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Welcome to the December issue of Bluelines!

Don’t miss our Holiday Book Sale! In honor of the 45th anniversary of Eisenbrauns, we’re giving you 45% off sitewide with code EB45! See our favorite gift books and start shopping here.

Our Spring/Summer 2021 catalog is available! Browse here.

Graphic Mundi, a new graphic novel imprint from Penn State University Press, will release its inaugural volume, COVID Chronicles: A Comics Anthology, in February 2021. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will go to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) to support the employees of bookstores and comic shops and brick-and-mortar stores affected by the pandemic. Read the press release here.

In bittersweet news, we’ll bid goodbye to journals manager Diana Pesek when she retires at the end of the month. Diana crafted and executed an ambitious growth strategy for the Press’s journals program, expanding it from 13 to over 75 periodicals during her 10-year tenure. We’ll miss her generous spirit, professionalism, commitment to scholarly communications, and enthusiasm. The Press is currently searching for a replacement. Details about the position are here.

The Press is still taking precautions related to the novel coronavirus, so your orders and responses to inquiries might take longer than normal. Learn more here.

The PSU Press staff

new & noteworthy

The First Inauguration The First Inauguration

George Washington and the Invention of the Republic

Stephen Howard Browne

“Browne’s analysis of Washington’s address is superb. He succeeds admirably in showing how Americans performed and instantiated a dynamic, protean conception of nationhood.”—Peter S. Onuf, author of The Mind of Thomas Jefferson

The Objects That Remain The Objects That Remain

Laura Levitt

“[An] aching, concentric rumination on loss, in which writing through the aftermath leads to insights on letting go and holding on.”—Foreword Reviews

Objects of Vision Objects of Vision

Making Sense of What We See

A. Joan Saab

Objects of Vision is an engaging and well-written book that adroitly guides readers to understand the complex mechanisms by which meaning is made in visual texts.”—Martin A. Berger, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Drawing on Religion Drawing on Religion

Reading and the Moral Imagination in Comics and Graphic Novels

Ken Koltun-Fromm

“This project takes a compelling place within the hermeneutics of religion and literature as a way of studying religion. Most impressive is Koltun-Fromm’s subtle interpretation of the material, showing that it sustains very careful analysis, proving itself worthy of close reading and moral probing. Drawing on Religion models a productive integration of textual and visual materials and does so with clear prose and no jargon or excessive theorizing.”—David Morgan, author of Images at Work: The Material Culture of Enchantment

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Watch the recording of the book launch for Laura Levitt’s The Objects That Remain, hosted by Big Blue Marble Bookstore on November 9th.

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Virtual Author Events

If you missed our November virtual author panel, “New Books in Archaeology from Eisenbrauns,” you can watch it on the Eisenbrauns Facebook page!

Click here to learn more about PSU Press Presents.

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