If you hadn’t yet heard, today is National Penguin Awareness Day, and this seems like an appropriate day to hop back in the blog saddle. I thought I would have more time to post regular updates once my manuscript had been submitted and edited and copyedited and published….but no. As it turned out, things were just starting to heat up. The last few months have been a whirlwind – but I’m not complaining! It’s been an exhilarating ride so far. For those faithful folks who are following along, here are the highlights from the last few months.
Simon & Schuster’s Free Press imprint released The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, a Devastating Oil Spill and the Inspiring Story of the World’s Largest Animal Rescue on October 26, 2010. Things were off to an exciting start with Tim Flannery’s review of The Great Penguin Rescue in The New York Review of Books. This was followed by favorable mentions in the New York Post and The Daily Beast’s ‘Week in Culture’ column. The Daily Beast had this to say: “It’s hard to imagine a silver lining coming out of a story about an oil spill, but if there ever were one, it would be The Great Penguin Rescue.” And the New York Post put it on their required reading list (along with John Grisham’s new book, no less!), calling it “a true-life eco-thriller with a happy ending.”
In November, it was a ‘pick of the month’ book on Alan Caruba’s Bookviews. And Kelly Riccetti wrote a very nice review on her birding blog, Red and The Peanut. One of her comments was, “deNapoli weaves in inspiring stories of penguins she has worked with through the years, passing on a deeper (and more intimate) understanding of the species, and probably a greater appreciation of them as well.” Then, in December, Birder’s World Magazine featured The Great Penguin Rescue as one of their ‘bird books we like” for 2010, saying, “In the wake of the BP disaster and its botched bird recovery, it’s gratifying to read Dyan deNapoli’s new book”. Fredericksburg.com published a review in December as well. And the highlight for the month was having The Great Penguin Rescue selected as ‘one of the best sci-tech books of 2010’ by Library Journal.
2011 started off with a bang when The Great Penguin Rescue was chosen for the Midwest Book Review’s Bookwatch. They listed it on their Pets/Wildlife Shelf, saying “any general interest or natural history collection will relish this!” It was also featured in Donna Seebo’s newsletter in her ‘author special mention’ section as one her ‘picks for interesting reading for January’. She said of the book, “This story is amazing and almost unbelievable, however it is true and inspiring in a phenomenal way.” The Cape Cod Times reviewed The Great Penguin Rescue in their Bookshelf column, and the Boston Globe reviewed it in their Shelf Life column.
Rounding it all out were two feature articles, the first of which was written in October for the Georgetown Record by Sally Applegate. And Joel Brown wrote an article that was on the front page of the Boston Globe North on January 9th. In it, he calls the The Great Penguin Rescue “a book that’s both exciting nature drama and big-picture penguin ecology primer”.
So, as I said at the outset, it’s been an exciting ride so far! If I hope to post this while it’s still actually National Penguin Awareness Day, then I must stop here. In my next post, I plan to highlight some of the television and radio interviews I’ve done for the book. These have been tremendous fun to do, and I hope you will enjoy listening to some of them.
Until then….as my friend Sally says, “Honk, Bray!”