- Rescue from Chaos: PW Talks with Vern Yip
Vern Yip may be best known as the affable, practical, opulently flower-loving panel judge for the entire eight-year run of HGTV’s Design Star, and before that, for his frequent appearances on TLC’s Trading Spaces.
- Camaraderie and Rapture: PW Talks with Ellen Sander
“Name an iconic Sixties rock moment and Ellen Sander was probably there,” Rolling Stone recently wrote of the veteran rock and culture journalist.
- Hidden Figures No More: PW talks with Nancy Atkinson
In Eight Years to the Moon (Page Street, July), Atkinson, an editor and writer for Universe Today, gives a year-by-year account of the steps leading up to the lunar landing.
- 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.
- Humor and Engagement: PW Talks with Joanna Faber
In 1980, Rawson & Wade published How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.
- Coloring Outside the Lines: Hobbies & Crafts 2016-2017
The mania for adult coloring books remains, by far, the biggest trend in the hobbies and crafts realm.
- The Complexities of Adolescent Friendship: 'PW' Talks with Claire Messud
During a career spanning more than two decades, Claire Messud has specialized in creating complex, fierce female characters.
- BEA 2015: Julie Checkoway: A Story Never Told
Julie Checkoway's Three Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory (Grand Central, Nov.) follows the life of Japanese-American grammar school teacher Soichi Sakamoto (1906–1997), who turned dozens of impoverished schoolchildren into world-class competit
- Generation Next: PW Talks with Todd Strasser and Sarvenaz Tash
For the recently released Summer of ’69 (Candlewick), Todd Strasser mined his adolescent experience to bring the Woodstock era to life.
- Mass Appeal: Self-Help Books 2018–2019
A selection of forthcoming books from self-help stalwarts—Gretchen Rubin, Jen Sincero—and high-profile newcomers—Lin-Manuel Miranda, Queer Eye’s Fab Five—offer advice and inspiration.The Best Advice I Ever HeardAmy Newmark.
- Padre Knows Best: New Parenting Books for 2017
When Penguin Press published Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother in 2011 and Pamela Druckerman’s Bringing Up Bébé the next year, the publisher tapped into an American parenting anxiety—or at least, curiosity—about the best way to raise a child.
- Map vs. App: Travel Books 2015
Road atlases—those bulky mainstays of cross-country family road trips—may seem obsolete in the era of GPS and navigation apps, but don’t close the book on paper maps just yet.In 2014, Rand McNally was a consistent presence on Nielsen BookScan’s weekly travel bestseller list; every week from mid-May
- The Rise and... Rise of Indie Travel Guides: Travel Books 2015
Traditionally, major-destination guidebooks have hued closely to the same formula since the era of Karl Baedeker’s mid-19th century European overviews for grand tourists—manuals expounding must-visit sites, restaurants, and hotels, brought to market by well-known houses.
- BEA 2015: Vu Tran Enjoys a Series of Firsts
Vu Tran is attending his first BEA this year, in advance of the publication of his first novel, Dragonfish (Norton, Aug.), which features four characters who are already old familiars.
- Hobbies & Crafts 2015: Kids, Unplugged
The maker trend has expanded the scope of juvenile crafts and hobbies to include technology projects like coding, but a “digital detox” movement among parents—even those who don’t consider themselves crafters—is also nurturing a continued enthusiasm for children’s hobby and craft titles.