A little January 26 whatnot.

Remember to submit your display images for the January Books & Whatnot display contest. Email images to me at or text them to 316-208-3438. All entries will be posted in the display gallery. The winning bookstore–announced on February 1–will receive a $100 Visa or Mastercard.

And here are some sharable bits:

“Ursula K. Le Guin loved this world — among others! — and rather than flowers, we are making a donation in her name to the non-profit closest to her heart, the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.” – Gavin Grant, on the Small Beer Press blog. They are also donating specific dollar amounts for each print copy of Le Guin’s Words Are My Matter and her translation of Angélica Gorodischer’s Kalpa Imperial sold through their website in the first three months of this year.

“I love the challenge of taking on a project that makes me really think and then trying to do something unexpected.” – Jaya Miceli, art director at Scribner and freelance cover designer (think Little Fires Everywhere, The Girl on the Train, and Sing, Unburied Sing), in this piece about cover design on Bustle.

And speaking of book covers, check out The Book Cover Archive. Edited and maintained by Ben Pieratt and Eric Jacobsen, The Book Cover Archive site is for the appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design. (Hat tip to Mitchell Kaplan. Thanks for sharing.)

“Tell us about a moment in your life regarding love or relationships, and NPR’s Rachel Martin and author Kwame Alexander will find you a poem that captures that feeling.” – from For Valentine’s Day, NPR’s Morning Edition is offering a love poem request line. The form used to submit those life moments can be found here.

And I have a few more author interviews available on the Marginalia podcast. I spoke with Megan Hunter, Chloe Benjamin, Peter Heller, and Charles C. Mann in the last couple of weeks, and I’ll be talking with Jojo Moyes and Maggie O’Farrell next week. Stay tuned!

Video: ‘Hello Hello’ by Brendan Wenzel

Here’s a video for sharing with young people or animal lovers, introducing a new picture book from Brendan Wenzel, Caldecott Honor-winning author of They All Saw a Cat.

Hello, Hello begins with two cats, one black and one white, followed by a chain of animals appearing before the reader, linked together by at least one common trait–colors, shapes or abstract associations.

According to his website, Wenzel is “an ardent conservationist” and “proud collaborator with many organizations working to ensure the future of wild places and threatened species, especially within Southeast Asia.” It’s no surprise that his new book features over 30 threatened species.

If you want to follow him on Twitter, you’ll see that the bio for @brendan_wenzel reads: lllustrator with great affection for all things furred, feathered and scaled. 

(He had me at the first Hello.)

If you’d like to share this video through your website or blog, here’s the embed code:

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300 Seconds: Back To Reality

Do you have just 300 seconds to devote to marketing today? Take those 5 minutes to ease back into reality if you’re just getting home from Winter Institute, or to just do a mental reset if you never left.

If you have been at Winter Institute, this might mean implementing a new idea borrowed from another store. Or it just might include looking through those business cards you collected and adding action items to your to-do list. Did you promise a publisher a review? Publishers, did you promise a bookseller a galley? Add these to your list and attach a deadline. (And if you can delegate, even better.)

What items on your to-do list are weighing on your mind? Have they actually been added to your to-do list? Sometimes the act of writing down your tasks and prioritizing them allows you to free your mind to focus on the task at hand.

Sometimes a long to-do list can be daunting. (Mine is so long I’m almost embarrassed.) But if you just tackle it one item at a time, you’ll be able to make good progress even if it’s in 300 second increments.

Camp Workman Sign-Up Time

I know I’m still hibernating, but summertime will be here before you know it. In fact, Workman Publishing just launched their 2018 Camp Workman program and bookstores can sign up now.

I probably should say relaunch. If your bookstore has participated in Camp Workman in the past, take note. This season is a little different.

“This is actually a relaunch of a program that Workman ran for many years but had fallen by the wayside,” says Moira Kerrigan, director of marketing for Workman Publishing. “We’ve rethought out and redesigned the whole kit and I think it feels really fresh and fun and exciting!”

The idea behind Camp Workman is that bookstores can sign up to host events throughout the summer (or just an individual event) under their own name. For example: Camp Whatnot. And you get to use Workman-curated materials.

“We are working on creating a really robust collection of hands-on activities pulled from across the Workman family of titles that stores can download and pass out to campers,” says Kerrigan. “Activities range in theme from STEM, arts & crafts, fun & games, and nature.”

Not only will Workman Publishing provide the activities but they will also provide camp diplomas for the kids, store signage, and $75 co-op, plus special terms for orders.

Accounts can sign-up to participate by filling out this form.

Happy camping!

Video: I Am a Cat

Here’s a cute little video. A celebration of both individuality and community, I Am a Cat by Galia Bernstein shows we’re all more alike than we think… if we look closely enough.

If you’d like to share this video on your site, here’s the embed code:

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