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My day at Book Expo America

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Sunday, May 30, 2010,
The Jacob Javits Center

has 760,000 square feet of exhibition space, and yesterday, every bit of that space was filled to overflowing with books, books of every imaginable type, from every imaginable publisher, from Abbeville Press to Zondervan, from American Girl Publishing to Zhejiang Guanbo Group.  It is a humbling experience to realize just how large and how varied is the universe of books.  And it is great good fun playing a part, however small. 

This year, I didn't arrange to do a book ...
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Who's #1?

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Friday, May 14, 2010,
Here in New Jersey,
we recognize that our state has a certain reputation.  And we wear that reputation proudly.  I've told you before how in 2005, the governor invited citizens to suggest a new slogan.  Results poured in.  

Three quarters of the state is really nice.
Great place to visit.  You just can't afford to live here.
The traffic will kill you.  Have a nice day.
And my personal favorite -
Most of our elected officials have not been indicted.

As a writer of crime fiction, I appreciate ...

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3 DoubleD

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Wednesday, May 12, 2010,

Once upon a time,
3D was little more than a gimmick.  Then Avatar changed everything.  Avatar demonstrated that 3D was a viable art form, in creative as well as financial terms.  In the last few months, there have been approximately a dozen new 3D releases (including, for example, Alice in Wonderland, Shrek Forever After and How to Train Your Dragon) with plenty more still to be released in 2010.  Television has also joined the 3D world.  Most televison manufacturers (including Philips, Samsu...

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A Small Favor

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Friday, May 7, 2010,
Some of you know

that my publisher's business plan is primarily focused on the library markets.  It's especially important that I build a presence in the library world.  Which gives me an excuse to spend a lot of time in libraries, which I love to do anyway.  But it's nice when I start to make inroads into new library markets.  So I was pleased to see some promising library data yesterday.

Looking at the library catalogs in the 50 largest cities in the U.S. (that is, largest in terms of popula...
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Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Wednesday, May 5, 2010,

So, I told you about
the Ginsberg exhibition at the National Gallery and about the Peacock Room at the Freer.  I'm tempted to tell you today about the bouillabaisse at Tony & Joe's or about the Thai marinated flank steak with jasmine sticky rice in papaya leaves at Bangkok Joes.  But I didn't go to Washington DC for the museums or for the restaurants.  I went for Malice Domestic
Malice is a "fun fan convention".  Which is to say that the focus of the convention is not on the business of wri...

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The Peacock Room

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Tuesday, May 4, 2010,
Something special happens

every time I spend a few minutes sitting in Fred Leyland's dining room.

Frederick R. Leyland was a wealthy British gentleman, an owner of ships in an era when ships were the only means of global travel and commerce.  Which is to say that Frederick Leyland had money and knew how to use it.  Among other things, Leyland was the patron of the painter James McNeil Whistler.  He wanted the dining room of his London home to be a suitable setting to display his collection of ...
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A Kodak Moment

Posted by Jeff Markowitz on Monday, May 3, 2010,
Before cell phone cameras,
before digital technology, before 35 mm SLR, most Americans used simple Kodak cameras to capture moments, at once special and and mundane, with family and friends.  These cameras were pretty basic, no focus mechanism, no range finder, no light meter, just a simple camera with which to build a visual history in black-and-white.    To this day, somewhere in your attic, there's probably a box of old black-and-white family photos, America in the 1950s.  And though these...
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