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The Spotlight
December 2006 - Immedium

1. News
2. Reviews
3. Events


A. Here Piggy Piggy!
"A baby of the litter turns out to a terrific and radiant pig." This sounds like Patty the pig to us! Don’t let the hoopla about the Charlotte’s Web movie confuse you: 2007 will be the Year of the Pig!

The sequel to Year of the Dog has arrived in the USA, just in time to make a great holiday present for kids of all ages. Sy Montgomery, author of recent non-fiction book The Good Good Pig, offered this praise:

"With its delightful narrative and appealing artwork, The Year of the Pig reminds us of the many porcine qualities we would do well to cultivate in ourselves: intelligence, curiosity, sincerity and generosity."

Visit Patty and company in our updated gallery. Artist Jeremiah Alcorn and author Oliver Chin have an exciting schedule of events in 2007. Take a sneak peek here and mark your calendar for a reading near you!

Order your autographed copy today and get a bonus color postcard to share with your friends.

B. The Octonauts: Full Speed Ahead!
Our intrepid octet of cute critters continue to win the hearts and minds of art lovers worldwide.

The web site SuperCoolBaby gave a hearty thumbs up: "The book is beautifully illustrated."

Recently, CM magazine (Canadian Review of Materials) recommended it to all libraries in the great white north. To that we give a hearty "eh!":

"The characters are engaged in exciting adventures throughout the world and display characteristics to which young children can relate: seeking adventure, seeing the value in ordinary life, using technology, and appreciating one’s friends."

Last but not least, Publishers Weekly named The Octonauts one of the "indie surprises for spring", as the magazine highlighted independent publishers whose new books have appealed to new readers.

We’re getting more books in the office as we speak, and will be shipping out your orders pronto!

C. Auld Lang Syne!
Certainly this has been a memorable year in many ways for all of us. So forgive us at Immedium for feeling a little like Jimmy Stewart as we consider what we’ve done, where we’ve been, and who we’ve we met during 2006.

We would like to take this opportunity to share a cup of the holiday cheer with you. In our 2nd year, we published four more books (six total):

- The Year of the Dog: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac (December 2006)
- The Octonauts & the Only Lonely Monster (October 2006)
- Desert to Dream: A Decade of Burning Man Photography (July 2006)
- The Year of the Pig: Tales from the Chinese Zodiac (January 2006)

We have traveled to stores and museums, schools and libraries, and fairs and parties to reach book lovers of all ages. We have shared our books with zoos and aquariums to baby boutiques and design blogs. Regardless of the time and place, one thing has been constant: the reception of our titles and appreciation of our mission have inspired us. We are grateful for your encouragement from the bottom of our hearts!

So before anyone starts to cry, remember that we have more in store in 2007. Four amazingly illustrated children’s picture books take a new spin on trains and martial arts, and delve further into the enticing realms of the Octonauts and Tales from the Chinese Zodiac. Meanwhile we are busy collaborating with talented artists from around the globe to create cool kids books for the 21st century.

So let’s break into song, as we say, "Thanks for all your support! Have a wonderful holiday season! And see you next year!"

The Octonauts
(ISBN: 1-59702-005-2, $15.95)

"The illustrations are very impressive with their emphasis on powerful colours, intricate detail and appealing graphic images. Each of the Octonauts has its own unique visual personality. The colourful depiction of underwater scenery and various corners of the Earth would appeal to the imagination and adventurous spirit of the young reader. The inclusion of technology in various graphic depictions: submarines, Octopods, radios, control rooms etc. - would also appeal to children who are consumers of technology each and every day!"
- CM magazine

"There are also more Octonaut adventures to come (hopefully one in October 2007), and I for one cannot wait to read them. I think these will quickly become favorites in your household as they have fun characters and show such an adventurous and stunning world under the sea that one cannot help but want to learn more about."
- SuperCoolBaby


Desert to Dream: A Decade of Burning Man Photography
(ISBN: 1-59702-003-6, $29.95)

Paint the Town Red: Lectures: Author Events

"For a chance to learn a little bit about anything and everything, check out the author events at Books Inc., a rotating series of evening lecture events where authors (sometimes local) talk about their recently published works and answer questions.

One such local author and photographer, Barbara Traub, spoke and showed photos from her new book, A Decade of Burning Man: Photography from Desert to Dream, about the annual counterculture event many call the new American holiday.

‘Photography can be a lonely experience,’ Traub says. ‘It is nice to get out from behind the camera and talk to the public.’

While some listeners were actual ‘burners,’ or Burning Man participants, others were just curious about the festival and viewed the presentation as an opportunity for learning.

‘The community is looking for things to do, and Park Street is the center of life in town,’ says Joshua Fuchs, the Books Inc. events coordinator. ‘It is a completely different culture in Alameda, but we still have access to all the great things.’ "
- Alameda Magazine, November 2006


- 12/7: Oliver Chin: Create Your Own Comics: Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, CA, 7 pm.
- 12/10: Barbara Traub: D2D: Berkeley Public Library: Main Branch, 2090 Kittredge, 2 pm.
- 12/12: Jeremiah Alcorn: Year of the Pig: Little Professor Books, 2717 18th Street, Homewood, AL, noon.


- 1/3: Barbara Traub: D2D: Bluestockings Bookstore: 172 Allen Street, NYC, 212-777-6028, 7 pm.
- 1/18: Oliver Chin: Create your own Comics: Sunnyvale Public Library: 665 West Olive Ave, CA, 6:30 pm.
- 1/27: Oliver Chin: Year of the Pig: Families with Children from China-Northern California: 11th Annual Between Two New Years Celebration, 1 pm.
- 1/29: Oliver Chin: Year of the Pig: San Pablo Public Library, 2300 El Portal Dr. Suite D, San Pablo Community Resource Center, CA, 7 pm.
- 1/30: Elaine Chu: Year of the Pig: Kensington Public Library, 61 Arlington Ave, CA, (510) 524-3043, 7 pm.


Happy Holidays and enjoy the company of your loved ones!

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