December 28, 2014 |
It was 2006 when Joy Stocke and Kimberly Nagy did the unthinkable: They essentially converted the highly regarded literary magazine the Bucks County Writer - founded in 1998 and published by the Writers Room of Bucks County - to an online journal. "We were told we were going to fail," Stocke recalled. In reality, failure was the likely outcome if the magazine remained in print form, she said. "We could no longer afford to distribute print," said Stocke, 57, who, as a literary journalist, author, and community organizer of writers, took over the Doylestown-based nonprofit Bucks County Writer in May 2003, editing it until the winter of 2006.
May 28, 2014 |
Seventy years after being sprayed with shrapnel during the Battle of the Bulge, former Army Pfc. Herman Chidekel was awarded the Purple Heart on Monday for his service during World War II. Chidekel, 88, of Glen Mills, was discharged from the Army in 1945, went to college, started a family, and worked in book publishing. He had largely forgotten about his injuries until recently, when he was getting an MRI and the metal remnants of his war wounds interfered with the test. "They did an X-ray and there it was, shrapnel all up and down one of his legs," said Maj. Gen. Louis H. Guernsey Jr., who presented the medal at a ceremony after the Radnor Memorial Day Parade.
March 28, 2014 |
Lawrence "Larry" Teacher, 72, of Philadelphia, cofounder of Running Press Book Publishers and husband of photojournalist Sharon J. Wohlmuth, died Tuesday, March 25, of a heart ailment at home. Mr. Teacher teamed with his brother, Stuart "Buz" Teacher, in 1972 to establish Running Press, an independent publishing house in Philadelphia. The brothers were the first in their family to delve into book publishing, although the family had a long history as booksellers. Mr. Teacher focused on editorial and contractual duties while his brother headed the production and design departments.
March 14, 2014 |
There's a strange contradiction, an ironic knot, at the heart of TV news in America. While a mind-boggling number of hours are devoted each day to news - on 24-hour news channels, the many news reports and talk shows on the networks and their websites - we seem to get very little of the actual stuff. The situation infuriates journalist Eddy Moretti, one of the creators of Vice , a half-hour weekly newsmagazine on HBO that returns for a second season Friday at 11 p.m. "It's amazing, they have so many hours they could use to ask about so many other stories," Moretti said in a phone chat.
October 17, 2012 |
Nothing is forever. Except, perhaps, good literature. That's what Johnny Depp is banking on with his new book imprint, Infinitum Nihil ("nothing is forever"), which he's launching in partnership with HarperCollins Publishers. The company, says Depp, will scour the heavens and earth to find "authentic, outspoken and visionary ideas and voices" for the imprint. "I pledge, on behalf of Infinitum Nihil, that we will do our best to deliver publications worthy of people's time, of people's concern, publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet," Depp said.
July 25, 2012 |
Local comic-book publisher Zenescope is on a roll and the latest proof is that Lionsgate TV is going down "‘Alice in Wonderland's" rabbit hole. The studio that brought you "Mad Men" has emerged the winner for TV rights to Zenescope's "Wonderland" graphic novels, the company's editor in chief, Ralph Tedesco, told People Paper Comics Guy Jerome Maida. "I recently went to Los Angeles to pitch the property for TV, which was the first time we really focused on pitching for television," Tedesco said.
June 19, 2012 |
REMEMBER Tim Donaghy? Delco native. Ex-referee in the NBA. Recovering gambling addict. Felon. Yeah, that guy. A Florida jury wants to make him a millionaire. After 5 rough years that included banishment from the NBA, gambling and wire-fraud convictions for betting on basketball games, and even 2 weeks spent in solitary confinement "like Charles Manson" while serving a 15-month prison term, Donaghy can finally put one in the win column. According to Donaghy and his lawyer, a St. Petersburg jury on Friday awarded Donaghy $1.3 million in his civil suit against Shawna Vercher and her now-defunct company VTi Group, which published Donaghy's tell-all book about the NBA and its referees.
December 27, 2008 |
Peter Berwind Schiffer, 60, who parlayed a family background in farming and antiques into a specialty publishing business, died Dec. 19 of a heart attack. Mr. Schiffer, who was born in Bryn Mawr, ran Schiffer Publishing Ltd., a Chester County company that "grew from the kitchen table," said his wife of 35 years, Nancy Nutt Schiffer. It began when he saw a need in the mid-1970s to bring back some out-of-print niche books, his wife said. "At first, we had no idea what we were doing," Nancy Schiffer said.
September 10, 2008 |
How do you get a kid to open a book? And once it's open, how do you get a kid to keep reading, book after book? At Ferguson Elementary School in North Philadelphia yesterday, educators and publishers rolled out a brand-new answer to those questions. It's called The 39 Clues, and it's aimed at readers 8 to 12. Yes, there are books: a series of 10, the first of which is now in bookstores. But there's also an Internet game (www.the39clues.com), in which the user can become part of the story.
June 25, 2008 |
Judy Blume. Dean Koontz. Jon Krakauer. Ted Turner. Big names that get big attention. Especially when book people get together. At the annual BookExpo America that took place in Los Angeles this month - the echo chamber where publishers pitch their wares to booksellers and literary journalists - huge publicity campaigns can make it seem as if book publishing is only about marquee names. But many books most appealing to particular regions of the country lie back in the expo's hundreds of modest booths, awaiting discovery.