This week we've been hobnobbing with other publishers, booksellers, librarians, authors, and media at the annual Book Expo America in New York City. Our marketing team has been pitching our Fall 2011 books and meeting with various vendors who manage our metadata and help us get our books out into the world electronically. We also meet with some of our sales representatives and enjoy catching up with our favorite booksellers. The New York Times reports on the convention here, saying "there is a Wild West quality to the book business these days." Academic publishing moves more slowly than commercial publishing, but we do feel like we have a lot to figure out about our future, and it's good to connect with the rest of the industry once a year and see where we stand. Below, you can see some of the general interest highlights from our Fall catalog that we were featuring in our booth.
Benjamin Lowy's pictures from Iraq won the 5th Center for Documentary Studies / Honickman First Book Prize in Photography.
Foreign affairs expert Swanee Hunt draws lessons for global security from her time spent as an activist for peace and women's rights in Bosnia.
Orrin H. Pilkey and Keith C. Pilkey make the science of global climate change accessible to a general audience in this beautiful book with batik illustrations by Mary Edna Fraser.
Jake Austen, author of the offbeat music zine Roctober, collects some its best profiles and interviews.
Dana Polan writes a cultural history of Julia Child's beloved television show The French Chef.
Queer theorist Judith Halberstam writes playfully about such films as Dude, Where's My Car and Finding Nemo as she develops the concept of "low theory."
Check out these and all our Fall 2011 titles on our website!