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To coincide with the release of mathematician and award-winning children's book author Richard Evan Schwartz’s latest book Life on the Infinite Farm, we’ve been looking at books which encourage children to dip their toes into the wonderful world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Schwartz’s fifth book for children, Life on the Infinite Farm teaches about infinity and curved space through stories of whimsical farm animals. Join Gracie, the shoe-loving cow with infinitely many feet, Hammerwood, the gum-loving crocodile with an endless mouth, and their friends as they navigate the challenges that come with being infinitely large. 

Did you ever wonder why some insects can walk on water? Or how the Ancient Egyptians made mummies? Are you curious about why a guitar sounds different from a flute? Gather some everyday materials from around your home and find out the answers with 50 kid-approved science activities from CSIRO Publishing. Discover more about the world of science with Hands-On Science by making dancing slime, rubbery bones, a ping pong ball shooter, ghastly ghostly photos, fizzy dinosaur eggs and a lemon battery.

Zobi and the Zoox tells the tale of Zobi, a brave rhizobia bacterium who teams up with a family of slow but steady zoox (zooxanthellae) when her home comes under threat from a warming ocean and as the coral bleaches, everyone begins to starve. 

Zobi and the Zoox joins CSIRO’s growing collection of books for primary school-aged children which includes Phasmid, The Great Lizard Trek, Bouncing Back and The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon which is publishing early in 2019.

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November sees the release of Academic Studies Press’s long-anticipated Russian Cuisine in Exile. Translated into English from the original Russian, Russian Cuisine in Exile defies genre to present an exploration of what it meant to be a Russian émigré in the 1980s.

Made up of humorous cultural essays and interspersed with traditional Russian recipes, the book explores the connection food has to culture, both at large and specifically émigré, whilst providing an amusing look at the intersection between Russian life and the American cultural landscape in which the original writers, Pyotr Vail and Alexander Genis, found themselves existing.

The original Russian text became a staple of émigré communities and Soviet residents alike, and this new English translation features extensive commentary by the translators and editors, Angela Brintlinger and Thomas Feerick, allowing an entirely new community access to a funny, contemplative, and instructive book that is filled with glimpses of what it means to be Russian, regardless of where you are in the world.

In celebration of the book’s publication, we tried to recreate one of the classic Russian recipes that the book provides instruction on – one that the whole Eurospan office might be on board with! Our choice was the sharlotka, an indulgent dessert not unlike a bread and butter pudding. If you’re feeling braver, though, traditional recipes throughout include mushroom meatballs, chicken broth, the perfect garlic aioli, and the most Russian dish of them all – cabbage soup!

Sharlotka seemed to be an obvious choice for a wintery Monday at the Eurospan office – sweet, hearty, and perfect with a cup of tea. There’s also a recipe for the proper way to make tea included in the book as well, just in case you needed a refresher! Judging by the empty tray in the kitchen, Vail and Genis were on to a winner with this staple dessert…

And as Vail and Genis summarise themselves: “Of course, no one gets skinny eating sharlotka. And they say that eating a lot of bread is harmful. On the other hand, life is generally a harmful thing — after all, it always leads to death. But once you’ve eaten a piece of sharlotka, that inevitable destination seems somehow less frightening.”

Russian Cuisine in Exile from Academic Studies Press is available to order in paperback on the Eurospan bookstore.

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Tears of Rangi
Shortlisted for the British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding, Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds is Dame Anne Salmond’s most ambitious book to date.

Salmond looks at New Zealand as a site of cosmo-diversity, a place where multiple worlds engage and collide. Beginning with a fine-grained inquiry into the early period of encounters between Māori and Europeans in New Zealand (1769–1840), Salmond then investigates such clashes and exchanges in key areas of contemporary life – waterways, land, the sea and people.

Six centuries ago Polynesian explorers, who inhabited a cosmos in which islands sailed across the sea and stars across the sky, arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand where they rapidly adapted to new plants, animals, landscapes and climatic conditions. Four centuries later, European explorers arrived with maps and clocks, grids and fences, and they too adapted to a new island home. In this remote, beautiful archipelago, settlers from Polynesia and Europe (and elsewhere) have clashed and forged alliances, they have fiercely debated what is real and what is common sense, what is good and what is right.

We live in a world of gridded maps, Outlook calendars and balance sheets – making it seem that this is the nature of reality itself. But in New Zealand, concepts of whakapapa and hau, complex networks and reciprocal exchange, may point to new ways of understanding interactions between peoples, and between people and the natural world. Like our ancestors, Salmond suggests, we too may have a chance to experiment across worlds.

Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds is available to order now from the Eurospan Bookstore.

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July 2018 sees the release of two of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations’ key biennial flagship reports.

The State of the World’s Forests 2018
and The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 both provide a thorough look at the global challenges and goals faced by the world’s ecosystems and livelihoods – crucially, this year’s editions examine their respective sectors’ progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The State of the World’s Forests 2018 shines a light on the profound interlinkages that exist between forests and trees and multiple goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Bringing together evidence from a wide range of scientific sources, the analysis indicates how forests are critical to the livelihoods of the world’s poorest people and confirms the vital importance of healthy and productive forests to sustainable agriculture. It provides proof of the significance of forests and trees for water quality, climate and biodiversity, for future energy needs and for designing sustainable, healthy cities.

SOFO draws on eight case studies in countries across continents, describing how actions and landscape approaches that simultaneously address forests, agriculture, food, land use, and rural and national development have led to progress.

Moving away from land, The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 also provides in-depth assessment of the 2030 agenda, examining and emphasising the fisheries and aquaculture sector's role and measuring progress towards these goals. It highlights just how crucial the fishery & aquaculture sector is for the food, nutrition, and employment of millions of people globally, and assesses the levels of fish production, human consumption, and wastage reduction.

Furthermore, SOFIA acknowledges and explores the challenges still faced by the sector moving forwards, including biological sustainability, tackling animal diseases, and maintaining accurate national statistics in support of policy development.

These two flagships represent the most accurate explorations and assessments of their respective sectors, providing coverage that examines the social, economic, and environmental factors and is both extensive and in-depth in its scope. Both flagship reports will be available from the Eurospan Bookstore in the six official United Nations languages – English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Chinese.

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