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Two Big Author Events for Our Museum Studies Crowd
April 23rd, 2015

May will be a big month to see our Museum Studies authors in person! 

First up: Leslie Bedford will talk about her groundbreaking book The Art of Museum Exhibitions at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in NYC on May 7 along with Kathleen McLean, who reviewed it for the Exhibitionist and also happens to be a Left Coast author/editor ("Are We There Yet?"). Copies of Leslie’s book will be available for sale that evening. Check out the details for the event here

Then on May 9  SF-based Museum Studies peeps can play, talk, think, and discover with Linda Norris and Rainey Tisdale as they lead an all-day workshop based on their bestselling book Creativity in Museum Practice. They’ll spearhead the Helzel Colloquium sponsored by John F. Kennedy University’s Museum Studies Program in partnership with the Asian Art Museum. Copies of their book will be available for sale. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

What You Should Be Reading This Month
April 10th, 2015

Don’t miss out on these must-have titles, so new they have that fantastic new-book smell:



Museum Studies
Qualitative Methods
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Museum Studies State-of-the-Field Survey from Our Friends at JFK University
April 9th, 2015

Museum Studies crowd: Have a few minutes to take a survey about the current state (and possible direction) of the field? Our friends (and fellow East Bay, CA inhabitants) at John F. Kennedy University’s Museum Studies program would like your assessment!

Their Professional Development Survey asks critical questions such as: What types of learning modes are needed in the museum field now and in the near future? What topics are people seeking to learn more about? 

Help them out by taking their survey.

If you have any particular questions about the survey itself, you can contact them directly at 510.647.2072 or museum@jfku.edu

Listen to LCP Publisher Mitch Allen's
March 20th, 2015

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be in book publishing, especially for your favorite, slightly off center, reasonably priced academic and professional resources book publisher? Now’s your chance! Listen to Left Coast Publisher Mitch Allen’s interview on “The Museum Life” hosted by Carol Bossert on VoiceAmerica Radio. In the interview, he discusses the pleasures (and occasional perils) of life as a book publisher, especially in the museum studies realm, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. 

Click here for the audio.

Author Patricia Leavy Recipient of ICQI's Special Career Achievement Award
March 11th, 2015

Major kudos to our author Patricia Leavy! She’ll be honored with the “Special Career Achievement Award” at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois in May. This is due in large part to her efforts in helping to advance arts-based research. 

Learn more about Patricia’s Left Coast books here.

Author Joe Norris to be Honored with a Major Award at AERA
March 10th, 2015

Congrats to our author Joe Norris! He's the recipient of the Tom Barone Award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts Based Educational Research given by the American Educational Research Association’s Arts-Based Educational Research Special Interest Group. This award is presented to an individual whose professional career has significantly advanced the field of arts based educational research through extraordinary and significant leadership, research, teaching, professional practice, and/or service. He'll receive the award during AERA's annual meeting next month in Chicago. 

Check out Joe’s two Left Coast books here.

Coming to Narrative wins ICQI Book Award
March 3rd, 2015

We were pleased to hear that Art Bochner's book Coming to Narrative was awarded Book of the Year by the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry. Art will receive his award at the Congress in May in Urbana. Art is a long-term partner of Left Coast and coeditor of our Writing Lives book series. Congratulations, Art!

Transcribing Silence wins ICQI Book Honorable Mention Award
March 3rd, 2015

We're pleased to learn that Kristine Munoz's book Transcribing Silence received  honorable mention from the International Congress for Qualitative Inquiry book award. Her book addresses the concept of silence as a form of communication through a set of captivating autoethnographic essays and short fictional pieces. Congratulations Kristine.

Our Author Nancy MacKay is very WISE
February 4th, 2015

Congrats to Left Coast author Nancy MacKay, who won the WISE Instructor of the Year Award! The Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium (http://www.wisepedagogy.org/) helps faculty and doctoral students develop effective online teaching practices within the context of Library Information Science education. 

Indeed a wise scholar, Nancy has written two books for Left Coast: Community Oral History Toolkit (co-authored with Mary Kay Quinlan and Barbara Sommer) and Curating Oral Histories. She is also the series editor for our Practicing Oral History series. 

Rita Denny and Patricia Sunderland Talk Anthropology in Business in Recent Podcast
January 20th, 2015

Last week, the New Books Network's anthropology site posted a podcast interview with LCP authors Rita Denny and Patricia Sunderland. In the podcast, the pair of business anthropology experts discuss their most recent book, the edited volume Handbook of Anthropology in Business. In the interview, the pair discuss the origins and purpose of the Handbook, as well as going deep into the intersection between anthropology and business.

You can listen to the full interview on the New Books in Anthropology website, at this link.

Easing You into 2015 with Helpful Ordering Tips and Hints
January 7th, 2015

No rest for the weary (or wicked) here at Left Coast HQ and (we suspect) everyone else as we all head back to work or school as 2015 gets underway. 

If you're pondering how to spend part (or all) of your holiday bonus and/or which books you want to use in the classroom, we can help you with that!

Here are some quick suggestions on how you can get your Left Coast titles quickly and easily. 
  • We have eBook versions of most of our titles. You can discover more about our eBooks here 
  • Our interactive catalogs featuring new and bestselling titles can be found here 
  • You can always browse all of our titles here 
  • If you’re an instructor, click here if you want information on ordering eBook or physical exam and/or desk copies.  
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Left Coast Sweeps the 2014 Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Titles Derby!
January 6th, 2015

Happy 2015! This year promises to be a big one for us, as we celebrate our 10-year anniversary. 

And we’re starting out the year with some fantastic news. Six (6!) of our titles have been honored as Choice Magazine's Outstanding Academic Title winners! This is a huge recognition from the American Library Association’s magazine dedicated to reviews of academic books and digital resources for the higher education field. 

Be sure to tell your university librarian to order these award-winning titles: 
Congratulations to these authors!

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