Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tap Into Your Creative Muse. inGENIUS: A CRASH COURSE ON CREATIVITY by Tina Seelig


What does it mean to be creative, to use your imagination to its fullest potential, and how can one harness their personal creative muse in order to function successfully in the everyday world? The answers to these questions have been the professional mission of Tina Seelig, who has taught creativity to the best and brightest students and to business leaders around the world. inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity offers a revolutionary new model to inspire creativity—the Innovation Engine—which explains how creativity is generated on the inside and how it is influenced by the outside world. With inGenius Seelig expertly decodes creativity, revealing an approach that your students can use to enhance their own creative genius.

Praise for inGenius:

“Tina Seelig has written a provocative field guide to twenty-first century creativity, with her energy and enthusiasm bursting through on every page. We all could use a little extra spark of creativity, and this book helps show the way.”—Tom Kelley, general manager of IDEO and author of The Art of Innovation

Please pay a visit to Tina Seelig's creativity blog and follow her on Twitter.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Now Available Online: Film Studies Catalog

Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light by Patrick McGilliganOur new Film Studies subject catalog is now available online to help you plan you title adoptions for the fall semester and beyond!

Now updated with the titles of Newmarket Press, our catalog covers all aspects of filmmaking; from the history of film to the process of filmmaking; from the business of film to the writing of the screenplay.

The titles in our catalog will take your students behind the scenes, helping them better understand the inner workings of the film industry from those who know it best.

Titles of interest include:

-Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light by Patrick McGilligan is an exhaustively researched and compellingly written biography of one of the most recognizable figures of the 20th century.

The Jaws Log is Carl Gottlieb’s classic chronicle on the making of the cinematic phenomenon, drawing from his experiences working on the set with the 26-year-old Steven Spielberg.

-Michael Chekhov’s
On the Technique of Acting is a standard text for students of the dramatic arts from one of its well respected masters.

In addition, we have an impressive 70 complete screenplays featured in our catalog—ranging from classics like The Age of Innocence to recent releases such as
J. Edgar and The King’s Speech.

When Technology Begets Terrorism. CYBER WAR: THE NEXT THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT by Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake


Richard A. Clarke has served in the White House for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, who appointed him as National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterterrorism. Clarke has continuously warned America about the havoc terrorism would wreak on our national security, and in Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It, he and coauthor Robert K. Knake, a recent international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, warn of another threat that is silent yet equally dangerous. Cyber War is a powerful book about technology, government, and military strategy; about criminals, spies, soldiers, and hackers. As Clarke notes in his Introduction to Cyber War: “The entire phenomenon of cyber war is shrouded in such government secrecy that it makes the Cold War look like a time of openness and transparency. The biggest secret in the world about cyber war may be that at the very same time the U.S. prepares for offensive cyber war, it is continuing policies that make it impossible to defend the nation from cyber attack.”

Praise for Cyber War:

Cyber War may be the most important book about national-security policy in the last several years.”—Fred Kaplan,

“A harrowing—and persuasive—picture of the cyberthreat the United States faces today.”—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“Urgent policy prescriptions [wrapped] in easy-to-digest, occasionally riveting, tales from the cyber-front.”—Jeff Stein, Washington Post

“A good introduction to this esoteric but very serious national security problem, and citizens should read it.”—Jack Goldsmith, New Republic

Updates from CCCC!

Diane has checked in from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in St. Louis, MO. The exhibit hall is packed with Composition professors eager to find great books for their students. Among the titles most popular in our booth, educators are drawn to:

Here's some pictures of our booth and some browsing professors:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Don’t Know Much About America’s Most Important Book? Kenneth C. Davis on UNCLE TOM'S CABIN

DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR BY KENNETH C. DAVISToday marks the 160th anniversary of the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Kenneth C. Davis explored the importance of Uncle Tom's Cabin in his book Don't Know Much About the Civil War, and in this blog post he summarizes the magnitude of this American classic, and provides further resources for exploring the work of the author Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Meet the Woman Who Put Achilles on the Bestseller List. THE SONG OF ACHILLES: A NOVEL by Madeline Miller

MADELINE MILLERTHE SONG OF ACHILLES BY MADELINE MILLERWe are absolutely delighted in-house that Madeline Miller's debut novel, The Song of Achilles, has just entered the New York Times extended bestseller list for the week of March 25th. The Song of Achilles is a thrilling and unique retelling of the Homer's Iliad and the legend of Achilles: a tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart.

At ten, Patroclus, a small, awkward prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia, to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. The “best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences and the fury of Achilles’s mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals, the boys become steadfast companions, their bond deepening as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine.

When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, must lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows Achilles, little knowing that the cruel Fates will test them as never before, and demand a terrible sacrifice.

The Song of Achilles becomes a quiet love story, one so moving that I was reluctant to move on to the war and Homer’s tale of perverted honor and stubborn pride. But Miller segues into that more public story with grace. Her battle scenes are tense and exciting, as the young, half-divine Achilles comes into his own: Aristos Achaion, greatest of Greeks. By the end of the story, she has matured her characters by another 10 years of warfare. It’s beautifully done.”—Washington Post

The Song of Achilles is at once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art by an incredibly talented new novelist. Madeline Miller has given us her own fresh take on the Trojan War and its heroes. The result is a book I could not put down.”—Ann Patchett

Would you like to have the opportunity to meet the highly accomplished author Madeline Miller? Miller’s author tour has just launched and continues throughout the year, so be on the lookout for her when she comes to your town.

A list of Madeline Millers author appearances can be found here.

Author photo of Madeline Miller by Nina Subin

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The "Pastor to Pastors'" Journey to Service: Eugene Peterson's THE PASTOR

THE PASTOR: A MEMOIR by Eugene PetersonEugene Peterson’s The Pastor: A Memoir will be available in paperback (ISBN: 9780061988219, $16.99) this September—in time for fall adoption.

Peterson—professor emeritus at Regent College and author of The Message and over thirty other books—shares his journey to becoming a pastor with students of ministry. With great humility and honesty, Eugene Peterson explores the difficulties and challenges he experienced in trying to figure out what the essence of being a pastor is and he captures the heart of this noble calling by stressing the importance of “paying attention and calling attention to ‘what is going on right now’ between men and women, with each other and with God,” rather than the numbers filling the pews every week.

This memoir from “the pastor to pastors” is sure to be a must read for those entering the ministry for years to come. His sound advice will touch your students as he draws comparisons between his own journey and theirs. As Peterson puts it:
“This book is the story of my formation as a pastor,and how the vocation of pastor formed me. I had never planned to be a pastor, never was aware of any inclination to be a pastor, never ‘knew what I was going to be when I grew up.’ And then—at the time it seemed to arrive abruptly—there it was: Pastor. I can’t imagine now not being a pastor. I was a pastor long before I knew I was a pastor; I just never had a name for it. Once the name arrived, all kinds of things, seemingly random experiences and memories, gradually began to take a form that was congruent with who I was becoming, like finding a glove that fit my hand perfectly—a calling, a fusion of all the pieces of my life, a vocation: Pastor. But it took a while.”
Praise for
The Pastor:

“If anyone knows how to be a pastor in the contemporary context that person is Eugene Peterson. Eugene possesses the rare combination of a pastor’s heart and a pastor’s art. Take and read!”—Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline

“Eugene Peterson excavates the challenges and mysteries regarding pastors and church and gives me hope for both. This is a must read for every person who is or thinks they are called to be a pastor and for every person who has one.”—William Paul Young, author of The Shack

If you would like to consider
The Pastor for fall adoption, please request a complimentary copy of the hardcover edition (9780061988202) by filling out our Promotion Response Form. The first 200 educators to submit their request by the end of March 22, 2012 will receive a complimentary copy.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Live NCSS Webinar with Kenneth C. Davis on March 29th

KENNETH C. DAVISThe National Council for the Social Studies Community Network is hosting a free, live webinar on Thursday, March 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT with bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis, author of the classic Don't Know Much About History. Davis will present a brief introduction on what excites him in his study of American History, and what he’s learned in twenty years of talking to Americans about what they “need to know about American History.”

“This is not a lecture, but a dialogue,” says Davis, who hopes you will join the session and share your ideas and experiences about what works in the classroom.

Webinar information and registration can be accessed here.

Author photo of Kenneth C. Davis by Nina Subin

Monday, March 12, 2012

Making Sense of Modern Poetry. BEAUTIFUL & POINTLESS: A GUIDE TO MODERN POETRY by David Orr

BEAUTIFUL & POINTLESS:  A GUIDE TO MODERN POETRY BY DAVID ORRA Chicago Tribune Best Books of 2011 selection
Most students find that mastering the art of contemporary poetry is akin to visiting a foreign country without any knowledge of the language or culture. Because these students have barely visited poetry, let alone lived there, they struggle to enjoy the art for what it is, rather than what they imagine it to be.

Now available in paperback, in Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry, award-winning critic David Orr brings students on a riveting tour of poetry as it actually exists today. Orr argues that students should accept the foreignness of poetry in the way that they accept the strangeness of any place to which they haven’t traveled—they should expect a little confusion, at least at first. Yet in the same way that they can, over time, learn to appreciate the idiosyncratic delights of a new and foreign land, they can learn to be comfortable with the odd pleasures of poetry by building a relationship with it, taking their time, and pursuing what they like.

Beautiful & Pointless provides the foundation for such a relationship by examining the things poets and students talk about when they discuss poetry, such as why poetry seems especially personal and what it means to write “in form.” Orr, by turns acerbic, incisive, hilarious, and keen, is what every poetry student hopes for: the perfect guide who points the way, doesn’t talk too much, and helps them see what you might have missed on their own. Stimulating, amusing, and utterly engrossing, Beautiful & Pointless empowers students to engage poetry as individual readers, allowing them to appreciate it in their own way.

Praise for Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry:

Beautiful and Pointless holds a mirror up to the poetry world itself. Orr starts from a brilliantly accurate characterization of what it feels like to read a poem, which should be up on the wall in every high school English classroom.

“David Orr is an authentic iconoclast. His criticism is exuberant and original. . . . He will enhance the perception of his readers.”
—Harold Bloom

Beautiful & Pointless is a clear-eyed, opinionated, and idiosyncratic guide to a vibrant but endangered art form, essential reading for anyone who loves poetry, and also for those of us who mostly just admire it from afar.
”—Tom Perrotta

David Orr reminds us that poetry is an ancient and living art, a robust American art, and not a commodity or vehicle for self-expression, social betterment, or career enhancement. He argues his case with passion, eloquence, erudition and good sense
and, as is his custom, not a little moxie.
”—August Kleinzahler