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Armin Brott Video on iParenting

This year, longtime Abbeville author Armin Brott—a.k.a. America’s “Mr. Dad”—was the proud recipient of not one but two iParenting Media Awards, both for his volume Fathering Your School-Age Child and for his Father Knows Best: The Expectant Father boxed set. Having heard the good news, he gladly agreed to do a video interview for the iParenting website, because, well, America’s Mr. Dad isn’t the type to grouchily turn down an interview. And now his gracious compliance is your good fortune, because you get to watch the video here!

As you listen to Brott discuss the genesis of his book series and dispense his fatherly advice, we defy you not to feel a warm filial glow. By the time the video was over, we had to restrain ourselves from calling him up and asking him to come out to the backyard to toss the old pigskin around for a while. That was silly; it’s a workday—but maybe he will later, when he’s not so busy? M-Mr. Dad?

Style Points


1.1. So we split one in the second sentence. Sue us. It’s an outdated rule anyway.

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BEA Wrap-Up: Back, Exhausted, Apologies

Dear Readers,


We are back in NYC, exhausted from the BEA festivities, and send you our sincere apologies for not writing more after the last two days of BookExpo. I hope to make it up to you now with some juicy tidbits from those final hours in the L.A. Convention Center…


Saturday was like Friday before it—until night fell. While we were politely attending (and enjoying!) the BEA Cares charity fundraiser, which featured stand-up comedy by Lewis Black (his new book, Me of Little Faith, just launched today), thieves entered the AbbeBooth and could not resist the entirely too-tempting new cover for 80 Years of the Oscar. They purloined that fine tome, perhaps not realizing that it was a rare and now out-of-stock copy of 75 Years of the Oscar wrapped with a new cover design. It brought back memories of BEA in New York last year, when some unscrupulous fiend snatched our rare older edition of Bulgari…Ah, what people will resort to for the love of a fabulous book!


Sunday unfolded as an anticlimax to an otherwise-busy long weekend. Most attendees had already left to return home for work Monday, and they left everyone else wondering why BookExpo runs three days instead of two. Sundays are only busy whenever BEA is in New York, so next year, back at Jacob Javits Center, Sunday should be exceptionally busy once more.


The main source of excitement Sunday came from ForeWord magazine’s visit to our booth. They came bearing awards for four Abbeville 2007 books:


The History of Venice in Painting (edited by Georges Duby and Guy Lobrichon): GOLD, Art 

Giuseppe Panza: Memories of a Collector (by Giuseppe Panza): SILVER, Autobiography/Memoir 

Travels With Van Gogh and the Impressionists: Discovering the Connections (by Lin Arison with photography by Neil Folberg): SILVER, Travel Essays 

Fathering Your School Age Child (by Armin A. Brott): HONORABLE MENTION, Parenting


Then it was time to pack up the booth—until next year. We’ll have more then from BEA 2009, here in the Big Apple!


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BEA: The First Day

500 India-inspired messenger bags, 300 T-shirts, 150 signed copies of Father for Life, and dozens of dinosaur finger puppets and posters equal giveaway-happy BEA attendees and exhausted Abbevillains! We had a very full and successful opening day at BEA, and we certainly did our part to contribute to the mad hunt for the best conference giveaways. Our India bags were a huge hit, with one woman calling them the prettiest bags she’s seen in 18 BEAs! Bags are the essential, perhaps the ULTIMATE BEA giveaway for 3 reasons: 1. bags hold giveaways; 2. bags are walking advertisements; and 3. bags hold giveaways (seriously, that bears repeating—BEA turns everyone into bag ladies. Everyone eyes everyone else’s bags to see if any bag is nice enough to track down, and our quality bags led many people to our booth).

The big event at the AbbeBooth today was New Father series author Armin Brott‘s arrival and book signing. With Father’s Day around the corner, many folks were thrilled to meet Armin and pick up a personalized copy of Father for Life. We ran out, but Armin will be back to sign more tomorrow. Perhaps the most exciting part of Armin’s book signing was author Richarde Louv‘s visit. The author of Father Love and, more recently, The Last Child in the Woods, Louv inspired Armin to also research and write about—and for—fathers. These new-age dads swapped books and stories while their shared publicist, Meg Parsont, reflected on Brott and Louv’s collective three decades of fatherhood publishing. The BEA warm-and-fuzzy reunions continued when Meg turned around to see fellow publicist Jeany Wolf, who is representing our forthcoming Daughters of India book.

So beyond the bags and other freebies, BEA offers professionals from all sides of the publishing industry a chance to hob nob and swap business cards. Writers came by hawking book proposals and sample chapters. Printers and suppliers stopped in to get in touch with our production manager. Reviewers and book buyers visited to check out our forthcoming books and get on our catalog mailing lists. And our publishing and editorial staff had meetings with foreign publishers and other industry professionals galore literally until the lights flicked off in the convention center!

Then it was off to flag a cab—no mean feat in downtown Los Angeles, let me tell you—for the Abbevillains attending the Independent Publisher Book Awards ceremony. Our winners:

GOLD MEDAL (parenting): Fathering Your School-Age Child: The Wonder Years, 3-9; by Armin A. Brott

SILVER MEDAL (coffee table book): Bulgari, 2nd edition; by Daniela Mascetti & Amanda Triossi

BRONZE MEDAL (photography): Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists: Discovering the Connections; text by Lin Arison, photography by Neil Folberg

All very exciting! Not sure how we ended up with one medal of each type, but that makes for a nice collection. That’s all the news fit (or unfit) to print for now. Tune in tomorrow to hear about our juice-and-cookies Abbeville Family fun and gift basket drawing! For more on our BEA events, click here.

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New Video and Podcast!

Being the scrupulous editors we are, we generally eschew exclamation points except where absolutely necessary, but sometimes it’s hard to resist.

First of all: we have a new video! In this episode, “Europe in Your Hands,” our intrepid (and unfailingly dapper) host guides the viewer through four of Abbeville’s finest Europe-themed volumes: The Great Country Houses of Central Europe, Venice and the Veneto, St. Petersburg, and The Pocket Louvre. Each makes a handsome traveling companion for the European touristor a perfect, picturesque escape for the armchair vacationer. Not featured in the video, but of equal interest to the Europhile, are such Abbeville titles as Great Monasteries of Europe, Munich, The Art and Spirit of Paris, The History of Venice in Painting, Tuscany, Travels with Van Gogh and the Impressionists, and many others available in the Travel section of Abbeville.com.

Second: we have a new podcast! With Armin Brott’s classic parenting guides The Expectant Father and The New Father due to enter the world (like a twin bundle of joy) in audiobook form this May, we’re pleased to offer preview clips of each book on our Media page. As America’s “Mr. Dad” and the host of the weekly radio show “Positive Parenting,” Mr. Brott is a natural at the microphone; dispensing warmth, humor, and fatherly expertise in equal measure, he brings as much style to the subject of potty training as Ségolène Le Men does to a discourse on the finer points of the oeuvre of Courbet.

Enjoy the updates, and check us out on YouTube as well!

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