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Weekly Deal: Numismatics

This week, save a little money on a good book about… well, money. Through November 23, 2014, get 20% off the following books when you enter the coupon code CASH!








Panic Scrip of 1893, 1907 and 1914: An Illustrated Catalog of Emergency Monetary Issues

The Monetary Imagination of Edgar Allan Poe: Banking, Currency and Politics in the Writings

Astronomical Symbols on Ancient and Medieval Coins

Florida Paper Money: An Illustrated History, 1817–1934

The Greenback: Paper Money and American Culture

Alaska and Yukon Tokens: Private Coins of the Territories, 3d ed.

World Monetary Units: An Historical Dictionary, Country by Country

Coins and Currency: An Historical Encyclopedia

The Coins and Banknotes of Palestine Under the British Mandate, 1927–1947

Show Me the Money!: The Standard Catalog of Motion Picture, Television, Stage and Advertising Prop Money

Benjamin Franklin, Genius of Kites, Flights and Voting Rights

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CALL FOR REVIEWERS: Tales of Superhuman Powers

talesofsuperhumanpowersAre 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.

#folklore #superheoes #comics #popculture

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Weekly Deal: Scotland

Vote Yes for some good books about Scotland! Through September 28, 2014, use the coupon code SCOT and get 20% off the list price of the following books:






Scotland as We Know It: Representations of National Identity in Literature, Film and Popular Culture

British and Irish Poets: A Biographical Dictionary, 449–2006

When Scotland Was Jewish: DNA Evidence, Archeology, Analysis of Migrations, and Public and Family Records Show Twelfth Century Semitic Roots

Monarchs of the Renaissance: The Lives and Reigns of 42 European Kings and Queens

Culture Wars in British Literature: Multiculturalism and National Identity

British Fortifications Through the Reign of Richard III: An Illustrated History

Deborah Kerr: A Biography

Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle Locations: A Visitor’s Guide

Correspondence Chess in Britain and Ireland, 1824–1987

Caledonian Jews: A Study of Seven Small Communities in Scotland

Gothic Kings of Britain: The Lives of 31 Medieval Rulers, 1016–1399

The Scotch-Irish: From the North of Ireland to the Making of America

Lockerbie and Libya: A Study in International Relations

The Thistle and the Brier: Historical Links and Cultural Parallels Between Scotland and Appalachia

British Author House Museums and Other Memorials: A Guide to Sites in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales

The Other British Isles: A History of Shetland, Orkney, the Hebrides, Isle of Man, Anglesey, Scilly, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands

The Infamous Burke and Hare: Serial Killers and Resurrectionists of Nineteenth Century Edinburgh

The Transgressive Iain Banks: Essays on a Writer Beyond Borders

Robin Hood: A Cinematic History of the English Outlaw and His Scottish Counterparts

John Buchan: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction




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THROWBACK THURSDAY: King Arthur for the Classroom

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.

#tbt #kingarthur #books #wcu

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New Releases for August 5: Merchant Sail, Baseball, Cockatoos, Medieval Arthurian, Composition

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

Practical Composition: Exercises for the English Classroom from Working Instructors by Russell Brickey



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New Releases for July 29: United States Military, Arthur, Hamlet, Monstrous Bodies, Boarding School


The United States Military in Latin America: A History of Interventions through 1934 by George B. Clark

The Glory of Arthur: The Legendary King in Epic Poems of Layamon, Spenser and Blake by Jeffrey John Dixon

The First Two Quartos of <I>Hamlet: A New View of the Origins and the Relationship of the Texts by Margrethe Jolly

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







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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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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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New Releases for May 5: Peggy lee, Dreyfus, Marines, Chopin, Special Effects


Miss Peggy Lee: A Career Chronicle by Robert Strom

The Dreyfus Affair and the Rise of the French Public Intellectual by Tom Conner

United States Marine Corps Generals of World War II: A Biographical Dictionary by George B. Clark

Characters and Plots in the Fiction of Kate Chopin by Robert L. Gale

Special Effects Artists: A Worldwide Biographical Dictionary of the Pre-Digital Era with a Filmography by Rolf Giesen




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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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New Releases for March 14:King Arthur, Tempest, Animals, Tobacco, Rock Cover Song


King Arthur’s European Realm: New Evidence from Monmouth’s Primary Sources by Paul Sire

The Tempest as Mystery Play: Uncovering Religious Sources of Shakespeare’s Most Spiritual Work by Grace R.W. Hall

The Naming of Animals: An Appellative Reference to Domestic, Work and Show Animals Real and Fictional by Adrian Room

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







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New Releases for March 12: Terrorism, Romanian Cinema, Cholera, Mythical Places, Abu Dhabi


Terrorism, 2008–2012: A Worldwide Chronology by Edward Mickolus

Romanian New Wave Cinema: An Introduction by Doru Pop

Cholera: A Worldwide History by S.L. Kotar

Encyclopedia of Imaginary and Mythical Places by Theresa Bane

Castles in the Sand: A City Planner in Abu Dhabi by Michael Cameron Dempsey





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New Releases for Jan 28: TV Violence, Poland, Medieval Film, Vietnam, Cuban Americans

978-0-7864-7791-3Screens 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





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Celebrate 2014 with the best possible gift: books!

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).

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REVIEW: Encyclopedia of Fairies

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.


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REVIEW: Encyclopedia of Fairies in World Folklore and Mythology

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!

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Holiday Sale!

Happy holidays….happy holidays…while the merry bells keep ringing, enjoy 20% off your purchases through December 31st.  McFarland’s customer service elves stand at the ready to help, so get shopping!

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).

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New Releases for October 22: Navy, Science Fiction, Veterans of Iraq, Will Cuppy, Murdering Indians

Voices of the Confederate Navy: Articles, Letters, Reports and Reminiscences by R. Thomas Campbell

Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary by Jane Frank

Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan: Personal Accounts of 22 Americans Who Served by Harry Spiller

Will Cuppy, American Satirist: A Biography by Wes D. Gehring

Murdering Indians: A Documentary History of the 1897 Killings That Inspired Louise Erdrich’s The Plague of Doves by Peter G. Beidler




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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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New Releases for October 10: Death Penalty, Terrence McNally, Hub Perdue, Le Livre de Leesce Ravenscroft

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

The Book of Gladness / Le Livre de Leesce: A 14th Century Defense of Women, in English and French, by Jehan Le Fèvre by Jehan Le Fèvre

The Ravenscroft School in Asheville: A History of the Institution and Its People and Buildings by Dale Wayne Slusser






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New Releases for September 18: Radio, Bud Moore, Sumner, Work-Sports, Beowulf

Radio After the Golden Age: The Evolution of American Broadcasting Since 1960 by Jim Cox

Bud Moore’s Right Hand Man: A NASCAR Team Manager’s Career at Full Throttle by Greg Moore

General Edwin Vose Sumner, USA: A Civil War Biography by Thomas K. Tate

American Work-Sports: A History of Competitions for Cornhuskers, Lumberjacks, Firemen and Others by Frank Zarnowski

Beowulf on Film: Adaptations and Variations by Nickolas Haydock








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The Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon: 30 Years Old Today

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.

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New Releases for September 6: Fairies, Union Spies, Joss Whedon, Superhuman

Encyclopedia of Fairies in World Folklore and Mythology by Theresa Bane

A Spy for the Union: The Life and Execution of Timothy Webster by Corey Recko

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





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Icelanders in the Viking Age: The People of the Sagas

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.

Icelanders in the Viking Age (“highly recommended” by Choice) is now on sale through McFarland with a coupon (see the weekly coupon here).

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New Releases for July 18: Arthurian, XXX, Shiloh, Iain Banks

Arthurian Animation: A Study of Cartoon Camelots on Film and Television by Michael N. Salda

The XXX Filmography, 1968–1988 by Jason S. Martinko

Scapegoat of Shiloh: The Distortion of Lew Wallace’s Record by U.S. Grant by Kevin Getchell

The Transgressive Iain Banks: Essays on a Writer Beyond Borders by Martyn Colebrook



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New Releases for July 3: Edwin Booth, Obama, Mercenaries, Bull City, Alger Hiss, Civil War

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





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Bram Stoker Awards Weekend

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.

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Weekly Deal: 20% Off Arthuriana

Introducing new Weekly Deals: every week, we’ll offer a selection of books at 20% off list price.

This week, get 20% off any of the following titles about Arthur, King of the Britons when you enter the coupon code EXCALIBUR.














































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New Releases for Jan 31: Aircraft, Irish Americans, Women Adventurers, Elections, Middle Ages

Aircraft Markings of the Strategic Air Command, 1946–1953 by Rick Rodrigues

Irish Americans in the Confederate Army by Sean Michael O’Brien

Women Adventurers, 1750–1900: A Biographical Dictionary, with Excerpts from Selected Travel Writings by Mary F. McVicker

United States Gubernatorial Elections, 1912–1931: The Official Results by State and County by Michael J. Dubin

Who’s Who in the Middle Ages by Mary Ellen Snodgrass


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New Release for Nov. 21: Glastonbury and the Grail

Glastonbury and the Grail: Did Joseph of Arimathea Bring the Sacred Relic to Britain? by Justin E. Griffin

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.



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Daily Deal: 20% off End of Days

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.

Every weekday, McFarland offers one title at 20% off the list price. Check back every day and follow us on FacebookGoogle+  and Twitter for more Daily Deals!

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New Releases for Aug 24: Origins of Arthurian Romances

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.