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Monday, August 22, 2016: Insight Editions

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Insight Editions

With support of the publisher, Shelf Awareness highlights Insight Editions, the San Rafael, Calif., publisher whose works are distinguished by their creativity, high production and design values and rich content, the kinds of books that work well in bookstores and need to be seen and touched to be fully appreciated.

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Insight Editions: More Than 20 Years of Steady Growth

Insight Editions' founder and publisher Raoul Goff

From its beginnings more than 20 years ago, Insight Editions has focused on what founder and publisher Raoul Goff calls "immersive, tactile products that are designed to engage fans and provide a deeper connection to their favorite worlds." Working with major studios, brands, musicians, celebrities, sports organizations and others, Insight Editions' books celebrate the best in cultural milestones in pop culture, gaming, comics, music, art and photography, film, television and sports. Its titles include everything from beautiful coffee-table books to pop-up books and graphic novels, from model-building titles to journals and stationery.

It's a multimedia company that continues to expand. This year alone, Insight Editions is launching three new divisions: IncrediBuilds, a line of collectible 3D wood models; Insight Comics, a comics and graphic novel imprint; and a cookbook line. Insight Editions imprints include Mandala Publishing, which focuses on Eastern art and wisdom; Earth Aware Editions, which offers titles with a focus on nature, sustainability, and environmental issues; Insight Collectibles, a high-end line of limited editions, prop-replicas, and figures distributed by Sideshow Collectibles; Insight Kids, which focuses on design-intensive, interactive children's formats; and Insights, a full line of stationery and gifts, including writing journals, sketchbooks, stationery sets, and poster books.

Insight COO Michael Madden

Founded in 1994 as a book production and design company, Insight Editions started to publish under its own name in 2001. "We got to the point where we were becoming a go-to creative team for some of the largest publishers in the world on challenging projects that both called for complex design and production," chief operating officer Michael Madden explains. "We discovered that there was a real demand for our approach. That led us to turn our energies toward developing our own projects in house and forging our own identity as a publisher."

At first, Insight Editions had a music emphasis, publishing such titles as Rolling Stones 40x20, Between Midnight and Day: The Last Unpublished Blues Archive, Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen and Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork.

Soon, the company expanded, working with Lucasfilm on two books: Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars and Sculpting a Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model Shop, published in 2005 and 2006, respectively, in both trade and deluxe limited editions. "Those two books put us on the map in terms of studio relationships," Madden says, adding that from there, much collaboration with movie studios, production companies and directors soon followed.

"We began working with DreamWorks, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Warner Bros., and many others," Goff says. Eventually, that work led to a reputation as "a publisher of high-end and complicated art projects with unique interactive elements" that the company works hard to maintain. "We continually try to push the envelope in terms of the kind of creativity and innovation that we can bring to our publishing," adds Goff.

From there, the company branched into sports and gaming, producing books with Blizzard Entertainment, the San Francisco Giants, The Dallas Cowboys, the Philadelphia Phillies, and others. In addition to the studios mentioned above, the company's licensors also include HBO, Disney Publishing Worldwide, WWE, Activision, Microsoft, and AMC. The company has also worked closely on books and projects with Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, Quincy Jones, and Metallica.

Currently, Insight Editions continues to expand, deepening its relationships with studios, artists and authors, and expanding its core creative team in the process. "We're proud of the books we publish, but we're also extremely proud of the team we have built," says Goff. "Their passion for the material comes through in the final result." The company's international and export business has also "exploded" in the last few years. And, Goff stresses, "it has become just as much a priority is our domestic sales."

So now, 15 years after the company published the first book under the Insight Editions name, Goff notes, "We feel that we are in the right place and the right time in the market. There have been a lot of predictions about the decline of the physical book, and that may be true for some publishers. For our part, we are seeing growth year after year through our publishing philosophy, which is focused on physical formats that encourage reader interaction and tactile engagement."

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The 'Holy Trinity' of Departments

A key component of the company is the close collaborative connection between the editorial, design and production departments, which senior editor Chris Prince likens to "a holy trinity."

Executive editor Vanessa Lopez concurs, calling her colleagues "an unstoppable force. These are people who are relentless in making something better and pushing the envelope. On every project, there's always a point where we stop and take inventory on where a book is in the process. We ask, 'Have we explored all we can explore? Is it as good as it can be?' Or simply, 'Is it cool enough?' "

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For her part, art director Chrissy Kwasnik says, "We work well together collaboratively and creatively. There's no one person behind everything. Each book is a team effort."

The staff's organic connection with the material Insight Editions publishes is also a crucial element in the company's success. Raoul Goff is especially proud that "everyone who works at Insight is a super fan of the subjects we publish. It helps us understand our consumers, because we strive to make the books that we have always wanted to own ourselves." Kwasnik agrees, saying, "We're extremely passionate about what we publish. It's hard work, but it’s also fun work."

Lopez adds, "We like to joke that we have a book for every fandom. In a way, it's true--everyone is a fan of something, whether it's a film or a video game, a photographer or a sports franchise. Our readers are fans looking to connect further with the subjects they're passionate about. Our ultimate goal is to create something that will endure and that they will treasure."

A good example of this kind of approach to publishing is the company's line of "in-world fiction," which Lopez emphasizes, "attempts to create a book that feel like found objects from a specific fictional world." Lopez adds, "It's important that when the reader picks these books up they think, 'This is how I always imagined it would be.' "

Senior editor Chris Prince points to the work Insight Editions has done for Ghostbusters as an excellent example of how so many of the publisher's book ideas come from the passionate staff, who are passionate fans of films, comics and other properties. Early on, he recalls, "I created a list of books that, as a huge fan of the franchise, I'd always wanted to do. Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History was on there, as was Tobin's Spirit Guide," a fictional reference guide that is briefly mentioned in the first Ghostbusters movie. "For fans, it's always been one of those fun mysteries--what is Tobin's Spirit Guide and what does it contain? We really wanted to answer that question." This led the company to create Tobin's Spirit Guide written by Erik Burnham and illustrated by Kyle Hotz, which Insight Editions published in June.

"It's designed to be like an encyclopedia of all the ghosts with classifications, illustrations and commentary by Egon Spengler and Ray Stantz [two of the main characters in the movie]," Prince says. "We really liked the idea of the original Ghostbusters 'revising' Tobin's Spirit Guide and adding notes from their experiences. Now it's part of Ghostbusters mythology."

Art director Chrissy Kwasnik worked closely with the book's author and illustrator to help make the book stand out with "the aged, stained look of the pages and the cover design echoing the classic Ghostbusters 'no ghost' symbol."

This kind of close collaboration with partners and authors is typical of Insight Editions' approach. Michael Madden calls this engagement one of his favorite things about his job. He remembers working with James Cameron on Exploring the Deep: The Titanic Expeditions. "He is probably the smartest person I have ever worked with," he says. "It was such a joy and opportunity to spend time with him and experience his tireless creativity and determination firsthand." Likewise he says that the six weeks he spent with Quincy Jones working on The Complete Quincy Jones: My Journey and Passions was "an inspiration. We felt incredibly lucky to be presenting his entire life in a visual history." 

In the same vein, for its book on Johnny Cash, Insight Editions worked closely with the singer's son on House of Cash: The Legacies of My Father, Johnny Cash by John Carter Cash. They went through Johnny Cash's personal effects and included in the book, among many other things, his high school diploma, a driver's license and love notes to June Carter. "It feels like his personal scrapbook, not just a book about his life," Madden says. "We tried to make a book he would give his own child."

New Distribution by Simon & Schuster

Since July 1, Insight Editions has been distributed by Simon & Schuster. Terry Newell, head of sales, calls the agreement "a perfect fit. Our books complement their books. We're thrilled to be working with their sales force." S&S, he continues, expands Insight's reach into major retail and special accounts, but especially bookstores. And with many brick-and-mortar bookstores devoting "more real estate to toys, collectibles, and puzzles," Insight Editions wants to be sure they know about the products it has for those areas. "We should be good partners," Newell says, adding with a laugh, "We specialize in physical products, not e-books, so bookstores don't have to worry about alternate electronic formats that might compete for sales. The value of our books is not only in the editorial content but in the complete physical package."

Julie Hamilton, sales director, adds, "With our growth, we're happy to be partnering with S&S to expand our current customer base and open up new doors and new channels. We want to reach more booksellers, librarians, and consumers to showcase our products and help them discover the quality and creativity of each one."

Marketing director Joan Lee emphasizes that Insight Editions books make for great bookstore displays. Addressing booksellers, she says, "Just open up one of our pop-up books, such as the Disney Princess Pop-Up Book, the Game of Thrones Pop-Up Book, or Walking Dead Pop-Up Book, and let them 'speak' for themselves." She notes that the company has "a great library" of book trailers that showcase the books and demonstrate how interactive and tactile they are.

Terry Newell notes that Insight Editions "knows who the consumer is before creating the books arrive." For example, with its Game of Thrones titles, he says, "We knew how to reach fans. We've identified consumers [often at comic cons] and used social media to get to them before the book is in bookstores."


Insight Editions' new IncrediBuilds are popping pop culture off the page with collectible 3D wood models based on both licensed properties--including Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Marvel--and educational subjects like dinosaurs, sharks, and architectural wonders. Deluxe book sets include the model and a hardcover book about its respective subject full of facts, color illustrations and tips for customizing the models.

IncrediBuilds models are assembled piece-by-piece (see a video of a TIE Fighter coming together here) from Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood into a freestanding structure. There's no glue or tools required, and the wood is perfect for coloring or painting.

"The IncrediBuilds line stems from our experience in creating engaging and visually immersive experiences beyond publishing. It represents a creative building and crafting line that stimulates creativity, imagination, and learning," said Raoul Goff. "By encouraging kids to explore, design, and build, IncrediBuilds also helps foster an early love of STEAM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math]." Kids can read and learn about their favorite characters, animals, and monuments, but adults will find the building and decorating fun too. "These are tailor-made for the 'wood toy' parent as well--parents who prefer toys for their children made from more natural materials," adds Goff.

Executive editor Vanessa Lopez added, "For us, it's important to offer a product that allows interaction with something other than a computer, a phone, or television. These offer a way for both kids and adults to express their creativity and feel a sense of accomplishment in the end." Many collectible models on the market focus heavily on the display element, but don't necessarily offer a customization component. By contrast, with IncrediBuilds, customers both build and color their models as they choose. "They make them their own," Lopez said. The book also offers customization tips and ideas: the R2-D2 book offers three possible examples: the classic blue-and-white R2-D2, the slightly less clean R2-D2 in the Dagobah swamp or R2-Q5, the black-and-bronze droid.

Summer titles are already available, including two from the Harry Potter universe (House Elves and Quidditch, with models of Dobby and a Snitch, respectively) and two from Star Wars (TIE Fighter and R2-D2). Tyrannosaurus rexButterflyGreat White Sharks, and Eiffel Tower were just released in July; Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesFinding Dory,and Captain America in August; more models from Harry Potter and Star Wars, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Assassin's Creed, are planned for the fall, including a Batmobile and an Iron Man bust, as well as an owl and spider among the educational models. More releases are scheduled into 2017. They range in price from $15.99 to $19.99 or higher for more complex models.

Expanding and Launching New Lines

Hidden Universe Travel Guides
The first of the Hidden Universe Travel Guides, a new line of travel guides for fictional places, is Star Trek: Vulcan by Dayton Ward, focusing on the planet in Star Trek that was home to Spock. With the feel of a traditional travel guide, Vulcan focuses on the "culture, places, and customs" of Vulcan, as senior editor Chris Prince puts it. The book includes notes about the Vulcan language, dining, and nightlife, details about the planet's geography, and even a hilarious essay by Dr. McCoy sheepishly praising Vulcan. Because not much information was given about Vulcan in the series and movies, like a great deal of Insight Editions' work, much of the book was created in the spirit of the franchise and with its huge fandom in mind. Art director Chrissy Kwasnik notes that it was challenging collecting enough assets from the various films and the television series to produce a comprehensive travel guide for Vulcan: "Due to that challenge, we ended up hiring illustrators to create all original illustrations from scratch, and that ended freeing us up creatively in deciding what the travel guide could do and show." But the decision has paid off, as Prince says that the fan reaction has been great.

In October, the next in the series, The Complete Marvel Cosmos by Mark Sumerak, appears (see fall titles, below), which will include "cheeky commentary from the Guardians of the Galaxy," according to Prince.

In Spring 2017, Insight Editions is planning a travel guide to the Klingon Empire, with others in the series on the way.

Insight Comics

Insight Editions is launching Insight Comics, which will focus on a range of comics and graphic novels that include original and licensed titles, in addition to translations of bestselling foreign writers and artists. The comics line is "a natural progression for us, a labor of love," says executive editor Vanessa Lopez, who adds that the comics will be based on the hallmarks of Insight Editions' general approach: "premium art, storytelling, and quality."

Mark Irwin, who recently joined the company as a senior editor focusing on comics and collectibles, says, "What's exciting about this imprint is the incredible production and creative resources that Insight brings to the table. From original stories to amazing licensed material to the finest foreign content, Insight Comics will bring a level of quality and unique craftsmanship to its offerings."

The titles will be either hardcover graphic novels or multivolume trade paperbacks and will release quarterly.

Pop Culture Cookbooks
Insight Editions is expanding its cookbook line, adding two to the fall lineup: Adventure Time: The Official Cookbook and World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook. As Michael Madden notes, "We've dabbled in cookbooks. Now we're focused on them. They're fun, creative, and even whimsical at times."

Vanessa Lopez noted that fans have been excited about the line--the World of Warcraft cookbook already has substantial presales. She adds that it's been challenging working on the two upcoming cookbooks that have ingredients that "don't exist in our world." Her favorite example: lobster soul. Still, the books' recipes are for real foods, with luscious photos typical of traditional cookbooks.

"Food and parties are a big part of Adventure Time," Lopez adds, "so the cookbook is a natural extension of that world." On the menu for next spring: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Official Pizza Cookbook.

Terry Newell observes that these cookbooks are typical of Insight Editions' approach and clientele: "We create books for fans who have gotten so into gaming, movies, and television that they stopped buying as many books. Those readers might not buy regular cookbooks, but they will buy these. By publicizing books like these at Comic Cons and on social media, we've presold thousands." 

Coloring Books
For Insight Editions, coloring books, which continue to grow in popularity, have been tremendously successful--and the company is convinced that the category will continue to thrive. As Raoul Goff put it, "We don't think readers are suddenly going to become uninterested in coloring." 

Insight Editions has been a major player in adult coloring books in the past few years through its packaging operations. One example is the Harry Potter coloring book series, which were licensed and produced by Insight. Scholastic published the books in North America. Worldwide, the series boasts sales exceeding four million copies and have been a phenomenon. The series of Harry Potter coloring books feature intricate line drawings created from scratch or developed from the Warner Bros. archive.

Just last month, Insight Editions published DC Comics Coloring Book, full of illustrations of the "most iconic covers and scenes from DC Comics history." Coming up this fall is Supernatural: The Official Coloring BookAssassin's Creed: The Official Coloring BookDinosaurs: A Coloring Book by William Stout, and DC Comics: Wonder Woman Coloring Book.

Michael Madden emphasizes that while most coloring books on the market are black-and-white productions, Insight Editions coloring books feature, appropriately enough, a section of full-color artwork for reference and inspiration.

Journals and Stationery
The company's journals are "collectible and unique," says Michael Madden. Many are tied into a TV series, film, or game in creative ways. For example, the Game of Thrones line includes journals for each of the major houses in the series, while the Harry Potter journal feature Hogwarts, Gryffindor and the Deathly Hallows. The DC Comics line--which includes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, and the Joker--were made to appear as though they once belonged to the character. As a result, they begin with notes and illustrations written by a core character from the DC universe before giving way to blank pages. Other journals are based on popular TV shows like The Flash, Arrow, and The Walking Dead.

The Harry Potter Hogwarts Stationery Set includes envelopes, stationery, a wax seal set and a crest paperweight enclosed in a keepsake box. Vanessa Lopez notes that readers have been sending in letters to Insight Editions on that stationery expressing their appreciation of the set. Insight Editions' stationery line continues to expand with new journals for fans of Minions, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Supernatural, and Destiny, as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and more Harry Potter journals and deluxe stationery sets.

Fall Highlights from Insight Editions

Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History by Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann (9781608878109; Oct. 18) celebrates the 30th anniversary of Jim Henson's 1986 film Labyrinth, a musical fantasy starring David Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King, who kidnaps teenager Sarah's (Jennifer Connelly) infant brother to an otherworldly maze. Initially a box office disappointment, the film has since gained a wide cult following. The Ultimate Visual History includes interviews with cast and crewmembers, sketches, story notes and concept art as well as a film poster. It also features a foreword by Henson's son, Brian, and an introduction by puppeteer Toby Froud, who played Sarah's infant brother in the film. Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann are a husband-and-wife team who have written numerous nonfiction guides about Star Trek and other fantasy franchises.

World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel (9781608878048; Oct. 18) features recipes inspired by Blizzard Entertainment's long-running online fantasy game World of Warcraft. From Dragonbreath Chili to Fel Eggs and Ham or Bloodberry Tart, cooks of all skill levels will find something to sink their fangs into. These tastes of Azeroth are suitable for all diets, from Beer-Basted Boar Ribs for orcish carnivores to Spiced Blossom Soup for druidic vegetarians. Chelsea Monroe-Cassel is the author of A Feast of Ice and Fire, a cookbook companion to George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Adventure Time: The Official Cookbook by Jordan Grosser (9781608876433; Nov. 22) includes culinary creations based on Cartoon Network's animated series Adventure Time. Finn finds an ancient cookbook and sets out to complete the recipes with the help of Jake, Princess Bubblegum, Marceline and other residents of Ooo. Adventure Time: The Official Cookbook features a mix of pre-Mushroom War dishes like spaghetti and meatballs and grilled cheese, with Adventure Time twists, and fresh creations, like Jake's Making Bacon Pancakes and the full Breakfast Kingdom Breakfast. Jordan Grosser has worked in the culinary and fine dining industry for 13 years.

Adventure Time: How to Warrior by Fionna and Cake by Christopher Hastings, illustrated by Zachary Sterling (9781608878833; Oct. 4) is a guide to adventuring in the land of Ooo as told by the fan-favorite, gender-swapped versions of Finn the Human and Jake the Dog--Fionna the Human and Cake the Cat. These expert ladies give advice for all kinds of adventures and include weird artifacts discovered in their own travels, like a "Congratulations on Making a Clone" greeting card.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Pop-Up Book by Brian J. Bromberg, designed by David Hawcock, illustrated by Claudio Sciarrone (9781608878826; Oct. 25) springs Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael out of the sewer and off the page on new adventures above and below New York City. The teenage turtles tumble through five action-packed scenes, from training in the Turtle Lair to fighting the Foot Clan in Shredder's hideout, all based on Nickelodeon's animated series. Brian J. Bromberg is the author of 13 children's books and several short stories for adults. Claudio Sciarrone is an Italian illustrator and writer whose work has been published by Disney, Pixar, Nintendo and others.

DC Comics: Wonder Woman Coloring Book (9781608878925; Oct. 18) is an adult coloring book featuring famous scenes from the history of DC's superhero. These ready-to-color illustrations are based on the work of multiple artists, and cover everything from Wonder Woman's homeland of Themyscira to her iconic heraldry.

Supernatural: The Official Coloring Book (9781608878185; Sept. 20) stars the cast, human and demonic, of WB's hit TV show Supernatural, now in its 11th season. Adult colorers have more than 90 pages of Dean, Sam, Castiel, Crowley and a host of otherwordly figures to illustrate.

Assassin's Creed: The Official Coloring Book (9781608878635; October 25) includes more than 80 pages of intricate illustrations from Ubisoft's highly popular Assassin's Creed games. Featuring iconic scenes of Ezio soaring over Venice in Leonardo da Vinci's flying machine, Connor in the battles of the Revolutionary War, and Altaïr performing a Leap of Faith off a castle wall, this coloring book offers patterns, images, and iconography from throughout history to fill with color.

Dinosaurs: A Coloring Book by William Stout (9781608878642; October 4) features more than 80 dinosaurs illustrated by acclaimed illustrator and movie artist William Stout, who has transported viewers into the lost world of the dinosaurs for decades.

Hidden Universe Travel Guide: The Complete Marvel Cosmos: With Notes by the Guardians of the Galaxy by Marc Sumerak (9781608878543; Oct. 25) introduces prospective interplanetary and interdimensional travelers to Earth, the Nine Realms and all the other dimensions in the Marvel Universe. Whether journeying to the splendor of Thor's homeworld, Asgard, or the dangerous Skrull Empire, readers will appreciate the running commentary added by Guardians of the Galaxy members Peter Quill, Gamora, Rocket and the rest. Marc Sumerak is a comic book writer and editor. He has been nominated for the Eisner Award and the Harvey Award.

The Art of the Iron Giant by Ramin Zahed (9781608878888; Sept. 20) revisits Brad Bird's classic 1999 animated film The Iron Giant with storyboards, development art and more material from the Warner Bros. archives. This story of a young boy who finds a giant alien robot during the Cold War mixes hand-drawn and CG animation, along with the voices of Vin Diesel, Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Cloris Leachman, John Mahoney and Eli Marienthal, into a sometimes under-appreciated gem of an animated movie. Ramin Zahed is the editor-in-chief of Animation Magazine.

The Art of Jock by Will Dennis and Jock (9781608878055, Sept. 20) is a compilation of work from Mark Simpson, also known as Jock, an illustrator of comics, movie posters and other pop art. Jock is an Eisner Award nominee and New York Times bestseller whose work had been published by Marvel, DC, Image and pop-culture company Mondo. The Art of Jock includes a foreword by Peter Berg, an introduction by Jim Lee, and an afterword by Scott Snyder, plus two gatefolds, and vellum and acetate overlays to further illustrate Jock's creative process. Will Dennis was an editor with Vertigo/DC Entertainment for more than 15 years.

Deadpool: Drawing the Merc with a Mouth: Three Decades of Amazing Marvel Comics Art by Matthew K. Manning (9781608879182; Oct. 25) highlights iconic covers and the best art from the history of Deadpool, Marvel's funny and foul-mouthed superhero, whose recent feature film debut (starring Ryan Reynolds) was an enormous success. Deadpool: Drawing the Merc with a Mouth also includes an exclusive original cover by Deadpool artist Reilly Brown, and a poster insert. Matthew K. Manning is a comic book writer whose work has been published by Marvel and DC Comics.

Assassin's Creed: Into the Animus by Ian Nathan (9781608877973; Dec. 21) contains art and photography from the upcoming Assassin's Creed film, based on Ubisoft's popular video game franchise. Michael Fassbender stars as a man who relives an ancestor's life through a machine that reads his genetic memory. Assassin's Creed: Into the Animus includes interviews with designers about the challenges of creating futuristic sets and 15th-century Spanish settings, and shows how the parkour choreography, a staple of the series, was created. Ian Nathan is executive editor at Empire magazine and has written other books about film.

Metallica: Back to the Front by Matt Taylor (9781608877461; Sept. 13) celebrates the 30th anniversary of the band's Master of Puppets album and corresponding tour with a visual history, including previously unpublished photos and interviews with band members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett. Master of Puppets is a six-time platinum album and a high point in the band's history; its triumphant tour was overshadowed by the death of bassist Cliff Burton in a tour bus accident. The book includes a foreword by lead Metallica vocalist James Hetfield and an afterword by Ray Burton, Cliff Burton's father. Matt Taylor is also the author of Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard.

Grit and Glamour: The Street Style, High Fashion, and Legendary Music of the 1970s by Peter Occhiogrosso, photographs by Allan Tannenbaum (9781608878192; Oct. 25) is a collection of photographs taken by artist and photographer Allan Tannenbaum during the 1970s, with subjects ranging from the Rolling Stones and John Lennon to Andy Warhol. Each section of the book covers a different aspect of '70s New York City: fashion, nightlife, street scenes, art, music and more. It includes a foreword by Debbie Harry, lead singer of the band Blondie. Peter Occhiogrosso is the author or coauthor of more than 20 books, and has been a music journalist for many years.

On October 18, Insight Editions will release six stationery, notebook, and journal tie-ins to the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. On November 18, Insight will release two IncrediBuilds featuring creatures from the film. The film (Nov. 18), written by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates, takes place 70 years before the events of Harry Potter. It follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in New York's secret wizarding community.

The Insight tie-ins are:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Newt Scamander Hardcover Ruled Journal (9781608879311).
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Newt Scamander Deluxe Stationery Set (9781608879366).
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Stupefy Hardcover Ruled Journal (9781608879663).
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: MACUSA Hardcover Ruled Journal (9781608879304).
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Obliviate Hardcover Ruled Notebook (9781608879472).
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: City Skyline Hardcover Ruled Notebook (9781608879489)
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Niffler Deluxe Book and Model Set (9781682980613)
IncrediBuilds: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Swooping Evil Deluxe Book and Model Set (9781682980620)

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