Welcome to the July issue of Bluelines!
We’ve put together a list of our favorite summer reads, from graphic novels to biographies. Browse the sale here and take 40% off with code READ21 until the end of the month. Be sure to subscribe to all our emails so you don’t miss out on special offers.
If you’re looking for more good books to spend your summer with, check out Bookshop’s Slow Down & #ReadUP list, curated by the Association of University Presses.
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“Frederick Watts and the Founding of Penn State makes a compelling case for the national importance of Pennsylvania in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American social, political, and economic history. It also tells an intriguing, persuasive story that shows how Watts was an influential figure with implications far beyond the particulars of his time and place. Roger L. Williams continues his long record as one of our finest historians of higher education.”—John R. Thelin, author of Going to College in the Sixties
The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in West Virginia is the most comprehensive description of bird life in the Mountain State ever published. Building on the first Atlas, published in 1994, this book documents the occurrence of 170 species of breeding birds, including three new species and one whose last breeding record was in 1888.
“This is an intellectually ambitious, rigorously argued, and erudite book that explores visual strategies and their theoretical underpinnings of ‘empty spaces’ in medieval manuscripts. A must-read for scholars of medieval and northern Renaissance art and intellectual history.”—Nino Zchomelidse, author of Art, Ritual, and Civic Identity in Medieval Southern Italy
“A detailed and insightful exposition of a powerful and compelling literary figure. We know Holmes is central to a late-Victorian worldview, and How Sherlock Pulled the Trick demonstrates how he is also significant today.”—Catherine Wynne, author of Lady Butler: War Artist and Traveller, 1846–1933
Cécile Fromont discusses her book, Afro-Catholic Festivals in the Americas, with New Books Network.
Each month we’re highlighting a book available through PSU Press Unlocked, an open-access initiative featuring scholarly digital books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. This month’s pick: Rafting Days in Pennsylvania.
Written after the lumber industry shifted westward out of the necessity of supply, Rafting Days in Pennsylvania presents numerous recollections of the days when Pennsylvania’s lumber traveled by mighty river raft, across the state and beyond. This elite but dangerous trade had all but disappeared by the time the volume was published in 1922, but the industry loomed large in the memories of Pennsylvanians and the idea of “the last raft” became almost legendary.
The article “Port in a Storm: Arriving at a Virtual Theatre Through the Pandemic of 2020” by Alex Roe appeared in the most recent issue of The Eugene O’Neill Review. This article will be open from June 30–July 7.
We welcome William Westerman, the new editor of the journal Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary forum for pedagogical scholarship exploring intersections of identities, power, and social justice.
We are pleased to announce that Rachel Ginder has moved into the position of Journals Production Manager. Rachel has worked in the PSU Press Journals Department for six years and has been pivotal and instrumental in our growth. Congratulations, Rachel!
This is the first attempt to consider the phenomenon stamped storage jars a whole and to develop a unified theory that would explain the function of these stamp impressions and shed new light on the history of Judah during six centuries of subjugation to the empires that ruled the region—as a vassal kingdom in the age of the Assyrian, Egyptian, and Babylonian empires and as a province under successive Babylonian, Persian, Ptolemaic, and Seleucid rule.
This book publishes 323 handcopies of cuneiform tablets found in the academic papers of W. G. Lambert (1926–2011), one of the foremost Assyriologists of the twentieth century. Prepared by A. R. George and Junko Taniguchi, it completes a two-part edition of Lambert’s previously unpublished handcopies.
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