Anthem Press Backs AFC Wimbledon

Anthem Press’ roots lie in Wimbledon, South West London. It and the recently launched Thames River Press are imprints of Wimbledon Publishing Company Limited. The Sood family behind the company are active members of the local community and are supporters of Wimbledon Bookfest and the local football team, AFC Wimbledon.

The team has experienced phenomenal success since it was formed in 2002 as a reaction to Wimbledon F.C.’s relocation up north in Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire) and its subsequent name change to the Milton Keynes Dons. Many in the Wimbledon community opposed the move and recanted their support, feeling that the new club no longer represented them, their legacy or their traditions. As a result, they decided to form their own club – AFC Wimbledon. In the few short years since, the “phoenix club” has managed to climb its way up from the ninth tier in 2002 to the fourth tier (Level Two) in 2011.

On the 1st of December, the possible grudge match – AFC Wimbledon vs MK Dons – will finally take place and Anthem Press would like to take this opportunity to wish the Wombles the best of luck!

Anthem Library of the Month | NEW YORK SOCIETY LIBRARY

© 2012 New York Society Library

People who are melodramatic about the decline of the physical book often see booklovers as having to retreat to redoubts, sanctuaries, like people of learning retiring to monasteries in late antiquity. Things may not be that drastic, but my personal Monte Cassino or Vivarium is the New York Society Library on East 79th St. It is a membership library, which means you have to pay a small amount a year to take out books (though not do simply come in and do research), but it more than worth it to me in terms of access to books and a comfortable atmosphere in which to read and work. The Society Library is also one of the great spaces in New York, a place to pause in the middle of a busy day and look out on the street or dip in for a few lines of a beloved classic before being on your way.  Though not a comprehensive library on the level of that of a major university, a skilled researcher can get a great deal out of the collection, and they have real strengths in biography, fiction, art and architecture, and history, as well as resources, such as bound, printed copies of The Nation and The New Yorker from many years ago, that are very hard to find elsewhere. What I find most valuable about the Society Library is the sense it gives of books as a part of a civilization, as not just ingestible consumer items but artifacts that have a complex relationship to human pleasure and wisdom. In an era with fewer bookstores and fewer books in them, where university libraries often put books in storage in favor of opening espresso bars, the New York Society Library may well be the sort of redoubt we need.

—Nicholas Birns, The New School, New York, NY; Editorial Board member of Anthem Australian Humanities Research Series

Anthem Book Spotlight | HORROR AND THE HORROR FILM

During the recent Halloween season, our new book, Horror and the Horror Film by Bruce F. Kawin, was featured as a giveaway prize in several horror festivals around the U.S. Both the RI International Horror Film Festival and Knoxville Horror Film Fest raffled off several copies of the book during the screenings and the New Orleans Horror Film Festival will be doing post-festival giveaway on their website soon. Also, if you find yourself in the Atlanta area this upcoming weekend (9-11 November), the book will be a giveaway prize at the Buried Alive Horror Film Festival.

Since its release in June, Horror and the Horror Film, has received many positive reviews from several publications including Rue Morgue, Times Literary Supplement and the Journal of Media Literacy. Psychobabble dubbed Kawin’s knowledge of the horror genre as “genuinely encyclopedic” and observed that “Horror and the Horror Film, is not a book of trivia. It is a book full of history, organized by a true master of detail who cares deeply about the subject.”

This month, in Rogue Cinema, Cary Conley wrote a glowing review of the book for their latest issue, describing it as “an extremely insightful and entertaining examination of the genre.” Conley goes on to say that “Overall…the structure is both unique and refreshing and the author is clearly an expert on the subject matter. This is one of the best surveys of the genre I’ve read to date and well worth purchasing if you are a student of film history or simply a horror movie fan interested in delving into some of the more cerebral aspects of the genre.”

The Halloween season may be over, but the horror continues. Find more reviews and information here or buy your own copy on Amazon.

What Obama’s Re-Election Means for Higher Education

Inside Higher Ed has written an interesting article, entitled ‘What Obama victory means for higher education.’ Obama, they say, “has focused more on higher education than almost any other president” and this article offers a few insights into what we can expect these next four years with regard to federal financial aid, the “gainful employment” regulation, and the impact of the “fiscal cliff” on education.

Read what they have to say here:

Anthem Library of the Month | BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL DE ESPANA

© 2012 Alquibla

The Biblioteca Nacional de España, opposite the Recoletos underground station in Madrid, was created and opened to the public by Philip V in 1712, and is thus celebrating its tercentenary in 2012. It became a national library rather than a royal property in 1836, and moved into its present neo-classical style home in the 1890s. As well as its large collections of medieval codices and about 3,000 Spanish incunabula, the BNE also holds an important collection of early Cervantes petitions. It has a museum, and I recommend the basement cafeteria which offers cheap hot lunches to readers and staff.
—Martyn Lyons, The University of New South Wales, Australia; Editorial Board member of Anthem Australian Humanities Research Series

Anthem Library of the Month | BIBLIOTHECA ZI-KA-WEI

If you want to escape the remorseless development and frenetic pace of modern Shanghai and re-discover that colonial pre-1949 period when the city was an International Settlement run by foreigners with their own police force, soldiers and gunboats then, hidden away from any but the most diligent and enquiring, is the Bibliotheca Zi-Ka-Wei. An oasis of calm built as part of the old Jesuit mission built in 1847, this library is now part of the archives of the gigantic Municipality of Shanghai. Surrounded by tower blocks, hemmed in by crazy roaring traffic, inside are the former library of the Royal Asiatic Society’s North China Branch’s complete collections of the old foreign newspapers of the China Coast and much, much more. It’s a beautiful place to browse and ponder (not a computer catalogue terminal or a wi-fi signal in sight!) a bygone era in the midst of what is now one of the world’s fastest paced and largest megalopolises.

—Paul French, author of Fat China: How Expanding Waistlines are Changing a Nation