End of summer news and new books
News and Notes
The August 8 edition of the London Review of Books featured a magnificent Colm Tóibín appreciation of The Selected Letters of Anthony Hecht.
Hot off the Press
Being Cool: The Work of Elmore Leonard Charles J. Rzepka’s enticing exploration of the work and life of the “Dickens of Detroit” looks at what makes the dope-dealers, bookies, grifters, financial advisors, talent agents, shady attorneys, hookers, models, and crooked cops of Elmore Leonard’s world “cool.” [ed. note: With sadness we note that Elmore Leonard passed away this morning due to complications from the stroke he suffered in early August.]
Zbig: The Strategy and Statecraft of Zbigniew Brzezinski The first comprehensive account of Zbigniew Brzezinski’s complementary roles as author, academic, policy maker, and critic.
A Year across Maryland: A Week-by-Week Guide to Discovering Nature in the Chesapeake Region Bryan Mackay invites readers to explore the Chesapeake Region, throughout the year, from watching bald eagles nesting in January to harvesting mistletoe in December.
Lights On! The Science of Power Generation Mark Denny takes us on a fun tour, examining the nature of energy, tracing the history of power generation, and explaining the processes from production through transmission to use.
Spark from the Deep: How Shocking Experiments with Strongly Electric Fish Powered Scientific Discovery William J. Turkel tells the story of how human beings came to understand and use electricity by studying the evolved mechanisms of strongly electric fish.
Prelude to Revolution: The Salem Gunpowder Raid of 1775 The latest contribution to the Witness to History series, Prelude to Revolution tells the story of a critical event in America’s early history, when a new nation’s fate was still uncertain.
New in paperback!
The Journal of Democracy has released two new podcast episodes featuring conversations with authors from the July 2013 issue. You can download the files from the journal website or subscribe via iTunes to have them automatically delivered to your digital audio player.
New Literary History will hold a conference next month on “Interpretation and its Rivals.” The two-day event will take place at the University of Virginia, the journal’s host institution, and will feature four panel sessions. The conference is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures and Johns Hopkins University Press.
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