Friday Author Link Love

Happy Friday all! Hope you have some good books to read and some outdoor activities planned. Here is a recap of some of the cool things Fulcrum’s authors and books were up to this week:

Walter Echo-Hawk, author of In the Courts of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided (978-1-93621-801-1, Fulcrum Publishing), was recently interviewed by J Kehaulani Kauanui for the radio show “Indigenous Politics.” Check out this podcast to hear the full interview. Walter Echo-Hawk is always a fascinating person to hear speak. http://indigenouspolitics.mypodcast.com

Richard Hetzler of The Mitsitam Café Cookbook (978-1-55591-747-0, Fulcrum Publishing) sat down with Serge the Concierge (blog) at Book Expo America in New York last month. The full interview was just posted on Serge the Concierge’s blog last week, and it’s a fun read! Check out the interview here to learn more about the inspiration for the dishes in the cookbook as well as how Richard adapted some dishes to make them more contemporary, while staying true to Native techniques.

Trickster Cover

We found out this week that Trickster: Native American Tales (978-1-55591-724-1, Fulcrum Publishing) won a Hollywood Book Festival award in the Comics category. Read about the other award winners here: http://hollywoodbookfestival.com/winners2011.htm. Congratulations to Matt Dembicki and the Trickster team! Speaking of Matt Dembicki, he is off to San Diego next week for Comic-Con International, where Trickster is up for an Eisner Award. Matt will also be doing a signing at Tr!ckster on Saturday, July 23rd, from 12pm-2pm. The San Diego Wine And Culinary Center wine bar directly across the road from San Diego Comic-Con will be transformed for one week into Tr!ckster, a 4,500 square foot area for comic creators to launch books or sell limited runs of new books or items with gallery space for display and a symposium spot as well.

Our friends at Indian Country Today magazine recently reviewed Every Day is a Good Day, Memorial Edition (978-1-55591-691-6, Fulcrum Publishing) by Wilma Mankiller. Following is a nice quote from the review: The endurance of this book owes as much to these women’s resilience as to the staying power of its author. Although she died in April 2010 at the age of 64, Mankiller had survived and indeed surpassed what might be considered more than her share of misfortune. In The Way Home, the chief, a key player in the rebuilding of her nation, wrote, “The question I am asked most frequently is why I remain such a positive person, after surviving breast cancer, lymphoma, dialysis, two kidney transplants and systemic myasthenia gravis. The answer is simple: I am Cherokee, and I am a woman. No one knows better than I that every day is indeed a good day.” “

Have a great weekend!

Fulcrum’s News Round-up

TGIF. The view outside my window is filled with blue sky, bright white fluffy clouds, and miles of green. Perfect weather to… well, do nothing. Before I get busy doing that, let’s review another wonderful week of great Fulcrum books, events, and authors.

‘Twas a short week at the office, although a busy one after getting back from a week in NYC for BEA. See video and audio highlights from the 2011 show here, although, none of these include Dani’s and my highlights: Tyra Banks??!! Benjamin Batt??!! Ok, Benjamin wasn’t at the show, but we saw him walking down the street near Times Square, all cool and nonchalant and sending Dani’s heart racing. Tyra was at the show to publicize her new fantasy novel, Modelland. Here’s a picture of Dani admiring the book back at our booth:

Our own celebrities Richard Hetzler and Renee Wilkinson, authors of the books The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook and Modern Homestead respectively, were also at BEA this year. They both brought in great crowds for their signings. Richard’s fans raved about the menu at The Mitsitam Cafe at the NMAI in Washington, DC (which is, by the way, amazing):

While Renee’s fans solicited her advice on planting, growing, and chicken-raising conundrums (I believe the fan pictured below is reenacting one of her chicken conundrums) and her years of experience on her Portland plot in HipChickDigs.com:

In addition to our exciting BEA news, Dani also wrote a great blog post yesterday about our memorial edition of Every Day is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women by Wilma Mankiller. If you have not read it yet, please do. The book is not only a favorite of ours, but of many Native women, activists, libraries, and schools. And it’s a great, inspiring read for this weekend. Happy June and Happy Friday!

BEA Wrap-Up

After a week spent at Book Expo America in NYC, this blogger has her feet back on mile-high soil.

BEA 2011 was great fun—we enjoyed meeting everyone who stopped by the Fulcrum booth, from dear friends to attendees who came by to discover Fulcrum’s books for the first time. Katie and I were able to do a little bit of our own expo touring and gawking; we met Tyra Banks, I saw Judy Moody, and on our way back to our hotel we saw a certain former Sterling Cooper art director on the street (Katie is still recovering from the sighting, since I punched her in the shoulder and shouted “BRYAN BATT!” into her ear, and then proceeded to hop up and down, flapping my arms like a startled chicken).

Tyra Banks at BEA

Can you guess which one is the supermodel and which one is the starstruck marketing associate?

Katie cochaired a panel called “Back to Basics: Why Home Economics Books Are the New Retro Chic” with the Fabulous Beekman Boys, the publisher from Interweave, and  two librarians, one from the New York City Public Library and the other from the Portland Public Library. The panel seemed to be well-received by the librarians who attended, and we were proud to have Modern Homestead represented among such a great group of DIY panelists and homesteaders.

Our authors Richard Hetzler and Renee Wilkinson made a big splash as well. We were delighted by the many attendees who stopped by The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook signing to tell Richard how much they had enjoyed a meal at the Mitsitam Cafe. Many attendees in line for the Modern Homestead signing swapped planting stories with Renee and talked about their urban plots like proud parents.

Renee Wilkinson meets a fan and shares homesteading stories.

We had a great time and enjoyed meeting new friends, such as our booth buddy, Biblioasis, and the bloggers who shared their wisdom at Blogworld. Thanks to everyone who stopped by.

Fulcrum Catches Up with Richard Hetzler

Richard Hetzler, executive chef of the Mitsitam Café at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and author of The Mitsitam Café Cookbook (ISBN: 978-1-55591-7470, $22.95), has had quite the year. Since The Mitsitam Café Cookbook (which took Richard 3 years to complete) came out in the Fall of 2010, the cookbook has received great exposure, including winning the Gourmand “Best in the World” Cookbook Award for Best Local Cuisine. Along with interviews and book signings, Richard traveled to Paris in March for the prestigious Paris Cook Fair, where he performed a cooking demonstration. Richard even had a stint on the Food Network late last year when he participated in the show “Chefs vs. City.” The Mitsitam Café and the NMAI were featured on the episode, which took place in Washington, DC.

And this week, Richard traveled to New York to attend in his first ever Book Expo America, North America’s largest publishing event. Richard participated in a couple of book signings and giveaways, and rumor has it he was even going to bring some delicious goodies with him to New York. I haven’t heard the scoop yet from our marketing team (who is still living it up in New York), but I was able to catch up with Richard a few weeks ago to discuss the excitement of the past year and his expectations for his first BEA experience.

Fulcrum: What was your experience like in Paris for the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards and the Paris Cookbook Fair?
Hetzler: Wonderful. To see something on that scale that was dedicated to food and wine was a great sight to see.

Fulcrum: How has life changed since The Mitsitam Café Cookbook won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award and how has the perception of The Mitsitam Café Changed?
Hetzler: Life has not changed too much yet—I would say it really has not set in yet. I’ve met so many great people that had authored books and didn’t receive recognition for them, and I had the opportunity to do this one book and won such a prestigious award.

Fulcrum: You are attending BEA in New York this year with Fulcrum. What are you looking forward to about visiting New York and being at BEA for the first time?
Hetzler: I will be attending BEA and this is my first convention of this type. I cannot wait. I am honored to attend and see what the show has to offer.

Fulcrum: What is in store for The Mitsitam Café this spring and summer? Any new dishes that you are excited about?
Hetzler: We change the menu seasonally so I am not sure yet, but I can assure whatever we put on the menu will be delicious.

Fulcrum: Do you have a favorite recipe from The Mitsitam Café Cookbook?
Hetzler: My favorite recipes are the moles (see Fulcrum’s recent blog post on making the Chicken Mole Verde Tacos from Richard’s book). They seem very complex, but truly are very simple and have so much flavor. They give you wonderful talking points when entertaining friends and family, i.e. you can discuss how chocolate is used in savory cooking and how it adds a wonderful complexity to the dish.

Nerdin’ Out at Book Expo America 2011

This week, New York City is all abuzz with the excitement of Book Expo America, the largest publishing event in North America. Each year, thousands of people from every part of the publishing and book world converge in New York City to learn about what’s new, what’s next, and what exciting things our happening in our industry. There are parties, presentations, book signings, and plenty of giveaways, making it a fun and busy week in NYC. Fulcrum’s marketing manager Katie O’Neill and sales and marketing associate Dani Perea are taking New York City by storm and manning the Fulcrum booth at BEA 2011. Here’s what Katie, a first-time attendee, had to say about going to BEA:

I’m definitely nerdin’ out over attending my first BEA this week. I initially heard of this amazing show many years ago while working in a bookstore, during which a couple of our buyers would disappear for a week to New York and return looking refreshed, even better read, and brimming with stories of celebrity authors. I thought, “I must go to this show some day. I must see what all the buzz is about.” Not just because I’ve never been to NYC, although that is a HUGE perk, but because I feel drawn to be in the place where once a year so many booksellers, librarians, publishers, authors, printers, media, etc., etc. are all together to celebrate those great, timeless things: books.

I’m also really psyched to meet two of our authors face-to-face finally: Renee Wilkinson, author of Modern Homestead: Grow, Raise, Create (and to hear how she can really raise 3 chickens in her backyard when I have a hard time not getting my pup to eat my furniture), and Richard Hetzler, author of The Mitsitam Café Cookbook (who, I hear, will be bringing some mouthwatering giveaway items to the show). They will each have two signings (Hetzler: 5/24 from 4-5 PM at Table 6 and 5/25 from 10-11 AM in our booth # 4507, and Wilkinson: 5/25 from 11:30-12:30 PM at Table 11 and 2-3:00 PM in our booth # 4507) and give away FREE copies of their books!

    

I’m pretty sure Dani and I (after standing in the middle of the convention center, wide-eyed with book wonder for several minutes. Imagine two Dorothys upon seeing Oz) will try to sneak away from the booth to see what free galleys we can find, what favorite authors we can catch a glimpse, and what schwag we can steal. Stay posted for what spoils we bring home next week…

Have fun Katie and Dani! Bring us back some good schwag! And for those of you lucky enough to be attending BEA this year, stop by Fulcrum’s booth, #4507, and say hello!