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Welcome to the June issue of Bluelines!

We’re kicking off the summer with a sale on our outdoorsy books! Field guides, bird atlases, and more are up to 60% off the list price through 6/19 with code SRP22. Keep an eye on our sales page for current sales and and forthcoming sales and specials, including our Pride Month sale later in June! Or, better yet, subscribe to our emails so you don’t miss out on special offers.

Our Fall/Winter 2022 Catalog is now available! Browse all our forthcoming titles, including books from our Graphic Mundi and Eisenbrauns imprints, on our website.


The PSU Press staff

new & noteworthy

Cover for Combating Hate Combating Hate

A Framework for Direct Action

Billie Murray

Combating Hate takes up the vital task of showing how our current methods of responding to hate are hurting our democracy. By using a thoughtful and effective form of scholar-activism, Murray weaves together a rich, firsthand account of the central political confrontations of our moment and teaches us how to develop practical, theoretically sophisticated ways to effectively respond to hate. This is the kind of scholarship that can help save democracy.”—Robert Danisch, coauthor of Beyond Civility: The Competing Obligations of Citizenship

Cover for On Expertise On Expertise

Cultivating Character, Goodwill, and Practical Wisdom

Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher

On Expertise is an important and well-executed project, combining theoretical discussions with qualitative data collections such as surveys and interviews to answer the question of whether we can change the public’s attitude toward expertise and its ability to participate in discourses of expertise for the better. With cautious optimism, it enters into a crisis with a long and sordid history of a public’s deep distrust and skepticism.”—E. Johanna Hartelius, author of The Gifting Logos: Expertise in the Digital Commons

Cover for Herrnhut Herrnhut

The Formation of a Moravian Community, 1722–1732

Paul Peucker

“How Zinzendorf and his community should be assessed was not only a matter of contention among his contemporaries but has remained controversial in research until today. Paul Peucker’s book represents a significant advance in scholarship on this array of questions, thanks to his unparalleled familiarity with the handwritten documents and the print sources.”—Hans Schneider, author of German Radical Pietism

Cover for Reading Mennonite Writing Reading Mennonite Writing

A Study in Minor Transnationalism

Robert Zacharias

“Robert Zacharias demonstrates a truly impressive knowledge of the history of Mennonite publishing and reception. Extremely well read in a wide variety of Mennonite literary genres—what he terms a minor literature—he does valuable work in positioning this literature as fully engaged with transnational concerns and in attending to forgotten or neglected works within the field, while simultaneously positioning them alongside better- or well-known texts.”—Grace Kehler, McMaster University

subject/series highlight

Christopher J. Gilbert discusses his book, Caricature and National Character: The United States at War, with the New Books Network. Click here to listen to the interview on the New Books Network website.

Tracing the comic representation of American values from the First World War to the War on Terror, Gilbert explores the power of humor in caricature to expose both the folly in jingoistic virtues and the sometimes-strange fortune in nationalistic vices.

awards & reviews

upcoming exhibits & events

psu press presents

Panelists participating in an author event via Zoom

Watch a recording of May’s event, “Religious Movements and Communities,” on our YouTube Channel.

Click here to learn more about PSU Press Presents, and stay tuned for an announcement of our Fall/Winter 2022 season!

unlocked book of the month

journals news

new from eisenbrauns

See more from Eisenbrauns over at Ancient News.

new from graphic mundi

Cover for 6,000 Miles to Freedom 6,000 Miles to Freedom

Two Boys and Their Flight from the Taliban

Stéphane Marchetti, Illustrated by Cyrille Pomès

Two boys. One war-torn country. A world away, freedom.

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