Pilgrimage to Dollywood: A Country Music Road Trip through Tennessee by Helen Morales, Argyropolous Professor of Hellenic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is Cultural Music History Travelogue, free for a limited time courtesy of the the University of Chicago Press.
The author is a Dolly Parton fan as well as an academic, and this is based upon her road trip through various country music tourist attractions and artist shrines, giving both her travel impressions as well as the history and background of country music and the cultural impact of genre and the musicians involved. Offered through the month of April, available worldwide DRM-free.
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Narrating Peoplehood Amidst Diversity: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives by Michael Böss, Director of the Canadian Studies Centre at Aarhus University, is is an academic anthology in their MatchPoints series of books about cultural and social studies, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This anthology focuses on perceived and constructed notions of national identity throughout the ages, with mostly case studies about Denmark and Canada on the subjects of citizenship and multiculturalism, etc., but also contains a few essays about the US’ changing views of immigration, among other things. Contributors include notable if controversial figures such as Francis Fukuyama. Offered through the month of April, available worldwide DRM-free.
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Sårbarheder: Globalisering, militarisering og terrorisering fra Murens fald til i dag (Vulnerabilities: Globalization, Militarization, and Terorrism from the fall of the Wall to today) by Mikkel Thorup, the MSO Professor at the School of Culture and Society at Aarhus University, is his Danish-language academic book about global politics in the post-Berlin Wall period, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This appears to cover assorted international political and security issues and concerns, as well as examining the discussion around them, and the alterations over the decades in response to perceived crises. Offered through the month of April, available worldwide DRM-free.
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Ways to Trash Your Writing Career: The Wisdom of Book View Café, edited by Phyllis Irene Radford, is a humorous how-not-to-do-it writing advice and professional behaviour guide, free for a limited time courtesy of the Book View Café established author re-publishing consortium.
This is compiled from assorted posts made over the years on the Book View Café blog by its members, and includes contributions from noted science fiction and fantasy authors including Judith Tarr, Sherwood Smith, Laura Anne Gilman, Brenda W. Clough, and more, though the advice given is not specifically sfnal in nature and can be applied to any genre. Offered free and DRM-free, available worldwide through April 30th.
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Space On My Hands by the late Fredric Brown is is his vintage collection of science fiction short stories, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1951 by Shasta. This collection contains 9 science fiction short stories, mostly published during the 1940s, and an introduction by the author himself, who was highly influential back in the day and many of whose stories are considered classics of the genre.
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The Price of Silence by Deborah J. Ross is her science fiction short story, free for a limited time courtesy of the author herself via the BookViewCafé established author re-publishing consortium..
This was originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and received an Honorable Mention in the Year’s Best SF, 2009. THe story is about a spaceship investigating a mysterious disaster on a proposed colony world. Offered through April 30th, available worldwide DRM-free.
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Hard, by Wayne Hoffman, is is his literary fiction lifestyle drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
This was originally published in 2006 by Carroll & Graf. The story is set in New York City during the 1990s, in the immediate aftermath of the AIDS crisis, and explores how its impact on the gay community affects characters from all walks of life over the course of a single year. This is apparently meant as a sort of companion novel to an earlier work by author Larry Kramer, which similarly explored the NYC gay community in the 1970s during the height of the sexual revolution.
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Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their Muses, edited by Michael Montlak, is an anthology of poetry written by gay men about the female icons who inspired them, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
This was named to the 2013 Over the Rainbow Project book list, and the contributors include both award-winning poets as well as newer authors, covering a range of celebrity inspirations from Edith Piaf and Gertrude Stein to modern-day icons such as Björk and Lady Gaga.
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Door Into Terror by Juanita Coulson is her gothic mystery/suspense novel with supernatural horror elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1972 by Berkley’s Medallion imprint. The standalone story appears to be set in contemporary times, and involves a woman who moves to an isolated island to tutor an old friend’s son, only to uncover disturbing secrets and perhaps even evil forces in the mysterious and possibly haunted mansion.
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The Challenge by Susan Kearney is the 1st novel in her Rystani Warrior of series of f/m science fiction alien abduction romance, free for a limited time courtesy of southern specialty publisher Bell Bridge Books.
The series is set in a future world, and this story involves an Earth woman and former Secret Service agent with a psychic talent from the 21st century who has been kidnapped to serve on an alien planet ruled by a dominant warlord with archaic expectations about women’s roles, who must learn to co-operate to win some sort of competition that threatens the future Earth.
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