Are you a book review editor, reviewer, or folklorist interested in receiving a media copy of Tales of Superhuman Powers: 55 Traditional Stories from Around the World? McFarland has a supply of review copies available upon request. Contact us via our review copy request form, filling out the form completely, to receive your copy.
Csenge Virág Zalka, a Hungarian storyteller, has collected 55 foltktales from around the world about supernatural abilities like superhuman strength, invulnerability, flying, heightened senses, speed, invisibility, healing, agility, precognition, telepathy, fire manipulation, teleportation, water powers, and shifting. These tales represent powers that people have dreamed of, conjured up and strived for through the ages. Many of the powers are present in popular culture, making the superheroes who wield them the direct descendants of characters such as the princess who could see through walls or the invulnerable Isfandiyar. Zalka excluded stories about magic or about gods with divine powers, and focused on less well-known stories. She included information on similar heroes, the ability in the story, sources of the powers, the origin of the story, teachings in it, the recommended age group, sources, variants, and comments.
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Drop by New York Comic Con and visit McFarland’s Adam Phillips and Kim Hadley.
Behold! Prince Adam of Eternia and a masked luchador Thundercat pose for a pre-fight picture in the McFarland booth at #NYCC14. By the power of Greyskull! Thunder, thunder, Thundercats, Ho! McWrestleMania 2014! Which will prevail? (If you are wondering, why yes, all of our He-Man action figures were also wrestlers.)
Congratulations to author Jason Fisher whose Tolkien and the Study of His Sources was awarded the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies for 2014. Terrific work!
It was fall semester 1991 that I acquired two prized possessions: Pearl Jam’s Ten and the “gray King Arthur book.” Ever since the one-of-a-kind Dr. Dennis J. McKevlin, Jr., taught his Arthurian Legends class at Western Carolina University, I’ve treasured the gray book. We used Arthur, King of Britain: History, Chronicle, Romance & Criticism, with Texts in Modern English, from Gildas to Malory (edited by Richard L. Brengle, Prentice-Hall, 1964) as our sole textbook, though generously supplemented by notes and handouts from McKevlin. For the majority of us, it was our first time encountering persons and works such as Bede, Nennius, Gildas, Wace, Layamon, The Mabignogion, and the Historia Regum Britanniae. Now, William W. Kibler and R. Barton Palmer have brought us a very useful book for the classroom, Medieval Arthurian Epic and Romance: Eight New Translations. The just published book offers new translations from Latin, Middle English and Old French of texts that exemplify the most important traditions of Arthurian literature in the Middle Ages. On my bookshelf, this one is going to line up right beside the gray book! — Karl-Heinz Roseman, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
For more about Medieval Arthurian Epic and Romance, go to the book’s page in McFarland’s online catalog. For teaching academics who would like to examine a copy for possible use in their classroom, use our exam copy request form.
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The Masting of American Merchant Sail in the 1850s: An Illustrated Study by William L. Crothers
Baseball Explained by Phillip Mahony
The Cockatoos: A Complete Guide to the 21 Species by Edward John Mulawka
Medieval Arthurian Epic and Romance: Eight New Translations by William W. Kibler
The Glory of Arthur: The Legendary King in Epic Poems of Layamon, Spenser and Blake by Jeffrey John Dixon
Monstrous Bodies: Feminine Power in Young Adult Horror Fiction by June Pulliam
American Boarding School Fiction, 1928–1981: A Critical Study by Alexander H. Pitofsky
We’re thoroughly enjoying these long summer days but, we’re always looking ahead, too. (And, er, behind.) Check out this awesomely autumnal catalog cover from several years back. Beautiful. And that reminds us, here’s the new fall catalog. Enjoy, folks!
June 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.
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.
Kalamazoo, Michigan, is the home of Bell’s Brewery and the International Congress on Medieval Studies. If you are in K’zoo, stop by the McFarland book stand and remind senior acquisitions editor Gary Mitchem that we’re counting on him to return with some Hopslam and a rune-hallowed seax!
Miss Peggy Lee: A Career Chronicle by Robert Strom
Characters and Plots in the Fiction of Kate Chopin by Robert L. Gale
We are here, and it is indeed fantastic.
Tobacco Goes to College: Cigarette Advertising in Student Media, 1920–1980 by Elizabeth Crisp Crawford
The Rock Cover Song: Culture, History, Politics by Doyle Greene
Screens of Blood: A Critical Approach to Film and Television Violence by Gregory Desilet
Religious Life in Poland: History, Diversity and Modern Issues by Christopher Garbowski
The Medieval Filmscape: Reflections of Fear and Desire in a Cinematic Mirror by William F. Woods
Fighting Shadows in Vietnam: A Combat Memoir by Michael P. Moynihan, Jr.
Cuban Americans and the Miami Media by Christine Lohmeier
There’s still time, folks! Come join us in Philly at ALA!
Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s read!” Check out our New Books Spring Catalog!
Our holiday sale ends today, Dec. 31st, so don’t delay! Best wishes to all from your McFarland friends…happy reading! Enjoy 20% off your order through today. On the McFarland website, use coupon code HOLIDAY in the cart as you are checking out. Or, call toll-free 800-253-2187 (Mon-Fri 8:00am to 4:30pm Eastern Time). http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/2013/11/holiday-sale/
Encyclopedia of Fairies in World Folklore and Mythology is “meticulously researched” and “most helpful” according to the American Library Association in the most recent issue of Booklist. From the A-senee-ki-waku of northeastern North America to the Zips of Central America and Mexico, this encyclopedia includes more than 2,500 individual beings and species of fairy and nature spirits from a wide range of mythologies and religions from all over the globe. Entries include variations of the fairy name, as well as sources for that particular entry. There is a lengthy introduction to the subject, an extensive bibliography and a complete index.
Move over, Elf on the Shelf, we’re thinking about fairies! A recent Library Journal review of our Encyclopedia of Fairies in World Folklore and Mythology says: “More than 2,000 individual fairies and species of fairy from around the world and across time, as well as helpful entries on the phenomenon as observed in various geographic areas. Well done. For writers, mythologists, and fairy tale lovers and scholars in high school, public, and academic libraries.” Check it out for all kinds of history, mischief, and magic!
On the McFarland website, use coupon code HOLIDAY in the cart as you are checking out. Or, call toll-free 800-253-2187 (Mon-Fri 8:00am to 4:30pm Eastern Time).
Voices of the Confederate Navy: Articles, Letters, Reports and Reminiscences by R. Thomas Campbell
Will Cuppy, American Satirist: A Biography by Wes D. Gehring
We’re preparing for a few days of folkloring in Providence, Rhode Island, this week!
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.
The Death Penalty in the United States: A Complete Guide to Federal and State Laws, 2d ed. by Louis J. Palmer, Jr.
The Theater of Terrence McNally: A Critical Study by Peter Wolfe
Hub Perdue: Clown Prince of the Mound by John A. Simpson
We’re looking forward to a few days in the Big Apple for New York Comic Con!
McFarland is exhibiting at PCA South 2013 in Savannah, Georgia, this weekend.
General Edwin Vose Sumner, USA: A Civil War Biography by Thomas K. Tate
Beowulf on Film: Adaptations and Variations by Nickolas Haydock
Over on GeekDad, contributor John Booth writes about how Dungeons & Dragons came to Saturday morning cartoon land 30 years ago. The cartoon was beloved by gamers and non-gamers alike. Regarding the D&D game the cartoon was adapted from, Booth says:
“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.”
Read more at GeekDad.
For McFarland books about gaming and gaming culture, browse here.
Encyclopedia of Fairies in World Folklore and Mythology by Theresa Bane
Joss Whedon and Religion: Essays on an Angry Atheist’s Explorations of the Sacred by Anthony R. Mills and John W. Morehead
Tales of Superhuman Powers: 55 Traditional Stories from Around the World by Csenge Virág Zalka
We’ve got a dragon! We must be at Dragon*Con.
Calling all gamers! We’re getting excited to travel up to Indy this week for GenCon! http://www.gencon.com/
Noted authority Dr. William R. Short, the author of Icelanders in the Viking Age: The People of the Sagas, is having an active summer. Once again, he is teaching a summer course in Iceland at Háskólasetur Vestfjarða (University Center of the Westfjords). Short is also prominently featured in the documentary Viking Fighting Moves from the Sagas, newly released through the non-profit Hurstwic organization. The documentary is the third in a series produced by Hurstwic.
Arthurian Animation: A Study of Cartoon Camelots on Film and Television by Michael N. Salda
The XXX Filmography, 1968–1988 by Jason S. Martinko
The Transgressive Iain Banks: Essays on a Writer Beyond Borders by Martyn Colebrook
Edwin Booth: A Biography and Performance History by Arthur W. Bloom
Barack Obama and the Rhetoric of Hope by Mark S. Ferrara
Mercenaries in Medieval and Renaissance Europe by Hunt Janin
Bull City Survivor: Standing Up to a Hard Life in a Southern City by Simon Partner
Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers and the Case That Ignited McCarthyism by Lewis Hartshorn
The 7th Tennessee Infantry in the Civil War: A History and Roster by William Thomas Venner
The Horror Writers Association announced the winners of the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards, handing out 15 statuettes to those writers responsible for creating superior works of horror last year. Among the members receiving recognition were Rocky Wood, Lisa Morton and Greg Chapman for superior achievement in a graphic novel for Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times.
The medievalists are gathering in Kalamazoo! Assistant editor Tyler Cloherty shares some photos of the first day of the International Congress on Medieval Studies:
Here is the new 2013 Medieval Studies Catalog
Lots of papers being presented and books being bought at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association National Conference in DC. A big question on our minds…will “Zombie Apocalypse” get its own subject area and chair?!
See McFarland at the PCA/ACA National Conference at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, D.C. March 27-30, 2013
Aircraft Markings of the Strategic Air Command, 1946–1953 by Rick Rodrigues
Irish Americans in the Confederate Army by Sean Michael O’Brien
Who’s Who in the Middle Ages by Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Just in time for the Spring season, here is the latest Spring 2013 Catalog.
Glastonbury, a small town in Somerset, England, stands at the epicenter of a longstanding tradition placing the Holy Grail in Britain. Legend holds that Joseph of Arimathea traveled to Britain, bringing with him both a gathering of followers and the cup that Jesus used at the last supper. He is said to have buried the Grail at Glastonbury, where some claim he founded the first church in England. This volume chronicles one man’s personal quest to find historical evidence supporting the traditional beliefs surrounding Joseph of Arimathea and the Holy Grail in southern England. Bolstered by an abundance of evidence supporting the presence of Joseph in 1st Century Britain, he separates his findings from the fantasy of the Grail Romances, answering questions about the Grail and the origins and progressions of its legend.
The idea of the complete annihilation of all life is a powerful and culturally universal concept. As human societies around the globe have produced creation myths, so too have they created narratives concerning the apocalyptic destruction of their worlds. This book explores the idea of the apocalypse and its reception within culture and society, bringing together 17 essays that explore both the influence and innovation of apocalyptic ideas from classical Greek and Roman writings to the foreign policies of today’s United States.
On November 20th, get 20% off End of Days when you enter the coupon code APOCALYPSE. This discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.
The Underground Railroad in Western Illinois by Owen W. Muelder
Two new releases today:
Origins of Arthurian Romances: Early Sources for the Legends of Tristan, the Grail and the Abduction of the Queen by Flint F. Johnson. There are three archetypal and widespread Arthurian stories—the abduction of Guinevere, the Holy Grail, and Tristan. Through the author’s painstaking research of the literature and comparative literature of the stories, and by studying the history, laws, and archaeology of the post–Roman period, a new methodology was found for approaching sources.
Kyoto Animation: A Critical Study and Filmography by Dani Cavallaro.
Kyoto Animation is a studio that, having risen from very humble beginnings, has gained recognition the world over as a uniquely inspired and inventive enterprise. This book examines Kyoto Animation’s philosophy and creative vision with close reference to its anime.