Archive February 2013

IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY – TWO ROADS IS TWO!

Two years ago, Two Roads published its first book, Sara Gruen’s Ape House.

How to celebrate (by donna)? We thought it would be nice to share what we do, so we are offering

A YEAR OF TWO ROADS BOOKS!

That’s right: you could receive a free copy of every book we publish in 2013.

All you have to do is follow these simple steps and keep your fingers crossed.

1. Subscribe to our newsletter on our homepage

2. Like our Facebook page and wish us happy birthday

or

3. Tweet us your greetings here

Good luck!

PS: please note – this promotion is only open to UK residents

Will Schwalbe

Have you ever wondered why publishers play around with book covers so much?

What’s the point of changing the cover of a successful book when it comes out in paperback? Won’t that confuse readers when they browse in bookshops and online?

Actually the move from hardcover to paperback gives the publisher the opportunity to bring the book to a new market (and to those who were waiting for it to come out in paperback!).

Take the case of Will Schwalbe’s book, The End of Your Life Book Club publishing in paperback this June.

The hardback jacket design, with its bright green background and golden leaves, was a big in-house favourite and a hit with booksellers and readers alike, which is why we didn’t want to change it too much. Using the same design, the new bright cream background, gives a fresh (summery) life to the cover, while making sure that the reader knows it’s already a big success (cue the “New York Times bestseller” sticker).

In the end, making sure that the book looks new but maintains the established and easily recognisable feel of its previous edition is always hard, but we believe our art department did a fantastic job with Will’s memoir. But

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Hey folks!

It’s Monday again and it’s our duty to help you kick-start the week in the best possible way. First piece of good news: you survived Valentine’s Day! Woo-hoo!

 

 

 

 

 

And now for some Two Roads-related news…

BOOK NEWS!

The Stockholm Octavo – OUT IN PAPERBACK!

Last week we published the paperback edition of Karen Engelmann’s brilliant novel. Our new Tumblr. blog is now live and filled with lots of interesting facts on the art of the Octavo.

Do visit and follow us on the @OctavoHandbook Twitter account. More pics, videos and extracts from the Octavo Handbook to come in the next few days: read carefully and who knows, you might even be able to create your own Octavo!

Doodlemum (out on February 28th)

Add a reminder to your iPhone calendar people: Doodlemum is coming to a newsstand near you! On March 2nd our favourite mum/artist/author will be the focus of the Day in the Life of feature in Guardian Family. The article feature Doodlemum’s pictures and an interview by Patrick Barkham.

Also: happy half term!

 

 

Until I Say Good-Bye (out on March 14th)

Finished copies are here and they look stunning. Take a look and keep up with Susan on her Facebook page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (out April 11th)

More pre-publication love for Z this week! First there was this Shelf Awareness email including a readers’ guide and an interview with Therese. Plus USA Today run a online and print story on novels about the women behind famous men, featuring Z alongside such cherished books as The Paris Wife and our own Loving Frank  (credited with starting the famous men/forgotten women genre). Read it here and see a picture of the print edition on Therese’s Facebook page.

 

Eleven Days (out June 20th)

Proofs for Lea’s book are happening (get ready for a giveaway) and excitement is building.. We now have quotes from Kevin PowersBen Fountain and a new one from Alexandra Styron, author of the bestselling memoir Reading My Father:

Every soldier was, once, someone’s child. With this ineluctable truth at her story’s core, Lea Carpenter has crafted a beautiful, and original, work of art. Eleven Days manages to be both a meditation on courage and a gripping read. Scholarly and stylish, displaying a capacious mind and even greater heart. A magnificent debut.

 

ONE MORE THING…

IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK!

Stay tuned for a big giveaway coming very soon…

Good morning and happy Monday to you faithful followers of all things Two Roads!

Are you feeling down? Did you have a wet, miserable weekend? Did you look like this while crossing the road today?

Well then it’s definitely time for a healthy dose of Two Roads Monday Blues Remedy!

FORTHCOMING BOOKS FROM TWO ROADS

The Stockholm Octavo (out in paperback on February 14th)

Here’s the updated cover for the paperback edition of Karen’s novel.

New look.

Same fantastic feel.

We are also launching a tumblr. blog devoted to the art of creating the perfect Octavo. Do check it out and follow the slow unveiling of this mysterious art of cartomancy on Twitter and Facebook as well.

 

 

Doodlemum (out on February 28th)

Angie is hard at work on a secret Two Roads project (more juicy details to follow!). But in the meantime go ahead and enjoy her daily dose of Doodlemum on her website (and remember to like her Facebook page!) Stay tuned for a great update from our publicity department coming next week…

 

After Cleo Came Jonah (out in paperback on February 28th)

If you haven’t already go visit Helen’s Facebook page and read Jonah’s Blog. Last post: THE ENEMY.

Beware of that cat…

 

 

 

Until I Say Good-Bye (out on March 14th)

As you know a wonderful video has been uploaded on Susan’s page and on the Two Roads website. It’s a powerful message and although it’s Susan’s husband speaking, you can feel her energy coming through. It’s very moving. Watch & share and keep checking Susan’s Facebook page for touching (and quite funny) updates like this.

Island Wife (out March 28th)

Finally the advance praise is in and it includes quotes from fellow writers, poets and rock stars (yup: you got that right!). Here’s a quick selection:

  • ‘Brave, funny, poignant, beautifully written.’Elisabeth Luard, food-writer, journalist, and broadcaster
  •  ‘The day to day details of a family who have followed the man’s ambitions to the remote island of Mull are  hilarious and very touching. A beautifully told story’Mike Rutherford, founding member of Genesis
  • ‘Humour and honesty prevail throughout and always there is the poetic backdrop of the wild landscape of the island and the wild emotions that come and go with its tides.’Mairi Hedderwick, author of the Katie Morag series
  • ‘Warm but never sentimental… It balances wry humour and lyrical delight, practical toughness and vulnerability in equal measure… A joy to read.’Philip Gross, novelist and poet
  • ‘Island Wife is a breezy (in every sense), frequently funny and often dreadfully sad tale of a madcap adventure with an intrepid farmer husband and five children on a romantic Hebridean island, which often turns out to be not quite as romantic as the wide-eyed author had imagined.’ Christopher Matthew, author and journalist

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (out April 11th)

Great news coming from the US. Z is part of Publishers’ Marketplace BUZZ BOOKS 2013 (spring/summer edition).

You can download the digital booklet here or read the extract on USA Today’s website.

 

 

 

 

The Still Point of the Turning World (out April 11th)

Will Schwalbe, author of the New York Times bestseller The End of Your Life Book Club, loved Emily’s book. Here’s what he had to say:

  • ‘It’s hard to find words that do justice to Emily Rapp’s The Still Point of the Turning World. It’s one of those rare books that you want to press into people’s hands and simply say, “You must read this. You will thank me.” At every turn, Rapp avoids the maudlin and the expected to get at very deep truths, sometimes painful and sometimes liberating and sometimes both. She looks for wisdom and comfort to a wide range of sources ranging from C.S. Lewis to Marilynne Robinson to Buddhist teaching. And she looks to her son. This is one family’s story of living while facing death, but also an astonishingly generous work about recognizing the pain and grace that exist all around us.’

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

You can now find Fede on instagram as well: just look for Due_Strade_London. Lots of pics of London, Italy & Italian food (and wine), and of course books, books, and even more books.

ONE MORE THING…

Public service announcement!!!

In case you intend to visit Leicester in the future with a dead monarch in the boot of your car…

 

 

 

 

 

Until next week..

 

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our blog’s new weekly digest of all things Two Roads! Every Monday morning we bring you the latest updates on our books, authors, events and giveaways.

It’s our own little way of helping you begin each new week with a spring in your step and a positive attitude. Hey: if it doesn’t work there’s always coffee!

Here we go…

 

WEBSITE REFRESH

Our new home page is live! Go to www.tworoadsbooks.com to see a list of upcoming titles and see an updated take on our mantra: stories… voices… places… lives…

Stay tuned for even more changes…

 

FORTHCOMING BOOKS FROM TWO ROADS

Our publishing schedule for the next few months is filled with loads of great books and we want you to be constantly up-to-date with the latest news. So, in strict order of publication:

 

The Stockholm Octavo (out in paperback on February 14th)

The paperbacks have arrived in the Two Roads office and they look fantastic! TCPalm.com run an in-depth Q&A with Karen with some fascinating questions including Karen’s pick for main actor in a film adaptation of her book (we’ll give you a hint: he’s blond, charming and Canadian). Read more here.

 

Doodlemum (out on February 28th)

We are gearing up for the pub date of Doodlemum’s first book. Do check her blog and her Facebook page to see why we are so excited about this celebration of family life in drawings. Here’s an example that pretty much sums up how we all feel during those long, bleak, winter evenings (the message is simple: hug someone!)

 

Until I Say Good-Bye (out on March 14th)

We have just added this beautiful (and definitely emotional) video of Susan and her husband talking about her book on her page: it really captures the essence of Until I Say Good-Bye, and the joy that transpires from every single page of the book. Susan updates her Facebook page herself: have a look and share the journey of this incredible woman. There’s also a great website with more info on the book, pictures and posts from Susan.

 

Island Wife (out March 28th)

Advance praise for the book keep pouring in so keep coming back to her page for more info. And if you’ve always wondered what life on a remote island might be like read Judy’s take on it here.

 

Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (out April 11th)

Many, many different events lined up in the coming months taking full advantage of the Gatsby-mania spurred by the release of the Baz Luhrmann film. Take a sneak peek at the film costumes designed by Miuccia Prada or book your tickets for the stage adaptation coming to Wilton’s Music Hall in London at the end of February.

Also, Sam Baker, editor of RED, tweeted about Z last week (excitement is building already!)

 

The Still Point of the Turning World (out April 11th)

The website page is live and includes wonderful quotes from the likes of Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, and Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story. Have a look!

 

TWO ROADS AUTHORS NEWS

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen keeps making the headlines. She was part of a recent New York Times profile on self-help authors and she is now in her 98th straight week on the NYT bestseller list.

 

TWO ROADS BIRTHDAY!!

Two Roads is turning 2 this month! We are looking forward to celebrating this milestone with you, the readers who make all of this possible, and we will give you more details on a big (no, really: BIG) giveaway we are planning very soon. So keep coming back for more..

That’s all folks for this issue of the Two Roads Monday Blues Remedy.

Have a great week!

 

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