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How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

How Should a Person BeHow Should a Person Be?
Sheila Heti
Picador Paperback
Publication Date: June 25, 2013

For a review copy (US and Canada only), or to schedule an interview with Sheila Heti, please email gabrielle.gantz [at] picadorusa.com.

PRAISE FOR HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE?
“A vital and funny picture of the excitements and longueurs of trying to be a young creator in a free, late-capitalist Western city.”
—James Wood, The New Yorker

“Funny…odd, original, and nearly unclassifiable…unlike any novel I can think of.”
—David Haglund, The New York Times Book Review

“Brutally honest and stylistically inventive, cerebral, and sexy.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“One of the bravest, strangest, most original novels I’ve read this year.”
The Boston Globe

ABOUT HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE?
By turns loved and reviled upon its U.S. publication, Sheila Heti’s “breakthrough novel” (Chris Kraus, Los Angeles Review of Books) is an unabashedly honest and hilarious tour through the unknowable pieces of one woman’s heart and mind. Part literary novel, part self-help manual, and part vivid exploration of the artistic and sexual impulse, HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE? earned Heti comparisons to Henry Miller, Joan Didion, Mary McCarthy, and Flaubert, while shocking and exciting readers with its raw, urgent depiction of female friendship and of the shape of our lives now. Irreverent, brilliant, and completely original, Heti challenges, questions, frustrates, and entertains in equal measure. With urgency and candor she asks: What is the most noble way to love? What kind of person should you be?

ABOUT SHEILA HETI
Sheila Heti is the author of several books of fiction, including The Middle Stories and Ticknor; and an essay collection written with Misha Glouberman, The Chairs Are Where the People Go. Her writing has been translated into ten languages and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Bookforum, McSweeney’s, n+1, The Guardian, and other places. She works as interviews editor at The Believer magazine.

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Listen to an interview with Sheila on KCRW’s Bookworm
Read an interview with Sheila at The Rumpus
Read an interview with Sheila at Bomb Magazine

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Some of My Lives: A Scrapbook Memoir by Rosamond Bernier

Some of My Lives: A Scrapbook Memoir
Rosamond Bernier
On sale: November 27, 2012 (December)
Essays / Memoir / Art

For a review copy (US and Canada only) or to schedule an interview with Rosamond Bernier, please email gabrielle.gantz [at] picadorusa.com

PRAISE FOR SOME OF MY LIVES
Some of My Lives: A Scrapbook Memoir, animated by Bernier’s inimitable voice and charm, includes encounters with countless luminaries from the worlds of art and style.…Her razor-sharp insights, playful humor, and deep humility throw the colorful personalities surrounding her into high relief.”Vogue

“[Bernier’s] charm, wit, and style are apparent….She doesn’t just give names; she provides the details that reveal someone’s personality….She turned being social into a kind of art.”The New York Times Book Review

“Bernier proves an able guide across a wide range of forms, from painting and sculpture to architecture and fashion. Her interview with Coco Chanel is brilliant….She has provided a very stylish memoir indeed.”
The Plain Dealer

“These are scrumptious essays, not only because they chronicle extraordinary adventures of artistic and historical significance but also because they are so wise, archly offhand, and alight with a passion for living and learning.”—Booklist (starred review)

“An inimitable life captured with spirited, winning immediacy.”—Kirkus

ABOUT SOME OF MY LIVES
Rosamond Bernier has known many (one is tempted to say all) of the greatest artists and composers of the twentieth century. In SOME OF MY LIVES (Picador / On Sale: November 27, 2012), she has made a kind of literary scrapbook from an extraordinary array of writings, ranging from scholarly articles for American publications to her many contributions to the art journal L’OEIL, which she cofounded in 1955.

Through the stories of her encounters with Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Leonard Bernstein, Max Ernst, Aaron Copeland, Malcolm Lowry, and Karl Lagerfeld, we come to understand the sheer richness of Bernier’s experiences and memories. Pithy, hilarious, and wise, SOME OF MY LIVES is a multifaceted self-portrait of a life informed and surrounded by the arts.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rosamond Bernier
was born in Philadelphia and was educated in France, England, and America. In 1955, she cofounded the influential art magazine L’OEIL, which featured the works of the masters of the School of Paris. A renowned lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rosamond Bernier was named for life to the International Best-Dressed List.

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Gandhi: A Manga Biography

Gandhi: A Manga Biography
by Kazuki Ebine

Penguin Paperback
On Sale: September 27, 2011

In clear, concise prose and evocative, engaging drawings, award-winning manga artist Kazuki Ebine’s GANDHI: A Manga Biography (Penguin Paperback / 978-0-1-4312024-7 / On Sale: September 27, 2011 / 192 pages / $15.00) shows us the path of Gandhi’s life, from his childhood in India to his studies in England to the beginning of his activism in South Africa and his return to India to lead the movement for independence.

Kazuki Ebine is a young up-and-coming manga artist in Tokyo. His previous works range from science fictions to everyday life of a rock band. Kazuki has won several highly recognized awards from the major comic book magazines in Japan.

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Excerpts for free use:
Excerpt 1 – Page 106
Excerpt 2 – Page 107
Excerpt 3 – Page 108 

Copyright information for excerpt inclusion:
Reprinted by arrangement with Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from GANDHI: A Manga Biography by Kazuki Ebine
Copyright © 2010 by Emotional Content LLC

Other Manga Biographies in the Penguin series:

The 14th Dalai Lama by Tetsu Saiwai
Penguin Paperback Original /  On Sale: September 28, 2010

For More Information:
Press Release
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Sample Page

Che Guevara by Chie Shimano (illustrations) and Kiyoshi Konno (text)
Penguin Paperback Original /  On Sale: October 26, 2010

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The Real State of America Atlas

The Real State of America Atlas: Mapping the Myths and Truths of the United States
by Cynthia Enloe and Joni Seager
Penguin Paperback Original / On-Sale: July 26, 2011

The Real State of America Atlas [delivers] a riveting portrait of an America that doesn’t always live up to its ideals.”Village Voice

 “Where The Real State of America Atlas truly shines is in its demolition of the notion – the enduring fantasy – that America is a land of equal opportunity, a place where boundless bounty awaits anyone who is willing to work hard and play by the rules.”The Millions

Q&A With Cynthia and Joni:
What was your favorite topic to research for this book? Why?
For Cynthia, it was researching the spread that became “The Road to Suffrage.” She’s been interested for years in how women, step by difficult step, won the vote in the US and in other countries. But this was the first time she’d tried to chart the all obstacles raised, generation by generation, to so many Americans voting: enslaved Americans, Jewish Americans, Native Americans, Chinese Americans, homeless Americans, ex-convict Americans, Puerto Rican Americans, as well as women of all races.

For Joni, it was the several maps on aspects of economic equity, justice, and injustice: poverty, corporate power, income distribution. One of the most paradoxical things about contemporary America is the widely-shared self-perception of Americans as caring, concerned, helping those less fortunate, stacked up against one of the most unequal distribution of wealth in the developed world. Many Americans seem unaware of the structural inequities that shape all aspects of modern life.

How has your academic background informed your research and focus?
Joni is a geographer; Cynthia is a political scientist. But both of us are international in our interests; both of us are feminist analysts who teach and write in the burgeoning field of Women’s Studies. That has been really a boon because Women’s Studies is explicitly cross-national in scope and interdisciplinary in approach – drawing on history, anthropology, public policy, economics, cultural studies. In practice, this meant that for years we each had thought about housing, wages, voting, arms sales, wars, consumerism, jobs, health and the environment. Moreover, as teachers, we each are acutely aware that one can’t help Americans make sense of what is going on here in the US unless one simultaneously reveals the US in a global context.

Going into the presidential election of 2012, what can The Real State of America offer voters?
This atlas provides, we hope, an incentive to speak up in shaping this society – perhaps in the form of voting, perhaps in the form of community activism. And, in deciding how to cast their ballots, we hope this atlas encourages voters to pay attention to whether candidates acknowledge – and directly address – the deep inequalities that still persist among Americans, inequalities deepened by the Great Recession. The myths of the “American Dream” diverge widely from the realities revealed here. It is realities, not myths, not wishful thinking, that provide a sound basis for any voter making smart choices in the voting booth.

About the Book:
Through a combination of colorful graphics, innovative maps, and sharply crafted short essays, THE REAL STATE OF AMERICA ATLAS shows us how we live and how we compare to the rest of the world. These 40 engaging spreads reveal the often surprising realities of contemporary American life: religious affiliations, physical health, employment, distribution of wealth, corporate power, the prison system, education, and military service. These spreads offer an intriguing snapshot of our society as a whole—and prove that geography matters.

About the Authors:
Joni Seager
, Professor and Chair of Global Studies at Bentley University in Boston, is a geographer and global policy expert. She has achieved international acclaim for her work in feminist environmental policy analysis, the international status of women, and global political economy.

Cynthia Enloe is Research Professor at Clark University, Worcester, MA. She has lectured throughout the world on feminism, militarization, and globalization, written for Ms. Magazine and the Village Voice and appeared on National Public Radio and the BBC.

For More Information:
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Q&A with Cynthia and Joni
Interview with Cynthia Enloe
on the Marketplace Morning Report

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Manga Biographies

The 14th Dalai Lama by Tetsu Saiwai
Penguin Paperback Original /  On Sale: September 28, 2010

Press Release
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Sample Page

Che Guevara by Chie Shimano (illustrations) and Kiyoshi Konno (text)
Penguin Paperback Original /  On Sale: October 26, 2010

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Gandhi: A Manga Biography will be out in October 2011. To be included on the mailing list, please send an email to Gabrielle.Gantz [at] us.penguingroup.com

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The Atlas of Remote Islands

The Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky
Penguin Original / On Sale: September 28, 2010

Praise:

“This beautifully illustrated atlas reveals that cartography and the creative imagination have always intersected, spurred on by human wanderlust.”
– NPR’s 2010 Favorites pick

“By book’s end, I felt that I had traveled to all 50, my mind’s wings tired from all that flapping.”
—The Washington Post

“’Paradise is an island. So is hell.’ Or so says Judith Schalansky in the introduction to her charming, spooky and splendid Atlas of Remote Islands.”
New Yorker’s Book Bench

“…absolutely magical.”
– Conde Nast Traveler- CNTraveler.com

“The first five times (or so) that I paged through the Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On and Never Will, I fell deeply in love with the book… Each of author and artist Judith Schalansky’s maps–hand-drawn in shades of gray, black, white, and brilliant orange on cadet blue paper–transported me to a, usually, remote island…”
NationalGeographic.com

“… A testament to the transformative power of maps. Atlas of Remote Islands is a celebration of what can still be accomplished with imagination, paper and ink. Holding it, you feel as if you’ve stolen the composition book that dreamy girl in the back row of our high school English class is always scribbling into. You page through it and think, Oh, my God. She’s a genius.”
TheMillions.com

“That impossible-to-please friend, that cranky relative, that coffee table begging for  something more interesting that last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine- worry about them no more. Here is your holiday gift, your birthday present, your living room’s conversation-igniter.”
HeadButler.com

“The most beautiful and powerful book I have ever seen like this is the Pennyroyal Caxton (King James) Bible, with haunting engravings by the genius Barry Moser. The second most beautiful and amazing book like this I have ever seen arrived, slim and stunning, on my desk days ago: Atlas of Remote Islands. For a child itching to see the world, for the child inside an aged and creaky vessel, for all of us who never stopped dreaming of faraway islands draped in amazing languages and wild stories and a wholly new angle of light, this is the perfect gift.”
– The Oregonian

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Using historic events and scientific reports as a springboard, ATLAS OF REMOTE ISLANDS creates a story around each island: fantastical, inscrutable stories, imagined realities for surviving on a few square meters of land. Rare animals and strange people abound: from marooned slaves to lonely scientists, lost explorers to confused lighthouse keepers, mutinous sailors to forgotten castaways, upstanding convicts to officials exiled in punishment; in short, a collection of Robinson Crusoes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Judith Schalansky was born in 1980 in Greifswald and studied History of Art and Design and Communication. She lives in Berlin where she is a writer and designer, and lectures on the fundamentals of typography in Potsdam. In 2006 her typographic compendium, Fraktur mon Amour, was published, and won several design prizes. Judith has been awarded a fellowship by the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles, starting at the end of 2009.

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