Pubsicle #16

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Flavor of the week : Frozen Lolli Smart Pop

Pubsicle is a weekly meme that combines our two favorite things – ice cream and books. We hand the reigns over to some of our awesome publishers as they highlight what upcoming releases they’re excited about.


Nyx in the House of Night: Mythology, Folklore and Religion in the PC and Kristin Cast

With more than 10 million copies sold internationally, and 7 million copies in print in North America alone, P.C. and Kristin Cast’s House of Night series, featuring fledgling teenage vampyre Zoey Redbird and her friends at the Oklahoma House of Night vampyre boarding school, is more than just another vampire series.

A big part of the reason is its strong mythological underpinnings. From Nyx, the goddess worshipped by the series vampyres, to the Cherokee legend that drives the plot, the House of Night series is infused with elements from multiple mythos and religious traditions to create a new, modern mythology all its own.

Edited by P.C. Cast, Nyx in the House of Night—a 2-color illustrated guide to the House of Night series—brings these rich mythological influences to life, providing the real-world stories behind the series and insight into the way those stories are used to create the captivating story of Zoey and the House of Night.

Chapters includes:

• Wiccan ritual
• The original story of Erebus and Nyx
• Cherokee mythology
• The historical significance of tattoos
• And more

The book also includes an original introduction and chapter on Scottish folklore by P.C. Cast herself.

 

Release Date: June 7th, 2011

P.C. Cast is an award-winning fantasy and paranormal romance author, as well as an experienced speaker and teacher. In addition to her New York Times bestselling paranormal YA series for St. Martin’s, The House of Night, she writes the popular Goddess Summoning Books for Berkley, and epic fantasy novels set in the world of Partholon for LUNA. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and Laurel Wreath.

Currently she lives and teaches in Oklahoma with her talented daughter who is attending college, her spoiled cat (who has refused higher education), and her Scottie dogs – better known as The Scottinators. Ms. Cast loves to hear from her fans and can be reached through her website, pccast.net.

Contributors to Nyx in the House of Night include: Kristin Cast, Jordan Dane, Karen Mahoney, Jana Oliver, Christine Zika, Amy H. Sturgis, Jeri Smith-Ready, Ellen Steiber, Bryan Lankford, John Edgar Browning, Trinity Faegen, and Yasmine Galenorn

Website:

pccast.net

 


The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy

Katniss Everdeen’s adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide.

In The Girl Who Was on Fire, thirteen YA authors take you back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more.

· How does the way the Games affect the brain explain Haymitch’s drinking, Annie’s distraction, and Wiress’ speech problems?

· What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror?

· Why isn’t the answer to “Peeta or Gale?” as interesting as the question itself?

· What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history—and what can we?

Release date: April 5, 2011

Leah Wilson graduated from Duke University with a degree in Culture and Modern Fiction and is currently Editor-in-Chief, Smart Pop, at BenBella Books. She lives in Cambridge, Mass.

Contributors: Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Mary Borsellino, Sarah Rees Brennan, Terri Clark, Bree Despain, Adrienne Kress, Sarah Darer Littman, Cara Lockwood, Elizabeth M. Rees, Carrie Ryan, Ned Vizzini, Lili Wilkinson, Blythe Woolston

 



The Psychology of Twilight

It doesn’t take a trained psychologist to see that the Twilight Saga has tapped into its readers’ psyches . . . but psychology has plenty to offer when it comes to understanding what makes Twilight so dearly loved.

Led by husband-and-wife team E. David Klonksy, PhD, and Alexis Black, the psychologists contributing to The Psychology of Twilight look at love, family, vampires, werewolves, and our Twilight obsession, and offer more than a dozen fascination new angles on the series—just in time for the November 2011 release of Breaking Dawn, part one.
• Why Edward captivates Bella (it’s not the perfect face or chiseled abs—it’s as chemical as Edward’s attraction to the smell of Bella’s blood)
• Vampirism as eating disorder (and what we can learn from how the Cullens cope)
• Twilight’s rejection of strict dualities like good/evil and human/monster and what that has to do with the way our minds process experience and information
• The psychological benefits of Twilight fandom

. . . and more fresh insights into the series that’s enthralled millions.

Release date: October 4, 2011

E. David Klonsky, PhD, received his BA in Psychology and English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and his MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. Currently, Dr. Klonsky is assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

Alexis Black received her BA in Anthropology and Slavic Studies, and her MA in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Virginia. She is currently working on her PhD in Linguistics at the University of British Columbia.

Contributors to The Psychology of Twilight include David A. Frederick, Erica Berg, Susan Carnell, Melissa Burkley, Amanda M. Vicary, Jennifer L. Rosner, Mikhail Lyubansky, Robin S. Rosenberg, Jeremy Clyman, Catherine Glenn, Lisa Dinella, Gary Lewandowski, Tamara Greenberg, Peter Stromberg, and Pamela Rutledge.


You can enter Smart Pop’s giveaway here.