By Domenica Di Piazza, Editorial Director, TFCB
With the school year starting, it’s so exciting to have a brand new pile of TFCB books to crow about. If you haven’t had a chance to read Betsy Bird’s wonderful write-up on her Fuse #8 blog about the Fall 2010 Lerner offerings (including those of TFCB and our other imprints), take a peek now. (Be sure to scroll to the very bottom of Betsy’s post to see my fabulous new red pumps. They’re amazing!)
Along with new offerings in established TFCB series, I’m very pleased with this fall’s new TFCB series: Civil Rights Struggles around the World, USA TODAY Cultural Mosaic, and USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders.
With a number of key civil rights anniversaries upon us in the first decade of the twenty-first century, it’s very timely to launch the Civil Rights series at this moment in history. In the six-book launch, the series looks at a number of struggles around the world–such as the Tiananmen Square protests in China (cover above left), the California grape strikes of the 1960s, and the lunch counter sit-ins of that same era in the southern United States.
Our collaboration with USA TODAY newspaper continues with Health Reports, a series that investigates a number of diseases and disorders (Skin Cancer cover above right) that impact teens and their families. Each book is supplemented with primary source materials (articles, demographic charts, and photos) from the USA TODAY archives.
USA TODAY materials also add authority to the Cultural Mosaic series (The Hispanic American Experience cover above), which offers readers an overview of the diversity of the American cultural fabric. Each book focuses on related cultural groups and their contributions to American life in the areas of arts and entertainment, sports and recreation, religious expression, holidays and festivals, and my favorite—food. My own ancestors on my father’s side came from Sicily. They passed along to me a rich tradition of good eating. In fact, I just made biscotti the other day (photo above) from a recipe that comes from my Sicilian auntie Carmella. Dunked into a latte, or just plain for breakfast or dessert, they are….scrumptious!
Check in next week for more from TFCB.
[biscotti photo: courtesy of myself]