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Happy Pub Day to Pie is For Sharing!

Today I’m delighted to celebrate, Upstart Crow Literary client, Stephanie Ledyard’s marvelous picture book debut, Pie is for Sharing. Editor extraordinaire, Neal Porter & I did a joint picture book intensive at The Writing Barn where we met Stephanie and fell in love with her work. Since Pie *is* for sharing, we happily both signed on to work with Stephanie on this lovely and lyrical manuscript. Illustrator, Jason Chin’s radiant illustrations bring the sense of community and inclusivity to life in a way that feels as satisfying as a slice of homemade pie. But you don’t have to take my word for it, this book has garnered FOUR starred reviews! ★”This idyllic, joyously inclusive picture book takes an ordinary concept—sharing— and makes it extraordinary.” —Horn Book ★”A quiet story about sharing becomes a festive Fourth…

Happy Pub Day to Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime!

I am so delighted to wish Upstart Crow Literary client, Cate Berry, a very happy pub day for her debut picture book, Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime! This book is a pure joy to read and hear. In fact, when I first heard Cate read an earlier version aloud at a picture book intensive weekend at the Writing Barn, I *HAD* to sign her as my client. I mean…come on…watch this… If you’re local to Texas you can catch Cate at a bunch of upcoming events. If you’re not Texas local (or can’t wait to score your own copy of the book that Publishers Weekly called a “a buoyantly subversive anti bedtime tale” and Kirkus said is “a definite do for bedtime” pick up a copy wherever you love to shop for books!…

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Happy Book Birthday to DRINKING LIKE LADIES

Let’s all raise a glass and welcome DRINKING LIKE LADIES to the world!  This book features 75 delicious cocktail recipes dedicated to the proposition that a woman’s place is behind the bar. . . or in front of it. . . or really any place she pleases. Acclaimed bartenders Kirsten Amann and Misty Kalkofen have scoured the globe collecting recipes–often from equally acclaimed female bartenders–pairing each tipple with a toast to a trailblazing lady. From gin to whiskey, tequila to punch, Drinking Like Ladies has a twist and a toast for every tippler, whatever your base spirit. Congratulations, Kirsten and Misty!  

Happy Book Birthday to Daphne Kalmar’s debut middle grade novel, A STITCH IN TIME!

Today I’m delighted to wish a happy pub day to a book that stole my heart from it’s very first line, A STITCH IN TIME! Donut is an eleven-year old geography buff who keeps her taxidermied mice hidden in her late mother’s hope chest. Her pops passed away, leaving her an orphan. Stuffy Aunt Agnes has moved in, bringing along her lumpy oatmeal, knitting, and a plan to drag Donut off to Boston forever. Donut stands to lose everything: her friends, her village, her home, the woods, and walks where the memories of her pops are stored up like the bread and butter pickles in canning jars on the shelf. While Donut dodges the ache of missing her pops, she and her best friend Tiny plan how to keep her where she belongs. When Aunt Agnes…