Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Peter Balakian's THE BURNING TIGRIS and the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. If you’re looking to educate your students on this topic, there’s no more classic (or commonly adopted) book than Peter Balakian’s The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response, winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction.
In this national bestseller, critically acclaimed author and professor Peter Balakian brings us the horrifying narrative of the massacres of the Armenians in the 1890s and of the Armenian Genocide in 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. Using rarely seen archival documents and remarkable first-person accounts, Balakian presents the chilling history of how the Turkish government implemented the first modern genocide behind the cover of World War I. And in the telling, he resurrects an extraordinary lost chapter of American history. 
You can read an excerpt of The Burning Tigris here.
And click here to read Balakian’s article “Turkey Must End Its 100 Years of Genocide Denial,” published yesterday in The Guardian.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Introducing the HarperAudio Presents Podcast

We’re happy to bring your attention to the HarperAudio Presents podcast, a weekly conversation with our authors and editors that gives listeners new perspectives on the world of books, culture and the arts. 
You might want to assign some of the podcasts as a listening assignment for your students. Featured clips include Howard Zinn and Matt Damon reading from Zinn’s classic, A People’s History of the United States, Dylan Thomas reading A Child’s Christmas in Wales, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis reading Every Tongue Got to Confess, and more.
You can also hear Maira Kalman talk about her Proust book club, learn where Richard Ford stores his writing notebooks, listen as Jennifer Robson tells you what influence her father has on her writing,  discover how Lauren Oliver feels about her sister, and learn how Jim Boeheim felt coaching the 6-overtime game in the Big East tournament. 
Please click here to go to iTunes and subscribe to the free podcast.