Naomi Hirahara at the Japanese American National Museum

Continuing our monthlong strawberry obsession, author Naomi Hirahara will be at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles this Saturday, March 30,  to discuss Strawberry Yellow in the context of her Japanese American background.…

Notes From a Cookbook Photo Shoot & Beyond

Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to help out  at a photo shoot for our upcoming fall cookbook Who Wants Seconds? by caterer extraordinaire Jennie Cook. The book will be filled with Jennie’s whimsical illustrations as an avid visual journaler.…

Who Wants Seconds: The Blog

Attention cooks, food lovers, entertainers, and artists: We've just launched a new blog, WhoWantsSecondsCookbook.com, and we hope you'll check it out regularly. Over the next seven months, we'll be sharing stories, photos, recipes, and excerpts…

Apostrophes & Irish Blarney

Happy St. Patrick’s Day: What’s in a name? An apostrophe, that’s what. It isn’t unusual for Colleen and me to take a meeting and have a new acquaintance comment on the very - well - Irishness of our names and demeanors. And let’s…

This Old House

Describe a house that you have either lived in or fear living in. This is a writing prompt that I often use when leading memoir-writing workshops. It works because space and time is usually defined. There’s ample opportunity to use…

Naomi Hirahara at Vroman's

Enter the strawberry fields of Watsonville, California via Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena when author Naomi Hirahara discusses and signs her newly released novel Strawberry Yellow. The fifth in her beloved Mas Arai mystery series, Publishers…

Notes From a New York Trip

Thoughts on the flight home from a whirlwind trip to Connecticut and New York for publishing business, centered around attending Food52.com's Piglet party, at which Little Flower was honored as one of the best cookbooks of 2012: Manhattan's…

Looking Ahead to New Titles

One of the challenges—and perks—of being a publisher is the way you have to jump around between past, present, and future. So as we're editing and launching our current books, we're look for opportunities to showcase our backlist books and…

Lian Dolan appearing at WI8 this weekend

Lian Dolan appearing at WI8 this weekend. ABA's annual Winter Institute is this weekend, and our very own Lian Dolan of Helen of Pasadena and the forthcoming Elizabeth the First Wife will be appearing - alongside the likes of Daniel Pink,…

College Timeline for Neurotic Parents

Here is a private tweet that I received from a follower: Q: I have ordered your book, but frankly, with all the stress involved preparing my junior for applying for colleges, I doubt if I will have the time to read it. Is there any way you can provide a timeline of what I should do when? A: If your child is a junior in high school, you are a tad late to begin preparing. But just in case you want to agonize about all the missed opportunities, here is a brief summary of what to do when: ONE MONTH BEFORE BIRTH -- Travel to Dhaka, so your baby will qualify for Bangladeshi citizenship. BIRTH -- Send APGAR scores to the colleges you will be considering in 17 years.