Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones, a Professor of Geography at the University of Hawaii, is his non-fiction sociopolitical book about the current refugee crisis, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher Verso Books.
This is part of a promotional event to help support the “Families Belong Together” rallies protesting for more humane treatment of migrants, and is accompanied by a reading list of other related picks from their catalogue, if you’re interested.
The book is an accessibly-written pop academic title which covers the various recent crises involving refugees, examining the global responses to and underlying contributing factors of, with a special focus on cross-border mobility as related to economic disparity. This edition has been updated with a discussion of Brexit and the Trump administration.
Offered DRM-free worldwide, available through midnight EST on July 10th.
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Three back issues of Dreamworks: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, a Pushcart Prize-winning academic literary journal edited by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, & Marsha Kinder, a film scholar and Professor of Critical Studies at the University of California, are free for a limited time, courtesy of reprint publisher Story Merchant Books.
These were originally published in the 1980s, and the journal was devoted to bringing together both scientific and artistic viewpoints as it drew upon anthropology, psychology, neurophysiology, and culture and literature to explores dreams and the process of dreaming, which gained contributions from famous filmmakers, authors, and poets including Frederico Fellini, William S. Burroughs, and many more, with a special theme for each issue.
The issues being offered are as follows (available worldwide at Amazon):
If you’re interested, you can also read a retrospective write-up about the journal over at co-editor Kinder’s website.
Philip Sparrow Tells All: Lost Essays by Samuel Steward, Writer, Professor, Tattoo Artist by the late Samuel Steward, a poet, novelist, and university professor turned tattoo artist and LGBT erotica writer, edited by Jeremy Mulderig with a foreword by Jason Spring, is a collection of mid-20th culture and life experience essays, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month for June, and this collection assembles an selection of columns originally printed during the 1940s in the Illinois Dental Journal, an obscure publication which allowed the author to write freely on eclectic subject matter drawn from a broad variety of life experience.
The essays are thoroughly annotated by editor Mulderig, giving cultural and historical context, as well as explaining various allusions and the gay subtext which Steward, who would later become an erotic novelist under the pennames Philip Sparrow and Phil Andros, liked to lace his columns with, unbeknownst to his dentist audience. Topics include his friendships with famous literary authors Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder, his stints as a holiday sales clerk and opera and ballet extra, his travels to unusual destinations such as a bodybuilding competition and pet cemetary as well as more conventional trips to Paris and Algiers, and much more.
Offered worldwide through June, available directly from the university’s website.
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Rush by Canadian author Eve Silver is the 1st novel in her The Game series of YA dystopian science fiction thrillers with f/m romantic elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’s Katherine Tegen Books imprint.
This is B&N’s Featured Free Fridays book for the weekend, and was the 2015 winner of the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading White Pine Award and was also shortlisted for the Monica Hughes Award in Science Fiction and Fantasy.
The series is set in a dystopia where human teens are selected from our world to repeatedly play deadly games against mysterious aliens for an unknown purpose, only able to return to our world if they survive, but still being pulled back into the game again and again. This story focuses on a teen who’s new to the game and trying to figure it all out as she fights to survive not only the mission, but also the potential betrayal of her team.
Offered in Canada & the US, available at multiple retailers.
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A Company of Heroes: The American Frontier, 1775-1783 by the late Dale Van Every, an early Hollywood screenwriter and film producer, is a vintage US history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Endeavour Media imprint.
This was originally published in 1962 by William Morrow.
The book explores the lesser-known western frontier of the US Revolutionary War in the “backcountry” regions where the British also recruited Native American allies into their brutal conflict with the rebellious colonials, focusing especially upon the exploits of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant and American officer George Rogers Clark
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Wilde Stories 2008: The Best of the Year’s Gay Speculative Fiction edited by Steve Berman, is the 2008 annual installment in the Wilde Stories series of reprint anthologies collecting the yearly best sfnal short stories featuring gay characters and/or thematic elements, free again for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Lethe Press.
This contains stories originally published in the Clarkesworld and now-defunct Subterranean sfnal genre magazines, as well as a Gaylactic Spectrum Award-winning short, and the collection itself was nominated for the 2008 Lambda Literary Award in the LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category.
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Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything by British author Philip Ball, an award-winning science writer and former editor of the Nature journal, is an accessibly-written science and technology development history, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press
This is their featured Free Book of the Month for May.
The book explores the history of the rise of modern science, focusing on the 16th through 18th centuries as curiosity and questioning of the established worldview became more acceptable in the western world, leading to increased popularity of scientific notions and methods with a look at the early scientists and inventions that were inspired by them, as well as the ensuing influence on literature, culture, and international relations sparked by the new interest, alongside musings on the role of curiosity in the present day.
Offered worldwide through May, available directly from the university’s website.
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The Quantum Thief by Finnish author Hannu Rajaniemi is the 1st novel in the Jean le Flambeur trilogy of futuristic science fiction heist thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This is their featured eBook of the Month Club offer for May, placed 3rd for both the Locus and John W. Campbell Memorial awards, and is being made free to promote an upcoming standalone novel, Summerland, due in June. The series is set on a future Earth with space opera and cyberpunk elements, and stars an enhanced master criminal who works on both sides of the law (modeled upon the classic character of Maurice LeBlanc’s Arsène Lupin).
This story sees him sprung from a deadly virtual reality prison which pits himself against himself—but for a price, as his liberators intend to have him steal something for their employer, while he himself must retrieve his memories, hidden away for safekeeping.
Offered through May 18th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, available DRM-free to in Canada & the US only directly from the publisher.
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Cowboys of the Americas: The Realities of Life as a Cowboy by Richard W. Slatta, a former history professor at NC State University, is his globe-trotting cultural/professional history of the cowboy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Frontier imprint.
This was originally published in 1990 by Yale University Press and won the National Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Western Heritage Award for Non-Fiction.
This combined cultural & professinoal history covers both continents of the Americas, from North to South, using first-hand historical accounts of various aspects of cowboy and ranch life on the Canadian Prairies, the US Wild West, and throughout Latin America, from the cowboys’ early beginnings as wild cattle hunters through to their roles in various frontier wars and indigenous conflicts, to their eventual decline as farmers and other settlers took over the plains, contrasting their everyday lives with their mythologized image in pop culture.
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Strange Toys by Patricia Geary is is a standalone dark fantasy/horror magical realism novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1987 by Bantam’s Spectra imprint and won the Philip K. Dick Award.
The story is a supernatural coming of age/sibling drama done in a magical realism style, as throughout the decades, a young girl becomes a woman in the shadow of her older sister’s secret horrors, seeking both protection and vengeance.
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