Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Harper Lee's GO SET A WATCHMAN Cover Revealed

HarperCollins is delighted to reveal the jacket for Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman, which will be published on July 14, 2015.

"There are so many wonderful parts of Go Set A Watchman that it was hard to pick just one iconic image to represent the book.  This design is perfect- it draws on the style of the decade the book was written, but with a modern twist.  Go Set A Watchman begins with Scout's train ride home, but more profoundly, it is about the journey Harper Lee's beloved characters have taken in the subsequent 20 years of their lives."
Michael Morrison, President and Publisher U.S. General Books and Canada

Available in hardcover, e-book, digital audio, and CD.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Teaching Materials for Dolen Perkins-Valdez's WENCH

The Pen/Faulkner Foundation has created some wonderful lesson plans for Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s New York Times-bestselling novel Wench, which you can find here. 

Set before the Civil War in the real resort of Tawana House  in Ohio—a favorite of Southern white men who vacationed there with their black enslaved mistresses—Wench explores, with an unflinching eye, the moral complexities of slavery through the lives of the women who became friends during annual visits to the resort. 

The lessons  focus on characterization, history and culture, and close text analysis. They are appropriate for 9th grade and up. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Request A Classroom Skype Session With A Bestselling Author!

You can request a free Skype session for your classroom focusing on the closing months of the Civil War with New York Times bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis! Here's how.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

How Well Do You Know The American Presidents?

Watch Kenneth C. Davis, author of the Don't Know Much About series, give the Fox & Friends anchors a pop quiz on the American Presidents! Watch the video here!

For more information about Kenneth C. Davis and the Don't Know Much About series click here

Friday, January 16, 2015

Why We Never See Hamsters Trading Stocks

What is it that allows humankind to rule the world? 

Dr. Yuval Noah Harari is continuing to make waves with his revolutionary approach to the history of humankind. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, goes in depth to discuss some of his most provocative statements about humanity and its dominance. 

In the below video, Dr. Harari explains that it is humans' unique ability to believe in things that don't "exist" that allows our species to dominate the planet. He explains further that mythology--not just religious mythology, but economic mythology and concepts like justice and human rights--do not exist outside the collective imagination of humans. 

Keep watching to find out why you never see hamsters on Wall Street and be sure to grab a copy of Sapiens on sale next month!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Obituary for Carl N. Degler

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Neither Black nor White, Carl N. Degler passed away over the holidays at the age of 93. Degler was the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History Emeritus at Stanford University and the author of seven books. 

His work, Out of Our Past, was hailed by Jacob Cohen in The Nation as "the finest one-volume interpretation of American history extant," and is widely used in classrooms across the country. Offering conflicting viewpoints, Degler's Out of Our Past presents students with a comprehensive view of American History. Degler, a former president of the American Historical Association, is known for his perceptive look at history and illuminating the roles of women and minorities often ignored in traditional texts. He encouraged his students and readers to look at history with an open mind and delve deeper in order to expand on earlier accounts. 

To read the full New York Times obituary for Carl N. Degler click here.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Obituary for Robert Stone

Author Robert Stone passed away over the weekend at the age of 77. Stone is the author of eight novels (including National Book Award winner Dog Soldiers, and Pulitzer finalist A Flag for Sunrise), two short-story collections, and one memoir. Over the course of his illustrious career, he held teaching posts at University of Hawaii; Amherst; the University of California at Irvine; Johns Hopkins; and Yale.

Harper published his only memoir,
Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties in 2007. Building on vignettes from his travels across America—from the New York City of Kline and De Kooning to the jazz era of New Orleans's French Quarter, to Ken Kesey's psychedelic California—Stone’s memoir explores the 1960s in all its weird, innocent, turbulent, and fascinating glory, especially examining how the decade shaped him as a writer. To read an excerpt of his work, please click here.

You can read the Robert Stone’s full 
New York Times obituary here.