Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Alliecats: 53 Graphic Tales & Fun Puns About Cats by Allie Kirschner & Ben Stoltzfus

39 West Press is pleased to announce the publication of Alliecats: 53 Graphic Tales & Fun Puns About Cats by Allie Kirschner and Ben Stoltzfus.



Alliecats
53 Graphic Tales & Fun Puns About Cats

illustrations by Allie Kirschner
words and text by Ben Stoltzfus

Overview

Mississippi said to Missouri, “If I put on my New Jersey, what will Delaware?” Virginia replied, “Alaska.” This wordplay on states’ names as vestments resembles the play and ambiguity in Alliecats, a wonderful collection of fifty-three graphic tales that catenate (link) meaning, sound, and likeness into clever puns.

Novelist and literary critic BEN STOLTZFUS penned the introduction and assembled the words. His granddaughter (cater-cousin), ALLIE KIRSCHNER, drew the pictures. You will purr with satisfaction as she romps with feline grace, caterwauling from catalog to Catalina, although not without an occasional cataclysm or catastrophe.

The purrposeful puns of Alliecats will amuse as you slide helplessly into a state of muscular rigidity, or catalepsy, while author and artist cater to your funny bone and make you laugh.

Product Details

Hardcover, Paperback
Publication Date: 24 Sep 2019
ISBN: 978-1-946358-25-7
LoC Control No.: 2019946320
Catalogue No.: 39WP-29
Pages: 82
Dimensions: 7 x 10 inches

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Tribespotting: Undercover Cult(ure) Stories by Harmon Leon and Keith Knight

39 West Press is pleased to announce the publication of Tribespotting: Undercover Cult(ure) Stories by Harmon Leon and Keith Knight.



Tribespotting
Undercover Cult(ure) Stories

by Harmon Leon
cartoons by Keith Knight

Overview

Legendary infiltration journalist Harmon Leon has gone undercover again and returned with a new book. Gentleman cartoonist Keith Knight provides popular comics that enhance Leon's enlightening narrative.

"This book was eye-opening ..." –David Litt, author of NY Times bestseller Thanks, Obama
 
The United States is a divided country, where two disparate tribes fight to provoke, condemn, and defeat the other. In Tribespotting: Undercover Cult(ure) Stories, Harmon Leon dives directly into the eye of the tribal storm, drastically changing his look and attitude as he goes undercover in an exploration of tribal behavior and its many manifestations in modern culture.

Employing the same inimitable style that he honed while infiltrating extremist groups, Leon introduces readers to a series of vastly different tribes, including a gathering of five thousand assault weapons fanatics, a clan of white supremacists who recruit at Applebee’s, a church of hookers who walk the streets for Jesus, and a meeting of cult members who stare at their leader’s handsome face.
Some of these tribes engage in harmless, hobby-loving fellowship while others revolve around the adulation of charismatic celebrities.

Some of these tribes strive to uplift the individual via religious enlightenment, and a few are actually full-blown cults. But at the root of all these different tribes lies the same psychological need—the desire to be around like-minded people.

With that in mind ... LET'S DO SOME TRIBESPOTTING!

Product Details

Hardcover, Paperback
Publication Date: 30 Jul 2019
ISBN: 978-1-946358-19-6
LoC Control No.: 2019930910
Catalogue No.: 39WP-28
Pages: 206
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Isle of the Amazons in the Vermilion Sea by Gregory MacDonald and Judith Palmer

39 West Press is pleased to announce the publication of Isle of the Amazons in the Vermilion Sea by Gregory MacDonald and Judith Palmer.



Isle of the Amazons in the Vermilion Sea

narrated by Gregory MacDonald
illustrated by Judith Palmer

Overview

Myth has it that Baja California was once ruled by a giant queen, Calafia. Her subjects were black Amazon women, and they lived in a land of ferocious griffins, tall mountains, precipitous cliffs, and deep valleys. Baja was also said to be an island of gold and precious stones. Spanish explorers, lured by tales of riches and beautiful women, were drawn to this mythical place. Jesuit priests, adventurers, fishermen, hunters, and the curious soon followed. In Isle of the Amazons in the Vermilion Sea, Gregory MacDonald has assembled a superb collection of excerpts from diaries, letters, field notes, books, and journals. These short impressions give us the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of mountain hamlets, lush valleys, hot deserts, and blue seas, and together, they create a stunning narrative of the mythology, history, and topology of the Baja land, sea, and people. Montalvo, Cort├ęz, and Padre Eusebio Kino—in 1400, 1535, and 1701, respectively—describe the flora and fauna of a peninsula untouched by civilization, and in the twentieth century, Bancroft, Cannon, Crosby, Gardner, North, Steinbeck, and Octavio Paz, among others, speak of the fishing, the hunting, and, despite hardships, the pure joy of being. The writers observe fish pileups and feeding-frenzies; suffer insect bites, cactus pricks, and jellyfish stings; and are awed by magical sunsets, the silence of the desert, and the stars. Original illustrations by award-winning printmaker Judith Palmer transform Isle of the Amazons in the Vermilion Sea into a masterpiece.

Product Details

Hardcover, Paperback
Publication Date: 23 April 2019
ISBN: 978-1-946358-14-1
LoC Control No.: 2019930908
Catalogue No.: 39WP-26
Pages: 180
Dimensions: 8 x 10 x 0.6 inches

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Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Dumpster, for God's Sake by Ben Stoltzfus

39 West Press is pleased to announce the publication of Dumpster, for God's Sake by Ben Stoltzfus.



Dumpster, for God's Sake

by Ben Stoltzfus

Overview

Equal parts sociological lore and screwball comedy, Dumpster, for God's Sake bends reality into fiction in a uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human.

"Profoundly dystopian and completely believable." −Dean MacCannell, author of The Tourist

Loviers City believes that cleanliness leads to Godliness. But order quickly descends into chaos when a sighting of the Virgin occurs. Soon, thousands arrive to visit the spot where She appeared. But the pilgrims leave their mark, discarding refuse and besmirching Loviers City's All-America vision.

Suspense mounts as Rudy Squazza, the red-bearded ringleader of the homeless, and Jasmine, a rich teenager working on a high school project, fall in love. He is a dumpster diver and the victim of police brutality. She dresses in black leather, rides a red Ducati Supersport 750, and is known as the “Angel from Hell.”

With compelling prose, canny insight, and artful empathy, Ben Stoltzfus brilliantly examines group behavior in a timely tale of collective zeal and righteous intent that explores a city’s urgent quest for soul.

Product Details

Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Publication Date: 9 April 2019
ISBN: 978-1-946358-16-5
LoC Control No.: 2019930909
Catalogue No.: 39WP-27
Pages: 244
Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.7 inches

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

To Act Is to Do: Six Classes for Teachers and Actors Based on the Uta Hagen Technique by Richard Alan Nichols

39 West Press is pleased to announce the publication of To Act Is to Do by Richard Alan Nichols.



To Act Is to Do
Six Classes for Teachers and Actors Based on the Uta Hagen Technique

by Richard Alan Nichols

Overview

To Act Is to Do by Richard Alan Nichols, who studied as a scholarship student for five years with Uta Hagen at the HB Studio in New York, is the ultimate guide for both actors and teachers. In six informative and interactive class sessions, Nichols details twenty exercises designed to solve most acting problems that arise while working on plays. Also included are eighteen evaluations of work (scenes, monologues, and Hagen exercises) presented by Nichols' students, with each evaluation serving as a model for teachers to follow in order to assist actors in learning how to assess their own work in an honest way. This unique exploration—the personal journey of one actor’s lifelong quest to perfect his craft while in pursuit of becoming a player—will help all actors develop the discipline necessary to fine-tune their acting instruments and discover new behaviors in themselves.

Product Details

Hardcover, Paperback
Publication Date: 9 Jan 2018
ISBN: 978-1-946358-06-6
LoC Control No.: 2017960410
Catalogue No.: 39WP-25
Pages: 180
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Romoland by Judith Palmer & Ben Stoltzfus

39 West Press is pleased to announce the publication of Romoland by Judith Palmer (artist) & Ben Stoltzfus.



Romoland
A Pictonovel

by Judith Palmer (artist) & Ben Stoltzfus

Overview

Romoland, a postmodern event conjoining feminist artist Judith Palmer and novelist Ben Stoltzfus, uses twenty-five art works as generative surfaces for a series of dialogues between a man and a woman. The images and the text explore the historical subjection of women by men, their deliverance through art, and the dismantling of cultural codes. Both texts foreground the voice of the Other as it manifests itself in the traces, lines, and cracks of speech—be they visual or verbal. The arabesques of the woman’s sensibilities oppose the squares of man’s authority. Her art speaks and his text sees. Together, they unveil another space between the pictures and the text—the body of bliss and equality—in a way that is ironic, comic, and playful.

Product Details

Hardcover, Paperback
Publication Date: 12 Dec 2017
ISBN: 978-1-946358-12-7
LoC Control No.: 2017962314
Catalogue No.: 39WP-24
Pages: 104
Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 0.4 inches

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Meet the Deplorables: Infiltrating Trump America by Harmon Leon and Ted Rall

39 West Press is pleased to announce the publication of Meet the Deplorables: Infiltrating Trump America by Harmon Leon and Ted Rall.



Meet the Deplorables
Infiltrating Trump America

by Harmon Leon and Ted Rall

Overview

Ripped from the headlines, Meet the Deplorables: Infiltrating Trump America ventures deep into Red State territory and explores the current shape of our divided country, providing a fresh, first-hand perspective of right-wing subcultures and the mindsets of the so-called “deplorables” who helped propel Donald J. Trump to the Oval Office.

“A rollicking ride through Trumpland." –Harriet Alexander, The Telegraph

In his inimitable Gonzo-style, infiltration journalist HARMON LEON—whose stories have appeared in VICE, Esquire, The Nation, and National Geographic—dons a variety of disguises and goes undercover into the heart of Trump America where his exploits include canvassing door-to-door as a Trump supporter, hanging out with Trump fanatics as they receive free Donald tattoos, demonstrating how easy it is to purchase an assault weapon on Facebook, visiting an anti-Muslim hate group on the same day as a mass shooting, spending time with anti-choice protesters in front of Planned Parenthood, joining a conversion therapy group that tries to “turn” gay men straight, and many, many more.

Adding an innovative extra dimension to the book, two-time winner of the RFK Journalism Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist TED RALL enhances the carefully crafted narrative—and connects Leon's audacious accounts to the greater Trump phenomena—with his own distinctive full-color cartoons and insightful analysis, including a poignant epilogue.

A necessary read in the time of Trump, this unique collaboration by the formidable team of Harmon Leon and Ted Rall holds up a mirror to modern conservative life and reflects a reality that is outrageous, entertaining, and always illuminating.

Product Details

Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Publication Date: 12 Dec 2017
ISBN: 978-1-946358-09-7
LoC Control No.: 2017960409
Catalogue No.: 39WP-23
Pages: 244
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches

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