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Holiday 2018 Sale—Get 25% Off All Books!

The holidays are a special time at McFarland—in addition to publishing scholarship, many of us also participate in the tree harvest, as Ashe County produces more Christmas trees than any other county in the United States. If you live in the Southeast, you may have a little bit of McFarland in your living room right now! This season, please consider putting some McFarland under the tree for the readers in your life. To make your holiday shopping easier, we’re offering 25% off of ALL books through the end of the year! On our website, use coupon code HOLIDAY18, or call us at 800-253-2187. For inspiration, browse our new catalog of of gift ideas for readers. Happy holidays from your friends at McFarland!

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New Catalog and Huge Holiday Sale

It’s our biggest sale of the year! Through the holiday season, get 30% off your order of two or more books with the coupon code HOLIDAY17! Need inspiration? Check out our brand new holiday catalog!

HOLIDAY17 is valid through January 2, 2018, and applies to any book on McFarland’s website. Browse our entire online catalog here

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Women's Studies











Playing for Equality: Oral Histories of Women Leaders in the Early Years of Title IX
Diane LeBlanc and Allys Swanson

Mammography and Early Breast Cancer Detection: How Screening Saves Lives
Alan B. Hollingsworth, M.D.

The Beyoncé Effect: Essays on Sexuality, Race and Feminism
Edited by Adrienne Trier-Bieniek

Click here to browse McFarland’s complete line of women’s studies titles. 

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Upcoming Booksigning Events for Frick*: Baseball's Third Commissioner

Baseball fans and historians in the Atlanta area, meet John P. Carvalho at SABR Magnolia Chapter‘s Hot Stove Meeting on February 4 at Kennesaw State University.  Carvalho (professor of journalism, Auburn University) will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Frick*: Baseball’s Third Commissioner.

On February 21, Carvalho will be a featured speaker as part of of the Discover Auburn Lecture Series. This event takes place at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library at 3 p.m., and books will be available from the Auburn University Bookstore. 




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International Congress on Medieval Studies 2016

We’re in Kalamazoo for the 2016 International Congress on Medieval Studies! Visit our senior acquisitions editor, Gary Mitchem, in the exhibit hall to browse books and discuss your nonfiction manuscript!

Hosted by Western Michigan University’s Medieval Institute, the International Congress on Medieval Studies is an annual gathering of around 3,000 scholars interested in medieval studies. The congress features  550-575 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops and performances. There are also some 100 business meetings and receptions sponsored by learned societies, associations and institutions. The exhibits hall boasts nearly 70 exhibitors, including publishers, used book dealers and purveyors of medieval sundries. The congress lasts three and a half days, extending from Thursday morning, with sessions beginning at 10 a.m., until Sunday at noon.

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Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2016

SCMSThis week, we’re in Atlanta for the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference! Visit our booth in the Hilton Atlanta to browse books and to discuss your book proposal.

The Society for Cinema and Media Studies is the leading scholarly organization in the United States dedicated to promoting a broad understanding of film, television, and related media through research and teaching grounded in the contemporary humanities tradition. In addition to hosting its annual conference, the Society publishes the quarterly, peer-reviewed Cinema Journal.

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February Events for African American Doctors of World War I

This month, meet the authors of African American Doctors of World War I (“prodigious… promises to captivate”—Library Journal) at two events in the Washington, D.C. area!

On Thursday, February 18, authors W. Douglas Fisher and Joann H. Buckley will be the featured speakers at the Army Historical Foundation’s first exhibit in The Soldier Experience Series. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the AUSA Conference and Event Center (Arlington, Virginia). Seating is limited, and guests are encouraged to RSVP here. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

On Saturday, February 20th, both authors will participate in the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s 90th Annual Black History Luncheon. The Featured Authors’ Book Signing is free to attend and begins at 10:00 a.m., to be followed by a luncheon (tickets required) at 12:15.  Both events will be held at the Washington Rennaisance Hotel, and books will be available to purchase at the signing.

Fisher and Buckley discussed the book in a recent episode of The Macarthur Memorial’s World War I Podcast Series. Listen here, or download the podcast from iTunes.

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Modern Language Association 2016 Convention

MLA2016This week, we’re exhibiting at the 2016 Modern Language Association convention! The largest scholarly meeting in the humanities, the MLA convention brings together thousands of members to discuss new research, participate in workshops, and build their professional networks. This year’s convention, the first to be held in Austin, Texas, takes place January 7–10, with the theme Literature and Its Publics: Past, Present, and Future. Senior acquisitions editor Gary Mitchem is onsite—visit him at booth 202 to browse our book exhibit and to discuss your book proposal!

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Historic Amusement Parks of Baltimore Booksigning Events

Author John P. Coleman signing copies of his book, Historic Amusement Parks of Baltimore, at the Ellicott City (MD) Barnes and Noble on December 6, 2015.
Author John P. Coleman signing copies of his book, Historic Amusement Parks of Baltimore, at the Ellicott City (MD) Barnes and Noble on December 6, 2015.

Author John P. Coleman participated in two events this weekend in the Baltimore area where he signed copies of his new book, Historic Amusement Parks of Baltimore: An Illustrated History. Thanks to Ukazoo Books (Towson, MD) and Barnes & Noble (Ellicott City, MD) for hosting these events!

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A Hospital for Ashe County Booksigning

We’d like to thank all of our local friends who made Janet Pittard’s booksigning such a success on Friday night. The Florence Thomas Art School in downtown West Jefferson was packed the entire evening, and we nearly sold out of books!

Copies of her book, A Hospital for Ashe County, are still available here, and from local Ashe County retailers.

Janet Pittard signs a copy of her book, A Hospital for Ashe County, at the Florence Thomas Art School
Janet Pittard signs a copy of her book, A Hospital for Ashe County, at the Florence Thomas Art School



















Author Janet Pittard with McFarland founder and editor in chief Robert Franklin
Author Janet Pittard with McFarland founder and editor in chief Robert Franklin









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A Hospital for Ashe County Book Launch

Tomorrow night, December 4, 2015, McFarland and the Florence Thomas Art School will host a book launch party for Janet Pittard’s new book, A Hospital for Ashe County. The event will be held inside the Florence School at 10 S. Jefferson Ave., West Jefferson, from four to six p.m. Books will be available for purchase at the event, and Mrs. Pittard will be autographing copies.

This newly published book is the story of the generations of supporters, doctors, nurses, emergency personnel and others whose lives are interwoven with regional health care and the planning, building and operation of (the “new”) Ashe Memorial Hospital. This legacy, brought to life through 114 photographs and personal interviews with 97 individuals, traces the development of health care in a remote Appalachian community, from the days of folk remedies and midwives, to horseback doctors and early infirmaries, to the technological advances and outreach efforts of today’s Ashe Memorial Hospital.

For more information about the event, please contact McFarland at 336-246-4460.


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Q&A Session with Author James Bigwood

This weekend, author James Bigwood will visit Silver Screen Oasis, where he’ll participate in a two-day question and answer session. All are welcome to participate at this link, and an account to access the SSO forums is free.

Bigwood’s newly published book, Not Just Batman’s Butler, is the edited, annotated and updated memoir of Alan Napier, famous for his role as Alfred Pennyworth on ABC’s hit series Batman.

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Celebrate Cider Monday at Your Favorite Independent Bookstore!

Toadstool BookshopIt’s Cider Monday!

Founded in 2013 by the Toadstool Bookshops of Keene, Milford and Peterborough, New Hampshire, Cider Monday is a laid-back, bookish alternative to the online “doorbuster” environment of Cyber Monday. Describing the first event, Toadstool said:

“Cider… made from squished micro soft apple products. Delicious! Stop in for a free cup, maybe a snack, see some real people and have a good time checking out what’s in our stores. It’s sure to be a heartwarming experience. We can promise no crashing websites, our ‘servers’ won’t be overloaded and we bet they will even smile at you!

“Cider Monday–soon to overshadow Cyber Monday as THE shopping event of the year. You read it here. If you have a store we hope you too will celebrate Cider Monday. If not, do stop in, and thanks for shopping locally.”

Since then, Cider Monday has spread to bookstores throughout New England (and elsewhere!). Changing Hands Bookstores in Tempe and Phoenix, Arizona, have even pushed the idea a step further with what may be the first ever Hard Cider Monday. Today, we encourage book lovers everywhere to step inside your favorite local bookstore, enjoy a cup of fresh apple cider, and pick up a good book.

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Robert Ebert Booksigning

Meet author Robert R. Ebert (Champion of the Lark) and others at the Studebaker National Museum’s Automotive Book Fair and Holiday Open House, Sunday, November 15, in South Bend, Indiana! The museum will offer free gifts to the first 100 families, special discounts, and there will be door prize drawings every half-hour. Best of all, admission is FREE! For more information, please call the Museum at (574) 235-9714 or toll free at (888) 391-5600, or visit the website at

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Booksigning with Author Al Conetto

ConettoWWPLTonight, author Al Conetto will read from his new book The Hump: The 1st Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry, in the First Major Battle of the Vietnam War at the Walla Walla Public Library. Beginning at 6:30 pm, this event honors the local author and combat veteran in advance of Veteran’s Day, and includes refreshments and books available for purchase. For more information, please visit the library’s event page.

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New Holiday Catalog—And Our Biggest Sale of the Year!

Holiday 2015Our brand-new holiday catalog is in the mail, but we’re giving you a sneak preview this morning—click here for great holiday gift ideas before the catalog hits your mailbox!

And, because it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping, we’re offering our biggest sale of the year! Get 30% off your purchase of two or more books when you enter the coupon code HOLIDAY2015 at checkout!

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North Carolina Library Association 2015 Conference

We’re exhibiting at the biennial North Carolina Library Association conference in Greensboro, North Carolina this week! Our own Dylan Lightfoot and Stephanie Nichols are exhibiting books, and several McFarland authors are among the NC librarians attending the convention.

Author J. Timothy Cole with his books, The Forest City Lynching of 1900 and Collett Leventhorpe, the English Confederate.
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Author Orvin Lee Shiflett with his book, William Terry Couch and the Politics of Academic Publishing


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National Organization for Human Services

NOHSWe’re exhibiting at the National Organization for Human Services conference in Charlotte, North Carolina this week! The theme of this year’s conference, “Diversity Matters,” focuses on celebrating diversity with clients, students, colleagues, programs and communities. McFarland president Rhonda Herman is in the exhibit hall with a display of health and human services books, and is available to discuss your book proposal.

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The Fourth Annual Harry Potter Conference


Today is the fourth annual Harry Potter Conference at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Founded in 2012, this interdisciplinary conference provides a forum for scholarly presentations arising out of J.K. Rowling’s series. The conference is free and open to the public.

We have a great program of talks and plenary speakers! #HarryPotterConferenceCHC

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If you’re lucky enough to be at Chestnut Hill this weekend, there will be a small display of McFarland books at the conference, including the following:

Harry Potter and the Classical World: Greek and Roman Allusions in J.K. Rowling’s Modern Epic

Playing Harry Potter: Essays and Interviews on Fandom and Performance

Teaching with Harry Potter: Essays on Classroom Wizardry from Elementary School to College

Hermione Granger Saves the World: Essays on the Feminist Heroine of Hogwarts

The Subversive Harry Potter: Adolescent Rebellion and Containment in the J.K. Rowling Novels

Vader, Voldemort and Other Villains: Essays on Evil in Popular Media

Politics in Fantasy Media: Essays on Ideology and Gender in Fiction, Film, Television and Games

Children’s and YA Books in the College Classroom: Essays on Instructional Methods

Fan CULTure: Essays on Participatory Fandom in the 21st Century

Millennial Mythmaking: Essays on the Power of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, Films and Games

Nancy Drew and Her Sister Sleuths: Essays on the Fiction of Girl Detectives

Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet: New Essays

Empires of the Imagination: A Critical Survey of Fantasy Cinema from Georges Méliès to The Lord of the Rings

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Martyr of Loray Mill Booksigning

This weekend, author Kristina Horton will lecture at the Gaston County Museum (Dallas, North Carolina) about the 1929 Loray Mill Strike—one of the most notable strikes in American labor history—during which her great grandmother, union organizer and balladeer Ella Mae Wiggins, was murdered. This program is free and begins at 1 p.m. tomorrow, September 26. For more information, please contact the museum.

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The Coltrane Church Booksigning








Author Nicholas Baham signed copies of his new book, The Coltrane Church: Apostles of Sound, Agents of Social Justice, at Bird & Beckett in San Francisco this weekend. Special thanks to the folks at Bird & Beckett and the more than 50 book lovers who attended the event! Be sure to catch Baham at the second annual Howard Zinn Book Fair on November 15 at the City College of San Francisco, Mission campus.


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Author Harry M. Ward Booksigning in Richmond

Author Harry M. Ward will sign and discuss his latest book, Children of the Streets of Richmond, 1865—1920, at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 14 as the special guest of the Richmond Public Library’s Main Writers Group. For a peek at his book, and for some colorful stories of the child gangs and newsies that once ran Richmond’s streets, check out this Style Weekly story – you’ll find lines like: “All the women were fine talkers, the men were hard workers and the boys made their living by throwing rocks.”

For information about the event, please visit, or contact Meldon Jenkins-Jones at [email protected] or 804-646-7223.

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Update from WorldCon

Senior Designer and sci-fi maven Mark Durr reports from WorldCon, this time with pictures!

Author Eric Swedin (Science Fiction and Computing) holds the new McFarland catalog in Spokane
Author Eric Swedin (Science Fiction and Computing) holds the new McFarland catalog in Spokane
Author Valerie Frankel at the Nippon 2017 party. A list of Frankel's books: The Symbolism and Sources of Outlander, The Comics of Joss Whedon, Women in Game of Thrones, Teaching with Harry Potter, Buffy and the Heroine's Journey, From Girl to Goddess
Author Valerie Frankel at the Nippon 2017 party. A list of Frankel’s books: The Symbolism and Sources of Outlander, The Comics of Joss Whedon, Women in Game of Thrones, Teaching with Harry Potter, Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey, From Girl to Goddess
Our very own Mark Durr - he may be in Spokane, but his mind remains in Middle Earth. Here, he's attending the party for New Zealand's bid to host WorldCon in 2017.
Our very own Mark Durr – he may be in Spokane, but his mind remains in Middle Earth. Here, he’s attending the New Zealand 2020 party 
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CALL FOR PAPERS: Medievalism in Popular Culture

medieval185This just in from our friends at the International Arthurian Society, North American Branch…the Medievalism in Popular Culture Area’s deadline submission  is October 1, 2015 (one month earlier than previous years).

PCA/ACA 2016 National Conference (March 21- 25, 2016, Seattle, Washington): The Medievalism in Popular Culture Area (now the combined areas of Arthurian and Other Medievalism) accepts papers on all topics that explore either popular culture during the Middle Ages or transcribe some aspect of the Middle Ages into the popular culture of later periods.  These representations can occur in any genre, including film, television, novels, graphic novels, gaming, advertising, art, etc.   Submissions encouraged about the following topics:

·          The Arthurian World
·          Children’s Books / Shows / Games
·          Medievalism and Science Fiction
·          Medievalism in Game of Thrones, including representations of masculinity, weapons, and vows
·          Robin Hood
·          Medievalism and Teaching
·          Board Games / Online Gaming / Cosplay
·          Medievalism in Novels /Short Stories/ Poem

All papers will be included in sessions with four presenters each, so plan to present on your topic for no more than 15 minutes, inclusive of any audio or visual materials. If your topic idea does not fit into any of these categories, please feel free to submit your proposal.  I would like to encourage as much participation as possible, and depending on submissions, I may rearrange the topic groupings. Panel submissions are also welcome on any topic of medievalism. If you would like to propose a panel, please submit your complete panel directly to Christina Francis (individual papers must be submitted to the PCA online system — see below).

Submission requirements:
Please submit a title and a 250 word abstract to  All submissions must be directed to the online database.  Be sure to indicate whatever audio/visual needs you may have.  Traditionally, all rooms at the PCA/ACA conference provide a projection screen with sound capability.  Presenters are required to bring their own laptops and any special connectors.  Deadline for submission: October 1, 2015 (one month earlier than previous years). For questions, contact Christina Francis. 

Christina Francis
Associate Professor
Medieval Literature & Gender Studies
Department of English
Bloomsburg University
Email: [email protected]

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The Mission of Comic-Con


Comic-Con International San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

McFarland is getting ready to do its part at Comic-Con this week.  Create awareness—check.  Appreciate comics and related popular art forms—check.  We’ll also copiously document all the spectacle that is this event: stay tuned.


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Fan Studies and Comic-Con

With San Diego Comic-Con International commencing in just a few days, it is a timely moment to take another look at recent fan studies explorations by Ben Bolling and Matthew J. Smith (It Happens at Comic-Con), Bill Schelly (Founders of Comic Fandom), Kristin M. Barton and Jonathan Malcolm Lampley (Fan CULTure), and Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse (Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet).

978-0-7864-7694-7It Happens at Comic-Con: Ethnographic Essays on a Pop Culture Phenomenon
This “engrossing” (Midwest Book Review) collection seeks to expand fan studies, exploring Comic-Con International more deeply than any publication before it. Ben Bolling is a Jacob K. Javits Fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Matthew J. Smith is a professor of communication and director of cinema studies at Wittenberg University, where he teaches courses in media, including television criticism and graphic storytelling.

Founders of Comic Fandom: Profiles of 90 Publishers, Dealers, Collectors, Writers, Artists and Other Luminaries of the 1950s and 1960s
In the 1950s and ’60s, a grassroots movement arose to celebrate comic books and strips, which were becoming increasingly important to American popular culture. “Meticulously researched and thoroughly documented” (School Library Journal), profiled here are the people at the heart of the movement. Bill Schelly has been chronicling the history of popular culture since the 1960s, beginning with his magazine Sense of Wonder. He has written or edited several books, and is associate editor of the Eisner Award–winning magazine Alter Ego.

978-0-7864-7418-9Fan CULTure: Essays on Participatory Fandom in the 21st Century
This “highly recommended” (Choice) collection explores how present-day fans interact with the films, television shows, books, and pop culture artifacts they love. Kristin M. Barton is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication at Dalton State College in Dalton, Georgia. Jonathan Malcolm Lampley is a prolific contributor to many popular-culture periodicals and publications.

Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet: New Essays
The essays in this “useful and thought-provoking” (SFRA Review) volume explore the world of fan fiction—its purposes, how it is created, how the fan experiences it. Karen Hellekson is a copy editor and independent scholar. She writes book reviews for Publishers Weekly and lives in Jay, Maine.  Kristina Busse teaches in the Department of Philosophy at the University of South Alabama and has previously written about fan fiction and fan culture. She is the founding coeditor of Transformative Works and Cultures.

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CONFERENCE: American Library Association 2015 Annual Meeting


There is much to celebrate today!  Our publishing duty, however, is to equip you with industry intel (some of which is less likely to be in your news feed today).  Therefore, as we witness historic decisions in our country, we’d be remiss not to mention the Annual American Library Association conference, which meets over the weekend in San Francisco.  Themed “TRANSFORMING our libraries, ourselves, McFarland looks forward to several days’ worth of terrific conversations about all things librarianship.

A happy coincidenceassistant sales manager Adam Phillips has THIS hotel view, providing opportunities to share the goings-on of an historic Pride Week in San Francisco.    


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CONFERENCE: Society for American Baseball Research

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It’s back to the future (and Chicago) for SABR and it’s 45th national convention. The Society for American Baseball Research first visited the Windy City back in 1973, returning in 1976 and 1986. And if we’re to believe Back to the Future Part II  (and why wouldn’t you?) this is the year the Cubs break their long drought and finally win the World Series. So if you’re in town for the show, stop by the McFarland booth and say “Go, Cubs, Go!” to Gary and Mark.

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CONFERENCE: Children’s Literature Association

ChLAThe Children’s Literature Association promotes high standards of criticism, scholarship, research, and teaching in children’s literature.  This year, ChLA 2015 encourages “the exploration of both sides of Patrick Henry’s famous ultimatum, liberty and death, in a city of similar extremes….Richmond rebuilt amid the ghosts of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars is the perfect location to explore the high stakes and dark sides of children’s literature.”  Hosted by Longwood University, McFarland is in attendance in Richmond, Virginia, and looking forward to some lively company and conversation in the coming days! #chla15


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BOOKSIGNING: Reflections on the New River


Reflections on the New River: New Essays, Poems and Personal Stories, edited by Chris Arvidson (of West Jefferson), Scot Pope (of Creston) and Julie E. Townsend (of Fleetwood).

From its headwaters in western North Carolina near the Tennessee line, the New River runs north 337 miles, cutting through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and West Virginia on its way to the Ohio. No big cities inhabit its banks—just a few small towns along the way—and it carries no significant commercial traffic. The age of the New is debated, but it is certainly one of the world’s oldest rivers, predating the Atlantic Ocean. This anthology assembles history, poetry, essays and stories by writers who have been inspired by the ancient and secluded stream, and from those whose lives are connected to its flow. Contributors hail from Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga and Wilkes counties in North Carolina, as well as Virginia and West Virginia

The creators are celebrating Reflections on the New River with a book launch party on Tuesday, June 16th at 5:00 at the Boondocks Brew Haus in West Jefferson, North Carolina.  Copies will be on hand for purchase and its editors and contributors will be there to sign books and read excerpts!  Drinks and appetizers will be available for purchase.  Join us for great company and great stories.  Direct publicity and other questions to Beth Cox at McFarland.



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Daniel Coston’s North Carolina Musicians, Avett Brothers, and MerleFest

Okay, music fans….McF has mentioned MerleFest more than once in recent days—because it’s a BIG DEAL.  The Avett Brothers, for example, will take over the Watson Stage at MerleFest on Saturday night at 9:30–just some of the performers covered in Daniel Coston’s North Carolina Musicians.  If you’re in the NC mountains, go there.  If you’re not, make plans to go there someday.  In the interim, we’ll entice you with the festival line-up.  Happy weekend, everyone!


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McFarland, Music, and MerleFest

MERLEFEST APPROACHES!  Y’ALL READY?  “…Considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, [Merlefest] serves as an annual homecoming for musicians and music fans. Held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of American music legend Doc Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of ‘traditional plus’ music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts numerous artists, performing on 13 stages during the course of the four-day event.

Only a couple days left before the party begins, folks.  Let McF help you prepare!

Doc Watson is pictured on the front cover of Traditional Musicians of the Central Blue Ridge with his son, Merle.  Guitarist and luthier Wayne Henderson (on the back cover), a longtime friend of Doc, will perform and present a demonstration on how he builds his prized guitars.  Joel Walker Sweeney introduced America to a new musical instrument in the 1840s.  Banjo player and teacher Bob Carlin tells that story in The Birth of the Banjo.  And this— The Bristol Sessions is where it all began.  Experts examine the birth of country music.  Happy reading!


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Ashe County Happenings: Girl Scouts and Book Publishing!

A message from some terrific local folks:

“Girl Scout Cadette Troop #10304 had a fun time during their recent visit to McFarland.  (The girls have been working on earning their Book Artist badges.)  We are so fortunate to have such a great publishing company in our own back yard where the very real process of book making may be seen.  We’re grateful to president Rhonda Herman (coming in after-hours!) for showing us around and speaking to the girls about different careers in the industry.  They really enjoyed watching the “chopper” through the equipment window, checking out some of the unique titles on the shelves in the warehouse, and they especially liked rooting through the trash/recycle bin!   Thanks to Rhonda and Rory for letting the troop come by and for being so kind and encouraging to all of the girls.”

We love our community!

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BOOK AWARDS: Graphic Details, The Creature Chronicles


Graphic Details: Jewish Women’s Confessional Comics in Essays and Interviews edited by Sarah Lightman is the winner of the Susan Koppleman Award  for  Best Anthology

The comics within capture in intimate, often awkward, but always relatable detail the tribulations and triumphs of life. In particular, the lives of 18 Jewish women artists who bare all in their work, which appeared in the internationally acclaimed exhibition “Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women.”

The comics are enhanced by original essays and interviews with the artists that provide further insight into the creation of autobiographical comics that resonate beyond self, beyond gender, and beyond ethnicity.







The Creature Chronicles: Exploring the Black Lagoon Trilogy by Tom Weaver, David Schecter, and Steve Kronenberg is the winner of the Ray & Pat Browne Award for Best Reference/Primary Source Work in Popular Culture and American Culture

He was the final addition to Universal’s “royal family” of movie monsters: the Creature from the Black Lagoon. With his scaly armor, razor claws and a face only a mother octopus could love, this Amazon denizen was perhaps the most fearsome beast in the history of Hollywood’s Studio of Horrors. But he also possessed a sympathetic quality which elevated him fathoms above the many aquatic monsters who swam in his wake.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Gill Man and his mid–1950s film career (Creature from the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature, The Creature Walks Among Us) is collected in this book, packed to the gills with hour-by-hour production histories, cast bios, analyses, explorations of the music, script-to-screen comparisons, in-depth interviews and an ocean of fin-tastic photos.

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The Entrepreneurial Librarian: Essays on the Infusion of Private-Business Dynamism into Professional Service

MaryBethLockReporting live from ACRL 2015…that is Mary Beth Lock.  And she JUST got back from Abu Dhabi because of the book she is holding in her hands.  All three authors went, on the dime of the SLA-AGC 2015;  sessions, workshops, and keynote address bc of the cultural shift and interest in entrepreneurs and innovation.


How cool is that?  She’s so tired she’s not sure what day it is.


Essays on the Infusion of Private-Business Dynamism into Professional Service
by Mary Krautter, Mary Beth Lock and Mary G. Scanlon


Mary Krautter is head of Reference and Instructional Services at Jackson Library at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mary Beth Lock is the Director of Access Services at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mary G. Scanlon is the Research and Instruction Librarian for Business and Economics at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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BOOKSHOPS & BREWPUBS: Portland, Oregon

We’re in Portland, Oregon, preparing to exhibit at the conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).  Outside of exhibiting, we strive to apply the “Bookshops & Brewpubs” philosophy to our travels–in Portland, so far so good!  Powell’s City of Books was today’s destination.  In all candor, “city” is no exaggeration!  Hardly left time for the second portion of our philosophy…  #indiesfirst #acrl2015 #drinklocal

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