- Near and Far: Hobby & Craft Books 2020
With vacations canceled and socializing curtailed in much of the country, Instagram feeds that once teemed with envy-inspiring travel pics and celebratory group photos now offer glimpses of lives spent closer to home.
- Of a Feather: Hobby & Craft Books 2020
In May, bird-watching unexpectedly made headlines after a white woman called police on Christian Cooper, a Black birder in New York City’s Central Park; in response, enthusiasts launched the first #BlackBirdersWeek, which garnered much attention on Twitter and demonstrated the pastime’s widespread appeal.
- Widen Your Horizons: Hobby & Craft Books 2020
During what NPD BookScan considers the Covid-19 period of sales reporting, March 1–May 2, the hobbies and crafts category saw increased interest, with print unit sales up almost 16% compared with the same period in 2019.
- Girl Power Tools: PW Talks with Emily Pilloton
In 2013, Emily Pilloton founded the Berkeley, Calif., nonprofit Girls Garage, which teaches construction fundamentals to girls ages nine to 18.
- Squad Goals: Sports Books 2020
In sports publishing, stories about the men of an alphabet soup of professional leagues—the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and more—proliferate.
- Farewell to the Bromance: PW Talks with Mary Pilon and Louisa Thomas
In Losers (Penguin Books, Aug.), journalists Mary Pilon and Louisa Thomas assemble 22 essays, most of them previously unpublished, by athletes, novelists, and sportswriters, all presenting the typically unconsidered perspective of the competitors who did not win.
- Tough Love: PW Talks with Jessica Luther and Kavitha A. Davidson
Jessica Luther cohosts the feminist sports podcast Burn It All Down and has written extensively about the intersection of sports and violence, including in her 2016 book, Unsportsmanlike Conduct.
- Gold Watch: Sports Books 2020
The Tokyo Olympics are postponed until 2021 due to Covid-19.
- Beyond the Pain: PW talks with Taq Kaur Bhandal
In Self-Care Down There (Adams, Feb. 2020), Bhandal, a menstrual health coach in British Columbia, considers vaginal wellness from a variety of sex-positive perspectives, biological as well as spiritual.
- Appreciation and Resilience: PW Talks with Joan Lunden
After 17 years coanchoring Good Morning America, Lunden, then 46, was asked to retire from the show—an event that fueled 1998’s A Bend in the Road Is Not the End of the Road, which PW found “perky and positive.”
- Aging Appropriate: Health and Wellness Books 2019–2020
Despite an ongoing focus on the coveted millennial readership, health publishers haven’t lost sight of the fact that 34% of Americans are over age 50; over the next two decades, more than 27.7 million people in the U.S. will join their ranks.
- Well and Good: Health and Wellness Books 2019–2020
In a brief history published in 2010, the New York Times traced the modern use of the term wellness to the 1950s, just after the World Health Organization equated health with “physical, mental, and social well-being.”
- The Politics of Yarn: PW Talks with Clara Parkes
In 2000, Clara Parkes started the Knitter’s Review e-newsletter to tilt her skills as a tech magazine editor toward a topic she was passionate about: yarn.
- Board Meetings: Hobby & Craft Books 2019–2020
Woodworkers tend to be tuned in to sustainability issues—after all, their craft relies on a finite resource.
- The Way of Clay: Hobby & Craft Books 2019–2020
In line with other crafts that favor materials drawn from the Earth, pottery is having something of a moment, with several publishers releasing comprehensive instructional books that are aimed mostly at beginners.