in An Evening with Marilyn; Pin Me Up!recalls the golden age of the provocative pin-up girl; with All-Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder, artists Jim Lee and Scott Williams present a new take on the Dynamic Duo; Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross collects this young artist's work; journey through American Canyons with photos by Galen Roswell; New York Deco, with photos by Richard Berenholtz, reveals Gotham's stylish and dazzling 1920s and '30s; Mom's Family Planner provides space for up to five family members to plan activities and events (wall, $13.95 each). Scenic calendars include California the Beautiful, back for a fifth year; Deserts of the Southwest, offering 25 color photos; Hidden Napa Valley, with photos by cabernet grape grower Wes Walker; Hidden Northwest, ranging from the Cascades' peaks to Olympic National Park; Hidden Sonoma; Vintage San Francisco; Yosemite and the High Sierra (wall, $13.95). Mandala calendars include Heirloom Flowers featuring traditional Tibetan spiritual art; Gods and Goddesses presents India's powerful and radiant deities; Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork honors the late musician's art and life (wall, $13.95 each). Contact publisher for terms. Welcome Books, 6 W. 18th St., New York, N.Y. 10011; (212) 989-3200, ext. 24.
The 2007 Alaska Weather Calendar is filled with information about the monthly climate and daylight maps, historical weather events plus more than 40 photos from all parts of the Last Frontier. Terms: 10—49 copies, 30% discount; 50—99, 45%, 100—399, 50%, 400+, 55%, returnable; 10—49; 40%, 50—99; 50%, 100—399; 55%, 400+, 60%, nonreturnable; returns due by 3/1/07. Williwaw Publishing Co., P.O. Box 142288, Anchorage, Alaska 99514-2288; (800) 490-4950.
There's likely to be a calendar for every animal lover from this publisher. New for 2007: Australian Shepherds, Backyard Birds, Bad to the Bone, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Brittanys, Cardigan Corgis, English Setters, Goldens Family Organizer, Horse Racing, Horse Family Organizer, Labradoodles, Pembrook Poodles, Rabbits, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Scotties, Vizslas, Walleye, What Labs Teach Us. No interest in fauna? Check out Cowgirls, Horse Women and Tractors (wall, $12.99 each). Terms: 18—999, 45% discount; 1,000+, 50%, returnable; 18—999, 55%; 1,000+, 60%; 18-copy minimum order. Returns due by 3/1/07 for credit only. Willow Creek Press, 9931 Hwy. 70 West, P.O. Box 147, Minocqua, Wisc. 54548; (715) 358-7101.
The Tibetan Art Calendar features 13 full-color reproductions of Indo-Tibetan scroll paintings, many rarely seen (wall, $26.95). Terms: 40% discount, returnable; 50% nonreturnable. Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm St., Somerville, Mass. 02144; (800) 272-4050.
For 2007, the Audubon Society introduces a totally revamped wall calendar lineup. New to the series are Arctic: The Last Great Wilderness; Walking America: A Year on Wilderness Trails; and Raptors. Returning favorites are Nature, Wildflowers, Audubon Songbirds & Other Backyard Birds (wall, $11.95 each) and the perennially popular National Audubon Society Engagement Calendar ($12.95). New to the Picture-a-Day wall calendar line is 365 Days in China ($12.95); other "365 Days" titles cover Italy, Spain, Great Britain, France and Ireland. New to the Bad Collection ("Bad has never been so good," claims the publisher) are Bad Cat and Bad Dog, each of which feature pets who range from the merely naughty to the utterly demented (wall, $12.95 each; day planner, $9.95 each. New in the Mom's Family Calendar collection by Sandra Boynton: Mom's Family Desk Planner has handy storage pockets on the front and back covers ($12.95) and Mom's Birthday Calendar includes a built-in magnetic hanger ($9.95). The popular Out on the Porch Calendar has been redesigned; The Collectible Teapot & Tea Calendar highlights whimsical teapots (wall, $11.95 each, both include 12 full-color postcards bound into the calendar). Fashionistas will blissfully pore over the pages of Handbags in Page-a-Day Gallery calendar format ($15.95). In Page-a-Day Color Calendars: Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Calendar is designed for chicks with sticks and includes stitch patterns, new techniques to try, tips, bitches and fixes and a "yarn of the week" ($12.95); Why Do Men Have Nipples? answers those questions you'd love to ask your doctor ($11.95); for the totally obsessed, all-new puzzles fill the pages of The Original Sudoku Calendar ($11.95). Terms: minimum order 100 calendars; 53% discount returnable; 56%, nonreturnable; free freight for commitments received by 4/30/06. Workman Publishing, 708 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10003; (800) 722-7202.
The Old Farmer's Almanac Country Calendar looks at country living through photos, old-fashioned wisdom, inspirational quotes plus the best days for fishing, planting, setting eggs and more (wall, $9.95); the Gardening Calendar offers gardening lore, timely advice and harvesting tips; Weather Watcher's Calendaris for those who like to keep an eye on the sky (wall, $7.95). The Old Farmer's Almanac Engagement Calendar provides advice, wisdom and folklore ($14.95); The Everyday Calendar makes every day special with quirky historical facts, lore, household hints and proverbs ($11.95). Terms: 1—9 copies, 20% discount; 10—49, 50%; 50—249, 55%; 250+, 60%. returnable; 1—9, 20%; 10—49, 53%; 50+, 60%, nonreturnable; returns due by 5/31/07. Distributed by Houghton Mifflin, Sales Dept., 222 Berkeley St., Boston, Mass. 02116; (800) 343-1316.