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Friday, November 30th, 2012

Ross Melnick and Toby Talbot to Discuss the Jewish Experience in Film

Ross Melnick, American ShowmanOn Sunday, December 2, (1 p.m.– 5 p.m), Columbia University Press is co-sponsoring the event “Exhibitors, Distributors and Showmen” at the American Jewish Historical Society as part of their Culture Brokers series.

The program will include two Columbia University Press authors: Ross Melnick, author of American Showman: Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1935 and Toby Talbot, author of The New Yorker Theater and Other Scenes from a Life at the Movies. Melnick and Talbot will be joined by Phillip Lopate.

This program will take a look at the Jewish experience in film, including the great impresarios of both commercial and art film houses, the distributors, and the theater owners who brought movie entertainment to urban and small town America alike.

Tickets: 212.868.4444 or smarttix.com

Price per event: $15 General Public • $10 AJHS & CJH members, Students & Seniors

For more information: info@ajhs.org or call 212-294-6160

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Test Your Knowledge of Food Finances!

Kara Newman, The Secret Financial Life of Food: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets

We conclude our week-long feature on The Secret Financial Life of Food: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets, by Kara Newman, with a quiz that tests your knowledge of the finances food (Click here for the answers):

1. Where is the first written reference to the treatment of food as a financial commodity to be traded for future delivery?
a. New York Times
b. The Bible
c. Phoenician clay tablets
d. French newspaper Le Monde

2. Which spice accounts for nearly 35 percent of the world’s spice trade and is the only spice to have been traded on the futures market in the United States?
a. Pepper
b. Salt
c. Paprika
d. Cinnamon

3. Traders in corn futures use a loose formula to determine how much corn they will need in the coming season. According to the rule, feeding it five pounds of corn results in a pig gaining ______ pound(s).
a. Ten
b. Seven
c. Five
d. One

4. Atop the historic Chicago Board of Trade building sits a statue of Ceres, the goddess of what foodstuff that the board was created to trade?
a. Salt
b. Cattle
c. Grain
d. Olives

5. What city never had a grain exchange?
a. Portland, Ore.
b. San Francisco, Calif.
c. Omaha, Neb.
d. Tallahassee, Fla.


Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Kara Newman Interviewed by Zester Daily

Kara Newman, The Secret Financial Life of Food

Earlier this Fall, Kara Newman talked with Zester Daily about her new book The Secret Financial Life of Food: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets.

In the interview Newman explains commodities markets and futures trading and how it affects the price of food on your plate. She also considers the recent scare over bacon shortage due to the end of trading in pork belly futures. Looking at other recent developments, she examines the ways in which farmer’s markets and the trend to eating locally allows people to “opt out” of the pricing set by commodities markets.

Newman is also a well-known writer on alcohol and spirits and she is also asked about the growing whiskey futures market and the role of Chinese consumers in affecting the French wine industry:

Although coffee beans have a long history of formal trade in the U.S., potables such as wine and whiskey are still in their trading infancy. Bordeaux futures are nothing new, but wine funds certainly are, and we’re starting to hear rumblings about the nascent “whiskey-investment” industry, although it doesn’t seem to have developed much traction yet.

Growing interest in both products from newly affluent drinkers in China and elsewhere surely have created a market that’s ripe for trading. Particularly where wine is concerned, it has all the elements of uncertain supply and fluctuating demand. That includes the investment manager’s observation that many Chinese drinkers are purchasing wine to consume now, rather than to age — a trend that has the potential to impact supply down the road for older vintages, which could lead to higher prices — if what’s in the bottle is good, of course! Regardless of what’s being traded or how, though, it still comes down to basic supply and demand.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Kerry Malawista Discusses “Wearing My Tutu to Analysis” on The Psych Files

Kerry Malawista, Wearing My Tutu to AnalysisIn a recent episode on the podcast The Psych Files, Kerry Malawista discussed her book Wearing My Tutu to Analysis and Other Stories: Learning Psychodynamic Concepts from Life (written with Anne J. Adelman and Catherine L Anderson).

In particular she discusses transference and countertransference as it relates to the patient-therapist relationship. You can listen to the full podcast here but The Psych Files also published a couple of excerpts from Kerry Malawista during the interview:

Basically, transference is when we take real live feelings from our own life and then literally transfer them onto the therapist or analyst. We do this in all aspects of our lives. If the brain had to respond to every new encounter like it had never seen it before we’d be overwhelmed with data. So transference is our way of using what se’ve learned from our earlier lives and then representing it on new people that come along. Sometimes that’s for positive when things went well in the past, and sometimes negatively when we keep repeating relationships [from the past] that weren’t helpful.


Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Trading Places and the Secret Financial Life of Food

It is hard not to consider the topic food commodities without thinking of Trading Places (see clip below), which Kara Newman references in her new book The Secret Financial Life of Food: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets.

In The Secret Financial Life of Food, Newman centers her history on corn and its transformation into a ubiquitous commodity, and she uses oats, wheat, and rye to recast America’s westward expansion and the Industrial Revolution. She discusses the effects of such mega-corporations as Starbucks and McDonalds on futures markets, and she considers burgeoning markets, particularly “super soybeans,” which could scramble the landscape of food finance. She argues that the ingredients of American power and culture, and the making of the modern world, can be found in the history of food commodities exchange.

Meanwhile, in the following clip, Randolph and Mortimer Duke (played by Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) explain to Billy Ray Valentine (played by Eddie Murphy) how their commodity brokerage works. While the nuances and history are better described in Newman’s work, starting with this clip provides the perfect entree to The Secret Financial Life of Food (and how often can we relate one of our books to an Eddie Murphy movie?)

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Why Civil Resistance Works wins 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order

LoveKnowledgeCongratulations to Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan, who have been awarded the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for their work on Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. From the official award announcement:

“The implications of their work are enormous,” said award director Charles Ziegler. “Not only do their findings validate the work done by Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., but they shed new light on the political change we’re seeing today, such as the Arab Spring process in Egypt and other Middle Eastern nations.”

The book by Chenoweth and Stephan also won the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for best book published in the United States on government, politics or international affairs.

UofL presents four Grawemeyer Awards each year for outstanding works in music composition, world order, psychology and education. The university and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary jointly give a fifth award in religion. This year’s awards are $100,000 each.

Again, congratulations to Professors Chenoweth and Stephan on this latest honor, and thanks to the University of Louisville and the Grawemeyer Awards judges for recognizing the hard work that went into Why Civil Resistance Works!

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Kara Newman’s 3 Predictions for the Future of Food-Based Futures

The Secret Financial Life of Food

The following post is by Kara Newman, author of The Secret Financial Life of Food: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets

My new book, The Secret Financial Life of Food, focuses on the history of agricultural commodities, including the personalities and stories behind the contracts and how that has impacted what trades today.

However, the questions I’ve been asked most often center around the future of these commodities. What might be next? Keeping in mind that I’m neither an economist nor a fortune teller – just a food writer with an affection for culinary history – I’ll do my best to peer into my crystal ball to find some answers. What I do know is this: just as food traditions will continue to evolve, so will the commodities markets.

Prediction #1: If U.S. exchanges introduce new food-based contracts, they will reflect a global perspective – not American-only eating habits. Several chapters in my book focus on how certain contracts flamed out in spectacular fashion due to scandal (onion futures) or petered out when they no longer were needed (pork bellies). But won’t we ever see any new contracts start up?

I predict yes – but they’ll center around foods consumed by global populations. Just like the market for soybeans has flourished as global populations consume soybeans in any number of forms, next up might be the fledgling apple juice concentrate market – a product increasingly made and consumed outside of the U.S. Some of my other picks for potential food-based futures contracts that might one day soon trade on American exchanges: canola and/or olive oil, both of which already trade on other bourses; sheep and/or lambs (a pilot pricing program already is underway), and although this is a long shot, grapes or grape juice concentrate, representing the third most-produced fruit worldwide.

It’s not such a far leap to wonder if a fully global marketplace, trading fully global food-based futures contracts, might be an option in the not-so-distant future.


Monday, November 26th, 2012

Book Giveaway! The Secret Financial Life of Food


This week we our featured book and giveaway is: The Secret Financial Life of Food: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets, by Kara Newman.

Throughout the week we will highlight aspects of The Secret Financial Life of Food: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets and we are offering a FREE copy of the book to one winner.

To enter our book giveaway, simply e-mail pl2164@columbia.edu with your name and address. We will randomly select one winner on Friday at 1:00 pm. Good luck and spread the word!

For more on the book, you can read the chapter Cattle Call or take a quiz based on the book.

“Culinary historian Kara Newman has conjured up a delightful, behind the scenes look at commodity trading in her new book, The Secret Financial Life of Food. It is jam-packed with surprising facts and fun-to-read stories. It is also a good primer on commodity trading brimming with insight. It is a must read for anyone interested in food, history or economics.” — Andrew F. Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Holiday Sale! Save 50% on Titles for Everyone on Your List

Holiday Sale

From peanut butter and meatballs to climate change and epigenetics, we offer some holiday gift suggestions.

We are offering a 50% discount on these titles. IMPORTANT: Be sure to enter the special promotion code HOLIDAY in the space provided in the shopping cart order form. (Discounted amount will appear after you click “apply”).

All prices listed are after the discount.

Click here for a full list of titles on sale but below is some advice for those on your list:

For the Aspiring Movie Mogul: American Showman: Samuel “Roxy” Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1935, by Ross Melnick ($18.75)

For the Magazine Lover: The Art of Making Magazines: On Being an Editor and Other Views from the Industry , edited by Victor Navasky and Evan Cornog ($11.25)

Another One for the Magazine Lover: Best American Magazine Writing 2012, Edited by Sid Holt for the American Society of Magazine Editors ($8.48)

For the Businessman or the Critic of Business: The Best Business Writing 2012, Edited by Dean Starkman, Martha M. Hamilton, Ryan Chittum, and Felix Salmon ($9.48)

For Those Interested in Jelly’s Better Half: Creamy and Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food, by Jon Krampner ($13.98)


Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The Science Behind Thanksgiving and Overeating

NeurogastronomyWe conclude our look at the history of Thanksgiving by considering one of the darker traditions of the holiday: overating. Sure, the food is delicious and plentiful but we should know better. Are there other factors that can explain why we stuff ourselves at Thanksgiving?

The following is an excerpt from Neurogastronomy: How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why It Matters, by Gordon Shepherd. In the excerpt Shepherd begins by looking at fast food and then looks at some of the neurological reasons for why we overeat at Thanksgiving and other times of the year.

[F]ast food contains a variety of food types and flavors. This is called the supermarket, smorgasbord, or buffet effect. This idea actually originated with a blind French scientist named Jacque Le Magnen in Paris, who became a legend in research on feeding. In the 1950s he began detailed studies of laboratory rats fed different kinds of diets. He found that on daily lab chow they showed little weight gain, but if he offered them chow with different flavors they quickly began to gain weight. This effect was rediscovered in 1981 by Barbara Rolls and her colleagues at Oxford, who called it sensory-specific satiety, meaning that with one flavor the animal quickly becomes full and bored with eating more, whereas a new flavor stimulates renewed eating. This is the effect we all experience at Thanksgiving or buffets or banquets when we feel the urge to go on eating every new dish or course. It is an expression of the fact that the brain is always interested in something new or changing, a characteristic we have seen in all the sensory systems. Although the fast- food industry probably did not know of Le Magnen’s research, it designed its foods as if it did.


Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Doughnuts for Thanksgiving: A New York City Tradition, Apparently

Gastropolis, Thanksgiving in New York City

We continue our week-long (or, at least short week) feature on Thanksgiving with a quick look at the holiday’s history in New York City.

In his chapter, “The Food and Drink of New York from 1624 to 1898,” from Gastropolis: Food and New York City, Andrew Smith describes the role both George Washington and doughnuts have played in how the holiday has been celebrated in New York City:

Although it had originated in New England, [Thanksgiving] was quickly adopted in communities throughout New York. Indeed, it was in New York City that President George Washington issued the first presiden­tial thanksgiving proclamation, which set aside Thursday, November 26, 1789, as a day of prayer and thanksgiving. New York was one of the first states outside New England to declare Thanksgiving an official holiday. In 1795, John Jay, the governor of New York, tried to establish a statewide thanksgiving day, and in 1817 it was finally recognized as a state holiday. Thanksgiving was celebrated with what is now considered the traditional meal of turkey, apple pie, mince pie, and cranberries; New Yorkers often added doughnuts and crullers to the menu. Thanksgiving holiday remained an important holiday throughout the nineteenth century. The Ladies Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church opened a mission in the gang-infested Five Points District, and on Thanksgiving Day, under the eyes of their bene­factors, the ladies paraded and fed hundreds of Sunday- school students.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

New Book Tuesday: LoveKnowledge and a Concubine’s Tale

LoveKnowledgeOur weekly list of new titles now available:

LoveKnowledge: The Life of Philosophy from Socrates to Derrida
Roy Brand

An Imperial Concubine’s Tale: Scandal, Shipwreck, and Salvation in Seventeenth-Century Japan
G.G. Rowley

Is Democracy a Lost Cause?: Paradoxes of the Imperfect Invention
Alfio Mastropaolo

The Long Road to Victory: A History of Czechoslovak Exile Organizations after 1968
Francis D. Raska

Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel
Ziad Elmarsafy

Shariah-Compliant Private Equity and Islamic Venture Capital
Fara M. A. Farid

Monday, November 19th, 2012

A Soul Food Thanksgiving

Sweet Potato, Frederick Douglass Opie

As the recent and wildly successful university press week reminded us, university presses provide readers with a wide range of new ideas and intellectual perspectives. However, as a university press with a list in food studies, Columbia University Press also works with a number of authors, who can offer some more practical advice when it comes to the kitchen. So, just in time for Thanksgiving, we’d like to point you in the direction of Frederick Douglass Opie’s blog Food as a Lens.

Opie is the author of Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America and over the next few days, his blog will look at the African roots of some Thanksgiving staples but also offer some ways to incorporate soul food into your Thanksgiving meal and provide recipes as well.

Here’s Opie’s post on the simple but indispensable sweet potato, which came to the United States via West Africa:

Previous to the arrival of the sweet potato, most West Africans used yams in the absence of bread. Soon many other substitutes were available. Indonesian traders introduced the cocoyam from Southeast Asia; shortly thereafter, the cocoyam became part of the everyday meals of West Africans. This was especially pertinent in the equatorial forest regions. Because yams were such an essential part of this region’s culinary traditions, some nicknamed it the “yam belt.” By the nineteenth century, African Americans had clearly established a penchant in the south for yams and sweat potatoes. African-American cooks continued to grow and cook with yams and sweet potatoes. They consumed these staples like bread in the same way that their descendants had done in West Africa. By the mid-nineteenth century, slaves in Virginia had influenced their masters to eat the tubers the same way. At a big house table on a Virginia tobacco plantation, Journalist Frederick Law Olmsted recalled, “There was no other bread, and but one vegetable served—sweet potato, roasted in ashes, and this, I thought, was the best sweet potato, also, I ever had eaten. . . .”

And for a recipe…


Friday, November 16th, 2012

Sheldon Pollock on the Importance of University Presses and the Role of Universities

University Press Week

For university post week, we offer two posts on the importance of university presses and their possible futures. The first is by Sheldon Pollock, who is the Arvind Raghunathan Professor of South Asian Studies at Columbia University. Pollock calls upon the university and its faculty to become more involved with university presses. The second from Jennifer Crewe, editorial director and associate director at Columbia University Press, describes university presses’ willingness and ability to innovate to meet new intellectual and economic challenges. (Click here for the post by Jennifer Crewe)

Next up on the tour is the University of North Carolina Press.

The series South Asia across the Disciplines was founded four years ago with a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation by Jennifer Crewe (Columbia U. Press), Alan Thomas (U. of Chicago Press), Lynne Whithey (then U. of California Press), and myself as general editor. We conceived of SAAD not just as a series to publish the most vulnerable of all academic publications–monographs (strike one) that are also first books (strike two) concerning the non-West (strike three)–but as an experiment in an alternative economic model for a university press.

I was convinced then and remain no less convinced today that university presses deserve vastly more support than they are receiving from their universities. Few university presses receive support from their universities, and even that has in many cases been steadily declining. But although it is easy to forget in the era of mass corporatization, the purpose of the university is to create and transmit knowledge, and transmission must include publication. Publication is the hemoglobin of scholarly life, and academic publishers are and will remain central to scholarly publication even as we supplement print with electronic books. The presses and their faculty boards endeavor to provide serious peer review and editing, and thus ensure that we make available to the public readable, responsible scholarship and not the mere piles of data that most dissertations represent.

In the absence of central administration support, bottom-line thinking can sometime overwhelm editorial decision-making, though in such cases editors are only enacting the role that their economic precariousness dictates. The option of becoming more and more like a trade publisher is seductive but the risks to scholarship and the distinctiveness of university press publishing are great. The fundamental differences in aspiration and obligation between academic and trade publishing need to be very carefully registered. And that difference should carry with it a difference in economic logic. University presses must insulate themselves from the vagaries of the market, and universities must help provide this insulation. Unlike trade publishing, the decisions of university presses must be guided by other forces beyond competition and profit.

So how are universities to support their presses? For one thing they can write more checks, understanding again that they fail in their purpose if they fail to disseminate the knowledge they produce. If however, as some believe, the days when presses can expect a consistent flow of financial support and check-writing are past, there are still many other things the university can do to help presses and many ways in which the two can and should work together.


Friday, November 16th, 2012

Jennifer Crewe on University Presses: Who Are We? What Do We Do? And Why Is It Important?

University Press Week

For university post week, we offer two posts on the importance of university presses and their possible futures. The first is by Sheldon Pollock, who is the Arvind Raghunathan Professor of South Asian Studies at Columbia University. Pollock calls upon the university and its faculty to become more involved with university presses. The second from Jennifer Crewe, editorial director and associate director at Columbia University Press, describes university presses’ willingness and ability to innovate to meet new intellectual and economic challenges. Below is Jennifer Crewe’s essay (click here for the essay by Sheldon Pollock):

Next up on the tour is the University of North Carolina Press.

University presses were founded, a century and a quarter ago, to publish the results of scholarly research and analysis, which no for-profit press would consider economically viable. To a certain extent, this is still part of our mission, but over the years university presses have shown a remarkable degree of innovation in changing what we do to confront new expectations, intellectual challenges, and economic realities. While the challenges ahead might look daunting to some, there is ample evidence from both our distant and recent history to suggest that we will persist in innovating and building, ensuring that the ideas and conversations generated by university presses will continue to enrich scholarship and the broader intellectual culture.

Originally, many presses published work generated primarily on their own campuses, but they soon sought work from scholars across the country and eventually became the primary outlet for the dissemination of scholarship created at universities. University presses have also served a key role in encouraging and refining the work of younger scholars through the publication of first books that establish credentials, develop authorial presence in the field, and shake up intellectual conventions.

Today we no longer exclusively publish scholarly monographs. We have added to our lists books for general readers, books for classroom use, and essential reference publications. As commercial trade publishers have stopped publishing as much serious nonfiction that is accessible to general readers but not projected to bring in enough profit, university presses stepped in. And as commercial textbook publishers stopped publishing books for upper-level courses because the market was too small, university presses again stepped in.

University press editors notice trends and emerging areas of research and publish the resulting work before a field has been established in the academy or become widely accepted as an important topic and before anyone knows how much a part of the general conversation it will become. There are many examples of this; I am reminded of university press publications in the 1980s that helped establish and develop the fields of African American and gay and lesbian history, books on climate change before it was a ubiquitous topic in the news, scholarly work on Al Qaeda and the Taliban before most people had heard of those organizations, and works on troubled spots in the world—the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan, Aleppo—long before global events turned everyone’s attention to them. Our books are the go-to sources when something happens in the world and journalists, scholars, public-policy makers, opinion leaders, politicians, and concerned citizens need to gain an understanding of what led to current events.

University presses augment undergraduate education by publishing indispensable books for undergraduate and graduate courses that no textbook publisher would consider because sales would be too low. Classical Japanese Grammar is one such on Columbia’s list. Its market is small, but everyone teaching and taking the course is grateful because no such text had existed before.


Thursday, November 15th, 2012

William Duggan on Strategic Intuition

With the recent publication of Creative Strategy: A Guide for Innovation, we wanted to revisit William Duggan’s related book, Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement.

In the following video, Duggan explains some of the ideas that shaped Strategic Intuition, including how innovation really happens in business and other fields and how that matches with what modern neuroscience tells us about how creative ideas form in the human mind.

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

University Press Week Continues to Be Great!

University Press Week

So much great stuff on university press blogs during university press week that it’s difficult to keep up. So, in case you missed it here’s what happened yesterday:

* Scott Esposito, editor of the always worthwhile and indispensable The Quarterly Conversation, talks about the importance of former University of Chicago professor and literary critic Wayne Booth on the University of Chicago Press blog:

I find it impossible to read Wayne C. Booth and not come away illuminated. Though he’s generally classified as a literary critic, Booth was really much more than that. He was an amazingly well-read, dedicated thinker who showed how questions about literature were really questions about human perception and the philosophies with which we approach life.

* Douglas Armato, director of the University of Minnesota Press offers a history of university presses and a sense of where they might be going. Here’s what he sees as a possible future for publishing in the humanities:

What I see ahead for the humanities and social sciences is an intensely innovative, hybridized environment for university scholarly communication—one that encompasses both open access and nonprofit models, scholarship in university repositories and that published by presses in the established forms of e-books and e-journals, large digital humanities initiatives, and a lively constellation of individual and collaborative scholarly blogs, micro blogs, and websites. In many cases, specific research projects will span and flow across all these forms in what I think of as a process of endosmosis and exosmosis, from less concentrated scholarly forms to more concentrated ones such as the monograph and back again.


Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Andrew Nathan Discusses Trends in China’s Foreign Policy

In the following video, Andrew Nathan, most recently the author of China’s Search for Security discusses trends in China’s foreign policy:

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Celebrating the Bookstores That Make University Press Publishing Possible

University Press Week

As part of university press week, we wanted to shine a light on some of the independent and campus bookstores, an integral part of the university press community. Without these stores, university presses would not be able to publish what we do. Independent stores not only stock and champion our books but also provide a space in which ideas and books are taken seriously.

We asked our sales reps to feature some of the stores in their territory that carry a wide range of books, including many titles from university presses. This list, arranged alphabetically, is by no means exhaustive but merely a small sampling of the great stores out there:

Amherst Books (Amherst)

Book Culture (New York City)
Serves the Columbia University community by providing textbooks and well-priced general interest and academic contemporary titles.

Bridge Street Books (Washington, D.C.)

Boulder Book Store (Boulder)

City Lights Bookstore (San Francisco)
City Lights is a legendary bookstore, founded by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in 1953 as the first all-paperback bookshop in the U.S. They now carry a variety of books on poetry, fiction, art, progressive social history and causes, philosophy, theory, and more. They are a particularly great supporter of university presses and small presses and longtime buyer, Paul Yamazaki, is respected and beloved throughout the industry for his excellent sense of what is a City Lights title.

Diesel Books (Malibu, Santa Monica, Oakland)
Diesel Books originated in the 1980’s in Oakland, but has expanded over the years and now includes two great stores in the Los Angeles area—one in Brentwood neighborhood of Santa Monica and the other in Malibu. John and Alison, the owners, have a great sense of community involvement and have understood and responded to the needs of each of their very different communities in the stores they and their staff have created over the years.

Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle)
Another legendary store, Elliott Bay Book Company changed locations a few years ago from a location it had occupied since 1976 (the store was founded in 1973). Rick Simonson and the other great people at this store have continually created a store that mixes the best of popular titles with literary gems that to surprise their customers. Rick is a big supporter of university presses and of small, literary presses. Like Paul Yamazaki at City Lights, Rick is a big supporter of contemporary literature in translation.


Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

New Titles This Week — William Duggan on Creative Strategy Plus Great Selections from Hong Kong UP

Creative Strategy, William Duggan

Creative Strategy: A Guide for Innovation
William Duggan

Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions
Christian K. Wedemeyer

The Inquisition of Climate Science (Now available in paper)
James Lawrence Powell

Sex and Desire in Hong Kong
Petula Sik Ying Ho and Ka Tat Tsang

Islam in Hong Kong: Muslims and Everyday Life in China’s World City
Paul O’Connor

Lao She in London
Anne Witchard

Knowledge is Pleasure: A Life of Florence Ayscough
Lindsay Shen