Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Think Better. Live Better.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THOUGHT: A Philosophical Guide to Living by Luc FerryNew Year. New you? Let French superstar philosopher Luc Ferry give your 2012 a book as he explains how the history of philosophy can teach you how to live a better life. Thomas Cathcut & Daniel Klein, authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar, call Ferry’s A Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living “a fine introduction to philosophy and its fundamental relevance to living a meaningful life—for everyone from the man in the Acropolis to the man in the street.”

From the timeless wisdom of the ancient Greeks to Christianity, the Enlightenment, existentialism, and postmodernism, Luc Ferry’s brilliantly and accessibly explains the enduring teachings of philosophy—including its profound relevance to modern daily life and its essential role in achieving happiness and living a meaningful life.

Need more philosophy? Take a look at our philosophy catalog.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Reading Recommendations from Creative Writing Professor

Like many of you, Salvatore Pane—Creative Writing professor at the University of Pittsburgh—gets great joy out of recommending authors to students. Pane gives students authors to read in the hopes that they see echoes of their own work. By placing students’ work in conversation with their “established counterparts,” Pane wants to stoke their enthusiasm and help them develop as writers. We were excited to learn that Pane suggested several authors from our Harper Perennial imprint as literary role models for students in his courses. His recommendations included:

Pane also stresses to his students the importance of literary journals—and becoming active literary citizens, emphasizing that reading others work is just as important as submitting your own. As his model literary citizen, Pane uses Blake Butler, editor of the literature blog HTMLGiant as well as the journals Lamination Colony and No Colony.

What authors have you recommended to your students this year? Check out his list—did Pane miss any?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

HEY, BOO To Premiere on PBS American Masters

SCOUT, ATTICUS, AND BOO by Mary MurphyMark your calendars! Independent filmmaker Mary Murphy's Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird will be premiering on PBS American Masters, Friday, April 2nd at 10:00pm. The documentary explores Lee's life and unravels some of the mysteries surrounding her, including why she never published again. Containing never-before-seen photos and letters and an exclusive interview with Lee’s sister, Alice Finch Lee, the film also brings to light the context and history of the novel's Deep South setting and the social changes it inspired after publication.

Tom Brokaw, Rosanne Cash, Wally Lamb, Anna Quindlen, Richard Russo, Scott Turow, Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Young and others reflect on the novel's power, influence, and popularity, and the many ways it has shaped their lives.

In addition to the film, Mary Murphy wrote
Scout, Atticus, and Boo: A Celebration of To Kill A Mockingbirda compilation of these interviews.

While the documentary doesn't premiere on PBS until April, you can watch an preview below, then go to
Mary Murphy's website for more information!