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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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The Bennington School of the Dance

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Elizabeth McPherson (The Bennington School of the Dance: A History in Writings and Interviews) will be giving a book presentation at the Bennington Museum on March 8, 2015. It will include a reading from the book with photos and short video; performance by Ella Rosewood of 3 solos that premiered at the Bennington School of the Dance, and presentation by current Bennington College students of their own choreography.

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Photographs by Wilbur D. Jones Jr

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Coastal NC folks: stop by for a look at works by our busy and talented Wilbur D. Jones, Jr. 

Photographs by Wilbur D. Jones Jr.

4-8 p.m. February 25, 2015

Hannah Block Historic USO / Community Arts Center

120 South Second Street / Downtown Wilmington


This exhibit of photographs spanning seven decades by a globe-trotting Wilmington native will be on display fromFeb. 25 through March 26, 2015. The exhibit will open with a reception from 4 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the USO/Community Arts Center, featuring beer, wine, hors d’ouevres and music by Duke Ladd. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited and admission is free. The photographs are the work of Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., a Wilmington author and military historian. A retired Navy captain, former assistant to President Gerald Ford and World War II historical tour leader, Jones took photographs in dozens of countries all over the world from 1956 to 2014. His wide variety of images cover the people he encountered, landscapes and cityscapes, cultural sites and the aftermaths of wars, both ancient and modern. While his historical specialty took him to numerous World War II battlefields in Europe and the Pacific, some of which are featured in the show, Jones’ photographs span a much broader range. Examples include street life in Hong Kong and Japan in the 1950s, ruins of medieval castles along the Rhine, and the present-day waterways and domestic life of Holland. Jones’ travels have taken him to 30 countries on four continents, plus most of the major island groups in the Pacific, and to dozens of the world’s greatest cities, from Amsterdam to Tokyo. He is a member of the Cape Fear Camera Club and of the Wilmington Art Association.

 

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Game of Thrones

978-0-7864-9416-3Game of Thrones Presentation at the Company Theater near Boston! Award-winning author Valerie Estelle Frankel discusses Game of Thrones, inspiration for her five books including Women in Game of Thrones. Learn how George RR Martin’s prophecies and the classic heroine’s journey foretell the ending. Daenerys’s surprising path becomes clear as she “wakes the dragon” and harnesses a surprising magic. Is Jon Snow destined to be her lover, her nemesis, her sacrifice, or all three? And what of Tyrion? Or Arya? What does Varys really want? Discover the deeper meaning of black dragons, golden roses, seasons, heraldic colors, and all the symbols of ice and fire. Share your secret longings and fears for the upcoming season, as we prepare for the oncoming storm. Saturday, February 28, 2015 – 8:00 pm. The event is on sale–tickets are down to $10 for a short time. http://companytheatre.com/game-of-thrones-a-look-beyond-the-wall/

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CONFERENCE: Society for Historians for the Early American Republic

The 37th annual meeting of the Society for Historians for the Early American Republic (SHEAR) will be held July 16-19, 2015, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Over the years, SHEAR has #SHEAR2015developed a reputation for welcoming all scholars and history practitioners to its annual meetings. SHEAR offers sessions and papers exploring all aspects of the history and culture of the early American republic, together with its northern and southern borderlands and transnational connections, c. 1776-1861.  For more information, visit the SHEAR website or consult national conference coordinator Craig Friend at [email protected].  #SHEAR2015

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CONFERENCES: Upcoming Meetings

Dragon Con 2014Up next on our meeting and conference calendar, we have:

 

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It Happens at Comic-Con!

SDCCIf you can’t hang with us at San Diego Comic-Con (or even if you can), we highly recommend you check out It Happens at Comic-Con!, edited by Ben Bolling and Matthew J. Smith.  Let us help you help yourselves with a better understanding of the pop cultural phenomenon that is this event.  Enter the coupon code PHENOM in the shopping cart of our online catalog (or call our toll free 800-253-2187 during business hours Friday and Monday) for a 20% discount now through Monday, July 27.

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Scottish Highlanders Are Invading San Diego!

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With the onset of Comic-Con International, throngs of fans, media companies, celebrities and others are descending upon San Diego.  Expect the San Diego Convention Center to be filled to capacity with pop culture providers and seekers.

As usual, McFarland has arrived (snuck in during the night under a “MacFarlane’s Lantern”!) and will be stationed in the exhibit hall, this time in booth #1501.  At our book stand, two of the staff have notable middle names…there’s a “McFarland” and a “McRae” at the book stand!  We’re not the only ones with a connection to the Scottish Highlands, however.  Jamie Fraser and his Outlander fellows are making there way to San Diego, as well.

The Outlander panel takes place Friday, July 25, at 2:15 P.M., in Room 6A.  If you haven’t yet acquainted yourself with Outlander, the seven subsequent novels, or the upcoming television series, be assured that they “lavishly evoke the land and lore of Scotland” as the critics put it.  

For more about McFarland’s history, go here.  For more about the Outlander series, go here.

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Throwback Thursday!

#TBT…We’re gearing up for our annual company picnic tomorrow which affords McFarlandites the chance to gather together with their families and friends for a day of play.  First, a look back…

Just a couple of many examples of McF families growing up together!

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2014 MLB All-Star Game

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Leslie Heaphy, editor of Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal, will be at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis, where she will moderate the Toni Stone Panel for MLB.com.  The panel, held on Sunday, July 13, in honor of the first female player in a major Negro League, will feature SABR Negro League Committee member Pete Gorton, author Stew Thornley, and Respect Sports founder Frank White. 

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More from ALA: Librarians visiting McFarland

Mary Beth Lock.
Mary Beth Lock.

Among the librarians visiting the McFarland book stand at ALA were a few authors.  Mary Beth Lock co-edited the The Entrepreneurial Librarian: Essays on the Infusion of Private-Business Dynamism into Professional Service.  Breanne Kirsch edited Games in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct and contributed to The Generation X Librarian: Essays on Leadership, Technology, Pop Culture, Social Responsibility and Professional Identity.

About The Entrepreneurial Librarian:    This collection of essays illustrates how librarians are infusing entrepreneurial principles in a variety of arenas. Applying new business models to traditional services, they eagerly embrace entrepreneurship in response to patrons’ demands, funding declines, changing resource formats, and other challenges. By documenting the current state of entrepreneurship in libraries, this volume upends the public image of librarians as ill-suited to risky or creative ventures and places them instead on the cutting edge of innovations in the field.

Breanne Kirsch.
Breanne Kirsch.

About Games in Libraries: Librarians are beginning to see the importance of game based learning and the incorporation of games into library services. This book is written for them—so they can use games to improve people’s understanding and enjoyment of the library. Full of practical suggestions, the essays discuss not only innovative uses of games in libraries but also the game making process. The contributors are all well versed in games and game-based learning and a variety of different types of libraries are considered. The essays will inspire librarians and educators to get into this exciting new area of patron and student services.

About The Generation X Librarian:  ““provides an insightful glimpse into the varied and diverse backgrounds of the Gen X Librarian. A valuable practical aid for any librarian. This is one book that you will want to read, keep, and re-read”—Against the Grain.

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Spotted at the ALA Conference

SnodgrassSpotted at the ALA conference…award-winning author Mary Ellen Snodgrass.  Here, she is pictured perusing the McFarland Literary Companions, which includes Snodgrass’s Isabel Allende: A Literary Companion, among other volumes.  If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out Snodgrass’s literary companion to Isabel Allende, the world’s most read Spanish language author, here’s what Choice and Booklist have to say:

Choice: “Engrossing…superb, innovative…highly recommended.”

Booklist:  “An expertly crafted study guide and tribute…the entries are rich in relevant historical detail, insightful literary criticism, and reflections on Allende’s place among contemporary writers of serious fiction…engaging essays on specific Allende writings…an erudite, affectionate, and wonderfully rich treatment of Isabel Allende and her work.”

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CONFERENCE: American Library Association Annual

ALA Annual 2014June 27-30, the American Library Association is gathering in Las Vegas for Annual.  We’re still trying to get our book display set up in the exhibit hall, with some “help” from early browsers like Allan Greenburg of Diamond Comic Distributors (pictured). McFarland is in Booth #1423, and our friends at Diamond are in Booth #2015.

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Throwback Thursday

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Looking forward to tomorrow’s 35th anniversary celebration but also looking back.  Weren’t we a lovely bunch five years ago?  (We still are.)  And hey, authors—hope you’ll join us—RSVP ASAP!

On April 1st, 1979, founder Robert McFarland Franklin departed Plainfield, New Jersey, heading south in a Volkswagen bug towing a U-Haul. With wife Cheryl behind the wheel, Robert began company operations on a yellow pad in his lap.

Thirty-five years ago, libraries provided almost the sole market (but a robust one!) for the heavily-researched books that McFarland made its specialty. Over the decades, the company won ever-growing numbers of devoted readers who appreciated the care McFarland and its authors lavished on our books. Our authors, a throng of thousands now, teach us something new every day.

We’re having an open house Friday, June 20, from noon until 5:00. Join us for tours, conversation, punch, finger food, art and books.

 

http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/2014/05/mcfarland-celebrates-35-years/

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Beer Release & Trivia Night is here!

 

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Senior management launches new product.
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Commemorative pint glass.

The day has arrived!  The McFarland Anniversary Scottish Ale will be released starting at 5:00 at Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant.  Purchase a pint and keep a McFarland commemorative pint glass, and grab a dinner special from Boondocks.  Trivia starts at 7:00, with a focus on local history, Scottish lore and general book pop culture.  Trivia will be in teams of five, so come up with a team name and be ready for fun!

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Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant Commemorates McFarland’s 35th Anniversary with Special Brew on June 17

McF_glass_promoWEST JEFFERSON, North Carolina – June 12, 2014 – Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant has crafted another brew with both local ties and old country roots.  In honor of the Jefferson-based publisher’s 35th anniversary, a special McFarland Anniversary Scottish Ale will be released on Tuesday, June 17, starting at 5:00.  Purchase a pint and keep a McFarland commemorative pint glass.  Boondocks will be offering dinner specials.  Tuesday trivia night starts at 7:00, with a focus on local history, Scottish lore and general book pop culture.

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McFarland Celebrates 35 Years

mainofficeOn April 1st, 1979, founder Robert McFarland Franklin departed Plainfield, New Jersey, heading south in a Volkswagen bug towing a U-Haul.  With wife Cheryl behind the wheel, Robert began company operations on a yellow pad in his lap.

Thirty-five years ago, libraries provided almost the sole market (but a robust one!) for the heavily-researched books that McFarland made its specialty.  Over the decades, the company won ever-growing numbers of devoted readers who appreciated the care McFarland and its authors lavished on our books.  Our authors, a throng of thousands now, teach us something new every day.

We’re having an open house Friday, June 20, from noon until 5:00.  Join us for tours, conversation, punch, finger food, art and books.

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McFarland Celebrates 35 Years

mainofficeOn April 1st, 1979, founder Robert McFarland Franklin departed Plainfield, New Jersey, heading south in a Volkswagen bug towing a U-Haul.  With wife Cheryl behind the wheel, Robert began company operations on a yellow pad in his lap.

Thirty-five years ago, libraries provided almost the sole market (but a robust one!) for the heavily-researched books that McFarland made its specialty.  Over the decades, the company won ever-growing numbers of devoted readers who appreciated the care McFarland and its authors lavished on our books.  Our authors, a throng of thousands now, teach us something new every day.

We’re having an open house Friday, June 20, from noon until 5:00.  Join us for tours, conversation, punch, finger food, art and books.


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PCA 2014 Recap

Editor Tara Prescott and contributor Rachel R. Martin are all smiles about Feminism in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman
Editor Tara Prescott and contributor Rachel R. Martin are all smiles about Feminism in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman
Author Katheryn Krotzer Laborde dares to open her work.
Author Katheryn Krotzer Laborde dares to open her work.
We’re not sure, but editor Matthew Wysocki may be explaining why CTRL-ALT-PLAY is perhaps even more satisfying than CTRL-ALT-DELETE.
We’re not sure, but editor Matthew Wysocki may be explaining why CTRL-ALT-PLAY is perhaps even more satisfying than CTRL-ALT-DELETE.
Yuya Kiuchi and fan.
Yuya Kiuchi and fan.
Clues editorial board member Rachel Schaffer shows off the latest.
Clues editorial board member Rachel Schaffer shows off the latest.
Hundreds of books to set up for the good people.  Happily, very few were left by meeting’s end.
Hundreds of books to set up for the good people. Happily, very few were left by meeting’s end.
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CONFERENCE: Veterans in Society

Virginia Tech is hosting the second interdisciplinary Veterans in Society Conference in Roanoke, Va., this April 27-28.  This emerging academic field calls attention to the richness and diversity of the experiences of veterans and military families.  The VSC 2014 program uniquely combines academic research presentations and public outreach events, to bridge the divides that too often separate veterans from civilian society and from the academy.

Key events include

  • Film screenings (filmmakers attending the conference): Where Soldiers Come From (Heather Courtney) and Brats: Our Journey Home.(Donna Musil)
  • Outside the Wire’s Theater of War dramatic performance and conversations (Bryan Doerries, Artistic Director)
  • Research papers on topics ranging from veterans’ writing to archival research to veterans across cultures
  • Panel discussion on the meaning and implications of the rhetoric about “Supporting the Troops”
  • Open conversation on the nature and future of veterans studies as an academic field

The full schedule, including titles and authors of accepted papers, is online here.

 

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CONFERENCE: Frankfurt Book Fair

   The Frankfurt Book Fair 2013 has concluded, and we’ve been receiving a few photographs from happy readers.  Here, Ulrich K. Baues (senior editor at Western Mail and Country Mag) spots a copy of Western Movies: A Guide to 5,105 Feature Films, 2d ed. by Michael R. Pitts in the Eurospan stand.

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Ashe County Literary Festival

Local folks: it’s a beautiful day in the mountains and we’re currently at the Ashe County Literary Festival here in town–come see us at the Ashe Arts Center.  While you’re at it, add this to tomorrow’s agenda–at 10:00 am our very own Stephen Shoemaker and Janet Pittard (Stephen Shoemaker: The Paintings and Their Stories) will be at the Ashe County Farmers’ Market with books on hand.  Be sure to stop by for a visit!

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BOOKSIGNING at Quail Ridge Books and Music

Raleigh’s premier independent bookstore, Quail Ridge Books and Music, at 3522 Wade Avenue, is hosting a reading and book signing June 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm for artist Stephen Shoemaker and writer Janet Pittard’s new book Stephen Shoemaker: The Paintings and Their Stories.  Shoemaker and Pittard will discuss their two year collaboration to produce this selection of Shoemaker’s work and the stories and poems spun together by Pittard, creating a scrapbook of small town life and the friendly train called the Virginia Creeper that influenced  the culture and history of a region and the evolution of an artist.

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Larry Doby and the Garden State

Research presentations, player panels, and exhibits are underway at the 16th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference.  Also on the agenda for attendees is an outing to Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium.  A glance up at the ring of honor there will show Larry Doby, among others.  Organized baseball hasn’t always paid attention to Doby’s accomplishments.  Our friend Chris Robinson–Doby fan and former sales manager and baseball editor at McFarland–wrote very eloquently of Doby:

“A few weeks after Major League Baseball celebrated the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut with the Dodgers, the folks in Camden, South Carolina, honored a hometown hero and baseball pioneer of their own.  The ceremony wasn’t elaborate–no presidential speeches or testimonials from baseball’s hierarchy–but was instead a heartfelt salute to a man who had endured many of the same hardships as Robinson.  Some opponents spit at him, others cursed him, and perhaps most painfully of all, some of his teammates simply ignored him.  Some 50 years later however, Larry Doby, the first African American in the American League, was back home with his friends and neighbors.

That organized baseball paid little attention to Doby’s accomplishments was nothing new.  Despite being a six-time All-Star with the Cleveland Indians, Doby was often overshadowed by others: Robinson, teammate Bob Feller, the legendary Satchel Paige, and even the team’s owner, Bill Veeck.  Even when he was named manager of the White Sox in 1978, he was viewed as a footnote: the major league’s second second black manager.

But, back in Camden he was THE star.  Townsfolk could quote his statistics: 253 home runs, 969 RBIs, and a .283 lifetime batting average.  More importantly, they held him in esteem as a good man and a kind father.  Like Jackie Robinson, he was a pioneer for a sport and a nation.  The people in Camden haven’t forgotten; neither should the people in baseball.”

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DC-Area McFarland Authors at International Day of the Book

Several Washington, DC, McFarland authors are participating in the International Day of the Book.  The festival will be held April 21 in historic old town Kensington, Maryland.

Tania Heller, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician and the medical director of the Washington Center for Eating Disorders and Adolescent Obesity in Bethesda, Maryland.  Her books include: You and Your Doctor: A Guide to a Healing Relationship, with Physicians’ InsightsOverweight: A Handbook for Teens and ParentsEating Disorders: A Handbook for Teens, Families and Teachers  and Pregnant! What Can I Do?: A Guide for Teenagers.

 

 

 

Brett L. Abrams is an archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C.  His books include: Capital Sporting Grounds: A History of Stadium and Ballpark Construction in Washington, D.C. and Hollywood Bohemians: Transgressive Sexuality and the Selling of the Movieland Dream.

 

 

 

Joe Sergi is a senior litigation counsel in a US government agency, and is a member of the adjunct faculty at George Mason University School of Law.  He writes regularly about the history of comics and censorship for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  He is the editor of the graphic novel anthology Great Zombies in History and the author of the forthcoming Comic Book Law.