Friday, March 4, 2011

Recognition Where Recognition is More Than Due

Here's some significant local book news of note:
Laurel Snyder, who lives nearby and is a Little Shop regular, has been nominated for the prestigious E.B. White Read-Aloud Award for her newest chapter book, Penny Dreadful.  Laurel's newest picture book, Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to be Kosher, was a huge hit this past holiday season.  Bigger Than a Breadbox, her next book, is due out this September.

Nominated in the picture book category for an E.B. White Read-Aloud Award is Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes.  Pete was also a finalist for a Kiddo Award from James Patterson's Read Kiddo Read initiative.  The winner has yet to be announced, but we do know that Pete was at least a strong contender.  Author Eric Litwin and illustrator James Dean deserve all the great attention their book is getting.  Coming this July: Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes!

Philip Rafshoon, owner of Outwrite Bookstore and Coffeehouse in midtown, is being recognized at Georgia Tech’s Founder’s Day on March 15th with the Alumni Legacy Award for 2011 by the Institute's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.  This well deserved honor is going to Philip for creating one of the best gay and lesbian bookstores in the nation.

Finally, Doni Kay, who is our Penguin representative, has been named as a Publishers Weekly Book Rep of the Year finalist.  We at Little Shop have been fortunate to have publishers big and small send us knowledgeable and enthusiastic representatives.  Doni is certainly one of the best.  She has taken the time to get to know our bookstore and the type of customers we're lucky enough to serve.  We always look to her for recommendations.  She's always working hard to get great authors into our store.  The winner will be announced on April 25th.  Good luck, Doni!

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