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New Titles - 2014

 

Full Wolf Moon

Full Wolf Moon: A Lunar Calendar of the AnishinabeA Lunar Calendar of the Anishinabe

Full moons were named centuries ago by the Anishinabe people who lived in what today is the southeastern part of Canada and the northeastern part of the United States, west to beyond the Great Lakes. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving each full moon of every month a distinct name. The names of each moon varied among the tribes, but overall, the names used by any given tribe celebrated, and reminded of, those parts of the annual cycle of life that were current when the full moons were manifest.

Every month of each season marked a significant event in nature. Whether it was time to pick wild strawberries, fish the great lakes and streams, or harvest corn, the Anishinabe understood that their existence hinged on the sustainability, or renewal, of Earth’s resources. Their survival hung in careful balance with nature. Behind each beautiful, full-moon name is the Anishinabe’s honor and respect for the animals, trees, weather and waters — and for all that call the same place “endaanhg.”

Here, in Full Wolf Moon, Cheryl Wilke uniquely pairs narrative prose with haiku poetry to tell the story of Native American tradition through the eyes of a child. Award-winning illustrator Ernest Gillman’s sensitive artwork brings these moments in Anishinabe culture history to life.  Full Wolf Moon invites the reader to celebrate that which we all share — Earth’s full moons.

Award-winning illustrator Ernest Gillman’s sensitive artwork brings these moments in Anishinabe culture history to life.  Full Wolf Moon invites the reader to celebrate that which we all share — Earth’s full moons.

Available in softcover.

 

 

The Old Home: Louis Sullivan's Newark BankThe Old Home

Louis Sullivan's Newark Bank

One hundred years ago a local banker and a world-renowned architect came together to build a striking new facility for The Home Building Association Company in Newark, Ohio. The Old Home celebrates the centennial of this collaboration by exploring the history of this remarkable building, and by examining the parallel lives of the banker, Emmet Baugher, and the architect, Louis Sullivan.  In addition, two chapters place the structure and its aesthetics in the context of Sullivan’s philosophy of “form follows function.”

The Old Home is the first comprehensive account of the Newark bank, one of eight small-town banks built by Louis Sullivan in his twilight years.  Dismissed by Frank Lloyd Wright as the remnants of Sullivan’s genius, these banks are now considered to be the magnificent culmination of his career.  The Old Home examines the built environment surrounding the bank in 1914 and in 2014, and it integrates newly recovered documents, including Sullivan’s original cost estimates, with other historical evidence to tell the story of Newark’s “jewel box.”

 

Available in softcover.

 

 

New Titles - 2013

 

Spark the Creative Flame

Spark the Creative Flame

Making the Journey from Craft to Art

Spark the Creative Flame is a source of information and inspiration for the thousands of people who are discovering the creative possibilities of crafting glass through flameworking and evolving their craft into art. This book is an educational resource for individuals engaged in self-directed learning as well as a text for college-level art and craft programs. While Spark the Creative Flame focuses on flameworked glass, the themes transcend material and speak to broader issues and challenges relevant to all artists/craftspeople.

Author Paul Stankard is an internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer in the studio glass movement. Considered a living master in the art of the paperweight, his work is represented in more than 60 museums around the world. Paul’s numerous honors include being named a Fellow of the American Craft Council, receiving the James Renwick Alliance Masters of the Medium Award, and receiving the Urban Glass Award for Innovation in a Glassworking Technique. He has also received two honorary doctorate degrees and an honorary Associates degree in art. Paul devotes much of his time and energy to educating students in Salem Community College’s Glass Art Program and at workshops around the world.

Paul’s training in scientific glassblowing and employment in industrial scientific glass during the 1960s allowed him to master his craft before committing himself to life on the creative side.  His successful transition from industry to studio art is due in large part to his need to be creative and his incessant pursuit of excellence.

Available in both soft- and hardcover bindings.

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Groundwater for the 21st Century

Groundwater for the 21st Century

A Primer for Citizens of Planet Earth

Groundwater constitutes 98 percent of the liquid fresh water on Earth! Without an adequate supply of such water, life as we know it would cease to exist. Yet in nations around the world, groundwater resources, many of them nonrenewable, continue to be depleted, contaminated, squandered, and ignored.

Groundwater for the 21st Century by John A. Conners is intended to be a useful and authoratative source of solid information for anyone interested in understanding groundwater. The book includes a thorough--yet accessible--introduction to groundwater science and a concise overview of groundwater resources, their importance, status, and management in today's world, and is the only book which covers basic groundwater science and resource issues in a manner amenable to the average person.

Groundwater for the 21st Century provides up-to-date information on many vital topics which are neglected or skimmed over in other books on groundwater. The many vital relationships between groundwater and surface conditions are examined in detail. This necessary elementary background science is necessary to provide an emphasis on developing strong qualitative understanding of groundwater and its importance in today's world, including a global perspective. Strongly emphasized is the current status of groundwater resources as billions of people are dependent upon understanding its influences on food production, energy, climate change, population growth, and other important issues.

Available in both soft- and hardcover bindings.

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Homegrown: Stories from the Farm

Homegrown: Stories from the Farm

   Thanks to voices like those of nationally known authors Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, and Barbara Kingsolver, along with film producers Robert Kenner and Curt Ellis, among others, consciousness of the food we eat, where it comes from, what has been done to it, and what it does to us is growing.
Granville, Ohio, journalist, writer, educator, business owner, Evelyn Frolking, has written a new book which puts a "pin on the map" to look at a small section of the country where the food movement comes to life through the voices of those who are growing and producing real food, the farmers. Issues like distribution, seasonal expansion, capital investment, land ownership, labor, and many others are revealed through the voices of these ordinary people who find themselves caught up in a movement they don't necessarily realize they had a part in starting, but one they embrace.
   The book consists of a collection of six stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things within a lively growing local food movement in Ohio. Evelyn explores why they do it: what drives them to farm in a culture that, until recently, has almost totally dismissed them as little more than hobbyists, or worse.  And are they making a difference to their communities and themselves, each in their own personal way and collectively as a growing constituency? This is the overarching story told against the backdrop of the efficient, but flawed, industrial food business that is proving itself unethical, unhealthful, and unsustainable.

Available in softcover.

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The Companion Guide to Trackards for North American Mammals

Companion Guide to Trackards for North American Mammals

This book, combined with Trackards for North American Mammals, is a track and sign identification system designed for successful field use. The Companion Guide contains information for interpreting the images on the cards, as well as additional illustrations, most of which are also life-size.

Available in softcover.