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Welcome to the September issue of Bluelines!

We’re kicking off this month with 40–60% off select titles in our History of the Book series. Browse the sale here and use code HOB21 for a discount through 9/19. Keep an eye on our sales page for current sales and specials. Or, better yet, subscribe to our emails so you don’t miss out on special offers.

In case you missed it, our Fall/Winter catalog is available! Browse forthcoming books and journals here.

Our first PSU Press Presents event of the Fall 2021 season is this month! Register now for a virtual event with the authors of new books in our Perspectives on Sensory History series, and keep an eye out for more events to be announced soon.

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new & noteworthy

Cover forHell of a Hat Hell of a Hat

The Rise of ‘90s Ska and Swing

Kenneth Partridge

Coming soon!
“Now it can be told: the ska and swing music of the glorious post-Nirvana ‘90s deserves your love and respect. Kenneth Partridge takes you back to the songs that will have your Vans tapping, with stories that will make your pompadour stand on end. Mr. Partridge, skanks for the memories.”—Dave Holmes, editor-at-large of Esquire and former MTV VJ

Cover for Sculptors Against the State Sculptors Against the State

Anarchism and the Anglo-European Avant-Garde

Mark Antliff

Sculptors Against the State is a substantial and significant contribution to the existing literature on the aesthetics of anarchism. Antliff boldly ventures into new conceptual territory, reading form and materiality against political discourse and artistic criticism during the brief period leading up to the outbreak of World War I, precisely when such relationships came to be understood as some of the fundamental signposts of modernism.”—Adam Jolles, author of The Curatorial Avant-Garde: Surrealism and Exhibition Practice in France, 1925–1941

Cover for Fear and Nature Fear and Nature

Ecohorror Studies in the Anthropocene

Edited by Christy Tidwell and Carter Soles

Fear and Nature expansively defines eco-horror as not only a sub-genre of literature but as a cohesive mode operating across genres and media. Whether talking about Algernon Blackwood or Algernon Swinburne, Bong Joon Ho or Junji Ito, this volume explores the rhizomatic connections that make eco-criticism something that transcends genre, and makes a convincing case for its relevance not only today but as a way of reconsidering what has come before.”—Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World

subject/series highlight

Kenneth Partridge, author of Hell of a Hat, appeared on the podcast “Stephanie and Stephanie Talk Tunes” to discuss ska and his upcoming book.

Click here to watch the interview on YouTube.

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psu press presents

Join us at 4pm on Thursday 9/2 for “Perspectives on Sensory History,” featuring authors Nicholas Hammond, Ryan McCormack, A. Joan Saab, and Mark M. Smith.

Register here.

If you missed any of our past author panels, you can watch them on the PSU Press Facebook page!

Click here to learn more about PSU Press Presents.

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