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Available 9/30/2014: The definitive new book on Rodin’s life and art—featuring never-before-seen sketches and intimate details of the artist’s masterworks and hidden treasures
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, world-renowned expert on Rodin’s work and former curator at the Musée Rodin and Musée d’Orsay, has crafted an authoritative and absorbing new study that offers a fresh take on the beloved artist’s life and art. With more than 350 full-color illustrations, Rodin (September 30, 2014; cloth, $135 through December 31, 2014) explores the genius of the father of modern sculpture—from his most beloved works to his lesser-known sketches, studies, and plasters. Using her unprecedented access to Rodin’s archives, Le Normand-Romain details the evolution of Rodin’s artistic vision and challenges the perception of the artist as simply a man of bronze.
Le Normand-Romain tells the stories of Rodin’s sculptures, known for their sense of movement and fluidity, through each stage of development and explores Rodin’s unprecedented ability to breathe life into marble blocks, as well as his skill in capturing human movement in his joyous and lively colored-ink sketches. Illustrated by numerous reproductions of these sketches, the text details Rodin’s unique talent in capturing human movement in just two or three strokes of his pen; images of works in different stages of composition, and of the same work in different versions, show Rodin’s ability to translate this vision into finished pieces that highlight the character and physicality of his subjects.
The Age of Bronze, 1877
This new perspective on Rodin’s oeuvre is accompanied by photographs, many undertaken for this book and never before seen, that illuminate the amazing details of his work. Through full- and double-page spreads, well-known masterworks—like The Kiss and The Thinker—and curious hidden treasures, are showcased in breathtaking detail. With these outstanding illustrations accompanying Le Normand-Romain’s illuminating text, Rodin is the new authority on this modern master.
about the author
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain has been Director General of the National Institute of the History of Art in Paris since 2006. She specializes in French sculpture of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including the work of Rodin and his partner, Camille Claudel. Le Normand-Romain was curator of sculpture at the Musée d’Orsay and for twelve years at the Musée Rodin, where she undertook a new catalog of the collection.
Le Normand-Romain will be giving a lecture at the Art Students League of New York on November 4th on the topic “Rodin at the Heart of Creation: From the American Collections.” Her lecture will draw on her research for Rodin and will look at the strong collections of the artist’s work in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and San Francisco.
By Antoinette Le Normand-Romain
Cloth, 432 pages, $135 through December 31, 2014
350 full-color illustrations
Publication date: September 30, 2014
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain is available for interviews. She will be in the New York on November 4th and in the Boston area the week of November 8th.
To request an interview, please contact:
Shannon Connors, Publicist, at 212.366.5585 x25 or email@example.com
French praise for Rodin:
The Thinker, 1881
“Terracottas, bronzes, marbles, watercolors, and other media demonstrate the indomitable energy of a genius whose monumental works like The Gates of Hell stand alongside the grace of The Kiss or the power of concentration of The Thinker. The photos are of such quality that you feel you are touching the sculptures.” – Le Monde
“A wealth of eye-witness accounts and…short, well-paced chapters combine enlightening knowledge and a feel for narrative not often found in this type of book.” – Télérama
The Burghers of Calais, 1889
“Antoinette Le Normand-Romain’s approach…points to the unity of [Rodin’s] inspiration that connects his monumental projects produced for the public space, and his more private research.” – Le Spectacle du Monde
“Nothing is missing on the tense, suffering, or fainting bodies, powerfully crystallizing our so human condition…. Her commentaries on the plasters, bronzes, marbles, remnants, and drawings bring back to life a genius, a tactile and cerebral sensualist who never rested on his laurels.” – Le Figaro
Rodin in his studio with The Kiss pictured in the background
For the First Time, Jane Austen’s Earliest Works are Available in Facsimile Editions
"Jane Austen's earliest writings are violent, restless, anarchic,
and exuberantly expressionistic."
Forever immortalized as the author of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen actually created her first “books” as a teenager. Available for the first time in individual book form in Austen’s own handwriting, Volume the First, Volume the Second, and Volume the Third (October 21, 2014, hardcover, $24.95 each, $75 boxed set) offer readers the opportunity to immerse themselves in her brilliant early writings, known as her juvenilia, in book form as she intended them to be read. Taking their names from the inscriptions Austen wrote on their covers, these shrewd and entertaining collections include the stories, playlets, verses, and histories she wrote from the ages of twelve to eighteen. With introductions by renowned Austen scholar Kathryn Sutherland, these early works are placed in the context of Jane Austen’s life and the contemporary fiction of her day.
Jane Austen’s tongue-in-cheek tales were originally written for the delight of her family and included everything from parodies of popular fiction of the time, to a young lady’s guide to behaving badly, and a history of England, illustrated by Austen’s sister Cassandra.
The stories blend irreverent humor with Austen’s characteristic love of language and even plant the seeds of some of Austen’s most well-loved heroines, including Elizabeth Bennet and Emma Woodhouse.
“Facsimile publication extends the lives of these three notebooks to all her readers, allowing them to trace her hand across the page, to examine her corrections and revisions, and to enjoy in all its aspects her playful apprenticeship in the art of bookmaking,” writes Sutherland in her introduction to Volume the First. “The way items appear on the page is a major part of the book’s meaning . . . the reader needs to see how the young Austen laid out her page to appreciate fully her intentions.”
Through careful reproduction, these facsimiles were created to replicate the originals as closely as possible in color and paper. Even when Austen wrote near the edge and sometimes off the page her fine penmanship makes her stories highly readable.
None of Jane Austen’s six famous novels survives in complete manuscript form. Her expressive, neat handwriting offers a window into Austen’s adolescent world that will inspire would-be authors of all ages. Each volume includes R. W. Chapman’s definitive transcription following the facsimiles of Austen’s own notebooks.
about the authors
Jane Austen (1775–1817) is one of the most beloved novelists in the English language. Her novels Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion have left readers with a literary legacy hard to match by any author before or since.
Kathryn Sutherland is professor of bibliography and textual criticism at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Jane Austen’s Textual Lives: From Aeschylus to Bollywood and the editor of the Digital Edition of Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts.
In Her Own Hand Series
By Jane Austen
Introduction by Kathryn Sutherland
Publication date: October 21, 2014
Volume the First by Jane Austen
Hardcover, 256 pages, $24.95
Volume the Second by Jane Austen
Hardcover, 348 pages, $24.95
Volume the Third by Jane Austen
Hardcover, 208 pages, $24.95
Boxed Set (available November 4, 2014)
Three hardcover volumes, slipcased, $75
Wheels of Change from Creston Books
“Gr 4–6—Emily Soper is a 12-year-old who lives in a time of transformation. She sees big changes coming in Washington, DC in 1908—from women’s suffrage to the invention of the automobile. She is even going through a time of personal transition, as her mother and father begin pushing her to spend less time in her father’s barn and more time learning to be a proper lady. Resistant to amending her ways at first, Emily begins to see that it is important to have the courage to change when her father’s carriage making business is threatened by racial intolerance and the invention of the automobile. This superb work of historical fiction features a delightful protagonist and a likable cast of supporting characters. Jacobson’s writing is simple, elegant, and clever. The story’s pacing helps build to an exciting conclusion, and gives a great window into an important time in American history. Using a word game between Emily and her father, Jacobson smartly weaves in vocabulary and their definitions, without taking away from the story. The back matter also features an author’s note and recipes.—Amanda Augsburger, Moline Public Library, IL” School Library Journal 09/01/2014
“Resemblances to To Kill a Mockingbird are strong, especially during a tea party hosted by Emily’s mother. A nice touch: Throughout much of the book, Papa teaches Emily-and vicariously, readers-new vocabulary words. The strength of the text lies in Jacobson’s ability to evoke a different era and to endear readers to the protagonist. The prose is straightforward and well-researched, heavily peppered with historical references and containing enough action to keep readers’ attention.’ – Kirkus Review
Darlene Beck Jacobson has a BA in Special Education and a Reading Specialist MA. She worked as a Speech Language Specialist with the Glassboro Public Schools in Glassboro, NJ for 20 years. When not writing books, she substitute-teaches for Pre-K and K classes in her former school district.
Beck Jacobson has loved writing since she was a girl. She wrote letters to everyone she knew and made up stories in her head. Although she never wrote to a president, she sent many letters to pop stars of the day asking for photos and autographs. Her stories have appeared in Cicada, Cricket, and other magazines. Her blog features recipes, activities, crafts and interviews with children’s book authors and illustrators.
Check out her website at Darlenebeckjacobson.com.
WHEELS OF CHANGE
Activist and New Press Author Ai-Jen Poo Wins Macarthur Genius Grant
Ai-jen Poo was one of 21 individuals named today by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as one of the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows, which recognizes exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future.
The New Press is proud to be publishing Ai-Jen’s debut book The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America in February 2015. Her activism and narrative fit closely with The New Press’ own public interest mission. Ms. Poo plans to endow domestic worker fellowships to work alongside her to change public policy, in her words “creating a new fellowship out of this fellowship.” The Age of Dignity offers solutions including long-term care insurance and advocates a cultural change that recognizes the undervalued work of caregivers and a transformation of what in means to grow old in the United States today. Ai-Jen Poo is poised to transform the domestic workforce with her ever-expanding public platform and unwavering belief that “domestic workers have a tremendous amount of insight on what needs to change in our public policy to fully unleash the potential of the most invisible among us.”
The MacArthur “Genius Grants” are awarded annually to between 20 and 40 individuals who show exceptional merit and promise and are citizens and residents of the United States. Fellows will each receive a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000, paid out over five years.
Ai-Jen Poo is recognized for her work to redefine labor paradigms by organizing and empowering domestic and care workers, fighting for legal protection and recognition for this often overlooked portion of the workforce. She is Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign and has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. Thanks to efforts by her organizations domestic worker “Bills of Rights” have passed in a number of states including New York and most recently Massachusetts. As she noted on WNYC with Brian Lehrer this morning, this a growing work force and a growing need in this country.
Ai-Jen’s full bio and hi-res photos are available here on the NDWA site. Watch this video released today from the National Domestic Workers Alliance to hear more about Ai-Jen’s work to “create a vehicle for a more caring America.” Ai-Jen Poo will be on NPR’s All Things Considered today at 3 PM EST.
Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America
Trade Cloth, $25.95
The New Press
HOW STAR WARS CONQUERED THE UNIVERSE
The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise
PRAISE – REVIEWS-
“It’s impossible to imagine a Star Wars fan who wouldn’t love this book…It really is hard to imagine a book about Star Wars being any more comprehensive than this one. It’s full of information and insight and analysis, and it’s so engagingly written that it’s a pure joy to read…There are plenty of books about Star Wars, but very few of them are essential reading. This one goes directly to the top of the pile.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“This is a wildly entertaining book, and if it’s not the definitive history of the making of Star Wars, I don’t know what is. But it’s more than that: it tells a rollicking good story about storytelling itself, about the intersection between art and commerce, and paints surely the most complete and deeply felt portrait of George Lucas to date.”
—Dave Eggers, author of The Circle and A Hologram for the King
“A smart, engaging book…welcome reading for fans of Star Wars—or, for that matter, of THX 1138.”
Horrible Hauntings from Goosebottom Books
Halloween is almost here and we love this spooky book because it brings ghosts to life with interactive augmented reality.
By downloading a free app and using your smartphone or tablet to view each luscious illustration, you can summon and interact with 3-D ghosts. The Headless Horseman, the Flying Dutchman, Bloody Mary, and the Princes in the Tower are just some of the eerie apparitions you’ll encounter.
Horrible Hauntings has a full page feature in the September/October issue of Middle Shelf!
Shirin Yim Bridges’ first book, Ruby’s Wish, was a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book and won the Ezra Jack Keats award. It is on several state reading lists, has been translated into seven languages, and is now in its eleventh edition. The Umbrella Queen made TIME/CNN’s Top 10 Lists and was also named a Best Children’s Book by the Bank Street College of Education. Horrible Hauntings won an IRA/CBC Children’s Choices Award.
William Maughan graduated from the Art Center College of design with distinction in 1973. He began his career in commercial illustration in New York in 1974. Since that time his illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines, children’s books, paperback book covers, and ad campaigns. He also teaches at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California, where he currently directs Graduate Studies Illustration.
Learn more about Goosebottom Books: http://goosebottombooks.com
Trade Cloth, Picture Book
Weirdo from House of Anansi
Weirdo is an atmospheric thriller about a teenage girl convicted of murder in a 1980s seaside town and the private investigator who reopens the case to discover that she may not have acted alone . . . Corinne Woodrow was 15 when she was convicted of murdering one of her classmates on a summer’s evening in 1984, a year when the teenagers of Ernemouth ran wild, dressing in black and staying out all night, listening to music that terrified their parents. Twenty years later, new forensic evidence suggests that Corinne didn’t act alone. Private investigator Sean Ward – whose promising career as a detective with the Metropolitan Police was cut short by a teenage gangster with a gun – reopens the case. He discovers a town full of secrets and a community that has always looked after its own.
…the novel is a worthy showcase for the author’s undeniable skill.
– Publisher’s Weekly, starred review
Cathi Unsworth began a career in journalism at 19 and has since worked for many music, arts, film, and alternative lifestyle journals. She has been called “the Queen of Noir” in the United Kingdom and is the author of four novels, including The Singer and Bad Penny Blues, and the editor of the award-winning crime compendium London Noir. She lives in London.
Author: Cathi Unsworth
House of Anansi Press
Visit House of Anansi here: http://www.houseofanansi.com
Make the best of the tantrums, moments of pure joy, and other surprises along the totally-worth-it journey of parenting
When you’re a new parent, the miracle of life might not always feel so miraculous. Maybe your latest 2:00 a.m., 2:45 a.m., and 3:30 a.m. wake-up calls have left you wondering how “sleep like a baby” ever became a figure of speech–and what the options are for restoring your sanity. Or your child just left bite marks on someone, and you’re wondering how to handle it.
First-time mom Tracy Cutchlow knows what you’re going through. Combining the warmth of a best friend with a straightforward style, Tracy addresses questions such as:
- Should I talk to my pregnant belly/newborn? Is that going to feel weird? (Yes, and absolutely.)
- How do I help baby sleep well? (Start with the 45-minute rule.)
- How can I instill a love of learning in my child? (By using specific types of praise and criticism.)
- What will boost my child’s success in school? (Play that requires self-control, like make-believe.)
- My baby loves videos and cell-phone games. That’s cool, right? (If you play, too.)
- What tamps down temper tantrums? (Naming emotions out loud.)
- My sweet baby just hit a playmate/lied to me about unpotting the plant/talked back. Now what? (Choose one of three logical consequences.)
- How do I get through an entire day of this? (With help. Lots of help.)
Zero to Five will help you make the best of the tantrums (yours and the baby’s), moments of pure joy, and other surprises along the totally-worth-it journey of parenting.
“Cutchlow, editor of John Medina’s Brain Rules for Baby, here presents a photographic version of the same leading research in a condensed and warm style. Covering such issues as sleep (“crying it out, for a time, is fine”), language development (“speak in a singsongy voice”), and play (“nurture creativity”), amongst others, the author writes in a calm tone based on the soundest of child development findings without using copious notes and references. Each single-page entry includes a full-color photo of children—from newborns mere minutes old to toddlers on fierce rocking horse journeys—parents, and families involved in unstaged acts of daily life.
VERDICT This is a perfect gift for a new parent, as it synthesizes the best information simply and provides encouragement. Librarians may grumble about the awkward size and spiral binding but should acquire this delightful offering nonetheless.”
— 8/15/14, Library Journal starred review
Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I’ve Learned So Far)
Tracy Cutchlow, Photographs by Betty Udesen
Spiral Bound, $19.95