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The Book Look
April 1, 2006

‘Owen and Mzee: the True Story of a Remarkable Friendship’ The bond between a baby hippotamus orphaned during the Asian tsunami and a 130-year-old Aldabran tortoise is the basis for a recently released children’s book publsihed by Scholastic Inc. Written by Craig Hatkoff, his seven-year-old daughter, Isabella, and Dr. Paula Kahumba of Lafarge Eco Systems, operators of Haller Park in Kenya where the animals live, “Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship” tells the story of how these two animals came together. Inspiration for the Hatkoff’s to write Owen and Mzee’s story came after the two saw the pair’s picture

Armando Correa’s Debut Novel Seized In Cuba
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

Despite high praise from American and Cuban participants in this year's U.S. Publishing Mission to the Havana Book Fair, the event was marred by the confiscation of Armando Correa's debut novel, 'The German Girl,' by Cuban authorities.

HMH Restructuring Begins
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

Suffering from a downturn in the educational market, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has confirmed that it began a series of organizational changes last week that have resulted in, among other things, layoffs in its educational division as well as its trade division.

'1984' and 'The Handmaid's Tale' Get Hardcover Reissues
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will publish new hardcover editions of the classic dystopian novels next month. The move is an attempt to capitalize on the cultural zeitgeist, as well as a recent surge in sales.

Nonpartisan Nonprofits Fight For Free Expression
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

The literary nonprofit world is ramping up for a protracted campaign in favor of free speech and support for the arts in the wake of President Donald J. Trump's call for the elimination of the NEA and NEH.

Publishers Did Marginally Better in 2016
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

Four of the five large publicly held trade publishers managed to improve their operating margins in 2016 over 2015, despite generally weak revenue performances.

UNC Press to Crash Tar Heel Victory Book
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

The University of North Carolina Press is touting the home team in a new book commemorating the victory of the UNC Tar Heels in the 2017 NCAA championship over Gonzaga University.

Fast-Growing Independent Publishers, 2017
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

Almost half the companies on our annual ranking of fast-growing independent publishers posted triple-digit gains between 2014 and 2016.

Is Book Publishing Too Liberal?
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

With the country more politically polarized than ever, some are wondering if the business is adequately prepared to hear, and publish, voices on the right.

S&S Shuts Down Tyrus Books, Relocates Howard Books
December 31, 1969 at 7:00 pm

Tyrus Books, which published crime and literary fiction, is closing six months after S&S acquired its parent company, Adams Media, from F&W. Christian imprint Howard Books is being relocated to the publisher's New York City headquarters and losing its publisher in the move.

Creators of Web Comic to Fund The Monster Alphabet Book Through Kickstarter
December 31, 1969

When I found out I was going to become a father, I wrote The Monster Alphabet. I wanted a book to read to my son that was filled with nerdy delight, and came up with an alphabet based off the monsters of legend. Initially, I wasn't sure what to do with it. I asked my art partner, Obsidian, if he'd be interested in drawing it, but time was a serious issue for us.