Our Fall 2011 Smart Pop titles are already on Amazon and elsewhere, and we’ll be promoting them next week, too, at BEA (see tomorrow’s post) . . . so we wanted to give them an official introduction here, as well. (And as we’ve been doing with our Spring 2011 titles, we’ll give them a more in-depth intro closer to their actual pub date!)
Here are the six new Smart Pop titles to look forward to later this year:
The Psychology of Twilight
Edited by E. David Klonsky, PhD, and Alexis Black
Husband and wife Twilight fans David and Alexis worked with us to put together a collection of essays by psychologists on the Twilight Saga, ahead of the November 2011 release of Breaking Dawn, Part 1. There are a lot of books out there about Twilight, we know. But we think this collection does something that might seem unbelievable at this point: say something new about Twilight. We’ve got content for Edward fans and Jacob fans, and plenty on the psychology of love . . . but we also have essays on the Cullen and Swan family structures, vampirism as an eating disorder, and the positive impact of Twilight fandom.
Triumph of The Walking Dead
Robert Kirkman’s Zombie Epic on Page and Screen
Edited by James Lowder
Past Smart Pop contributor (and editor of a couple of zombie fiction anthologies, among other titles, himself) Jim has collected a great set of writers—including the co-writer of the upcoming Walking Dead novels, a New York Times bestselling horror writer or two, and some heavy hitters in the zombie genre—to discuss The Walking Dead, both the AMC show and the comic series it’s based on.
Unraveling the Mysteries of The Big Bang Theory
An Unabashedly Unauthorized TV Show Companion
Our first real single author Smart Pop title, this companion to The Big Bang Theory aims to entertain both the Pennys and the Sheldons in the show’s audience with the same smart, funny sort of analysis you’ll find in our anthologies. Read about the original unaired pilot (and why it didn’t work); compare the gang’s favorite spots to their equivalents in the real Pasadena (including Caltech, The Cheesecake Factory, and more); and consult the pop culture and science glossaries for a deeper understanding of the show’s many references.
The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Understanding Lisbeth Salander and Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy
Edited by Robin Rosenberg, PhD, and Shannon O’Neill
Lisbeth Salander, from Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, is undeniably one of the more fascinating characters to come along in awhile. I love a good journalist hero, but, seriously—Blomkvist who?) Robin and Shannon have collected a smart set of psychologists to discuss the girl with the dragon tattoo, from her goth style to her hacker career to her polarizing effect in her world and ours, as well as the psychology of sexism, violence, and other themes in the book series . . . just in time for the release of the US version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in December.
The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook
Inside the Kitchens, Bars, and Restaurants of Mad Men
Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin
Another departure from the usual Smart Pop model: our first cookbook. Turns out Mad Men is just as detail-oriented about their food as they are about their fashion, and cookbook veteran Judy and writer Peter take us on a tour of not just the food we see in Mad Men, but also the history that surrounds it, from Betty’s infamous Around the World dinner to Don’s Old Fashioned. And all the recipes are sourced from the era—including from many of the bars and restaurants the characters frequent on the show.
In Pursuit of Spenser
Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the Creation of an American Hero
Edited by Otto Penzler
When Robert B. Parker died last winter, the world lost two great men: Parker himself and Spenser, his most influential creation. This tribute to and discussion of the Spenser series is edited by Otto Penzler, who, as Parker himself once wrote, “knows more about crime fiction than most people know about anything.”
We’re really thrilled with what’s coming up for Smart Pop, and we hope we’ve gotten you at least a little excited too!