Please watch for the many changes coming this month. For now, please enjoy these noteworthy events. 

Pelican’s Spring 2012 catalog will be distributed nationwide beginning January 5 and will showcase forty-nine titles. Welcome to all of our new and returning authors and illustrators this season. Anyone who is interested in receiving a digital or paper copy of the catalog should contact Promotion Director Antoinette de Alteriis at

Sonya Jones’s Sweet Auburn Desserts: Atlanta’s “Little Bakery That Could” ($24.95) took off as soon as it was released in Fall 20ll, and a second printing has been ordered. The book was featured in Food Network’s Holiday Gift Guide, and 2012 is starting out just as sweet. Jones’s labor of love is featured in the January/February issue of Cooking with Paula Deen and the chef herself has managed to schedule signings during America’s most health-conscious month. No doubt such irresistible recipes as Raspberry Cream Pie and Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bars are to thank. Chef Sonya Jones is a recipient of an Ebony magazine “2008 Taste of Ebony Awards” for being one of the top black chefs in the nation.

Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year: 2012 Edition ($14.95), was edited by the late Charles Brooks, who passed away at the end of the book’s creation. The 2012 edition marks the fortieth year of the series’ publication. We encourage cartoonists to continue submitting to us and look forward to continuing Brooks’s tradition.

Dr. Samuel A. Forman, author of Dr. Joseph Warren: The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty ($29.95), has started a series of radio interviews that will take place along the East Coast in 2012. The buzz about the book is connected to the political discussion on healthcare reform and the reminder of how the founding fathers envisioned it. Dr. Warren was one of those legendary founders who died during the Revolutionary War.Forman has posted a YouTube video in which he uses crime scene investigation-type visuals to describe the climactic last moments of the Battle of Bunker Hill and of Joseph Warren’s life: Click on the video with the picture of the skull.

Dianne de Las Casas launches a new title this month called Dinosaur Mardi Gras ($16.99). With many signings scheduled in the crescent city, this New Orleans author is ready for the annual parades. From Lee Circle to Canal Street, follow these crazy creatures as they boogie down the parade route. Notoceratops swings and swoons, while Spinosaurus taps his blue suede shoes and Brachiosaurus tosses colorful beads to the crowd below. Clever rhymes and repetition are accompanied by a glossary and instructions for creating a shoebox Mardi Gras float.

Please watch for the complete PELIGRAM in the coming weeks. You may also check our calendar for the most complete event listings.