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Wayfaring Stranger on the BBC

12 Apr 2017 09:00:00

We are very pleased to share that the BBC has launched a new three-part series entitled Wayfaring Stranger based on the New York Times Bestseller from the University of North Carolina Press: Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia.

You can catch up on the series here:
Wayfaring Strangers
Praise for the book:

“[Ritchie and Orr] strike all the right chords in this pleasantly tuneful survey of the history of the evolution of Scottish music in Appalachia.”
Publishers Weekly

Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr take a long look at this story using Scottish songs as their compass. It’s a fascinating and often surprising ride.
— Cerys Matthews, Welsh folksinger, author, and broadcaster

Filled with maps, woodcuts, paintings, and photographs of impossibly picturesque Scottish and Irish locales, the book is a treasure trove of imagery and information. Music lovers, prepare to be transported.

Wayfaring Strangers
The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia
Fiona Ritchie & Doug Orr
Foreword by Dolly Parton
2014 448pp, Includes CD with 20 tracks,
64 colour plates, 60 halftones, 7 maps
9781469618227 Hardback
Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a steady stream of Scots migrated to Ulster and eventually onward across the Atlantic to resettle in the US. They brought with them a wealth of traditional ballads and tunes from the British Isles and Ireland. From ancient ballads at the heart of the tradition to instruments that express this dynamic music, Ritchie and Orr chronicle the details of an epic journey.
The University of North Carolina Press

We are delighted to announce that, as of 1 April 2017, titles published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) are now available worldwide from Eurospan (excluding North and South America).

SIAM was founded by a small group of mathematicians from academia and industry who met in Philadelphia in 1951 to start an organisation whose members would meet periodically to exchange ideas about the uses of mathematics in industry. This meeting led to the creation of SIAM, whose membership has grown from a few hundred in the early 1950s to more than 14,000 today.

SIAM exists to ensure the strongest interactions between mathematics and other scientific and technological communities, publishing high-quality monographs and textbooks for applied mathematicians, computational scientists, and engineers working in academia, government labs, and industry. SIAM authors are experts in their fields and can effectively communicate their expertise to students, researchers, and members of industry through their books.

MATLAB Guide, Third Edition

Desmond J. Higham & Nicholas J. Higham
Dec 2016 9781611974652 Hardback
Completely revises and updates the best-selling second edition and is more than 30 per cent longer. It remains a lively, concise introduction to the most popular and important features of MATLAB and the Symbolic Math Toolbox.

Differential Dynamical Systems, Revised Edition
James D. Meiss
Jan 2017 9781611974638 Paperback
Combines much of the material found in a traditional course on ordinary differential equations with an introduction to the more modern theory of dynamical systems. Applications of this theory are shown through examples in such areas as population modeling, fluid dynamics, electronics, and mechanics.

Data Assimilation: Methods, Algorithms, and Applications
Mark Asch et al
Dec 2016 9781611974539 Paperback
A comprehensive guide that is accessible to non-experts that includes numerous examples and diverse applications from a broad range of domains, including geophysics and geophysical flows, environmental acoustics, medical imaging, mechanical and biomedical engineering, economics and finance, and traffic control and urban planning.

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This May, the South Dakota Historical Society Press will publish Pioneer Girl Perspectives, a collection of illuminating essays on Laura Ingalls Wilder and her work. This volume builds upon Wilder’s previously published, bestselling memoir Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography with a wealth of contextual perspectives and is perfect for fans hoping to gain further insight into the conception of the much-loved Little House books.

Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) finished Pioneer Girl in 1930 when she was sixty-three years old. After several rejections from publishers, she drew upon her original manuscript to write the Little House books which continue to enthral readers today. Until the release of Pioneer Girl  in 2014, the memoir had only been available at the Hoover Presidential Library (Iowa) as an unedited rough draft.

Initially, the press only expected the book to be successful within the academic community, but it quickly became a worldwide hit. Generations of Little House fans welcomed the release and took to bookshops in droves. The book received a lot of international press coverage, was featured on the New York Times bestseller list, sold translation rights, and had to be reprinted multiple times within the first few months of publication as demand was so high. The unexpected success of Pioneer Girl revealed a profound absence of material on the history of the Little House series. An absence that Wilders’ fans are clearly keen to have filled.

Pioneer Girl Perspectives
In Pioneer Girl Perspectives, Nancy Tystad Koupal has collected essays from noted scholars of Wilder’s life and work that explore the themes and genesis of Wilder’s writings. They shed new light on the story behind Wilder’s original manuscript and examines the ways in which the author and her daughter and editor, Rose Wilder Lane, worked to develop a marketable narrative. The contributors delve into the myths and realities of Wilder’s work to discover the real lives of frontier children, the influence of time and place on both Wilder and Lane, and the role of folklore in the Little House novels.

Together, the essays give readers a deeper understanding of how Wilder built and managed her story. Published over eighty years after its inception, Pioneer Girl gave readers new insight into the truth behind Wilder’s fiction. Pioneer Girl Perspectives further explores the importance of Wilder as an influential American author whose stories of growing up on the frontier remain relevant today.

For more information on Laura Ingalls Wilder, frontier life, and all things Pioneer Girl, check out The Pioneer Girl Project blog!

This is the last week of Women’s History Month. It has been a time for celebration and reflection, to honour the women whose endeavours have brought us closer to gender parity, and to consider how we can take the movement for women’s liberation forward.

Our final week books look to re-centre women’s voices and their contributions to national history, from Kenya to Puerto Rico. These titles also consider how memory can help navigate the concept of girlhood, and make the bold claim that nations cannot afford to neglect the education of


Women's Voices from the Margins
Diaries from Kibera, Kenya
Elizabeth Swart
May 2017 250pp
9780889615885 Paperback
Drawing on the diary entries of twenty young women living in Kibera, a large slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya, this book is an in-depth investigation into women's experiences of gender-based violence in the Global South. Elizabeth Swart employs relevant theory and feminist scholarship to ground her analysis in the broader context of globalisation, while also attending to the specific responses and strategies used by these diarists to cope with gender-based violence.
Canadian Scholars' Press

What Works in Girls' Education
Evidence for the World's Best Investment
Gene B. Sperling & Rebecca Winthrop
2015 288pp
9780815728603 Paperback
Offers hard-headed evidence on why the returns from investing in girls are so high that no nation or family can afford not to educate their girls. As Malala Yousafzai expresses in her foreword, the idea that any child could be denied an education due to poverty, custom, the law, or terrorist threats is just wrong and unimaginable.
Brookings Institution Press

Becoming Girl
Collective Biography and the Production of Girlhood
Edited by Marnina Gonick & Susanne Gannon
2014 250pp
9780889615137 Paperback
Located within the interdisciplinary field of girlhood studies, this collection demonstrates how memories can be used to investigate the ways in which girlhood is culturally, historically, and socially constructed. Narrative vignettes of memory are produced and investigated to explore relations of power, longing, and belonging, and to critically examine the ways in which girlhood is constituted.
Canadian Scholars' Press

Nationalist Heroines
Puerto Rican Women History Forgot, 1930s-1950s
Olga Jiménez de Wagenheim
May 2016 364pp
9781558766198 Paperback
From the moment the United States seized Puerto Rico, in 1898, to the 1950s, the islanders employed various forms of resistance against American colonial rule. While the male nationalists have been celebrated as heroes in Puerto Rico, the women have gone unmentioned. This book seeks to rescue the stories of the women who gave up their freedom in the quest to liberate their homeland.
Markus Wiener Publishers

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