What do Joan Didion, John Updike, and Alice Walker have in common?

On the surface, not much besides the fact that all three are iconoclastic contemporary American writers. However, a glance at their biographies reveals that they all share the honor of having received a National Book Award (NBA), the most prestigious literary prize presented in the United States. Coincidentally, NMSG has done composition work on books by all three of these highly regarded authors.

This year, NMSG has a more immediate connection to the National Book Awards.

Read more: Eyes on the Prize

imageNMSG has been cooking with Julia Child for many years, and 2012, the centenary of her birth, was no exception. We produced the latest biography of the legendary culinary diva, Bob Spitz's Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, which was published by Alfred A. Knopf during the summer and hit the bestseller lists shortly thereafter.

Read more: Bon Appetit!

The hottest characters in crime these days seem to be women. Blowing Miss Jane Marple and Nancy Drew off the page, Janet Evanovich's Lizzy Tucker and Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander represent the new breed of female sleuth—having the smarts and determination of their fictional forerunners but with a definite edge. NMSG produced both the best-selling "Girl" trilogy that features Salander and Evanovich's latest novel in her "Wicked" series, Wicked Business, which recently topped bestseller lists.

Read more: Women, Crime, and NMSG

imageThe 26th Annual New York Book Show was held on March 20, 2012, and North Market Street Graphics received six awards, a personal best for the company. We garnered first place in the general trade category for the adult graphic novel MetaMaus, by Art Spiegelman, published by Pantheon Books. We also produced four second-place titles and a Merit Award book, all in the general trade category.

Read more: 2012 New York Book Show

Established best-selling authors can now expect a third or more of their book sales to be in electronic formats, according to a recent report in USA Today, and nearly half of the titles on that paper’s Best-Selling Books list are eBooks. Those numbers will continue to increase, and those in the publishing business that adapt will grow along with the sales figures. NMSG anticipated this digital revolution in publishing, and our eBook production process is up and running.

Read more: Unexpected eBook Developments