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THE STORYTELLING SECRETS OF THE NEW MASTERS OF RADIO
Written by JESSICA ABEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 08/25/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-34843-0

Every week, millions of devoted fans tune in to or download This American Life, The Moth, Radiolab, Planet Money, Snap Judgment, Serial, Invisibilia and other narrative radio shows. Using personal stories to breathe life into complex ideas and issues, these beloved programs help readers to understand ourselves and our world a little bit better. Each has a distinct style, but every one delivers stories that are brilliantly told and produced. Out on the Wire offers an unexpected window into...

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ART, FILM, AND THE SHADOWS OF WAR
Written by IAN BURUMA

Format: Hardcover, 425 pages

Publisher: New York Review Books

On Sale: 09/16/2014

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17777-8

Ian Buruma is fascinated, he writes, “by what makes the human species behave atrociously.” In Theater of Cruelty the acclaimed author of The Wages of Guilt and Year Zero: A History of 1945 once again turns to World War II to explore that question—to the Nazi occupation of Paris, the Allied bombing of German cities, the international controversies over Anne Frank’s diaries, Japan’s militarist intellectuals and its kamikaze pilots.

One way that people respond to power and cruelty, Buruma...

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Written by TARA BENNETT

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Titan Books

On Sale: 09/02/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-783-29357-5

Collected from a truly expansive exploration of television’s most creative minds, Showrunners is an insider’s guide to creating and maintaining a hit show in today’s golden age of television. The official companion to the documentary Showrunners, this highly informative book features exclusive interviews with such acclaimed and popular showrunners as Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Ronald D.Moore, Terence Winter, Bill Prady, Shawn Ryan, David Shore, and Jane Espenson.

"This book really does have...

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WILLIAM ESPER TEACHES THE MEISNER TECHNIQUE
Written by WILLIAM ESPER, DAMON DIMARCO
Introduction by PATRICIA HEATON

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 04/08/2014

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-345-80568-3

William Esper, one of the most celebrated acting teachers of our time, takes us through his step-by-step approach to the central challenge of advanced acting work: creating and playing a character.

Esper’s first book, The Actor’s Art and Craft, earned praise for describing the basics taught in his famous first-year acting class. The Actor’s Guide to Creating a Character continues the journey. In these pages, co-author Damon DiMarco vividly re-creates Esper’s second-year course, again through...

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STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
Written by BRIAN O'NEIL

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/08/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80707-6

The essential handbook for actors—a modern classic—in a newly updated edition.
 
Since its original publication, Acting as a Business has earned a reputation as an indispensable tool for working and aspiring actors. Avoiding the usual advice about persistence and luck, Brian O’Neil provides clear-cut guidelines that will give actors a solid knowledge of the business behind their art. It’s packed with practical information—on everything from what to say in a cover letter to where to stand when...

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Written by IAN DOESCHER

Format: Hardcover, 176 pages

Publisher: Quirk Books

On Sale: 03/18/2014

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-594-74715-1

The saga that began with the interstellar best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars continues with this merry reimagining of George Lucas’s enduring classic The Empire Strikes Back.

Many a fortnight have passed since the destruction of the Death Star. Young Luke Skywalker and his friends have taken refuge on the ice planet of Hoth, where the evil Darth Vader has hatched a cold-blooded plan to capture them. Only with the help of a little green Jedi Master—and a swaggering rascal named Lando...

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JOHN LENNON'S YEARS OF REVOLUTION
Written by JAMES A. MITCHELL

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 12/03/2013

Price: $23.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80467-1

Nineteen-seventy-one was the year John Lennon left London and pop stardom for a life in New York City as a solo artist, record producer and activist looking to help end the war in Vietnam. He settled in Greenwich Village and quickly came to be seen by the leaders of the faltering anti-war movement as someone who was capable of reinvigorating it. The government was acutely aware of Lennon’s power as well, seeing him as a viable threat to Nixon’s reelection hopes, initiating extradition...

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TECHNIQUES FOR TRANSFORMING HABITUAL PATTERNS AND IMPROVING PERFORMANCE
Written by BETSY POLATIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-583-94682-4

Offering revolutionary new training for the actor, The Actor’s Secret teaches actors and performers how to incorporate the fundamentals of the Alexander Technique, Somatic Experiencing®, and Breathing Coordination in order to reduce performance anxiety and stress; improve stage presence, breathing, and vocal production; and restore well-being and healthy functioning. These three kinesthetic disciplines are designed to lead to profound change and healing through body-mind reeducation.

Part I...

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A WATCHED MAN
Written by JORDAN GOODMAN

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 10/08/2013

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68131-2

In his heyday, Paul Robeson was one of the most famous people in the world; to his enemies he was also one of the most dangerous. From the 1930s to the 1960s, the African-American singer was the voice of the people, both as a performer and as a political activist who refused to be silenced.
 
Having won fame with hits such as “Ol’ Man River” and thrilling London and New York theatergoers with his legendary performance in Othello, Robeson established himself as a vocal supporter of Civil Rights...

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A NEW TRANSLATION OF THE CLASSIC NOH TREATISE THE FUSHIKADEN
Written by ZEAMI
Translator WILLIAM SCOTT WILSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages

Publisher: Shambhala

On Sale: 05/14/2013

Price: $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-30994-0

The Japanese dramatic art of Noh has a rich six-hundred-year history and has had a huge influence on Japanese culture and such Western artists as Ezra Pound and William Butler Yeats. The actor and playwright Zeami (1363—1443) is the most celebrated figure in the history of Noh, with his numerous outstanding plays and his treatises outlining his theories on the art. These treatises were originally secret teachings that were later coveted by the highest ranks of the samurai class and first...

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INSIGHTS FROM A GIRL WITHOUT SIGHT
Written by LAURIE RUBIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages

Publisher: Triangle Square

On Sale: 10/23/2012

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80424-4

Colors, Rubin tells us, affect everyone through sound, smell, taste, and a vast array of emotions and atmospheres. She explains that although she has been blind since birth, she has experienced color all her life.

In her memoir Do You Dream in Color?, Laurie Rubin looks back on her life as an international opera singer who happens to be blind. From her loneliness and isolation as a middle school student to her experiences skiing, Rubin offers her young readers a life-story rich in detail and...

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PARTICIPATORY ART AND THE POLITICS OF SPECTATORSHIP
Written by CLAIRE BISHOP

Format: Trade Paperback, 390 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 07/24/2012

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-844-67690-3

2013 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Since the 1990s, critics and curators have broadly accepted the notion that participatory art is the ultimate political art: that by encouraging an audience to take part an artist can promote new emancipatory social relations. Around the world, the champions of this form of expression are numerous, ranging from art historians such as Grant Kester, curators such as Nicolas Bourriaud and Nato Thompson, to performance theorists such as Shannon...

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