It’s May,which means we’re busy, busy, getting ready to attend the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (the Learneds, if you prefer). Books that just met the deadline will be shipped from the printer and we might see them for the first time when we get there. Books that will not quite make it need to be made up into advanced reading copies (ARCs) or galleys. This year’s congress takes place in Ottawa at Carleton University. I know that those attending will have a great time.
But that won’t be me, because I’m heading off to New York for the first time ever to represent the press at Book Expo America. To say I am pumped for this is an understatement. It’s THE book event in North America and authors obscure and hugely famous will be there signing free copies of new books. Not that I will leave my booth and go looking for them. Uh Unh.
Here are three brand-new books to look for at our exhibits this spring:
He Was Some Kind of a Man: Masculinities in the B Western
“This sharp and fabulously entertaining study of B westerns and the American cowboy also has a lot to say about popular culture, children’s literature, the gun fetish, white privilege, camp, heteronormativity, and nationalism. McGillis is at home on the range. A major work of scholarship and great fun as well. His heroes have always been cowboys, admits McGillis, and lucky for us. McGillis provides an incisive and entertaining analysis of American cowboy culture by way of B westerns from the 1930s to the mid-50s. A significant work of scholarship, of interest to anyone working in American cultural and literary studies.”
— Kenneth Kidd, University of Florida
Depicting Canada’s Children
Loren Lerner, editor
“This volume of essays on pictures of Canadian children is a significant contribution to studies of childhood in Canada. Those of us who teach childhood studies in this country regularly are reminded that most of the work on the figure of the child focuses on British and American childhoods and, less often, on European childhoods. Teachers and scholars typically have to piece together these observations with speculations and provisos about their application to Canadian contexts to reach judgments about the cultural function of “the child” and children here. By paying sustained attention to depictions of children in Canada, this collection makes it possible to consider more fully how the idea of childhood has been used in, and is intertwined with, the social, cultural, and political history of the Canadian nation.”
– Mavis Reimer, Canada Research Chair in the Culture of Childhood, University of Winnipeg
Environments, Technologies, Spaces, and Places in the Twenty-first Century
Damian F. White and Chris Wilbert, editors
“This anthology probes the changing relationships between society and the natural environment. It examines the popular sense that environmentalists have lost their way. How have they failed to appeal to broad publics? Why have public perceptions of environmental risk and climate change not been translated into political will? Technonatures shows the different ways that nature increasingly reflects human interventionsfrom medical innovations to agricultural and conservation practice to the continental scale of the impacts of human-introduced pests. This is a book that offers lucid insights and will appeal to a broad audience.”
— Rob Shields, Henry Marshall Tory Research Chair, Departments of Sociology and Art and Design, University of Alberta. He is the founding editor of Space and Culture.
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