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2012 Press News Archive

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Nightmare_Alley_jacketHoliday Book Sale on the JHU Press Blog

In the spirit of the season, with discounts sure to make Santa even more jolly, the JHU Press Blog is hosting a Holiday Book Sale with featured titles offered at 40% off list prices through the end of December.
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Books include a gorgeous picture book about polar bears, a charming history of Annapolis, Michael Burlingame's highly praised biography of Lincoln, and the just released history of film noir, Nightmare Alley.

Check out the Holiday Sale at the JHU Press Blog.

 



Signs_and_Wonders_jacketCharles Martin's Signs & Wonders Wins First CNY Book Award

Signs & Wonders, Charles Martin's collection of poetry published by the JHU Press in 2011, is the recipient of the the first CNY (Central New York) Book Awards for poetry. The awards are sponsored by the Downtown Writers Center of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse and will be given annually.

Winners of the first annual CNY Book Awards were announced on November 29 at a reception at the Chancellor's Residence at Syracuse University. Local authors in the categories of poetry, nonfiction and fiction were selected for several awards by independent judges.

Martin's collection has been widely praised and well received. "As Signs & Wonders demonstrates so triumphantly," wrote poet X. J. Kennedy, "you'd have a hard time to find better contemporary poems than Charles Martin's. I can only be grateful for 'Ovid to His Book,' 'Support,' 'Poem for the Millennium,' 'Near Jeffrey's Hook,' 'After 9/11,' 'Poison,' and many more. Martin does not merely write well-made, shapely poems; he charges them with energy. I'm placing my bet that they will last." Sign & Wonders was published in the literary series John Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction, edited by JHU's John T. Irwin.


NPR's The Picture Show features Ron Coddington's African American Faces of the Civil War

Coddington_imageNational Public Radio's blog devoted to photographic images, The Picture Show, ran an appreciative feature on November 16 on Ron Coddington's latest JHUP book, African American Faces of the Civil War. Written by Claire O'Neill, it includes an interview with Coddington and numerous photographs from the book.

Like his first two volumes, Faces of the Civil War and Faces of the Confederacy, this latest book combines compelling archival images with biographical stories that reveal the human side of the war.

Through prodigious research, Coddington discovered these portraits—cartes de visite, ambrotypes, and tintypes—in museums, archives, and private collections. He pieced together each individual's life and fate based upon personal documents, military records, and pension files. These stories tell of ordinary men who became fighters, of the prejudice they faced, and of the challenges they endured.

Coddington _image" The story is what's important — and those details are incredibly rare," writes O'Neill. " So what makes Coddington's collection special are the biographical details that accompany the images. If you take the time to read their stories, the individuals spring to life — well after they've died."

Coddington will speak in Baltimore at the Enoch Pratt Free Library central branch on January 31 at 6:30 p.m.; in the Lunch With Books series at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling, West Virginia on February 12 at noon; and at the New York Public Library's the mid-Manhattan branch on February 21 at 6:30 p.m.


JHUP Journals Marketing Team Wins National Honors

The JHU Press Journals Marketing Department has won five honors in the 2012 MarCom Awards. Administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), the MarCom Awards recognize outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals.

Journals_2013_CatalogMarCom entries come from marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers. There were over 6,000 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries in the 2012 competition

The winning entries from JHUP came from a wide-range of the Marketing Department’s activities. The five-member team serves more than 75 scholarly journals and affiliated societies. Led by Marketing Manager Lisa Klose, the department consists of Advertising and Exhibits Coordinator Ladzer Blumenfeld, Direct Mail and Renewals Coordinator Janet Gilbert, PR and Advertising Coordinator Brian Shea and Graphic Designer Keli Strickland.

Journals_2012_Catalog“We’re happy to see that the MarCom Awards have recognized the outstanding work done by the Journals Marketing Department,” said JHU Press Journals Publisher Bill Breichner. “They deserve the honors for their creativity and commitment to our publishing partners.”

  • The 2012 and 2013 Journals Catalog each received Platinum honors, the highest award given, in the Brochure/Catalog category.
  • The new "In Other Words" video series won Gold honors in the Web Video/Educational Series.
  • A 2012 brochure for the Association for the Study of Higher Education won an honorable mention in the Design (Print)/Brochure category while the re-designed German Studies Association website won a similar honor in the Website/Association category.

MarCom Awards judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. Winners were selected from over 200 categories in seven forms of media and communication efforts- marketing, publications, marketing/promotion, public service/pro bono, creativity and electronic/interactive.


JHUP Celebrates University Press Week

The JHU Press will join friends and colleagues throughout the scholarly publishing community in celebrating University Press Week from November 11 to 17, 2012. The week will highlight the extraordinary work of university presses and their many contributions to culture, the academy, and an informed society. The first such week was proclaimed in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter "in recognition of the impact, both here and abroad, of American university presses on culture and scholarship."

UP Week LogoThe breadth of university press activities and achievements is certainly worth celebrating. Consider these facts, gathered by the Association of American University Presses (AAUP), which this year marks its 75th anniversary:

  • AAUP member presses produce more than 12,000 works per year, in both print and digital form.
  • The AAUP membership alone comprises 133 scholarly presses, found in places ranging from Abilene to Toronto, from Kalamazoo to Hong Kong. While almost every major research university has a scholarly press, so too do many smaller institutions, and the collective range of topics covered is fascinating: everything from Christian thought to the geophysics of fracking, from forensic psychiatry to pre-Columbian history, and from poetry to the economics of food.
  • University presses collaborate with each other, and with other institutions, in interesting and intrepid ways. Check out Project Euclid, a ground-breaking collaboration in mathematics; or the Archaeology of the Americas Digital Monograph Initiative, a joint project of six university presses; or explore the past (and present) through the Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement project.
  • Following the September 11th attacks, AAUP established its "Books for Understanding" program in recognition that scholarly presses publish knowledge that often cannot be found anywhere else. Now featuring a list of 85 need-to-know topics—and growing apace—the books represented provide deeply researched information on issues and events of international import. Whether the topic is North Korea or water rights in the Southwest, a university press book has the answers, and the questions, you are looking for.

AAUP is dedicated to the support of creative and effective scholarly communications through the cooperative programs and information resources provided to its member publishers.


Tapping into The Wire at the Pratt Central Branch

Belienson_coverThe Johns Hopkins University Press and the Enoch Pratt Free Library will co-host a reception and lecture to celebrate the publication of Tapping into The Wire: The Real Urban Crisis, by Peter Beilenson and Patrick McGuire. The event takes place on September 11, 2012, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Central Branch at 400 Cathedral Street (Baltimore, MD 21201). An invitation-only reception at 6:00 p.m. will be followed by a public talk at 7:00 p.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium; the talk is free and open to the public.

The book uses the acclaimed television series as a road map for exploring connections between inner-city poverty and drug-related violence. Past Baltimore City health commissioner Peter Beilenson teams up with former Baltimore Sun reporter Patrick A. McGuire to deliver a compelling, highly readable examination of urban policy and public health issues affecting cities across the nation. Each chapter recounts scenes from episodes of the HBO series, placing the characters' challenges into the broader context of public policy.

Peter L. Beilenson, M.D., M.P.H., is Howard County, Maryland's, health officer. From 1992 to 2005 he served as Baltimore's health commissioner. Patrick A. McGuire is a journalist with more than twenty years of experience, fourteen of which were at the Baltimore Sun.

The Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library is located at 400 Cathedral Street in Baltimore, between Franklin and Mulberry. Street parking is usually available near the Library, and a paid parking garage is located on Franklin Street, between Charles and Cathedral Streets. For more information, contact Jack Holmes at 410-516-6928 or jmh@jhu.edu.


Sercet_Lives_of_Ants_jacketRecent Awards for JHU Press Books

JHUP books have won a variety of important awards in recent months. Congratulations to our authors, editors, and all involved in the success of these titles!

History: Andrew Scott Dolkart’s The Row House Reborn is winner of the 2012 Antoinette Forrester Downing Award; Investing in Life, by Sharon Murphy, took the 2012 Hagley Prize in Business History; Annapolis, Cityon the Severn, by Jane McWilliams, won a 2012 Investing_in_Life_jacketMaryland Preservation Award.

History of Medicine: Prescribing by Numbers, by Jeremy A. Greene,took the 2012 Edward Kremers Award; Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine, by Ellen S. More et al., won 2012 ALHHS Best Print Publication honors.

Literature: Orrin C. Wang’s Romantic Sobriety is the 2011 Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize winner.

Design: The Washington Book Publishers awarded first place for illustrated text to The Secret Lives of Ants, by Jae Choe.



Seven New Publishers to Contribute to UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE


UPCC_LogoFive notable university presses and two respected scholarly publishers will make their scholarly books available in the UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE, beginning in 2013. New and backlist titles from the University of Illinois Press, Louisiana State University Press, the University Press of Florida, the RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press, and Les Presses de l'Université du Quebec, along with scholarly books from the Liberty Fund and the African Books Collective, will be available on the MUSE platform, along with more than 16,000 titles from the nearly 70 publishers already participating.

The addition of these distinguished publishers will expand the UPCC (University Press Content Consortium) Book Collections’ offerings in American history, political science, area studies, literature, economics, performing arts, and philosophy, among many other core humanities and social science disciplines. More newly participating publishers are expected to be announced in coming months, with details on new 2013 UPCC Book Collections available by October.

Over 100 institutions in more than ten countries have purchased UPCC books on MUSE for their user communities. Launched on January 1, 2012, the collections have generated more than a quarter million book unit sales for the participating not-for-profit scholarly publishers.


New Logo for Project MUSE

Project_MUSE_LogoIn June, the staff of Project MUSE introduced their new logo to the public at the American Library Association Annual Conference and the Association of American University Presses Annual Meeting. The logo is one of the many exciting changes that 2012 has brought to Project MUSE, including a newly designed interface and the addition of 15,000 electronic books to MUSE’s collection of more than 500 journal titles. Read more at the Project MUSE web site.

Project MUSE was rated “highly recommended” in the May 2012 issue of CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Librarians. Choice describes MUSE as having a “new, rich platform… broad and deep collection of scholarly monographs… handy grid of 17 research areas.”

 



Tall Ships and JHUP Books Mark the War of 1812 Bicentennial

Rockets'_Red_GlareWith tall ships visiting Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to launch the region’s bicentennial festivities, the JHU Press is partnering with several groups to host a program featuring authors of JHUP books on the War of 1812 on June 13. The National Aquarium is the perfect setting and the Maryland Historical Society is the ideal partner for the program, which is co-hosted with the Baltimore chapter of the JHU Alumni Association. The event features a reception and book signing at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program with historians Don Hickey, editor of JHUP’s 1812 series, Connie Clark, and other experts.

Admission is $10.00 for JHU Alumni, Friends of the Press, and MdHS and NAIB members. Register by calling JHU's Office of Alumni Relations at 800-548-5481, or register online at alumevents@jhu.edu. Please identify yourself as a Friend of the Press.

 



With Melville Biography, JHU Press Entered the World of Maurice Sendak

Melville_Biography_Volume_1The wild rumpus, university-press style, started in 1996, when the JHU Press prepared to publish the first volume of Hershel Parker’s magisterial biography of Herman Melville. As an eminent Melville scholar and editor of the Northwestern-Newberry Writings of Herman Melville, Parker knew just about everyone in the close community of Melville experts, collectors, and devotees. Singular among them, perhaps, was the renowned illustrator and children’s book author Maurice Sendak, who died on May 8. “There’s a mystery there,” Sendak once said of Melville’s writing, “a clue, a nut, a bolt, and if I put it together, I find me.”

At Parker’s request, Sendak completed two portraits of Melville, both pen-and-ink drawings with watercolor wash, that appear in the JHU Press editions of Herman Melville: A Biography published in 1996 and 2002. Sendak brought his life-long appreciation of the writer, along with characteristic depth and playfulness, to the illustrations which serve as both jacket art and frontispiece for the two volumes. For volume one, which covers 1819 to 1851, Sendak depicts the young Melville in handsome profile with ship’s rigging in the background, holding a writer’s quill and wearing a top hat decorated with whimsical yellow flower. The illustration for the second volume, which spans 1851 to 1891, shows an older, more somber Melville, entwined in ivy and the cares of later life.

Melville_Biography_Volume_2JHU Press designer Glen Burris, who created the jackets and interior designs for both volumes, worked with Sendak as he prepared the illustrations and later got to meet him. “I visited him at his home in Ridgefield in 2002,” comments Burris, “to return the illustration we used on the second volume. Sendak was a Melville fanatic and something of a curmudgeon. He had lots of opinions and could no doubt talk to Hershel Parker about Melville the way another scholar might. But he was also a very gracious host, and I wound up spending the afternoon with him. He showed me his illustrations for Brundibár, which had not yet been published, and his copy of the famous edition of Moby Dick with illustrations by Rockwell Kent. We talked about books and the work of illustrating. He was a wonderful guy.”

The Melville biography would be a great critical success for the Press and enjoy strong sales. The volumes were lauded by the New York Times and called “an astonishing achievement” by the New Republic. Tony Kushner, in a spirit Sendak, or perhaps his character Max, would surely appreciate, praised the 928-page first volume as “a great, irresistible whale of a book.” Paperback editions, featuring Maurice Sendak’s beautiful portraits of Melville, were published by the Press in 2005.

 


JHU's Alumni Weekend Includes Reading by Richard Burgin, Press Display, and Tour

Shadow_TrafficJHU's 2012 Alumni Weekend from May 4 to 6 features a reading by award-winning JHU Press author Richard Burgin along with a Press display and sale and a new opportunity for JHU alumni to tour the Press.

Burgin reads from his 2011 collection of short stories, Shadow Traffic, on Friday, May 4, at 5:00 p.m. in JHU's Mudd Hall. The reading is sponsored by the JHU Writing Seminars and is free and open to the public. JHU Alumni Weekend guests are welcome. Burgin is founder and editor of the award-winning literary journal Boulevard, a professor of communication and English at Saint Louis University, and the author of several JHU Press books.

The JHU Press display and sale has become a tradition at Alumni Weekend and will be held again this year in the "welcome tent" behind Mason Hall on JHU's Homewo0d campus. It features a selection of books and journals from the JHU faculty along with titles of general interest, including several relating to Hopkins history. An opportunity for visiting alumni to tour of the Press offices on Saturday morning, offered for the first time this year, has been fully subscribed for several weeks. For more information, contact Jack Holmes at 410-516-6928 or jmh@jhu.edu.

 


JHU Press Staff Shares Talents with Baltimore City Students

Village_ReviewThe Johns Hopkins University Press and the Village Learning Place, a Baltimore community center near the Press’s offices in Charles Village, will celebrate the release of a special art and literary journal, The Village Review, with a reception on Tuesday, April 17th at 5 p.m. at the Village Learning Place. Since the fall, seventh and eighth graders in the Village Learning Place’s “Let’s Invest in Neighborhood Kids” (LINK) after-school program have been hard at work collaborating with a group of 13 volunteers from Hopkins Press to create this first-ever professionally published LINK student journal. The JHU Press volunteers shared their time and talents teaching the students about everything from research methods to plot development to peer editing to advertising and social media.

“This has been a tremendous opportunity for all involved,” says VLP Executive Director Liesje Gantert. “The Village Learning Place teachers and staff members have witnessed such creativity and growth in our students, and we’re excited to share The Village Review with the community.”

The reception will feature student contributors as well as speakers from the Village Learning Place and The Johns Hopkins University Press as well as an unveiling of The Village Review. Invited guests include several local dignitaries, school officials, and community members. The Village Learning Place is a nonprofit community-based library, learning center, and garden in Charles Village. To that end, we offer free cultural and educational programs and resources for all. Visit www.villagelearningplace.org for more information.

 


New Journals and Books Enhance Project MUSE

Since Project MUSE launched its new integrated books and journals platform on January 1, nearly 14,000 book titles from 66 publishers have joined the collections of more than 500 journal titles. Collections on Project MUSE are available for institutions to purchase by subject area or imprint date. The MUSE Sales Department is pleased to report that more than 70 institutions world-wide have purchased one or more of the UPCC Book Collections. Users from the United States and ten other countries including Australia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Norway, and Singapore, are now accessing books on MUSE.

Project MUSE is pleased to be adding 46 new titles to its journal collections in 2012. Of the titles scheduled for release in 2012, nearly half have already launched and can be accessed now in MUSE. A number of Medieval and Renaissance journals, including Mediaevalia by the SUNY Press, the Johns Hopkins University Press’ Digital Philology, and Traditio by the Fordham University Press, will join Project MUSE’s highly regarded collection. Among other subject areas that will be enhanced by multiple journal additions are Film, Theater, & Performing Arts, Asian Studies, and Religion. A complete list of all new 2012 journals can be found at muse.jhu.edu/about/new/upcoming.html.

With the addition of another batch of back issues in early 2012, the number of journals with complete runs in MUSE has grown to more than 100. A complete run means the coverage in MUSE starts with volume 1, issue/number 1 and continues through to the most recent issue. Recent additions to this list include Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Civil War History, Historically Speaking, Jewish Quarterly Review, Latin American Theatre Review, and Southern Cultures. There are an additional 23 journals currently scheduled to have back issues added to MUSE in the near future.

 


James Franco To Discuss Hart Crane and The Broken Tower at Shriver Hall on March 9

The_Broken_TowerThe actor James Franco will attend a screening and discussion of his film, The Broken Tower, about the life and work of the poet Hart Crane, at Shriver Hall on JHU's Homewood campus on Friday, March 9, at 2:00 p.m.

The 90-minute film will be introduced by the actor and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Franco; John Irwin, author of the recently published Hart Crane’s Poetry; and Linda DeLibero, director of JHU's Program in Film and Media Studies. The event is free and open to the public.

The screening and discussion are sponsored by the JHU Writing Seminars, the Program in Film and Media Studies, and the JHU Press, which published Hart Crane’s Poetry earlier this year.

Shot in black and white, and completed in 2011, The Broken Tower is based on the biography of Crane by Paul Mariani. Franco wrote the screenplay while studying at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and later decided to produce, direct, edit, and star in the film. It premiered last year at Boston College, where Mariani teaches, and was shown at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. A theatrical release is planned for sometime in 2012.

The film is not rated and includes content that may not be suitable for younger viewers.

 


John Irwin Focuses on Hart Crane for the Turnbull Lecture

Hart_Crane_jacketJohn T. Irwin, Decker Professor in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins, will deliver the prestigious Turnbull Lecture on Tuesday, February 28, on the subject of his new book, Hart Crane’s Poetry, recently published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

The event takes place in Hodson 110 on the Homewood campus, with a reception on the Hodson lower level starting at 6:00 p.m. and the Turnbull Lecture at  7:00 p.m.  Co-hosted by the Writing Seminars and the JHU Press, the event is free and open to the public.  The reception will feature a book signing of Hart Crane’s Poetry and a display and sale of related books and journals published by the JHU Press, including The Hopkins Review and the literary series Johns Hopkins: Poetry and Fiction, both of which are edited by Professor Irwin.  

Now in their 121st year, the Turnbull Lectures have run almost continually since 1891, with interruptions during the two world wars and a gap from 1984 to 1996. A partial list of the luminaries—T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, Jacques Derrida, Marianne Moore, Richard Wilbur, and Robert Frost—cannot do justice to the scope of the series, nor to the individual contributions of each invitee. In recent years, the Lectures have been offered under the auspices of the Writing Seminars and have continued to bring to Homewood campus the distinguished critics and poets of the day, including W. S. Merwin, Helen Vendler, and Paul Muldoon.   For more information, call 410-516-6928.

 



JHU Press Books Recognized for Excellence

Prodigious_Muse_jacketThree JHU Press publications were honored recently at the prestigious Association of American Publishers’ Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (The PROSE Awards).

The PROSE Awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in over 40 categories. At the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in February, three Hopkins books were recognized for excellence in two categories.

Bats jacketIn the category of literature, John Irwin’s Hart Crane’s Poetry: “Appollinaire lived in Paris, I lived in Cleveland, Ohio” and Virginia Cox’s The Prodigious Muse: Women’s Writing in Counter-Reformation Italy were recognized with honorable mention. Hart Crane’s Poetry was acquired by Matt McAdam, JHUP’s editor for classics, humanities, and literary studies.  The Prodigious Muse, originally acquired by executive editor Henry Tom, was stewarded through the publication process by Suzanne Flinchbaugh, JHUP’s associate editor for political science and health policy.

In the category of popular science, Bats of the United States and Canada, by Michael J. Harvey, J. Scott Altenbach, and Troy L. Best, also garnered an honorable mention.  The book’s acquiring editor was Vince Burke, executive editor for life sciences, mathematics, and physics.

Hart_Crane_jacket“We are pleased and honored again this year to have the publishing community recognize the excellent work published by the JHU Press,” remarked Press director Kathleen Keane, who attended the awards luncheon at the conference.

The awards are presented annually by the Professional andScholarlyPublishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP).  The association is the national trade association of the U.S. bookpublishing industry. AAP’s more than 300 members include most of the major commercial publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and nonprofit publishers, university presses, and scholarly societies.

A complete list of the 2011 award recipients is available on the AAP website at proseawards.com/current-winners.html.  Editorial Director Greg Britton’s post about these and other recent awards is available on the JHU Press Blog.

 




JHU Press, Pratt Library co-host screening of The Amish

The_Amish_title_cardThe Johns Hopkins University Press and the Enoch Pratt Free Library will co-host a special pre-broadcast screening of The Amish, an upcoming PBS documentary that attempts to answer many questions Americans have about this insular religious community.

The screening will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12, in Wheeler Auditorium of the library’s central branch, located at 400 Cathedral St. in Baltimore.

The documentary, part of the award-winning PBS series The American Experience, draws on the expertise of numerous JHU Press authors, including Donald B. Kraybill, a leading authority on the Amish and editor of the Press’ highly regarded series in Anabaptist studies. Filmed over the course of one year, the groundbreaking work features unprecedented access to Amish communities. The film’s producers claim it’s the first documentary to deeply penetrate and explore this attention-averse group. The Amish will premiere on PBS at 8 p.m. on Feb. 28.

A post-screening discussion will feature Kraybill and the film’s producer, Callie T. Wiser. A JHU Press book sale and signing will be held before and after the program. Admission is free.

 



Hergé Biography Praised in The New York Times Sunday Book Review

Capt_HaddockBlistering barnacles, alert Thomson and Thompson!  The New York Times has published an enthusiastic review of Benoît Peeters’ biography of Tintin creator Georges Remi, Hergé, Son of Tintin, which the Press published in January.  Written by Cullen Murphy, the son of a cartoonist who collaborated with his father on the “Prince Valiant” comic strip, the review offers an appreciative appraisal of both the book and Remi himself.  

Herge jacket“The great merit of Hergé, Son of Tintin,” Murphy writes, “. . . is that Georges Remi is allowed to emerge in three dimensions as what he in fact was: not an intellectual, not an activist, not a saint, but an ordinary man of his times. To encounter him is something of a surprise, because so much else about Tintin is extraordinary. Leave aside the new Spielberg blockbuster, which incorporates elements of three Tintin adventures (‘The Crab With the Golden Claws,’ ‘The Secret of the Unicorn’ and ‘Red Rackham’s Treasure’) and seems destined to create a durable movie franchise. The 24 books in the series have sold about 350 million copies and been translated into roughly 80 languages . . . A flawed and not terribly happy man grew a modest talent into something vastly greater than himself. I don’t know what a semiotician would make of that. A layman might call it art.”

Peeters' book has reveived numerous favorable reviews, and it was the subject of a recent post on the JHU Press Blog by marketing director Becky Brasington Clark.

 




JHU Press Blog Serves Up Tea and TinTin

Tea Party jacketThe newly launched JHU Press Blog is off to a good start connecting readers to Press publications that tell important stories behind the day's headlines.  As the Republican primaries heated up this week with voting in New Hampshire and jockeying in South Carolina, JHUP blogger Claire McCabe Tamberino highlighted the Press’s newly published book on the rise of the Tea Party and its likely influence on the 2012 elections. 

Last week, marketing whiz Becky Clark offered an entertaining look at how publishers including JHUP can take advantage of opportunities suchas the promotional frenzy that swirls around the release of a big-budget movie.

The much-anticipated release of Steven Speilberg’s The Adventures of Tintin, for example, gave the JHUP publicity team a golden opportunity to boost interest in the Press's new biography of Tintin’s creator, Hergé, Son of Tintin, by Benoît Peeters. The book has already been covered in the Wall Street Journal, Slate, and PRI’s The World. And, Becky notes with obvious relish, “it’s scheduled for that crème de la crème of book reviews—the New York Times Book Review—Sunday, January 22.”

Read more about JHU Press publications and the art and business of publishing, and hear directly from our authors and staff, by following the JHU Press Blog.

 



Robert Binstock, 75, Prominent Gerontologist and JHUP AuthorPublic Health for an Aging Society

Robert H. Binstock, a prominent gerontologist and professor of aging, health and society at Case Western Reserve University, died on November 22, 2011, in Cleveland, Ohio, at the age of 75.

A prolific author, Dr. Binstock edited and authored many books with JHU Press over the years, including Aging Nation: The Economics and Politics of Growing Older in America (2008) and Public Health for an Aging Society (February 2012).

Read an obituary on the American Society on Aging website and on Case Western Reserve University’s The Daily.

 



JHU Press Launches Blog and Welcomes Books to Project MUSE

The JHU Press welcomed 2012 by launching a new blog that will discuss the world of scholarly publishing, JHUP publications and related current events, and life inside the Press. The JHU Press Blog went live on January 1 and will provide a regular forum for the authors and editors of our publications to comment on their work and how it relates to the news of the day.

The blog's first post was written by Project MUSE director, Dean Smith, an appropriate choice since MUSE launched its first-ever book collections also on January 1.

The new combined platform for books and journals provides access to more than 14,000 books from 66 university presses and related scholarly publishers. The change means that for the first time book content will be available alongside MUSE's over 500 electronic journals. All of the books in MUSE's new UPCC Book Collections will be visible in search results and when browsing on the platform. Users at libraries which have purchased or subscribed to book collections on MUSE will have immediate full-text access to content from those collections.