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The Innovative Parent
Raising Connected, Happy, Successful Kids through Art
By Erica Curtis and Ping Ho

Curtis and Ho integrate cutting-edge research, art therapy trade secrets, and their own child-rearing experience into a revolutionary yet practical guide to creative parenting. Plentiful illustrations and anecdotes bring concepts to life, showing art in action with kids and parents for connection, happiness, and success.

Parenting · Psychology - Creative Ability · Developmental Psychology

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Water Brings No Harm
Management Knowledge and the Struggle for the Waters of Kilimanjaro
By Matthew V. Bender

Water Brings No Harm explores the history of community water management on Mount Kilimanjaro. Using the concept of waterscapes—describing how people “see” water and how physical resources intersect with beliefs, needs, and expectations—Bender argues that water conflicts should be understood as struggles between competing forms of knowledge.

Environmental History · African History · Tanzania · World History

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The Third Brother
An Andy Hayes Mystery
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

It’s a violent encounter that private investigator Andy Hayes could have done without. One minute he’s finishing up some grocery shopping ahead of a custody visit with his sons. The next, he must come to the rescue of a Somali American mother and her young children as anti-immigrant bullies torment them.

Mystery · Fiction · Ohio and Regional

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Fatal Judgment
An Andy Hayes Mystery
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Judge Laura Porter fiercely guarded her privacy, and never more so than during her long-running—and long in the past—affair with disgraced quarterback-turned-private investigator Andy Hayes. Now she’s missing, disappeared just hours after she calls Andy out of the blue explaining she’s in trouble and needs his help.

Mystery · Ohio

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Eye to Eye
Sports Journalist Christine Brennan
By Julie K. Rubini

From knocking down barriers in NFL locker rooms to covering every Olympics since 1984, Christine Brennan has done it all, while knocking barriers of her own as a female sports journalist. Eye to Eye invites young readers to learn more and nurture their own dreams of investigating and telling important stories.

Biography (Juvenile Nonfiction) · Biography, Women · Biography, Journalists

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Spirituality and the Writer
A Personal Inquiry
By Thomas Larson

Today, the surprisingly elastic form of the memoir embraces subjects that include dying, illness, loss, relationships, and self-awareness. Writing to reveal the inner self—the pilgrimage into one’s spiritual and/or religious nature—is a primary calling. Contemporary memoirists are exploring this field with innovative storytelling, rigorous craft, and new styles of confessional authorship.

Creative Writing · Spirituality · Memoir · Essays · Creative Nonfiction · Trade Nonfiction

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Michigan’s War
The Civil War in Documents
Edited by John W. Quist

Building upon the current scholarship of the Civil War and the Midwest, Michigan’s War is a history as told by the state’s residents in private letters, newspapers, and other sources. Clear annotations and thoughtful editing allow students to delve into the political, social, and military context of the war, making it ideal for classroom use.

American Civil War · Michigan · American History, Midwest

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Intrusive Beauty
Poems
By Joseph J. Capista

In this powerful debut, Capista traverses earth and ether to yield poems that elucidate the space between one’s life and one’s livelihood. While its landscapes range from back-alley Baltimore to the Bitterroot Valley, this book remains close to unbidden beauty and its capacity to sway one’s vision of the world.

Poetry

In Memoriam
Joseph C. Miller

Joseph C. Miller, historian, author, and longtime friend, has died.

In addition to his formidable contributions to African and world history, Joe coedited our volumes on child slavery, women in slavery, and slavery through the ages and was instrumental in shaping our Africa in World History series as coeditor.

He was a kind, generous collaborator and supporter. We will miss him very much.

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Women and Slavery, Volume One
Africa, the Indian Ocean World, and the Medieval North Atlantic
Edited by Gwyn Campbell, Suzanne Miers, and Joseph C. Miller

The literature on women enslaved around the world has grown rapidly in the last ten years, evidencing strong interest in the subject across a range of academic disciplines.

Slavery and Slave Trade · Women’s History · Women’s Studies · Africa · Indian Ocean Studies · Atlantic Studies

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Women and Slavery, Volume Two
The Modern Atlantic
Edited by Gwyn Campbell, Suzanne Miers, and Joseph C. Miller

The literature on women enslaved around the world has grown rapidly in the last ten years, evidencing strong interest in the subject across a range of academic disciplines.

Slavery and Slave Trade · Women’s History · Women’s Studies · Atlantic Studies

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Children in Slavery through the Ages
Edited by Gwyn Campbell, Suzanne Miers, and Joseph C. Miller

Significant numbers of the people enslaved throughout world history have been children. The vast literature on slavery has grown to include most of the history of this ubiquitous practice, but nearly all of it concentrates on the adult males whose strong bodies and laboring capacities preoccupied the masters of the modern Americas.

Slavery and Slave Trade · Children's Studies · World History · Childhood

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Child Slaves in the Modern World
Edited by Gwyn Campbell, Suzanne Miers, and Joseph C. Miller

Child Slaves in the Modern World is the second of two volumes that examine the distinctive uses and experiences of children in slavery in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This collection of previously unpublished essays exposes the global victimization of child slaves from the period of abolition of legal slavery in the nineteenth century to the human rights era of the twentieth century.

Slavery and Slave Trade · Children's Studies · World History · Childhood

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Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

Named for the distinguished poet who taught for many years at Ohio University and made Athens, Ohio, the subject of many of his poems, the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize invites writers to submit unpublished collections of original poems.

The competition is open to both those who have not published a book-length collection and those who have.

Congratulations to Joseph J. Capista, winner of the 2018 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize for Intrusive Beauty, selected by Sherrod Santos.

Doubtful Harbor, by Idris Anderson — the 2017 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize winner — has just come out.

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New Academic Titles

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Conflict Zone, Comfort Zone
Ethics, Pedagogy, and Effecting Change in Field-Based Courses
Edited by Agnieszka Paczyńska and Susan F. Hirsch

By taking students out of their comfort zone, field-based courses—which are increasingly popular in secondary and postsecondary education—have the potential to be deep, transformative learning experiences. But what happens when the field in question is a site of active or recent conflict? In Conflict Zone, Comfort Zone, editors Agnieszka Paczyńska and Susan F. Hirsch highlight new approaches to field-based learning in conflict zones worldwide.

Peace Studies · Education

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Modernist Art in Ethiopia
By Elizabeth W. Giorgis

In locating her arguments at the intersection of visual culture and literary and performance studies, Giorgis details how innovations in visual art intersected with shifts in narratives of modernity. The result is a bold intellectual, cultural, and political history of Ethiopia, with art as its centerpiece.

Art History · Ethiopia · African Studies · African Art

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Shakespeare the Illusionist
Magic, Dreams, and the Supernatural on Film
By Neil Forsyth

In Shakespeare the Illusionist, Neil Forsyth reviews the history of Shakespeare’s plays on film, assessing what filmmakers and TV directors have made of the spells, haunts, and apparitions— Puck and the fairies, ghosts and witches, or Prospero’s island—in his plays. A bold step forward in Shakespeare and film studies.

Media Studies · Shakespeare

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Writing the Polish American Woman in Postwar Ethnic Fiction
By Grażyna J. Kozaczka

Though often unnoticed by scholars of literature and history, Polish American women have for decades been fighting back against the patriarchy they encountered in America and the patriarchy that followed them from Poland.

Literary Criticism, US · Literary Criticism, Women · Women’s Studies · Poland · Polish and Polish-American Studies

New Trade Titles

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The Community Table
Effective Fundraising through Events
By Susan Cole Urano

In The Community Table, Susan Urano translates her nonprofit’s experience with a large-scale annual fundraiser into a step-by-step guide for organizers. Using real-life examples, she illustrates methods of team building, conflict resolution, and problem solving. Includes sample timelines, budgets, publicity plans, and committee structures.

Nonprofit Organizations · Philanthropy · Ohio and Regional

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Brides in the Sky
Stories and a Novella
By Cary Holladay

Each of the crystalline worlds Cary Holladay brings us in the short stories and novella that make up Brides in the Sky has sisterhood, in all its urgency and peril, at its heart. She crafts these stories with subtle humor, a stunning sense of place, and an unerring eye for character.

Short Stories (single author) · Women Authors · Fiction

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Smoky, the Dog That Saved My Life
The Bill Wynne Story
By Nancy Roe Pimm

World War II soldier Bill Wynne met Smoky while serving in New Guinea, where the dog, who was smaller than Wynne’s army boot, was found trying to scratch her way out of a foxhole. After he adopted her, she served as the squadron mascot and is credited as being the first therapy dog for the emotional support she provided the soldiers. When they weren’t fighting, Bill taught Smoky hundreds of tricks to entertain the troops.

Biography (Juvenile Nonfiction)

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Bad Boys, Bad Times
The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years, 1937–1941
By Scott H. Longert

In 1937, the Great Depression was still lingering, but at baseball parks across the country there was a sense of optimism. Major League attendance was on a sharp rise. Tickets to an Indians game at League Park on Lexington and East 66th were $1.60 for box seats, $1.35 for reserve seats, and $.55 for the bleachers. Cleveland fans were particularly upbeat—Bob Feller, the teenage phenomenon, was a farm boy with a blistering fast ball. Night games were an exciting development.

Baseball History · Ohio · Trade Nonfiction

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