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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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Weekly Deal: Canada

This week, October 7-13, 2013, get 20% off the following books with the coupon code CANADA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Expos in Their Prime

Black Refugees in Canada

Black Baseball Players in Canada

Science Fiction from Quebec

The Newfoundland Railway, 1898-1969

Canadian Television Programming Made for the United States Market

Blue Jays 1, Expos 0

The ManDak League

The Edmonton Oilers

 

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New Releases for October 1: Panic Scrip, Eastern Air Lines

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

This extensively illustrated work catalogs all known U.S. emergency currency issues of the panics of 1893, 1907 and 1914. Nearly 900 photographs show most types of these privately produced substitutes for money. The book also includes contextual historical information and authoritative appendices by Steve Whitfield on labor scrip and Loren Gatch on the background leading to these currency issues.

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Air Lines: A History, 1926–1991 by David Lee Russell

Eastern Air Lines began in 1926 when aviation pioneer Harold Pitcairn started the first carrier air mail route from New York to Atlanta under his company, Pitcairn Aviation. Clement Keys of National Air Transport bought the company in 1929, changed the name to Eastern Air Transport and began passenger service the next year on daily round trips between New York and Richmond. The growing airline was purchased by General Motors and became Eastern Air Lines in 1934. World War I flying ace Edward V. Rickenbacker purchased the airline four years later and led it to become by the 1950s the most profitable airline in the United States. Former astronaut Frank Borman became president of Eastern in 1975 and tried to manage the airline through deregulation, labor union conflict, and heavy debt, ending with the sale of Eastern to Frank Lorenzo and Texas Air in 1986. The airline entered bankruptcy in March 1989 and ended service in less than two years.

This detailed history follows Eastern from start to finish, studying such corporate decision-making as aircraft purchases and route expansions, as well as the personalities that shaped the airline throughout its history.

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New Releases for September 25: Shortwave, Automobiles of the Brass Era, 1957

The Early Shortwave Stations: A Broadcasting History Through 1945 by Jerome S. Berg

American Automobiles of the Brass Era: Essential Specifications of 4,000+ Gasoline Powered Passenger Cars, 1906–1915, with a Statistical and Historical Overview by Robert D. Dluhy

It Came from 1957: A Critical Guide to the Year’s Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films by Rob Craig

 

 

 

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New Releases for August 29: Korean War, Tall Ships, Western Films, Detective Fiction, Jailhouse Rock

United Nations Participants in the Korean War: The Contributions of 45 Member Countries by Paul M. Edwards

All at Sea: Twenty Years at the Helm of Tall Ships by Dominick Jones

Hang ’Em High: Law and Disorder in Western Films and Literature by Bob Herzberg

Race, Gender and Empire in American Detective Fiction by John Cullen Gruesser

The Man Who Made the Jailhouse Rock: Alex Romero, Hollywood Choreographer by Mark Knowles

 

 

 

 

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New Releases for August 22: Postcards, Harold Churchill

American Holiday Postcards, 1905–1915: Imagery and Context by Daniel Gifford

This book argues that holiday postcards circulated primarily among rural and small town, Northern, white women with Anglo-Saxon and Germanic heritages. Through analysis of a broad range of sources, Daniel Gifford recreates the history of postcards to account for these specific audiences, and reconsiders the postcard phenomenon as an image-based conversation among exclusive groups of Americans. A variety of narratives are thus revealed: the debates generated by the Country Life Movement; the empowering manifestations of the New Woman; the civic privileges of whiteness; and the role of emerging technologies.

 

 

 

 

Champion of the Lark: Harold Churchill and the Presidency of Studebaker-Packard, 1956–1961 by Robert R. Ebert

This thorough examination of Churchill’s leadership of Studebaker-Packard draws upon Board of Directors minutes, internal documents, oral histories and media reports in constructing a detailed account of these crucial years. In addition to covering the cars and trucks produced under Churchill in detail, it closely traces Churchill’s actions as president and analyzes his motivations, the pressures he faced, his leadership style and the success or failure of his tenure.

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New Releases for June 24: Vanderbilt Cup, Chess, Ballplayers

Thunder at Sunrise: A History of the Vanderbilt Cup, the Grand Prize and the Indianapolis 500, 1904–1916 by John M. Burns

Chess Results, 1968–1970: A Comprehensive Record with 854 Tournament Crosstables and 161 Match Scores, with Sources by Gino Di Felice

Ballplayers in the Great War: Newspaper Accounts of Major Leaguers in World War I Military Service by Jim Leeke

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New Releases for May 30: Baseball, Mahadevji ka byavalaas, Chess, Joan Newton Cuneo

Baseball’s Creation Myth: Adam Ford, Abner Graves and the Cooperstown Story by Brian Martin

They Sing the Wedding of God: An Ethnomusicological Study of the Mahadevji ka byavalaas Performed by the Nath-Jogis of Alwar by John Napier

Chess Results, 1961–1963: A Comprehensive Record with 938 Tournament Crosstables and 108 Match Scores, with Sources by Gino Di Felice

Spring Training Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Grapefruit and Cactus League Ballparks, 2d ed. by Josh Pahigian

Mad for Speed: The Racing Life of Joan Newton Cuneo by Elsa A. Nystrom

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New Releases for May 8: Auto Racing, N.C. Civil War Monuments

Auto Racing Comes of Age: A Transatlantic View of the Cars, Drivers and Speedways, 1900–1925 by Robert Dick

The first quarter of the 20th century was a time of dramatic change in auto racing, marked by the move from the horseless carriage to the supercharged Grand Prix racer, from the gentleman driver to the well-publicized professional, and from the dusty road course to the autodrome. This history of the evolution of European and American auto racing from 1900 to 1925 examines transatlantic influences, early dirt track racing, and the birth of the twin-cam engine and the straight-eight. It also explores the origins of the Bennett and Vanderbilt races, the early career of “America’s Speed King” Barney Oldfield, the rise of the speedway specials from Marmon, Mercer, Stutz and Duesenberg, and developments from Peugeot, Delage, Ballot, Fiat, and Bugatti. This informative work provides welcome insight into a defining period in motorsports.

 

 

 

 

North Carolina Civil War Monuments: An Illustrated History by Douglas J. Butler

Throughout recorded history, monuments of stone and metal have honored victorious armies and successful leaders. Following the American Civil War this tradition expanded to include soldiers of the defeated Confederacy. By the early twentieth century, memorials to the dead and surviving veterans were regional icons, and men of the Confederate army ranked among history’s most honored troops.

This illustrated history details North Carolina’s commemorative response to a war in which more than 30,000 of its soldiers died in military service: 101 Confederate monuments—and eight Union memorials, including one honoring African American troops—were dedicated across the Tarheel State between 1865 and the Civil War centennial in 1961. The location, design, funding and dedication of these memorials reveal a society’s evolving grief and the forging of public memory. Committee minutes, financial records, legal documents, and contemporaneous accounts highlight the challenging and often contentious process through which these monuments were realized. Manufacturers’ catalogs and advertisements, as well as spirited editorial exchanges in newspapers and magazines, provide further insight into the sculptural, technological and cultural milieu.

 

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New Releases for May 7: Air Races, Stage Space, Extraterrestrials, Children's Fantasy, June Cleaver

The Pulitzer Air Races: American Aviation and Speed Supremacy, 1920–1925 by Michael Gough

The Poetics of Stage Space: The Theory and Process of Theatre Scene Design by Bruce A. Bergner

Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist: Alien Contact Tales Since the 1950s by Aaron John Gulyas

“Throw the book away”: Reading versus Experience in Children’s Fantasy by Amie A. Doughty

June Cleaver Was a Feminist!: Reconsidering the Female Characters of Early Television by Cary O’Dell

 

 

 

 

 

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New Releases for April 30: Winter Ball, Medals for Soldiers, Amphibious Gunboats

Memories of Winter Ball: Interviews with Players in the Latin American Winter Leagues of the 1950s by Lou Hernández

Medals for Soldiers and Airmen: Awards and Decorations of the United States Army and Air Force by Fred L. Borch III

American Amphibious Gunboats in World War II: A History of LCI and LCS(L) Ships in the Pacific by Robin L. Rielly

 

 

 

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New Releases for April 9: Evangelicals, American Military Transport Aircraft

Evangelicals and the Arts in Fiction: Portrayals of Tension in Non-Evangelical Works Since 1895 by John Weaver

This book is an exploration of how the relationship of evangelicals to the arts has been portrayed in fiction for the last century. The author argues that evangelicals are consistently seen as enemies of the arts by non-evangelical writers. The artist (typically represented by a literal artist, occasionally by a scientist or reluctant messiah) typically has to fight for liberation from such clichéd character types as the failed evangelical artist, the rube or the hypocritical pastor. Rather than resist the cliché of anti-art evangelicalism, the book contends that evangelicals should embrace it: this stereotype is only hurtful so long as one assumes that the arts represent a positive force in human society. This work, built off the scholarship of John Carey, does not make that assumption.

 

American Military Transport Aircraft Since 1925 by E.R. Johnson

Without the support of airlift, the modern American military machine would be brought to a standstill. Since World War II—beginning with the Cold War and continuing up to the present day—the U.S. armed forces have come increasingly to rely upon airlift for mobility. The power to rapidly move and thereafter support a military operation—anywhere in the world, at any time—has become a foundational element of American defense policy. This work provides the reader with a comprehensive historical survey—including technical specifications, drawings, and photographs—of each type of fixed-wing aircraft used by U.S. military forces over a nearly 90-year period to carry out the airlift mission.

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off “Ask the Man Who Owns One”

 “an interesting history…a joy for automobile and advertising enthusiast alike…highly recommended”—Choice

On February 20th, get 20% off “Ask the Man Who Owns One” when you enter the coupon code PACKARD.  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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Daily Deal: 20% off The Patrick O’Brian Muster Book

“any library serving Patrick O’Brian fans will want this title”—Booklist/RBB

“excellent”—ARBA

On February 7th, get 20% off The Patrick O’Brian Muster Book when you enter the coupon code MATURIN.  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 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 Releases for Dec 27: Best Movie Scenes, Railroads in Kansas

Best Movie Scenes: 549 Memorable Bank Robberies, Car Chases, Duels, Haircuts, Job Interviews, Swearing Scenes, Window Scenes and Others, by Topic, 2d ed. by Sanford Levine

When movie fans talk about their favorite films, they most often mention one or two particular scenes that they never tire of watching. This witty and engaging volume catalogs more than 500 of the most memorable scenes in movie history. Organized by theme, it recounts the best scenes featuring everything from accountants and adoption to whistling and windows. This diverting work proves to be an indispensable guide for anyone who has ever used a movie reference to illustrate a point or express their feelings.

 

 

Bucking the Railroads on the Kansas Frontier: The Struggle Over Land Claims by Homesteading Civil War Veterans, 1867–1876 by John N. Mack

To the settlers the railroads represented both a promise and a threat. By linking farmers and businessmen with eastern markets, the railroads guaranteed the prospects of economic gain. However, when they claimed rights to the land that settlers had already claimed, railroad monopolies were identified as a new manifestation of the same threat to republican values they had fought against in the recently concluded War. This book tells the story of the settlers’ opposition to and victory over railroads and the impact on the evolution of political thought in Kansas and the American west.

 

 

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New Releases for Dec 20: Stassen, Railroad, Ghost, East Harlem

Harold E. Stassen: The Life and Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican by Alec Kirby and John F. Rothmann

The Wilmington & Weldon Railroad in the Civil War by James C. Burke

Season of Ghosts: The ’86 Mets and the Red Sox by Howard Burman

East Harlem Remembered: Oral Histories of Community and Diversity by Christopher Bell

 

 

 

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DAILY DEAL: 20% off Great Railroad Tunnels of North America

“an examination of the tunneling through mountains for trains…it’s a lot like exploring a tunnel, or a mine, in which you sometimes find unexpected gemstones”—IZoom.com

On December 18th, get 20% off Great Railroad Tunnels of North America when you enter the coupon code TUNNELS.  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 Release for Dec 4: American Cars

American Cars, 1973–1980: Every Model, Year by Year by J. “Kelly” Flory, Jr.

The 1973 oil crisis forced the American automotive industry into a period of dramatic change, marked by stiff foreign competition, tougher product regulations and suddenly altered consumer demand. With gas prices soaring and the economy in a veritable tailspin, muscle cars and the massive “need-for-speed” engines of the late ’60s were out, and fuel efficient compacts were in. By 1980, American manufacturers were churning out some of the most feature laden, yet smallest and most fuel efficient cars they had ever built.

This exhaustive reference work details every model from each of the major American manufacturers from model years 1973 through 1980, including various “captive imports” (e.g. Dodge’s Colt, built by Mitsubishi.) Within each model year, it reports on each manufacturer’s significant news and details every model offered: its specifications, powertrain offerings, prices, standard features, major options, and production figures, among other facts. The work is heavily illustrated with approximately 1,300 photographs.

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off Mustang Genesis

“a wonderful short history of the sports car…lots of great photos…[a] trip down memory lane…a welcome diversion”—Booklist/RBB

On November 28th, get 20% off Mustang Genesis when you enter the coupon code MUSTANG.  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 Nov. 5: Pilots, Ghosts, Dance, Silent Films

Ships, Ports, and Pilots: A History of the Piloting Profession by Roger Clancy

Ghosts and Shadows: A Marine in Vietnam, 1968–1969 by Phil Ball

Dancing Through Time: Western Social Dance in Literature, 1400–1918: Selections by Allison Thompson

Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films: Plot Synopses of Movies About Moonshining, Feuding and Other Mountain Topics, 1904–1929 by J.W. Williamson

 

 

 

 

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From Our Editorial Director: Remarks about Forthcoming Automotive Books

Some of you may share a guilty failing of mine. While reading about almost any car–learning how it took shape, its quirks and qualities, how it stacked up to the competition, how it changed over the production run–I can feel the seed of desire sprouting in the mental furrows. Vehicles I’ve ignored or even disliked show their hidden appeal. Soon I’m looking at ads, calculating the damage (marital, financial, emotional) such a car would inflict.
If you do the same, peruse this catalog with caution. Let Robert Ebert take you through the challenges Harold Churchill faced at the helm of Studebaker-Packard in the late 1950s (p. 4 of new automotive catalog) and you may decide to pick up a Studebaker, just on a Lark. Get too deep into Marc Cranswick’s The Cars of American Motors (p. 4 of catalog) and you’ll be thinking what fun a Pacer wagon would be. Scan the specs of Robert D. Dluhy’s American Automobiles of the Brass Era (p. 3 of catalog) long enough and just see if the thought of a 491 cid, 5-cylinder 1906 Adams-Farwell touring car isn’t stangely compelling.
Safer choices are here too, including two informative new books about one of the problems a newly automotive America faced a century ago: how and where to park all those cars. Between Mark D. Kessler’s The Early Public Garages of San Francisco and Kerry Segrave’s Parking Cars in America, 1910-1945 (both p. 3), you’ll get both a broad view and a detailed architectural study of one city’s approach to storing cars. Or consider thetwo-wheeled lifestyle in McFarland’s first motorcycle book, Hogs, Blogs, Leathers and Lattes by William E. Thompson (p. 3).
You’ll find a broad range of automotive books here, including other new and forthcoming titles and new ebook and softcover reissues. And remember that we welcome your own book proposals; see the Author Resources section of our website for details. Happy motoring!
— Steve Wilson, Editorial Director
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New Releases for Sept 10 & 11

Hogs, Blogs, Leathers and Lattes: The Sociology of Modern American Motorcycling by William E. Thompson

Kamikaze Attacks of World War II: A Complete History of Japanese Suicide Strikes on American Ships, by Aircraft and Other Means by Robin L. Rielly

Chester Gould: A Daughter’s Biography of the Creator of Dick Tracy by Jean Gould O’Connell

Cinema’s Sinister Psychiatrists: From Caligari to Hannibal by Sharon Packer, M.D.

The Gus Van Sant Touch: A Thematic Study—Drugstore Cowboy, Milkand Beyond by Justin Vicari

 

 

 

 

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New Releases for Sept 10: Hogs, Blogs, Leathers and Lattes

Hogs, Blogs, Leathers and Lattes: The Sociology of Modern American Motorcycling by William E. Thompson

Kamikaze Attacks of World War II: A Complete History of Japanese Suicide Strikes on American Ships, by Aircraft and Other Means by Robin L. Rielly

Chester Gould: A Daughter’s Biography of the Creator of Dick Tracy by Jean Gould O’Connell

Cinema’s Sinister Psychiatrists: From Caligari to Hannibal by Sharon Packer, M.D.

 

 

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New Releases for Sept 7: War of 1812 and Four More

Marauder: Memoir of a B-26 Pilot in Europe in World War II by Louis S. Rehr

The Ambulance: A History by Ryan Corbett Bell

The War of 1812: A Complete Chronology with Biographies of 63 General Officers by Bud Hannings

The Doctor Who Franchise: American Influence, Fan Culture and the Spinoffs by Lynnette Porter

The New American Crime Film by Matthew Sorrento

 

 

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DAILY DEAL: Hogs, Blogs, Leathers and Lattes

On September 6th, get 20% off Hogs, Blogs, Leathers and Lattes when you enter the coupon code HOGS (discount will applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout).

Much has been written about hardcore bikers, but there has been little scholarly research on the much larger segment of the population more aptly called motorcycle enthusiasts. This book focuses on them—the hard working plumbers, truck drivers, and other blue collar workers as well as the white collar executives, doctors and other professionals who are mostly married, have mortgages, pay their bills, obey the law, and on weekends and holidays participate in a favorite pastime, riding motorcycles.

Visit our homepage each morning and follow us on Facebook, Google+,  and Twitter for more Daily Deals!

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Call for Nautical History Authors

The Naval War College Museum is currently booking authors for their 2013 Eight Bells Lecture Series.  This is an opportunity for authors to present their book and the facts leading to its publication.  Lectures average 45 minutes with a 15-minute Q&A, followed by an opportunity for a booksigning (books would be for sale via the Naval War College Foundation Store). Lectures are on Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 (eight bells is noontime) and it coincides with the students’ lunch hour on their electives day.  Contact the NWCM’s director of education, John W. Kennedy, at 401-841-7276.

 

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Nautical Research Journal Features Two from McFarland

American Privateers in the War of 1812: The Vessels and Their Prizes as Recorded in Niles’ Weekly Register by Timothy S. Good and The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881–1931: A History with Details on All Ships by Jonathan Kinghorn were covered in a recent issue of the Nautical Research Journal.

Reviewer William Henry Flayheart III said The Atlantic Transport Line is “a monumental work” with an “amazing amount of detail.”  He concludes by saying  that “Jonathan Kinghorn has provided his readers with one of the most interesting histories of an American-flag steamship line which anyone has ever written.  it belongs in every maritime library.”

 

 

 

Of American Privateers in the War of 1812, reviewer Daniel J. Bera says it “shed[s] light on an aspect of the War of 1812 that has not received attention equal to its contribution during the war…does a commendable job of getting all the information out to the reader in a format they can use…an excellent reference…should be a welcome addition to the library of many historians.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off Ford in the Service of America

Introducing new Daily Deals: every weekday, McFarland will offer one title at 20% off the list price.  Check back every day, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates about the Daily Deal!

On June 26, get 20% off Ford in the Service of America when you enter the coupon code FORD.  The discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.

 

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Daily Deal: 20% off Inside the Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild

Introducing new Daily Deals: every weekday, McFarland will offer one title at 20% off the list price.  Check back every day, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for updates about the Daily Deal!

On June 6, get 20% off Inside the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild when you enter the coupon code GUILD.  The discount will be applied in the shopping cart prior to checkout.