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    The Beats Larry Fink, Gerald Stern
    9781576876893 Hardcover PHOTOGRAPHY / Individual Photographers On Sale Date: April 16, 2014
    $50.00 CAD 9.7 x 12.2 x 0.74 in | 96 pages Carton Quantity: 10 Canadian Rights: Y powerHouse Books
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      In the late 50s after an unsuccessful stint in college, master photographer Larry Fink dropped out and began an odyssey of hitchhiking through America. Starting out in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and moving on to Chicago, Larry travelled eastward through Cincinnati and finally back to his native soil on Long Island where his family waited with dismayed but open arms.

      Clearly Long Island was not an optimal place for young Fink to remain. Striking out on his own once again, but this time for nearby Beat mecca, New York City, Fink settled down on Minetta Lane with a chap who fancied himself a poet.

      Larry was quick to hit MacDougal Street where he met Turk, Mary, Bobbie, Motha, Ambrose, Randy, and Mike Stanley, not to mention Hugh Romney (a.k.a Wavy Gravy), LeRoi Jones, and so many more. Photographing, singing, and smoking weed scored in small brown paper bags on the avenues of the Village, Fink was living with internal rage, infernal optimism, and oh so many new freedoms. Just a kid, Larry yearned to get out and fight the revolution and to photograph while doing so.

      The crew lived all together in the sub-basement of the Sullivan Street Theatre. Being next to the Village Gate, a now legendary jazz club, they dug their way to the rear of the club brick by brick to listen to their princes of expressive freedom: John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, and Art Blakey.

      Fink, a Marxist and red diaper baby, didn't immediately fit in with Turk's crew, but they needed a young, drug-fueled, jazz-loving (and playing) photographer to document their visionary plight. So, it was decided that Larry sign on—they soon left New York to cross America for Mexico—in search of the soul of the Aztecs, the freedoms of the road, the compulsion of speed, the needy thrust of exaggerated adolescence. They moved fast and hysterically forward...

      "It was my fate to be aligned with the Beats because of my propensity for drugs, anger, and poetry. Since they were second generation, without the same sense of immortal obsession such as the like of Kerouac and Ginsberg, they had a distinct need to be documented. Perhaps that is why they tolerated me. We were not a happy marriage and got our divorce in Mexico City. The pictures, made in 1958 and 1959, come from MacDougal Street in New York City all the way down to Mexico, and on the road in America." —Larry Fink

      "The precocious young photographer Larry Fink chronicled a generation of poetic wanderers in the fifties with astonishing grace. The subjects in these photographs have no iPhone; they connect through guitars, typewriters, books, drums, and pens. This book confirms that Fink has always been a master at using light and line to communicate quiet yet energetic interior vistas; the ecstasy of repose."
      —Mitch Epstein

      "A beautiful and haunting harbinger—coming to us at last, though decades late. We should all hear this drum beat, now that it's finally upon us."
      —Lisa Kereszi

      "With The Beats Larry Fink proves that from the very beginning he has been a master of photographic improvisation who, with complex intuition and formal virtuosity, continues to reveal the improvisational quality of American lives."
      —An-My Lê
      Bio
      Larry Fink has had one man shows at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Musée de la Photographie in Belgium, and the Musee de l'Elysee in Switzerland, amongst others. He shows in galleries regularly in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, France. Along with two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships in 1976 and 1979, and two National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Photography Fellowships in 1978 and 1986, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the College for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design, Detroit, 2002. A career educator, Larry Fink has been teaching for the last 25 years as a professor of photography at Bard College. Larry's work has appeared in top publications such as Vanity Fair, W, GQ, Detour, New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker, and Fink has published numerous monographs including: Social Graces (Aperture, 1984; powerHouse, 2001), Boxing (powerHouse, 1997), Runway (powerHouse, 2000), The Forbidden Pictures (powerHouse, 2004), Larry Fink (Phaidon, 2005), Primal Elegance (Lodima Press, 2006), Somewhere There's Music (Damiani Editore, 2006), Attraction and Desire: 50 Years in Photography (The Sheldon Art Galleries 2011), and The Vanities: Hollywood Parties 2000–2009 (Schirmer/Mosel 2011).

      Gerald Stern is a Pittsburgh-born poet, essayist, and educator, as well as a contemporary—and friend—of Allen Ginsberg. He has been called an "American original" as well as "a sometimes comic, sometimes tragic visionary." Stern's poetry frequently references his all-American, working-class upbringing as well as his Jewish and Eastern European heritage. His many awards and honors include the Wallace Stevens Award, the Bess Hokin Award, the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Bernard F. Conners Award from the Paris Review, and the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. He has received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and was Poet Laureate of New Jersey from 2000-2002. Stern has taught at dozens of universities and most currently at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is currently living on the Delaware River in Lambertville, New Jersey where he continues to write both prose and poetry.

      "Robert Cordier is a DNA astronaut traveling through theatre space in the images he creates with his art. His American production of my play Billy the Kid or The Blossom (which influenced The Doors & Jim Morrison) was one of the revelatory, extravagant, joyous and terrifying experiences that drama has brought me." —Michael McClure
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      "The dark and beautiful images collected by Larry Fink in The Beats were taken back in 1958 and 1959, when he was just 17 or 18 years old."
      -Vanity Fair

      "Larry Fink chronicled The Beats as both a naive observer and kindred spirit in a quest for cultural enlightenment that started on MacDougal Street and ended in debauchery."
      -TIME Magazine's LightBox

      Named one of photo-eye's best photo books of the year.


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    Bridged Field: Found-Photo Drawings John Beech, Alexander Nagel
    9781576876916 Hardcover ART / Individual Artists On Sale Date: April 15, 2014
    $45.00 CAD 10.2 x 9.2 x 0.69 in | 104 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y powerHouse Books
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      Artist John Beech is known for his innovative transformations of the seemingly mundane into startling works of originality. Proficient in several different mediums, in Bridged Field: Found-Photo Drawings he focuses on self-manipulated photographs. Since 2007 he has collected over 600 found photographs and applied his singular touch to each, letting the patterns and textures within the photograph become the grounds upon which he creates entirely new works of mysterious beauty. Presented here are 92 such pieces.

      Notable for their range of materials (oil enamel, vinyl paint, ink, pencil, and marker pen), the drawings display a diversity of methods to apply marks directly onto the surface of the prints, in some cases predominantly covering the photographic information, in others emphasizing and punctuating visible elements in the photograph. Deliberate paint passages often exist alongside accidental marks or gestures and incidental imagery may come to the forefront when the primary subject of the photograph has been obscured.

      "Beech wants to jog us out of perceptual habit. His idiom is the poetics of normal wear and tear."
      —Kenneth Baker, The San Francisco Chronicle
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      John Beech is a British-born artist who has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe. His works are in the collection of numerous museums, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland and FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, France. He has published two books of drawings with Peter Blum Edition, New York:
      Obscure/Reveal
      , with words by Edward Albee (2008) and The Space Surrounding (2012). John Beech lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

      Alexander Nagel is a writer and art historian who lives in New York and teaches at New York University. His most recent books are Medieval Modern (Thames and Hudson, 2012) and The Controversy of Renaissance Art (University of Chicago Press, 2011).
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    Metal Cats Alexandra Crockett
    9781576876770 Paperback HUMOR / Topic On Sale Date: May 06, 2014
    $12.95 CAD 6 x 7.6 x 0.5 in | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 44 Canadian Rights: Y powerHouse Books
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      Skulls and Siamese. Corpse paint and Persians. Baphomet, pentagrams, blood, and tabbies!

      Metal Cats
      combines two amazing subjects: the extreme personalities of the hardcore metal music scene and their adorable kitties. These incredibly cute and fluffy felines have been photographed with their loving owners in and around the dark abodes of musicians, fans, and promoters of metal including members of the bands Black Goat, Thrones, Isis, Lightning Swords of Death, Book of Black Earth, Skarp, Harassor, Akimbo, Aldebaran, Atriarch, Oak, Ghoul, Ludicra, Holy Grail, Xasthur, Cattle Decapitation, Murder Construct, Exhumed, Morbid Angel, Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch, Gypsyhawk, Nausea, Phobia, and Napalm Death.

      Metal isn't all dark and disturbing, violent and misanthropic. Metal Cats is proof that while the music may be brutal, the people in the scene are softies for their pets just like you and me...

      A portion of the proceeds from this book and a series of benefit shows held along the West Coast will go towards one no-kill shelter in each of the four main cities visited.
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      Alexandra Crockett, a musician and jewelry designer, has been present and active in the metal community since the age of 15 and is currently a doctoral student in the Bay Area. Beginning her idea for the book by doing promotional photos for bands and friends she would cat-sit for, she found an interesting dynamic between men in the metal scene and their cats. The idea for the book formed around giving accolades to local musicians and artists in the metal scene, while also bringing to light no-kill shelters and their importance for animal rights.
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      "Metal Cats proves these necromancing rockers love their kitties as much as you and I...It’s pretty much impossible not to get behind the feel-good, communal nature of this project."
      -Wired.com

      "Crockett noticed the strong bond, and interesting dynamic, between men in the metal scene and their favoured felines. She soon set to work capturing these endearingly enamoured owners and their pets on film. The results are brilliantly unique and unexpected..."
      -AnOther

      "Amonumentally awesome series"
      -Huffington Post

      "Aside from the entertainment value, the book also serves a great cause"
      -Spin

      "Combination of something fluffy and something hardcore"
      -Examiner.com

      "Black leather, spikes and tattoos? Check. Creepy and/or scary-sounding band name? Check. Adorable little kitty cat on your shoulder? Check!"
      -Guitar World
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    The Waters of Our Time Thomas Roma, Giancarlo T. Roma
    9781576876787 Paperback PHOTOGRAPHY / Photoessays & Documentaries On Sale Date: April 22, 2014
    $12.95 CAD 4.8 x 7.2 x 0.5 in | 100 pages Carton Quantity: 45 Canadian Rights: Y powerHouse Books
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      The second collaboration between father and son Thomas Roma and Giancarlo T. Roma, The Waters of Our Time is a book that could only be done in the latter part of this renowned photographer's career and with the unique contemplation of his watchful son. A retrospective of sorts, the book contains 142 of Roma's photographs spanning most of his career, beginning on the cover with a picture taken from his first roll of film shot in 1972, and a fictional text by Giancarlo T. Roma, written as a first-person narrative recollection in the voice of an older woman who has spent her life in Brooklyn. The written story begins on the book's cover and is interwoven with the photographs, lending a reflective quality to the interplay between them.

      In this way, the project is a true collaboration, resembling the making of a movie in reverse, where the pictures function as the script and the text acts as the moving images, coming in response. The title comes from the song "Follow" (written by Jerry Merrick and famously sung by Richie Havens, also a Brooklyn native), whose lyrics are reproduced throughout the book, and serves as kind of a sound track to the story, adding to the cinematic quality.

      The Waters of Our Time was conceived as an homage to Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes' book The Sweet Flypaper of Life published in 1955, a cherished part of the elder Roma's library. The book remains true to Flypaper in terms of design (size, layout, font), but differs greatly in process. Whereas Hughes selected and sequenced DeCarava's photographs before writing the text for Flypaper, Roma selected and sequenced his own photographs first, leaving Giancarlo to write the text in the white space between pictures for The Waters.
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      Thomas Roma is a two-time recipient of Guggenheim Fellowships (1982 and 1991) and a New York State Council for the Arts Fellowship (1973). Roma's work has appeared in one-person and group exhibitions internationally, including one-person shows with accompanying books at The Museum of Modern Art, NY and the International Center of Photography. He has published twelve monographs including: Enduring Justice (powerHouse Books, 2001) with an introduction by Norman Mailer, On Three Pillars (powerHouse Books, 2008) with text by Phillip Lopate, and his 2010 powerHouse Books publication Dear Knights and Dark Horses with an introduction by Alec Wilkinson. He has taught photography since 1983 at Yale, Fordham, Cooper Union, and The School of Visual Arts and in 1996 became the Director of the Photography Program at Columbia University School of the Arts where he is a Professor of Art. Roma lives in Brooklyn with his wife Anna.

      Giancarlo Roma is a 2013 graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University in the City of New York with a degree in English and African American Studies. He is a freelance writer and coauthor of Show & Tell (powerHouse Books, 2002) as well as an avid chess and guitar player.
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      "A sweeping and tender retrospective not only of Roma's expansive career, but of Brooklyn, NY, his hometown and source of decades of photographic inspiration."
      TIME Magazine's LightBox

      "One of the most beautifully made books of photography I have ever seen."
      Vice

      "The book is irrefutably one of the most rewarding reads I’ve ever had in one sitting."
      aCurator

      Named one of photo-eye's best photo books of the year.
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    Developer Trays John Cyr, Lyle Rexer
    9781576876879 Hardcover PHOTOGRAPHY / History On Sale Date: March 18, 2014
    $35.00 CAD 8.63 x 10.56 x 0.79 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y powerHouse Books
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      Developer Trays is master photography printer John Cyr's tribute to the craft and art he has spent his career perfecting. As sure as the age of silver has come to an end, there remain few but extraordinary and dedicated darkroom practitioners such as Cyr who continue to work with chemistry and processes more or less unchanged since the early days of the medium.

      With an unrivaled passion for the darkroom and all its accouterments Cyr set out to document the actual developer trays of many of the world's most renowned photographers. Cyr celebrates in stunning large-format color photographs the intimate materiality of the developer tray itself and the ephemeral presence of the artist within it. This revelatory work showcases the ubiquitous developer tray as an essential vehicle of analog photography that defies modern digital photographic advances: its material nature and functionality will not become obsolete.

      Developer Trays presents its viewer with a rare glimpse into the darkroom experiences of many of the world's leading photographers. Each tray's physical appearance is a direct reflection of its treatment: the years of usage, the maintenance of it, the chemicals in the developer, and the level of print agitation. Every accumulated tong mark, silver deposit, and chemical stain seen in these photographs is the result of the artist's handling and a signature bearing the imprint of its artist.

      Trays from many of the giants of photography, including: Ansel Adams, Eddie Adams, Tom Baril, Lillian Bassman, Edna Bullock, Wynn Bullock, Bill Burke, Ellen Carey, Mark Cohen, Lois Conner, Linda Connor, John Coplans, Valdir Cruz, John Cyr, Bruce Davidson, John Draper, Elliott Erwitt, Dan Estabrook, Andreas Feininger, Larry Fink, Abe Frajndlich, Leonard Freed, Adam Fuss, The George Eastman House, Ralph Gibson, John Goodman, Emmet Gowin, David Graham, Ed Grazda, Stanley Greenberg, Ted Hendrickson, Lizzie Himmel, Paul Himmel, Henry Horenstein, Sid Kaplan, Chuck Kelton, Michael Kenna, John George Kingsley, Builder Levy, O. Winston Link, Vera Lutter, Alen MacWeeney, Sally Mann, Edward Mapplethorpe, Chris McCaw, Amanda Means, Jim Megargee, Barbara Mensch, Richard Misrach, Andrea Modica, Abelardo Morell, The National Press Photographers Association, Arnold Newman, Olivia Parker, Philip Perkis, The Photo Studio of the American Museum of Natural History, The Photo Studio of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Sylvia Plachy, Eugene Richards, Stuart Rome, Ken Rosenthal, Alison Rossiter, Gary Schneider, Mark Seliger, Neil Selkirk, John Sexton, Mark Sink, Aaron Siskind, Joni Sternbach, Helen M. Stummer, George Tice, Eileen Travell, Jerry Uelsmann, Catherine Wagner, Harvey Wang, Hiroshi Watanabe, Kim Weston, Minor White, and Joel-Peter Witkin.
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      John Cyr is a Brooklyn based photographer, printer, and educator. He earned his MFA from the School of Visual Arts and teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Cyr's photography is represented in many notable public and private collections including: George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, Rochester, New York; The Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Washington D.C.; and The New York Public Library, New York, New York. John Cyr is represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago.

      Lyle Rexer is the author of several books, including The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (Aperture, 2009) and Photography's Antiquarian Avant Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes (Abrams, 2002). In addition, Lyle Rexer has published many catalogue essays and articles on art, architecture, and photography and contributed to such publications as The New York Times, Art in America, Aperture, BOMB, and DAMn. As a curator, he has organized exhibitions in the United States and internationally, most recently "The Edge of Vision," a selection of contemporary abstract photography. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York and is a columnist for Photograph magazine.
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      "Like the pens of the great writers, the developer trays of the world's best photographers provide a unique, and weirdly intimate look, into the lives of people who used them."
      -Wired.com

      "[Cyr] spent three years snapping pictures of famous photographers' trays, and now he is bringing his album out of the darkroom..."
      -Brooklyn Daily

      "When John Cyr set out to photograph the tolls of the darkroom he discovered in himself something unexpected - a passion to capture the fingerprints of some of the world's greatest photographers."
      -BBC News online


      "An essential tool in that process is the developer tray – the vehicle that holds the various liquids that develop, stop, and fix your exposed image and create a print. It has been a very private place for the image-maker, which is why master photography printer John Cyr‘s new book, Developer Trays, is such a treat."
      -PDN

      "In an age where digital photographic methods are dominating over the hand craftsmanship of darkroom created silver gelatin prints, Cyr’s photographs stand as a documentation"
      -Juxtapoz
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    U is for Underwear Jesse Levison
    9781576876909 Board book JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) to K On Sale Date: April 08, 2014
    $9.95 CAD 7.01 x 7.01 x 0.72 in | 26 pages Carton Quantity: 32 Canadian Rights: Y POW!
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      Artist and printmaker Jesse Levison brings style to the alphabet in U is for Underwear. Toddlers will keep turning the pages of this chunky board book featuring simple, vibrant, and graphic illustrations. Imbuing everyday objects with a sense of wonder, the bold artwork makes a perfect introduction to the ABCs for young pre-readers who can trace the letters with a finger and begin to understand the symbolic representation that underlies reading and writing.

      Parents can begin to develop literacy in even very young children by exposing them to the letters of the alphabet, making U is for Underwear a fun and easy tool for imprinting little brains. Pleasing to the eye for both kids and adults, Jesse's retro sensibility and witty simplicity makes this a potential cross-over title for their little learners—or at least a great gift for style-conscious parents.
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      ***Amazon Best Children's Book of 2014***

      ***Amazon Best of 2014 for Ages 0 - 2***

      ***Amazon Editor's Pick #3***
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    The Mind's Eye The Art of Omni Jeremy Frommer, Rick Schwartz, Ben Bova
    9781576876862 Hardcover ART / Popular Culture On Sale Date: June 10, 2014
    $60.00 CAD 12.38 x 11.29 x 1.23 in | 4.72 lb | 180 pages Carton Quantity: 6 Canadian Rights: Y powerHouse Books
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      Omni was a jewel among popular science magazines of its era (1978–1998). Science Digest, Science News, Scientific America, and Discover may have all been selling well to armchair scientists, but Omni masterfully blended cutting edge science news and science fiction, flashy graphic design, a touch of sex, and the images of a generation of artists completely free and unburdened by the disciplines of the masters. Created by the legendary Bob Guccione, better known for founding Penthouse than perhaps any of the other facets of his inspired career in business, art, and literature, Guccione handpicked the artists and illustrators that contributed to the Omni legacy—they in turn created works ignited by passion and intellect, two of Guccione's principal ideals.

      The Mind's Eye: The Art of Omni is the very first publication to celebrate in stunning detail the exceptional science fiction imagery of this era in an oversized format. The Mind's Eye contains 185 images from contributing Omni artists including John Berkey, Chris Moore, H.R. Giger, Rafal Olbinski, Rallé, Tsuneo Sanda, Hajime Sorayama, Robert McCall, and Colin Hay among many more, along with quotes from artists, contributors, writers, and critics.

      Omni lived in a time well before the digital revolution. The images you see on these pages have taken years to track down and brought the editors in touch with many esteemed artists, amazing photographers and dusty storage lockers. Their quest is far from over; you'll notice an almost decade-long gap in the material, the contents of which were either lost or destroyed. Efforts to search throughout the universe for any images will continue and will be shared with the world at the all-things-Omni website, omnireboot.com. Stay tuned...

      Collected in book form for the first time ever, the striking art from this extraordinary magazine will delight fans who remember seeing the work years ago and newcomers interested in the unique aesthetic of this genre's biggest artists.

      "Omni was a magazine about the future. From 1978 to 1998 Omni blew minds by regularly featuring extensive Q&As with some of the top scientists of the 20th century—E.O. Wilson, Francis Crick, Jonas Salk—tales of the paranormal, and some of the most important science fiction to ever see magazine publication: William Gibson's genre-defining stories 'Burning Chrome' and 'Johnny Mnemonic,' Orson Scott Card's 'Unaccompanied Sonata,' novellas by Harlan Ellison and George R. R. Martin, 'Thanksgiving,' a postapocalyptic tale by Joyce Carol Oates—even William S. Burroughs graced its pages." —Vice magazine, Motherboard

      "Omni is not a science magazine. It is a magazine about the future...Omni was sui generis. Although there were plenty of science magazines over the years...Omni was the first magazine to slant all its pieces toward the future. It was fun to read and gorgeous to look at." —Ben Bova, six-time Hugo award winner
      Bio
      Jeremy Frommer, Wall Street financier and the mind’s eye media industry investor, has been collecting art and pop culture memorabilia for over 20 years. In 2009, he retired from the financial services industry, where he was senior managing director and global head of The Royal Bank of Canada’s Global Prime Services division. Soon thereafter, Frommer and his business partner, producer Rick Schwartz, began acquiring a number of intellectual properties and media assets. In early 2012, they formed Jerrick Ventures. Jerrick Ventures acquired the assets of Omni magazine, including its vast art collection.

      Rick Schwartz is an award-winning film producer and financier based in New York. Throughout his career, he has worked on a wide range of critically acclaimed and commercially successful films including The Aviator, Gangs of New York, Machete, and Black Swan. Schwartz has been involved with movies that have cumulatively grossed over one billion dollars in worldwide box office sales and earned 31 Academy Award nominations. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild, as well as a published writer whose work has appeared in such outlets as The Times of London, The Huffington Post, The Washington Times, and Grantland.
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      "Take a look—and blow your young mind all over again"
      -Wired

      "Omni united things which simply hadn't previously co-habited in popular culture, and in this it was a true forerunner to the world as we know it now."
      -Dazed Digital

      "Expect intergalactic warfare, sexy cyborgs, laser-shooting robo-bugs, and telekinetic Persian cats"
      -Fast Company
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    Baby's First Book Blocks Boxed Set Dan Stiles
    9781576876848 Board book JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 0 - 3, Grade (US) to P On Sale Date: June 17, 2014
    $16.95 CAD 2.5 x 9.65 x 1.9 in | 22 pages Carton Quantity: 30 Canadian Rights: Y POW!
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      Book Blocks are chunky little board books that are shaped like blocks, the perfect first books for babies! Featuring high-contrast colors, eye-catching shapes, and colorful patterns (incorporating the latest scientific research about vision development), these mini books are designed to entice infants to focus and develop their visual acuity.
       

           Four little block-shaped mini books, each measuring 2-3/8 x 2-3/8 inches, comprise this adorable set:

           Book 1: Black and White--simple but interesting shapes moving into more complex shapes and patterns

           Book 2: Red, Blue, and Yellow--introduces primary colors and slightly more complex shapes, moving into real patterns with multiple colors

           Book 3: Color and Pattern--secondary colors and more complex patterns

           Book 4: Visual Excitement--subtle shades and complicated patterns 

           
      Simply sit with your baby a few minutes each day and turn the pages, encouraging baby to focus on each page. As your baby develops, you will be able to hand the book blocks back and forth, and soon your baby will be able to grasp the book blocks and explore for her or himself. 
        


         • The set of 4 books is presented in a slim box, 9-1/2 x 2-3/8 x 2, with an acetate window that reveals the book blocks inside.



         • Studies show that during the first year of life, babies' visual skills develop dramatically. While a month-old infant will prefer sharply defined, black and white edges and patterns, by 4 months of age, most babies can distinguish even subtle shades and respond to repeating patterns.



         • These little books provide a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to interact with baby. Just a few minutes a day of looking at and tracking shapes and colors helps babies to develop good visual acuity.



         • Designed by Dan Stiles, who is known for his appealing use of color and pattern, these bloox make a great toy that will continue to be fun to play with long after babies have learned to see as well as adults.
      Bio
      Dan Stiles is the author of the hilarious boardbook Put On Your Shoes! (POW! 2013) Dan combines illustration and design in his award-winning visual work. Over the past 15 years Dan has collaborated with everyone from indie bands to major corporations in creating identities, custom packaging, and limited edition collectable art and merchandise. Dan is perhaps best known for his poster art, having worked with artists across multiple genres including Death Cab for Cutie, Sonic Youth, Arctic Monkeys, Cat Power, Hot Chip, Sigur Ros, Ted Leo, TV on The Radio, Dizze Rascal, Wilco, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and countless others. Dan lives with his wife and daughters in Portland, Oregon.
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      ***Amazon Editor’s Pick #9***

      "Dan Stiles captures baby's attention with bright colors and shapes of varying degrees of complexity."
      - Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine


      “Help to contribute to this future genius' success with these stackable Baby’s First Book Blocks feature various vibrant colors and patterns that help babies visual and cognitive development.”
      – Parade

      “Combining books and blocks featuring high-contrast colors, eye-catching shapes, and colorful patterns. These mini books are designed to entice infants to focus and develop their visual acuity.” - Urban Baby & Toddler

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    Testament Chris Hondros, Alexandra Ciric, Francisco P. Bernasconi, Christina Piaia
    9781576876732 Hardcover PHOTOGRAPHY / Photojournalism On Sale Date: April 08, 2014
    $45.00 CAD 9.3 x 11.28 x 0.83 in | 160 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y powerHouse Books
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      Testament is a collection of photographs and writing by late photojournalist Chris Hondros spanning over a decade of coverage from most of the world's conflicts since the late 1990s, including Kosovo, Afghanistan, the West Bank, Iraq, Liberia, Egypt, and Libya.

      Through Hondros' images, we witness a jubilant Liberian rebel fighter exalt during a firefight, a U.S. Marine remove Saddam Hussein's portrait from an Iraqi classroom, American troops ride confidently in a thin-skinned unarmored Humvee during the first months of the Iraq war, "the probing eyes of an Afghan village boy," and "rambunctious Iraqi schoolgirls enjoying their precious few years of relative freedom before aging into more restricted adulthoods."

      Hondros was not just a front-line war photographer, but also a committed observer and witness, and his work humanizes complex world events and brings to light shared human experiences. Evident in his writings, interspersed throughout, Hondros was determined to broaden our understanding of war and its consequences.

      This unyielding determination led Hondros to take dozens of trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, even as the news turned elsewhere. During these "routine" trips, Hondros examined and observed daily life in these war-torn societies. His inventive Humvee picture series frames the ever-changing landscapes of these countries, offering a glimpse into the daily lives of those most affected by conflict.

      "One of the ongoing themes in my work, I hope, and one of the things I believe in, is a sense of human nature, a sense of shared humanity above the cultural layers we place on ourselves [which don't] mean that much compared to the human experience."
      —Chris Hondros

      As a photographer working in the world's most difficult and dangerous places, Chris Hondros had the distinctive ability to connect his viewers with people embroiled in far-flung and sometimes obscure conflicts. He recognized the shared humanity among those affected by war, regardless of culture or beliefs, and he was determined to share their challenges to the wider world in the hope of provoking thought, raising awareness, and fostering understanding.

      In the introduction to the book, Getty Images Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Klein writes, "Chris believed that his work could and would make a difference. He dedicated and ultimately lost his life in pursuit of that belief. I have no doubt that Chris was correct. Images can and do influence public opinion, galvanize people and societies, and force governments to change. They bring much-needed focus and attention to the suffering of people who are otherwise unable to communicate their plight."

      Inspired by his life, work, and vision—The Chris Hondros Fund endeavors to bring light to shared human experiences by supporting and protecting photojournalists. Through their generous support, Getty Images' proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Fund. For more information please visit www.chrishondrosfund.org.
      Bio
      Chris Hondros (March 14, 1970—April 20, 2011) was an American Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist. Born in New York City to Greek and German immigrants, both survivors of World War II, he moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, as a child. After studying English literature at North Carolina State University and receiving a master's degree from Ohio University's School of Visual Communication, Hondros returned to New York to concentrate on international reporting.

      Hondros covered most of the world's major conflicts and disasters since the late 1990s, including work in Kosovo, Afghanistan, the West Bank, Iraq, Liberia, Egypt, and Libya. Hondros was also a frequent lecturer and published essayist on issues of war, and he regularly wrote for the Virginia Quarterly Review, Editor & Publisher, the Digital Journalist, and other news publications.

      Hondros, a staff photographer for Getty Images since 2000, was a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news photography: in 2004, for his work in Liberia, and posthumously in 2012, for his coverage of the Arab Spring. During his career, he received dozens of awards, among them honors from World Press Photo, the Pictures of the Year International competition, Visa pour l'Image, and the Overseas Press Club, including the John Faber Award for his work in Liberia and the Robert Capa Gold Medal, war photography's highest honor, for his work covering the conflict in Iraq.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "Hondros' photos stood out for his ability to capture moments of clarity in tense, difficult situations. Not just dangerous situations, with bullets and mortars and shrapnel flying all around, but emotional ones."
      -Mother Jones

      "Ultimately, Chris's voice became the inspiration, subtext and force behindd 'Testament.'"
      -New York Times, Lens

      "Testament, the new collection of images and writings by late photojournalist Chris Hondros, is a labor of love by many people who were close to him."
      -Photo District News

      "A fearless photojournalist who covered conflict across the globe, Hondros made images that he believed could change the worls, a claim that's hard to argue when faced with his intense and piercing images."
      -TIME Magazine's LightBox

      "Chris Hondros, one of the most accomplished war photographers of his generation, was fatally wounded three years ago while in Libya. A new book, “Testament,” showcases Hondros’ finest work from some of the world’s most dangerous conflicts over the years."
      -CNN Phots

      "It underscores that sometimes the most important thing you can do as a journalist is be a witness for the world — and that’s what Hondros died doing."
      -Yahoo

      "...one of the most gifted photojournalists of the 21st century. His most powerful work has now been collected in Testament"
      -Rolling Stone

      Named one of Mother Jones's best photo books of the year.

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    9781576876800 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2 On Sale Date: March 14, 2014
    $17.95 CAD 9 x 9 x 0.37 in | 48 pages Carton Quantity: 34 Canadian Rights: Y POW!
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      At once fun to read and educational, 1 to 20, Animals Aplenty shows each number both numerically and as a quantity, which is the key to teaching children not only to count but also the building blocks of mathematical skills. 

      The new book from Katie Viggers, author of Almost an Animal Alphabet, teaches kids to count from 1 to 20 as they meet a menagerie of amusing creatures.

      Each number is depicted in animals, so kids learn the number and also instantly see how many. All this education is disguised by Katie's adorable, detailed creatures, who romp through the numbers with unexpected and frequently silly props—and it all rhymes! For example...

      "5 goats wearing coats"

      "7 pigs, 7 wigs"

      "15 bats who are acrobats"
      Bio
      Katie Viggers is a children's book illustrator and mono print artist. All of the animals pictured in her work start off as black and white mono prints, then undergo a transformation to add color, depth, and texture. She loves to create child-friendly illustrations that are both funny and sophisticated. Her first book, Almost an Animal Alphabet, was published by POW! in 2013.
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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Reviews
      "Viggers follows 2013’s Almost an Animal Alphabet with this counting-themed companion book, which has the same understated wit and careful portraiture of its predecessor."
      - Publishers Weekly

      "From pigs wearing wigs to chickens reading Dickens, Viggers peppers each page with enough whimsical detail and dry wit to make counting to twenty feel like spending an afternoon sipping chai tea with Wes Anderson."
      - The Huffington Post

      ***Favorite picture book Art by Book Riot***

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