Meet ELLA

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THIS IS ELLA.

She has a nanny called Manny. He has tattoos for sleeves and he might go in with some guys to buy a grilled cheese truck.

Sometimes Ella weaves purses out of Ziploc bags and reclaimed twine. (She is artsy of course.)

She has a dog named Stacie and a fish named Rasta and a scooter which is important for getting everywhere she needs to be.

Altogether she has been to 62 events including that Hillary Clinton fundraiser.

She is NEVER bored.

If Ella and Kay Thompson’s Eloise got together for a play date, they would have a very good time indeed.

Meet ELLA, the star of Mallory Kasdan‘s first children’s book, illustrated by Marcos Chin. The book will be published by Viking Children’s on January 22, 2015 and already is garnering some fantastic reviews:

In this week’s issue of Publishers Weekly:

What if Eloise was a hipster-in-training and lived in a chicly gritty boutique hotel, instead of the venerable Plaza? While some of Ella’s unrepentant mischief directly descends from her forebear (“I have to go through the halls and collect ‘Privacy Please!’ signs from the doorknobs”), she’s a full-fledged child of this century, with her Wi-Fi demands and endearing male nanny, who has “tattoos for sleeves” and “might go in with some guys to buy a grilled cheese truck.” Debut author Kasdan name checks urban standbys from edamame to Zumba, while fellow first-timer Chin’s funny full-color vignettes of a multicultural downtown scene and a heedlessly energetic child are loving tributes to Hilary Knight’s originals. But does it work as a children’s book? Eloise did because the line between adults and children couldn’t have been clearer, and WASP-y social mores were ripe for pint-size insurrection. Ella, however, is surrounded by grownups who are running as fast as they can from staid maturity. When everyone is in touch with his or her inner child, the one real kid becomes just another face in the crowd. Ages 5–up.

Like any modern kid, you can follow ELLA on her own Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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Tonight at Community Bookstore: David Shafer + Lev Grossman!

Tonight is the night! David Shafer has his debut NYC appearance for WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT (Mulholland Books), which (if we may remind once again!) New York Times critic Dwight Garner nominated as the book of the summer. Too add to the excitement, David will be in conversation with Time magazine critic Lev Grossman and author of The Magician’s Landthe third and final book in his best-selling trilogy about a young wizard growing into adulthood.

Don’t miss the duo tonight at 7 PM, at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn. We promise: it’s going to be good.

How Products Change Our Habits: Gretchen Rubin Interviews Nir Eyal

Because of Gretchen Rubin’s research for Better Than Before (Crown), her new book about how we can change our habits, she seemed like a great fit to interview Nir Eyal, author of the forthcoming Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products (Portfolio).

How do successful companies create products people can’t put down? Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us? Nir Eyal answers these questions (and many more).

Today on LinkedIn, Gretchen interviews Nir to talk about how products change our habits and our lives. Check it out here (no LinkedIn login is required).

Weekend Reading: Jane Green $2.99 Deal!

Jane Green‘s latest novel, TEMPTING FATE (St. Martin’s) is $2.99 as an ebook today! There are a few hours left to nab the deal… plans for tomorrow can now include Jane’s wonderful novel, which People called a “compelling tale [that] reflects an understanding of contemporary women that’s acute and compassionate, served up with style.”

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We liked this comment posted on her Facebook page as well!

I paid full price and got to read it the day it was released. And I have no regrets.”

Catmull and Davies Make FT Business Book of the Year Award Shortlist

Congratulations to Ed Catmull, author of CREATIVITY, INC: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration (Random House) and Nick Davies, author of HACK ATTACK: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch (Faber & Faber). Both were shortlisted today for the Financial Times and McKinsey Best Business Book of the Year Award!

(Vine video by Andrew Hill of the FT)

The winner of this year’s award will be announced on November 11, 2014 in London.

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