Moby Awards for the Best and Worst Book Trailers

Before you send that congratulatory email our way, we didn’t make the list.  I know.  It’s a cryin’ shame that such PUP hits like Delete and Scroogenomics weren’t destined for eternal book trailer glory but perhaps it’s a blessing that we weren’t instantly christened with snark, either.

You be the judge and visit Melville House Publishing for the complete list of winners (and losers.)  Ouch.

IMO, Safran Foer is hardly the worst I’ve seen.   No matter what you think of his writing, his on camera persona is charming!  He has a certain earnest pubnik appeal that is less fauxhemian than you’d think. (FYI: I’ve retired the term hipster and have embraced the new “it” word, fauxhemian.  It’s 2010, people.  Join me.)

Bookish self-awareness works in Safran Foer’s favor, though I’ve gotta hand it to Dennis Cass (below) and his savvy publicity/marketing team for their stealth genius.  They win the keys to the book trailer kingdom with this pitch perfect send-up of what is fast becoming a camp sector of our esteemed publishing industry:

“That book I wrote a year ago is out again.” –classic.  I’m stealing that one for my next email blast!

Happy Birthday to Kierkegaard on this #CincodeMayo

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55) is one of the most important philosophical
and theological thinkers of the past two centuries.

Perhaps more than anything else in print, Kierkegaard’s Letters and Documents (volume XXV) reveal his love affair with the written word.

The Kierkegaard Writings are all available in paperback.
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Also available:

Kierkegaard’s Journals and Notebooks

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Today is Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday – April 13th.

Jefferson’s life is well documented in The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, a projected 60-volume series containing not only the 18,000 letters written by Jefferson but also, in full or in summary, the more than 25,000 letters written to him. Including documents of historical significance as well as private notes not closely examined until their publication in the Papers, this series is an unmatched source of scholarship on the nation’s third president.
It’s all history.

1 January-10 May 1793
The dramatic escalation in the conflict between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton to determine the future course of the new American nation is the main theme of this volume (25). Under pressure from other Republicans, Jefferson decides to continue as Secretary of State instead of retiring to Monticello at the end of President Washington’s first term. At the same time he begins to play a more active role as a Republican party leader, involving himself secretly in a major effort by House Republicans to have Hamilton dismissed from office by censuring his management of public finances. France’s declaration of war on Great Britain and the Netherlands leads Jefferson into a serious conflict with Hamilton over how to protect American neutrality in the face of the widening European war.

1 June 1800 to 16 February 1801
“I have sometimes asked myself whether my country is the better for my having lived at all?” Thomas Jefferson muses in volume 32. His answer: “I do not know that it is.”
As the volume closes, the election is still unresolved after six long days of balloting by the House.

17 February to 30 April 1801
Under normal circumstances, Thomas Jefferson would have had more than two months to prepare for his presidency. However, since the House of Representatives finally settled a tied electoral vote only on 17 February 1801, he had two weeks. Volume 33, which covers the two-and-a-half-month period from that day through April 30, is the first of some twenty volumes that will document Jefferson’s two terms as President of the United States.

1 August to 30 November 1801 (Volume 35)
For the first two months covered by this volume, Thomas Jefferson is residing at Monticello, avoiding the “rather sickly” season in the nation’s capital. His mountaintop house finally has a roof and both daughters and their families come to stay with him. Using cowpox vaccine received from Benjamin Waterhouse, he undertakes what he calls “my experiment,” the systematic inoculation of family members and slaves against the smallpox.

1 December 1801 to 3 March 1802, Volume 36
The president receives a “Mammoth Cheese” as a token of esteem from the citizens of Cheshire, Massachusetts, and the letter from the Danbury Baptists arrives. In his famous reply to the Baptists, Jefferson states that “religion is a matter which lies solely between man & his god.” Shortly after legislators arrive in town for the opening of Congress, he begins to entertain at the President’s House. He uses such occasions to bridge the divide between the executive and legislative branches and foster political understanding between Republicans and Federalists. As he moves into his second year as president, he is optimistic about his legislative program and the Republican majority in Congress.

Happy Birthday, Jefferson!
History lives on:

A Digital Edition is also available.

Adrienne Mayor Snags NBA Nomination

Princeton University Press is pleased to announce that Adrienne Mayor’s THE POISON KING: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy is a finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction.
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We couldn’t be happier! Congratulations, Adrienne, on a job well done. You can check out her stunning portrait of the man, the “Mith,” the legend when it lands in bookstores on November 11.