October 23, 2014

Frankfurt, Portal Books, and more!

What we've been up to lately... 

Fall is finally here, and it couldn't have come sooner.  After so many steady days of hot weather, the rain is a welcome relief. 

The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the African Studies Association (ASA) are two of our most anticipated conferences this season.  We're excited to have titles from Garant, Ithaca, LIT Verlag, New Century, Unisa, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, and Vallentine Mitchell displayed.

Print copies of our Sociology catalog have been mailed to academics, professors, librarians, and others interested in the field.  A PDF of the catalog was also e-mailed to those working or interested in Sociology.

Publisher news...

We welcome to the fold our newest publisher, Portal Books!  Portal Books was founded in 2005 in Norway, and publishes books from different political, religious and ideological viewpoints.  The Press publishes approximately 20 books a year, with titles ranging from academic books of various subjects, such as history, art, leadership, management, and psychology, to books on food and travel, and to novels.   In 2008, 2009, and 2011, several of their books were nominated for Sørlandets litteraturpris, an annual award dedicated to books by authors from the Southern region of Norway.

In other publisher news, Eleven International Publishing, Intersentia, and Hart Publishing will be at the American Society of Criminology conference, held in San Francisco, CA, in late November.  Stop by their booths to say hello!

Four Courts's author Jacqueline Hurtley, author of Walter Starkie: An Odyssey, won the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) Book Awards for a book in the field of Cultural Studies in English.  The prize was presented on Monday, September 1st.  Visit our Facebook or Twitter to see pictures from the awards ceremony.

What we're up to next...

ISBS is pleased to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair October 8th through 12th.  We will be in Hall 8.0, booth P21.  This Fair is the largest book fair in the world with participants from over 100 countries.   During this time, we look forward to speaking with publishers we currently distribute, as well as publishers that would like to market and distribute their titles in North America.  We welcome this opportunity to visit with publishers from around the world, from Africa to Australia and from Germany to England!

The 2014 History catalog will be released at the end of October.  With over 80 titles included- many of which are brand new- we are excited to have such a great selection available through our U.S. warehouse.  We will also have an exclusive e-mail only catalog for African and Middle Eastern studies that will be sent out in November.

In other news ...

July 28, 2014, was the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War.  With more than nine million combatants and 7 million civilians' deaths, World War I is considered one of the deadliest conflicts in history.  Over the next few months we will feature titles on World War I on social media, such as Irish Academic Press's Out of the Dark, 1914-1918 and Voyage to Gallipoli from Rosenberg Publishing.

Curious what's trending on social media?  This month our followers were interested in the referendum for Scottish Independence (Scottish Political Parties and the 2014 Independence Referendum), Hart Publishing joining the world of Twitter, and Trevor Grant's book, Sri Lanka's Secrets:  How the Rajapaksa Regime Gets Away With Murder, published by Monash University Publishing.  Also "hot" is the volcanic activity in Iceland.  After the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 that caused a disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe, all eyes are on Bardarbunga (Iceland, 2e).

 

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October 23, 2014

Literature & Criticism, Travel

What we've been up to lately... 

The late spring/early summer conferences-International Congress on Medieval Studies conference in Kalamazoo, MI and the Law and Society are done. Four Courts Press had a great time at the Medieval Studies conference. Their new title Ireland in the Medieval World, AD 400-1000: Landscape, Kingship and Religion was the belle of the ball, with other titles, such as The English Isles: Cultural Transmission and Political Conflict in Britain and Ireland, 1100-1500 garnering a lot of attention.

ISBS attended the recent Law and Society conference, representing such publishers as Eleven International Publishing, Europa Law Publishing  DJOEF, Institute of Art and Law and others. Hart Publishing and Intersentia also personally attended. The conference was busy for all staff as we were presenting such timely titles as Eleven's Identity, Political and Human Rights Culture as Prerequisites of Constitutional Democracy, Hart's Judging Positivism, and Intersentia's Siracusa Guidelines for International, Regional and National Fact-Finding Bodies.

Publisher news...

In May 2014, University of Western Australia Publishing's cookbook Saporito! won ‘Best in the World' in the Italian Cuisine category at the 19th International Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Since reaching the semi-finals of the second ‘My Kitchen Rules' (Australian TV cooking series) in 2011, popular contestants and cousins Daniela and Stefania developed a reputation for raucous banter and hearty cooking which had them nicknamed as the 'Italian mamas.

Patricia Clarke, author of Monash University Press's Eilean Giblin: A Feminist Between the War, has been shortlisted for this year's Margarey Medal for Biography by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. The biennial award carries a large cash prize and is awarded to the best female author who has published the work judged to be the best biographical writing on an Australian subject in the preceding two years.

What we're up to next...

Our ‘Literature and Literary Criticism' catalogue is due off the presses soon. It is a particularly strong catalogue this year including exciting titles in a wide variety of topics. To mention just a few of the titles featured -- Dare Me! The Life and Work of Gerald Glaskin from Monash UP, The Lake's Apprentice, from the University of Western Australia Publishing, Irish Academic Press's Colum McCann and the Aesthetics of Redemption, and On the Legacy of Maxine Hong Kingston from LIT Verlag.

To keep up with book news, please see http://www.facebook.com/isbsbooks  and Twitter: @isbsbooks.

In other news ...

During the academic break, one might be spend time travelling far afield. The new edition of Wild Dunedin: The Natural History of New Zealand's Wildlife Capital is here, and this is the perfect guide for those interested in the incredible and varied natural environs of Dunedin. The book, from Otago University Press, covers a range of habitats and landscapes, is loaded with information plants, animals, birds, insects, and geological features, and it is filled with color photographs. Or, for the armchair traveler, you may read this fascinating story of human endurance, also from Otago UP, Among Secret Beauties: A Memoir of Mountaineering in New Zealand and the Himalayas.

October 23, 2014

Conferences - Garant Publishers - Holodomor

What we've been up to lately... 

Conference and more conferences!  Hart Publishing, Intersentia, and Eleven International Publishing attended the conference of the American Society of International Law which was holding a joint meeting with the International Law Association in Washington, DC in April. The conference was hugely busy for these publishers. All three publishers produce titles on many aspects of International law, from human rights to trade law. They displayed such titles as The South China Sea Arbitration: A Chinese Perspective from Hart, and Global Perspectives on ADR from Intersentia, and Towards Sustainability: Major Challenges for Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Regulation from Eleven.

Also in April, ISBS staff attended the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, representing books from over 20 presses we distribute. Conversations with attendees were lively. We exhibited such publishers as Barbara Budrich and their title Participatory Democratic Innovations in Europe: Improving the Quality of Democracy? and Nomos Publishers with Economization versus Power Ambitions: Rethinking Russia's Policy towards Post-Soviet States. We displayed books discussing politics worldwide, from Africa to China to the Scandinavian countries.

Publisher news...

We wish to warmly welcome a new publisher to ISBS: Garant Publishers. Garant Publishers, founded in 1990, publishes academic books for study, practice, and research.  With offices in Belgium and the Netherlands, Garant Publishers produce 250 books a year, of which 5-10 are in English. Their titles reach across all the academic fields, such as Education, History, Environmental Studies, Politics, Sociology, Literary Studies, and Psychology. And, their authors are academics associated with universities, colleges, and associations. Garant Publishers attach great importance to corporate social responsibility. They therefore exclusively use chlorine-free and Forest Stewardship Council-certified quality paper.

What we're up to next...

It is time for the International Congress on Medieval Studies conference in Kalamazoo, MI (May 8-11, 2014). Four Courts Press is happy to be attending with their exciting new books in the field. They will be displaying Archaeology and Celtic Myth: An Exploration and Music and the Stars: Mathematics in Medieval Ireland amongst other titles.

May 29th-June 1st ISBS will be attending the Law and Society conference, representing such publishers as Eleven International Publishing, Europa Law Publishing  DJOEF, Institute of Art and Law and others. Hart Publishing and Intersentia will also be personally attending. We hope you will come by our tables for a chat and look at the titles on display.

To keep up with book news, please see http://www.facebook.com/isbsbooks  and Twitter: @isbsbooks.

In other news ...

Ukraine and the conflict with Russia is an uneasy topic of this moment. For a historical and political perspective on the relations between these countries in the early 20th century, it is worth reading Gareth Jones: Eyewitness to the Holodomor. This is the first academic study of Gareth Jones, who travelled to Russia as a foreign affairs adviser to David Lloyd George and Ivy Lee, and his attempts to gain public and international recognition of the horror of the Holodomor.  The Holodomor holocaust was the Soviet government-induced famine in the early 1930s which killed millions of Ukrainians. Upon publishing articles on the Holodomor in UK and US newspapers, Jones's credibility and integrity were immediately attacked and denigrated by the Soviet government. This book is published by Welsh Academic Press.

October 23, 2014

Paths International - Seforim Sale - Criminology

What we've been up to lately... 

Most unusually, a book we carry was the basis of a Science Fiction TV show! Blackguards & Blasphemers: The Irish Hellfire Clubs was the basis for the SyFy Channel's December 2013 broadcast of the episode Killer Contact, which explored the Irish Hellfire Clubs; and the episode included an interview with author David Ryan. This book is not only important for 18th century scholars, but fascinating for anyone who has wondered about the truth behind the legends of sexual excess, assaults, devil worship, and murder surrounding the hellfire clubs. This book was published by Merrion, an imprint of Irish Academic Press.

November and December conferences- several publishers we distribute personally came to the US to attend conferences. Hart Publishing, Intersentia, and Eleven International Publishing attended the American Society of Criminology conference in Atlanta, Georgia. All three publishers produce titles on various aspects of criminology, criminal justice, and criminal law, such as Organised Crime and the Law: A Comparative Analysis from Hart, and Sexual Violence as an International Crime: Interdisciplinary Approaches from Intersentia, and Interventions in Criminal Justice: A Handbook for Counsellors and Therapists Working in the Criminal Justice System from Eleven.

In December, The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization came to Boston to attend the Association for Jewish Studies conference. They had many new books to display including Polin v. 26: Jews and Ukrainians, The Jews in Poland and Russia: A Short History by Antony Polonsky, and The Jews in the Caribbean.

Publisher news...

We wish to warmly welcome a remarkable new publisher to ISBS: Paths International. Paths International was established in 2002 with the purpose of bringing high quality academic and professional content written and developed in Asia to Europe and North America. This publisher makes available to the international community books written by Chinese authors from some of the most prestigious universities and institutions in the country.  Their titles are co-publications with major Chinese publishers, such as Social Science Academic Press (CHINA), China Architecture and Building Press, and Guangdong Economy Publishing House. Most of their titles are originally written in Chinese, and then translated and edited in English for the North American and European market. Thus, Paths International offers a view of China from experts in China, and many of these books bring clarity to the seeming blur of recent and ongoing change in China.

What we're up to next...

February is already beginning to look busy. The Seforim Sale run by students at the Yeshiva University in New York City will be happening Feb 2nd through Feb. 23. For any New Yorkers attending, there will be a substantial number of books from the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, such as Collected Essays, v.1 by Haym Soloveitchik and Midrash Unbound, and from Vallentine Mitchell, such as Messianism, Secrecy and Mysticism: A New Interpretation of Early American Jewish Life and Portraits in Literature: The Jews of Poland: An Anthology.

February 18-22 is the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference in Philadelphia. Intersentia will be attending displaying their own titles as well as titles from other publishers we carry.

To keep up with book news, please see http://https://www.facebook.com/ISBSbooks and Twitter: @isbsbooks.

In other news ...

At this time of year, weather is a big topic. What will the weather be tomorrow, three days from now, or next week? Will I be able to travel to my destination, or will there be a big storm? How cold will it be, and will my pipes freeze? Some people go so far in their concern as to choose a career in predicting the weather. Dunedin Academic Press has produced an introductory level book on the science of meteorology. If you are curious about this field, or thinking of studying it for a career, pick up a copy of Introducing Meteorology: A Guide to Weather.