2013 News & Events
Nov. 3, 2013, Boston Public Library South End Branch, 2pm, Boston Boy to Visit (CHARLEY)
Nov. 19, 2013, 7pm, Getting into Print: Understanding Publishing Options, Portsmouth Public Library
Sat. Oct. 26, 2013, White Birch Books to Host Living History Event (CHARLEY)
Sept. 1, 2013, Charley Book Premiere at Strawbery Banke Museum
2011-2012 News & Events
Uncertain Journey by James Rouman nominated for Book of the Year Awards for Literary Fiction and Multicultural Fiction
Uncertain Journey, James Rouman's novel about the "ubiquitous societal phenomenon" of illegal immigration, continues to resonate with critics, being nominated for two separate Book of the Year Awards (BOTYA) from ForeWord Reviews.
BOTYA winners will be announced and presented Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the American Library Association (ALA) 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibition to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.
Deidre Randall will be appearing at the New Hampshire Writers' Project
Writers' Day on March 31, 2012 at SNHU at the following times:
"Meet the publisher;" from 1:45-2:45PM.
The format will be a panel, with general Q&A from the audience.
"Agents and Editors panel;" from 3-4:15PM.
The panel will focus on traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.
Visit NH Writer's Project for more info.
"Peter E. Randall Publisher's Winnipesaukee Children's Book Wins First Prize at 2011 New England Book Festival"
Peter E. Randall Publisher has captured First Place for Children's books from the 2011 New England Book Festival. The winning book, The Witches: A Winnipesaukee Adventure by Andy Opel and illustrated by Karel Hayes, was among six new titles from the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based publisher to be honored by the festival this year.
The New England Book Festival awards recipients in sixteen categories based on a book's general excellence, the author's passion for telling a good story and the potential of the work to reach a wider audience. The Witches: A Winnipesaukee Adventure is a classic tale of kids "messin' around in boats" that captures the timeless magic and mystery of New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee, where generations come together to renew ties each year.
The publisher's Satchi and Little Star, by Donna Seim and illustrated by Susan Spellman, also won on honorable mention in the Children's book category. Other winning titles from the Portsmouth publisher were honorable mentions in General Non-fiction for Wayne Soini's Porter's Secret, about Civil War General Fitz John Porter's statue located in Portsmouth; in Biography/Autobiography for Richard Daniel O'Leary's rags-to-riches life story, One with the Sea; and two wins in the General Fiction category for Scott Alarik's Revival: A Folk Music Novel and James Rouman's Uncertain Journey. Rouman's novel was also recently named by Kirkus Reviews to its "Best Indies of 2011" list.
Peter E. Randall Publisher CEO Deidre Randall said, "It is so gratifying to see our titles recognized in so many categories this year! These six, diverse titles show our publishing range. I personally love publishing children's books, as it draws on my former career in early childhood education. It also gives me a chance to read one of our books to my young children."
The award ceremony will be held January 14, 2012 at the Omni Parker House in Boston.
Local publisher wins 4 book awards for 2 titles
New York City, May 2011 Read the Portsmouth Herald article
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2010 News & Events
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Peter E. Randall Publisher Receives Four Awards at 2010 New England Book Festival!
Portsmouth, NH (January 3, 2011) -- The 2010 New England Book Festival has named four Peter E. Randall Publisher titles as award-winning! "We are proud to have been consistently recognized for the quality of our titles. This is exciting for our authors as well as for us. For this 2010 festival, we submitted four titles and all were recognized! I think this speaks well for our ability to screen titles and then, once accepted for publication, to produce a high quality book. We truly love publishing history and photography," says Deidre Randall, CEO. Two of these titles are from Jetty House, an imprint from Peter E. Randall Publisher, which was launched in 2008. Jetty House titles are known for New England history and photography.
Selected for first prize in the Photography/Art Category is A Space for Faith: The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England, by Paul Wainwright (Jetty House), with a runner-up in the same category going to Light Fading: Reflections on the Imperiled Everglades, by Joel Curzon (Peter E. Randall Publisher).
Recognized as a runner-up in the General Non-fiction category is The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, by Tom and Ellen Zappala (Peter E. Randall Publisher), with Life In Newburyport 1950-1985, by Jean Foley Doyle (Jetty House), receiving an Honorable Mention in the same category.
The winners, runner-ups and honorable mentions will be honored at a ceremony to be held Saturday, January 15, 2011 at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston.
Read about more award-winning books published by Peter E. Randall Publisher.
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Authors of The T206 Collection Help Raise Funds for Cure for Juvenile Diabetes
November 2010: We are pleased to announce that T206Players.com and ATS Communications are partnering with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help find a cure for Diabetes.
Finding a cure is close to the Zappala's hearts as two children in the family have Type 1 Diabetes. Because of this, the Zappalas will be donating $10.00 from each purchase of the award-winning first edition baseball book, The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories.
This is the perfect holiday gift for every fan of baseball, even the casual baseball fan. It is a beautiful hardcover coffee table book with colorful images and captivating stories of the men responsible for our National Pastime.
Please go to our website www.t206players.com to order your book online or call 978-346-9496 for more information. Authors Tom & Ellen Zappala will personally sign each and every first edition book.
Please note that this applies only to books bought on the T206Players.com website or directly from ATS Communications.
Help us find a cure!
We thank you for your support,
Tom & Ellen Zappala
Past News & Events
Sept 16, 2010, 7:00-8:30pm
Peter E. Randall Publisher Celebrated 40 Years of Publishing
Riverrun Bookstore, Market Square, Portsmouth NH
Portsmouth, NH--"Independent publishing of printed books is alive and well,"
says Deidre Randall, CEO of Peter E. Randall Publisher, a forty-year-old
independent publisher based in Portsmouth, NH. There is something special
about a printed book; the feel of the pages, the scent of ink and paper, the
sound the binding makes the first time it's opened up. Randall feels this
despite Amazon.com's recent announcement that their e-books outsell
hardbacks. In celebration of forty years of publishing, Peter E. Randall
Publisher will host a party on September 16, 2010 at RiverRun Bookstore in
Portsmouth, NH from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. "I am a regular customer at my local
bookstore and I consider it a real treat to bring home a new book -- better
than Christmas! We know there are many readers who love to hold real books
in their hands," says Randall.
Peter E. Randall Publisher has been publishing hardcover and softcover
volumes since the 1970s. Peter founded the book publishing house in 1970
following ten years as the editor of New Hampshire Profiles magazine, and
two years as the editor of the Hampton Union. He wanted to offer a quality
service for authors because he loves books. Today that mission still holds
true and the subjects they publish are expanding beyond local history and
photography to include new topics, such as green living, finance, and
illustrated sports history.
Peter's daughter Deidre Randall joined him in 1998, assuming ownership of
the company in 2007 and launching her own new imprint, Jetty House in 2008.
Jetty House titles tend to have a special connection to New Hampshire, such
as A Space for Faith: The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England by Paul
Wainwright. "My experience has been very positive. Unlike other publishers,
at Randall I had complete control over the book’s design, which was very
important to me. Randall’s 'complete package' approach gave me access to a
publicist, and their in-house support for publicity has exceeded my
expectations," says Wainwright.
Another change, in addition to the new imprint, is the option to
have books available in both print and ebook formats, to satisfy the need to
meet the undeniable growing trend of readers who do want to relax on the
couch with their e-readers.
Says Deidre, "We publish because we love books and we find authors to be
interesting people. I feel, as my father does, that authors need to be
treated fairly and that they have a right to high quality publishing process
with all the necessary services, such as professional editing, design and
printing. We offer several different marketing and sale options as well. Our
books win awards and the authors accomplish their goals for publishing. That
is the success we aim for when we choose a title to publish."
The company began by specializing in the production of individual and
regional history books. Most of these books are heavily illustrated with
black and white photographs, maps, and ephemera. Titles are printed on
long-lasting acid-free paper and use rugged Smyth sewn binding for
clothbound volumes. Depending on the client's needs, titles are produced
with jackets, full color inserts, foldout maps, and printed end leaves. That
foundation is still in evidence today, with the recent publications of Life
In Newburyport 1950-1985 by Jean Foley Doyle and Toppan's History of Hampton by author/editor Lori W. Cotter.
Beginning in 1970, with a history of Hampton, as the first volume to carry
the Peter E. Randall Publisher name, the company has published more than 400
titles, many of them histories, photography, memoirs, biographies or poetry.
The 40th anniversary party on September 16th will feature many authors such
as; Paul Wainwright (A Space For Faith), Jean Doyle (Life In Newburyport
1900-1950 and Life In Newburyport 1950-1985), Mike Bonacorsi (Retirement
Readiness), Lindsey Carmichael (Greening Your Family), Richard Winslow
(Portsmouth-Built, The Piscataqua Gundalow, Constructing Munitions, and
more), Harold Whitehouse (Home By Nine, The Real South End), J. Dennis
Robinson (Wentworth by the Sea and Strawbery Banke, A Seaport Museum 400
Years in the Making), Helen Goransson (Views from Rosemary Hill), Laurence
Keenan (The Best of Intentions and Big Jim) and Peter E. Randall (New
Hampshire: A Living Landscape, New Hampshire: Then and Now, Ghana: An
African Portrait Revisited). A visit to the book catalog page offers a listing of books by author, title or
The event is open to the public, but RSVPs are appreciated to plan for
refreshments. There will be a print from Peter Randall given away in a
drawing at the end of the event and several books given away as door prizes.
Authors will be signing books and available for questions about their
process. Paul Wainwright will bring his large format camera for a
demonstration. Peter and Deidre will speak briefly about the pleasure they
share in working with authors to publish quality, award-winning books. Sign up for an email invitation, or offer an
RSVP and to learn more about the publishing process, or call 603-431-5667.