Friday, December 30, 2011

Iconic Kisses from History, Cinema and Pop Culture

The demonstrative kiss, the beguiling kiss, the scandalous kiss, the ancient kiss, the royal kiss... They're all included in our forthcoming book, available in early January - giving you plenty of time to pick up a copy for Valentine's Day!

Iconic images from history, cinema and popular culture are compiled in this small little book in a celebration of The Kiss, including the famous balcony kiss between William & Kate on their wedding day.

With fun quotes and photographs of lip-locked couples and images dating back to 480 B.C. this book is truly a history book that will put a smile on your lips and will probably get you in the mood to share an intimate moment with your special someone.

Scenes from many of the AFI's list of 100 Greatest Love Stories of all Time can be found inside this little book, including Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, Ghost, From Here to Eternity, Shakespeare in Love, and many more from TV and other great works of art.

 "Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves." - Albert Einstein

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

On the Road

As we tear off the last page of the 2011 calendar, we're eager to meet our favorite booksellers and introduce our books with the fans they were created for.

Take a look at the first half of our 2012 conference & trade show schedule. We're looking forward to another great year thanks to our readers.

February 12 - February 15
Toy Fair Booth #5846
New York, NY

March 5 - March 9
Game Developers Conference
San Francisco, CA

March 9 - March 13
Austin, TX

March 19 - March 22
Bologna, Italy

April 16 - April 18
Earls Court, London

June 5 - June 7
New York, NY

June 21 - June 26
Anaheim, CA

June 23 - June 25
Denver, CO

Be sure to stop by and say hello if you're at one of these conferences. This list will be updated with our booth numbers closer to each event.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

White House Christmas Trivia

Over the last few weeks, author Coleen Christian Burke has been asking trivia questions about the White House Christmas traditions over on her Twitter account

Here are the questions and answers, most of which can be found inside her book, "Christmas with the First Ladies." If you're a history buff, this book will appeal to you, no matter what time of year it is.

Q: Which of the First Ladies liked to bring in Celebrity Santas for the White House Christmas celebration?
A: Nancy Reagan invited Willard Scott from the Today show, The A Team's Mr. T, and Larry Hagman of Dallas appeared as Santas during the time Mrs. Regan was a First Lady.

Q: Who bought President Nixon a Colt .45 for Christmas?
A: On December 20, Elvis came to the White House to bring President Nixon an early Christmas present!

Q: What was Mrs. Obama's favorite childhood Christmas gift?
A: Revealed to Oprah Winfrey in 2009, Mrs. Obama recalled the Easy Bake oven she adored, but her favorite Christmas present was a dollhouse.

Q: Which three First Ladies used "Nutcracker" as a theme for the holiday decor in the White House?
A: Jacqueline Kennedy (1961), Barbara Bush (1990), and Hillary Clinton (1996).

Q: What was the annual Johnson family holiday photo affectionately known as?
A: "The Annual Christmas Horror Show"

Q: What did Pat Nixon ask Santa to bring her for Christmas in 1969?
A:  As reported in the Washington Post, Pat Nixon asked Santa for a diamond necklace.

Q: Which First Daughter supposedly asked for a chain saw for Christmas?
A:  In 1977, a young friend of Amy Carter mistakenly told this to a reporter.

Q: Which First Lady brought her husband a puppy for Christmas?
A: Hillary bought President Clinton a puppy in 1997 after her 'empty nest' feelings after Chelsea left for college.

Q: How much did the gingerbread house weigh that was displayed in the State Dining Room?
A:  In 2010, the gingerbread house tipped the scales at four hundred pounds.

Q: Which First Lady chose "All Creatures Great and Small" as one of her holiday themes?
A: Laura Bush chose this theme in 2002.

Q: Which First Lady appeared on The Mary Tyler Moore show?
A:  Betty Ford appeared on the show after Christmas in late 1975.

Q: What was Nancy Reagan's annual holiday gift to the press?
A:  Monkey Bread (the recipe is included inside the book).

Q: Which President & First Lady sent out Christmas Party invitations in the shape of a Christmas tree?
A: President and Mrs. Carter in 1978.

Q: Which First Lady had handicap ramps installed at the White House to provide access to all?
A: Pat Nixon had the first ramps installed in 1971.

Q: What is this year's holiday theme at the White House?
A: Shine, Share Give.

Q: Which First Daughter celebrated a White House Wedding in December with 650 guests?
A: Lynda Bird Johnson married Major Charles Robb on December 9th, 1967.

Q: Which First Lady won a bake-off against Barbara Bush with her Chocolate Chip Cookies?
A:  Hillary Clinton won during the 1992 election.

Q: Which character from Sesame Street came to visit the White House in 1976?
A:  Big Bird made an appearance at the White House for the second time. His first appearance was during President Nixon's term.

Q: Which Presidents suffered through the holiday season - with the live trees & flowers - despite their allergies?
A: Both President Reagan and President Clinton had artificial decorations in their living quarters.

Q: Which First Lady was voted the Nation's Ideal Housewife?
A:  In 1957, when Pat Nixon was Second Lady, she was voted "the Nation's Ideal Housewife" in a Homemakers Forum contest, voted on by over a million people.

Q: Which First Lady teamed up with Hallmark to design her own Christmas cards?
A:  In 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy teamed up with Hallmark to design her own Christmas cards.

Featuring photographs from the Presidential Libraries, recipes for some of the First Ladies' favorite holiday treats and instructions to duplicate some of their decorating ideas, pick up a copy of Coleen Christian Burke's "Christmas with the First Ladies."

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Holiday Promotion

Our holiday promotion is going on for another few weeks so please take advantage of our promotional discount. Our newsletter features our new releases, recent reviews and upcoming promotions and discounts. 

Holiday promotion is valid through Jan. 15, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

Tom Cruise returns to his role as Ethan Hunt Wednesday, December 21st in the new Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol from Paramount Pictures.

In Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol: Shooting Diary, photographer David James goes behind the scenes of the fourth film in the blockbuster movie franchise.

James is a unit photographer who has been working in the film industry for over twenty years. In 2006, he was awarded the prestigious International Cinematographers Guild Publicist Award for Excellence in Unit Still Photography, followed by the Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Award for Still Photography in 2011. 

James has published ten books of his photography. He lives in Los Angeles.

Monday, December 19, 2011

12 Days of Diablo

Diablo fans have had to be patient with us as the arrival of Diablo III: Book of Cain was delayed by a few days last week.

Over the next twelve days, we will feature some of the artwork and interior pages from the book through our social media channels.

Follow the hashtag, #12DaysofDiablo on Twitter or stop by the Insight Editions Facebook page as we reveal pages from Diablo III: Book of Cain, including the opening letter from Dekcard Cain to his niece, Leah.

We appreciate your patience in waiting for this book to finally become available. We're pretty certain you'll agree it was worth the wait.

Artists Providing Exclusive Art for the Book of Cain Include:
  • Brom
  • Mark Gibbons
  • Jim Gurney
  • John Howe
  • Alan Lee
  • Iain McCaig
  • Jean-Baptiste Monge
  • Adrian Smith

Friday, December 16, 2011

House of Cash Special Edition

      For a limited time, the Special Edition of "House of Cash" is available at Costco and Sam's Club. This edition of the book by John Carter Cash includes an exclusive CD with over a dozen songs performed by Johnny Cash, most of them unreleased and recorded in the 70's.
      Here are the titles and information on the tracks included in this exclusive edition:


      1. These Are My People 
      (John R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recording date unknown 
      First released on the album More Songs From Johnny’s Personal File 
      (Columbia/Legacy 88697 14113 2) 2007 

      2. Sixteen Tons 
      (M. Travis) Merle’s Girls Music/Unichappell Music, BMI 
      Recorded May 13, 1974 
      Previously unreleased 

      3. Billy Brown
      (J.R. Cash) 
      Recorded December 14, 1979 
      Previously unreleased 

      4. Michigan City Howdy-Do 
      (J.R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recorded May 13, 1974 
      Previously unreleased 

      5. If It Wasn’t For The Wabash River 
      (J.R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recording date unknown 
      Previously unreleased 

      6. Ridin’ On The Cottonbelt 
      (J.R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recorded February 18, 1976 
      Previously unreleased 

      7. While I’ve Got It On My Mind
      (J.R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recorded 1975 
      Previously unreleased 

      8. You’re Home Sweet Home To Me 
      (J.R. Cash) 
      Recorded December 8, 1976 
      Previously unreleased 

      9. Kathy 
      (J.R. Cash) 
      Recording date unknown 
      Previously unreleased

      10. House On The Hill
      (J.R. Cash) 
      Recorded October 1, 1973 
      First released on the album More Songs From Johnny’s Personal File 
      (Columbia/Legacy 88697 14113 2) 2007 

      11. Sold Out Of Flagpoles
      (J.R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recorded May 13, 1974 
      Previously unreleased 

      12. One Of These Days I’m Gonna Sit Down And Talk To Paul
      (J.R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recorded February 18, 1976 
      First released on the album Personal File (Columbia/Legacy 82796 94265 2) 

      13. My Children Walk In Truth 
      (J.R. Cash) Song of Cash Music c/o Bughouse, ASCAP 
      Recorded May 13, 1974 
      First released on the album Personal File (Columbia/Legacy 82796 94265 2) 

      14. I’ll Go Somewhere And Sing My Songs Again 
      (T.T. Hall) Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI 
      Recorded March 14, 1980 
      First released on the album More Songs From Johnny’s Personal File 
      (Columbia/Legacy 88697 14113 2) 2007 

      Johnny Cash--vocals and guitar 
      Recorded at the House of Cash, Hendersonville, Tennessee 

      Compilation produced by Gregg Geller 
      Mastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios, New York City 

      PLEASE NOTE: Side break for LP occurs after track #6, “Ridin’ On The Cottonbelt.”