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Welcome to the February issue of Bluelines!

For Black History Month, we’re offering up to 50% off select titles that explore African American art history, religion, and much more! Visit our sales page for current sales and specials, as well as information on Virtual Exhibits. Be sure to subscribe to all our emails so you don’t miss out on any special offers.

The first book from Graphic Mundi, Covid Chronicles, publishes on the 15th. An anthology of comic works created during the pandemic, Covid Chronicles shares highly relatable stories about our upended lives, from remote work and homeschooling to the massive failures of governments and health systems worldwide. In a starred review, Kirkus calls it a “diverse, impassioned book.”

Our 2021 Art & Architecture catalog is available, just in time for the virtual CAA conference! Browse a digital version 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.

Stay warm!

The PSU Press staff

new & noteworthy

Friendship in Jewish History, Religion, and Culture Friendship in Jewish History, Religion, and Culture

Edited by Lawrence Fine

“This innovative and accessible anthology highlights the significance of a frequently neglected facet of Jewish life. I know of no other scholarly work that explores the varieties of human friendship in such a wide range of Jewish sources. The attention to gender is particularly noteworthy and adds immensely to the value and interest of this important volume”—Judith R. Baskin, author of Midrashic Women: Formations of the Feminine in Rabbinic Literature

Why Monet Matters Why Monet Matters

Meanings Among the Lily Pads

James H. Rubin

“This impressive book is a valuable contribution to the scholarship on Monet and later nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French art and culture more broadly. By the end of it, readers will have a far richer understanding of the manifold ways that Monet’s late work intersects with major artistic, political, and philosophical currents of the period.”—Michelle Foa, author of Georges Seurat: The Art of Vision

Pietism and the Sacraments Pietism and the Sacraments

The Life and Theology of August Hermann Francke

Peter James Yoder

“Yoder sensitively weaves Francke’s sacramental theology into his larger doctrinal structure, set within the biographical contours that surrounded Francke’s application of his inheritance from Luther and others in the crucible of pastoral care. A stimulating and provocative advance in understanding Pietism.”—Ron Broglio, author of Martin Luther: Confessor of the Faith

Origins of the Witches’ Sabbath Origins of the Witches’ Sabbath

Michael D. Bailey

“These translations by Michael Bailey, with his rich and up-to-date introductions and notes, will finally give readers of English access to these sources, which are essential for any historical work worthy of the name.”—Martine Ostorero, author of Le diable au sabbat. Littérature démonologique et sorcellerie (1440–1460)

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Virtual Author Events

If you missed our January virtual author panel, “Women and Art Practice, 1600–1980,” you can watch it on the PSU Press Facebook page!

Click here to learn more about PSU Press Presents.

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New Journals manager named!
Julie Lambert, Production Coordinator at the Pennsylvania State University Press has been appointed to the position of Journals Manager after a nationwide search. “I am thrilled to be able to continue my commitment to the journals program and am looking forward to the opportunity to manage the department and work with editors and societies in a renewed capacity.”

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