- 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.
- Woodstock 50th Anniversary
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in August, the Woodstock music festival is often, with the benefit of hindsight, hailed as an example of what can go right when hundreds of thousands of young, stoned music fans assemble—in stark contrast to the Altamont Speedway Free Festival just a few months later,
- Living Small: Home & Garden Books 2018
Do micro living spaces appeal because they’re sustainable?
- Toward Freedom and Joy: PW Talks with Zainab Salbi
Salbi, founder of the humanitarian organization Women for Women International, has long worked to improve the lives of women in war-torn countries.
- 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.
- BookExpo 2017: List Maker: Pamela Paul
Pamela Paul, editor of the New York Times Book Review and author of five books, is quick to admit she’s a list maker.
- BookExpo 2017: On the Essentials of Suspense: Hallie Ephron
Hallie Ephron has lost count of the number of times well-intentioned people have told her a story they thought she could use as writing fodder.
- Hobbies & Crafts 2015: Color Me Trendy
Nearly every craft publisher, large and small, is dipping (or redipping) a toe into the widening pool of adult coloring books.
- Greenspiration: New Home & Garden Books 2019
Some garden books encourage readers to pick up the trowel and get down in the dirt.
- BookExpo 2017: Nicole Krauss Tackles a New Form
“When I write,” says Nicole Krauss, “I’m simply trying to make something I hope at some point will be whole enough to meet readers.”
- 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