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Press Release: Pack, Still Here, Still Now

June 20, 2008
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Press Release: Pack, Still Here, Still Now

Robert Pack is, in the words of Mark Strand, “one of America’s most distinguished poets,” and Harold Bloom has praised him as “a humane and eloquent poet who follows Robert Frost and Edwin Arlington Robinson in a major American tradition.” A force in American poetry since the late 1950s, Pack delivers here his nineteenth book of verse, offering many of the elements that his devoted readers have come to admire and expect—both the humorous and the elegiac—while considering themes stretching from biblical concerns to meditations on contemporary science. As always, Pack’s poetry, in styles ranging from lyric to narrative, is composed in strongly rhythmic cadences and a diction that is direct and accessible. Ripe with many years, Pack remains a vital presence in American letters, and the power of his poetry still abides. Still Here, Still Now is an affecting and graceful addition to the oeuvre of a poet whose compelling and distinct voice will continue to resonate. Read the press release. . . .

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Press Release: Chappell, Chicago’s Urban Nature

June 19, 2008
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Press Release: Chappell, Chicago’s Urban Nature

New in Paperback—Chicago. In the early twentieth century, the mere mention of the name conjured images of stockyards and steel mills, industry and immigration—a sooty mecca for industrialists and laborers who invented and built the American city. Fast-forward one hundred years and you find Chicago at the forefront of another revolution—this time leading the charge to green city spaces. Since 1989, hundreds of thousands of trees have been planted, miles of historic boulevards renovated, and “green roofs” built on over two hundred buildings. Through these efforts and others, Chicago is now known as an innovative force in a global urban greening movement. Chicago’s Urban Nature is a beautifully illustrated guide to the evolution of this green city. At the heart of “urban nature,” Sally A. Kitt Chappell demonstrates, is the idea of connection, bringing together buildings and landscapes, culture and nature. With Chicago’s Urban Nature in hand, you’ll see those connections woven through the fabric of the city. Read the press release. . . .

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Press Release: Wikan, In Honor of Fadime

May 5, 2008
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Press Release: Wikan, In Honor of Fadime

According to Human Rights Watch, honor killings are acts of murder committed by men against female family members who are believed to have brought shame upon their family. A woman can be targeted as such for refusing to enter an arranged marriage, for being the victim of a sexual assault, for seeking a divorce—even from an abusive husband—or for even allegedly committing adultery. The mere perception that a woman has behaved in a way that dishonors her family is sufficient to trigger an attack on her life. And that’s tragically far too often the case. The United Nations estimates that at least 5,000 women each year fall victim to honor killings. In this unflinching exploration, Unni Wikan places this heinous phenomenon beneath the lens of one case study, the notorious murder of Fadime Sahindal. For choosing a lover outside of her Kurdish community, Fadime was brutally shot and killed by her father at point blank range in front of her mother and younger sister. Wikan uses this murder and the sensational trial that followed to upset our pat assumptions about honor killings and to bring the factors that inspire them into clearer focus. Here Wikan argues that these killings are . . .

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