Our 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!
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.
We’re exhibiting at the sold-out New York Comic Con this week! NYCC—the East Coast’s largest pop culture event–is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and McFarland is celebrating its fifth year exhibiting. Stop by booth 2104 to browse the best pop culture scholarship and to chat with our Lisa Camp.
Multiple award-winning author and chess grandmaster Andy Soltis discussed Bobby Fischer and the current film Pawn Sacrifice with NPR’s Robert Siegel on Wednesday, September 16. Listen to the full interview below!
Congratulations to Peter J. Monté, whose The Classical Era of Modern Chess received honorable mention in this year’s Chess Journalists of America Awards! This study examines chess from the late 15th century into the 1640s, paying special attention to key developments in the medieval period and later. At 616 pages, with a glossary, appendices, bibliography, an exhaustive index and more than 150 illustrations, it is the definitive overview of a transformative era in the history of chess.
It’s that time of year again! McFarland is in Indy for Gen Con: the original, longest-running, and best-attended gaming convention in the world! It’s no small thing to keep up with gamers from all 50 states and more than 40 countries, but we’ll do our best.
McFarland is exhibiting at the annual conference of theOrigins game FairJune 3rd-7th in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to our book display and sale, editors will be on hand to discuss manuscript ideas. Click here to browse McFarland’s books about popular culture.
It’s no secret that we at McFarland are fans of sf and fantasy (and horror, gaming, cosplay, and all the rest!). So we’re very excited to attend this year’s ConCarolinas in Concord, NC., May 29-31. Klingon Karaoke, anyone? See you there!
“There are many chess biographies which concentrate on the games and chess personality of a player, but very few which focus on the player’s life and the historical circumstances in which he or she played. This year’s winner is a notable addition to this rare genre and features one of the most influential players of all time.“
In its article about gamer-storytellers, the New York Times points out the influence tabletop roleplaying had on such luminaries as George R. R. Martin, Sharyn McCrumb, Stephen Colbert, Matt Groening, China Miéville and Cory Doctorow. Jennifer Grouling, an assistant professor of English at Ball State University, studied D&D players for her book, The Creation of Narrative in Tabletop Role-Playing Games. Grouling, who in her book gives particular attention to the narrative and linguistic structures of gaming sessions and the ways that players and gamemasters work together to construct narratives, is quoted extensively in the Times article.
“Soltis tells a fascinating story of a man who seemed cold, unapproachable, and rather boring. Botvinnik was a devoted and convinced communist with ties to highest Soviet officials, including Stalin. He was the world champion for a span of 15 years and the leading Soviet player for more than 30 years. Generations of talented players, such as the world champions Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik, learned from him how to play the game…Soltis says his book is an attempt to explain Botvinnik in the context of today. It is a brilliant account, the best book written on Botvinnik by far. Soltis did extensive research, using mainly Soviet sources. Both Botvinnik’s friends and critics have a voice in the book.”
“I loved it. I was 12 years old, and, although I had a Fiend Folio and several AD&D modules, I never really learned to play the game for real. My friend Mike and I rolled up characters — often cheating terribly: You’ve never seen so many 18s — and took turns guiding each other through adventures in a manner that would be an insult to the term “DMing.” But we had fun, and our imaginations were sparked by the books and settings.”
On October 18, get 20% off From Game Design when you enter the coupon code DESIGN. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
Many aspiring game designers have crippling misconceptions about the process involved in creating a game from scratch, believing a “big idea” is all that is needed to get started. But game design requires action as well as thought, and proper training and practice to do so skillfully.
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“Wonderfully written…the Nimzowitsch family has supported the two historians with unique photo material from their private photo albums…included is an impressive bibliography, index to games by opponent, and index to openings ECO codes.”—John Elburg’s Chess Book reviews.
Aron Nimzowitsch is a biography of one of the greatest chess legends ever, who played at the beginning of the 20th century. The book begins with a great quote from IM Jens Enevoldsen “Besides playing chess, there is nothing more delightful than reading about chess.” McFarland has a very large chess book line and Aron Nimzowitsch is another great biographical work filled with tables, charts and chess board illustrations to accompany the games being analyzed.
One of our best titles, Game Addiction is a study of gaming addiction from a neutral point of view covering media and psychological studies. A very well written and immersive book, Game Addiction is a great read for anyone interested in gaming, psychology or popular culture in general.
Three more new books this week, De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell, 1834, Walter Penn Shipley, and Perry Como. DLB vs. McD is a history of the players’ matches against each other in the 1834 London Westminster Chess Club, which includes 85 different games played. Walter Penn Shipley is a history of Shipley’s crucial part in the U.S.’s 19th and 20th century chess development. Perry Como is a biography of the American singer and TV personality, including a year by year chronology of his life.