Focus on The Nation Magazine: Diary of a Mad Law Professor

The popular Tuesday evening lecture series, Labor. Landmarks and Literature, continues on Tuesday, January 29th at 6pm at The New York Center for Independent Publishing (NYCIP) and The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen. This is the second of four lectures on the Literature component of the series and will focus on different aspects of one of the country’s most highly regarded weekly magazines, The Nation.  The lecture entitled “The Nation: Diary of a Mad Law Professor,” will be given by Patricia J. Williams, a monthly contributor to The Nation.  

Patricia J. Williams, a professor of law at Columbia University and a MacArthur Fellow, astutely examines ongoing legal, political, moral, and cultural issues in her monthly column, “Diary of a Mad Law Professor,” in The Nation. She will talk about her lively and provocative column and the new genre of legal writing that she has introduced to America. She is the author of many articles and books, including her most recent work, Open House: On Family Food, Friends, Piano Lessons and the Search for a Room of My Own.

The Nation has engaged the mind of the American public for over 140 years through its coverage of such areas as politics, culture, books, and the arts. Today, The Nation occupies an important place within the political arena with its in-depth discussion of current events, enabling it to thrive online as well as in print.

The next lecture in the Nation component will be entitled “The Nation: Reflections from the Editor,” will be given by Katrina vanden Huevel, editor and publisher of The Nation, on February 26.

Advance reservations are strongly recommended, as seating in The General Society Library is limited. Tickets are $15 for non-members, $10 for members, and $5 for students. To register, visit

All lectures will take place at NYCIP, The General Society, at 20 West 44th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Please visit for details of this and other lectures in the series.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. 

R&L Releases “The Endless Search for the HMS Hussar”

R&L Publishing Releases a New Book — “The Endless Search for the HMS Hussar”

New York — Dec. 20, 2007 — Today R&L announced its release “The Endless Search for the HMS Hussar”. The book’s author, Robert Apuzzo, uses the best historical sources available to document the British frigate shipwreck in New York’s East River in 1780. The author captures the imagination as he lays out the clues to the whereabouts of the payroll ship’s sunken treasure.

Amateur archaeologist Robert Apuzzo attempts to shed new light on the legends surrounding His Majesty’s Ship Hussar. During his years of research the author unearthed some lost and unknown material. He uses a compilation of well chosen newspaper articles, writings, maps, and photos from the time of the shipwreck to recent times.

In the fall of 1780 the HMS Hussar, purportedly loaded with 14 chests of gold and silver, was swept onto Pot Rocks in New York’s East River. The damaged HMS Hussar then drifted toward the shore line of the Bronx. This book Attempts to fill the voids in knowledge. “The Endless Search for the HMS Hussar” presents 50 reference articles, many pertaining to the numerous searches to locate the Hussar and the elusive treasure. Mr. Apuzzo has arranged a journey that will delight and enlighten any treasure hunter.

“The Endless Search for the HMS Hussar” is the author’s third book. The soft cover book contains 152 pages with 32 photos and illustrations. It measures 6″ x 9″. ISBN 978-0-9629913-2-5. Library of Congress Control Number: 2007939695. Printed in the USA. Retails for $24.95. The publisher offers quantity discounts. The book may be purchased directly from R&L Publishing, 130 Church St. #259, New York, NY 10007.

SPLAT: The First Ever NYCIP Graphic Novel Symposium

The New York Center for Independent Publishing is venturing into a new medium with our first Annual Graphic Novel Symposium entitled SPLAT.  It will take place on Saturday, March 15, 2008. 

As graphic novels move further into the mainstream of popular culture, they are attracting more interest than ever before. 

Addressing this recent graphic novel resurgence into the public consciousness, the symposium will provide an opportunity where those interested in finding out more about graphic novels can share the experience;  and would-be creators can learn what it takes to be a graphic novelist.

There will be three different tracks, scheduled between 9am to 5pm, the first track will feature seminars on topics such as “Who Reads Graphic Novels” and “How to Get Published”. The second track will consist of workshops on subjects such as “Story Telling” and “Where to Start with Art”  and the final track will specifically accommodate librarians with panels on acquisition, shelving, censorship, manga, and graphic novels for adults and teens.

Cost will be $125, this will include lunch and the gala reception with the keynote speaker. Full information including registration details will be posted shortly.  

Matthias Kuentzel’s “Jihad and Jew-Hatred”

The 2007 London Book Festival has named Matthias Kuentzel’s Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11 as the grand prize winner of its annual competition honoring books worthy of greater attention from the international publishing community.

Kuentzel’s work, released through New York-based Telos Press Publishing, traces the alleged impact of European fascism on the Arab and Islamic world, drawing parallels between ancient prejudice and modern radicalism. Now translated to English and updated from its German publication in 2002, Kuentzel’s examination of the roots of the current strife between cultures and religions and its impact on world affairs has earned him considerable praise.

Look for the January 6th review in this Sunday’s New York Times.