Meet Author Quentin Falk

QSF3 300British film critic, Quentin Falk, will be coming stateside to promote his book, Travels in Greeneland. There will be two chances for you to meet him and get your book signed!

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 11:00am-12:00pm at the Decatur Book Festival, UGA Press Booth, in Decatur, GA.

Monday, September 1, 2014, 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Starbucks lounge in Dahlonega, GA.

Quentin Falk, British author, critic, broadcaster and film journalist, has written acclaimed biographies of Anthony Hopkins, Alfred Hitchcock, Albert Finney, Lord Lew Grade and the Rank Organisation following his first book, Travels in Greeneland: The Cinema of Graham Greene in 1984, which was short-listed for the Mobil/British Film Institute Book of the Year Award. A former editor of the European trade paper, Screen International, and Academy, the British Academy of Film & Television Arts’ (BAFTA) magazine, he has also been a movie reviewer for the Daily MailDaily TelegraphSunday Mirror, and Catholic Herald. In 2013, he was the First Visiting Author at the University of North Georgia.

Travels in Greeneland Cover.fwGraham Greene is one of the twentieth century’s literary giants, and his work has been translated to the cinema more than any other major contemporary novelist. Author and film critic, Quentin Falk examines all aspects of Greene’s involvement in the world of film, including his stint as a movie critic in the 1930s in his book, Travels in Greeneland: The Cinema of Graham Greene. Contrasts are made between the work that Greene himself adapted for the screen such as The Third Man and Our Man in Havana, and the work that has been adapted by others, like The Heart of the Matter and The Honorary Consul. This gorgeous new edition contains a new chapter which includes two of the newest Graham Greene movie adaptations: 2002’s The Quiet American and 2010’s Brighton Rock.

Copies of Travels in Greeneland will be available at both signing locations for purchase.

Coming Soon: Travels in Greeneland

Releasing September 2, 2014:
Travels in Greeneland: The Cinema of Graham Greene
by Quentin Falk

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Graham Greene is one of the twentieth century’s literary giants, and his work has been translated to the cinema more than any other major contemporary novelist. Author and film critic, Quentin Falk examines all aspects of Greene’s involvement in the world of film, including his stint as a movie critic in the 1930s. Contrasts are made between the work that Greene himself adapted for the screen such as The Third Man and Our Man in Havana, and the work that has been adapted by others, like The Heart of the Matter and The Honorary Consul. This gorgeous new edition contains a new chapter which includes two of the newest Graham Greene movie adaptations: 2002’s The Quiet American and 2010’s Brighton Rock.

“A thorough, fluently written survey. To borrow Greene’s terminology, an entertainment.” – Sunday Telegraph

“A real contribution to the canons of film criticism and an indispensable handbook to travelers in Greeneland.” – Catholic Herald

Download a free preview of Travels in Greeneland

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Affordable Learning Georgia to Provide Grants to USG Schools

 

Textbook Transformation Grants

 

Thirty grant awards to be made to support adoption and use of no-cost or low-cost learning materials in USG courses in Spring Semester 2015 in amounts of $10,800 each.

Apply by September 8, 2014.

Announcing the ALG Textbook Transformation Grants Request for Proposals,  for USG faculty who would like to replace their existing textbook or course pack with a no-or-low-cost-to-students alternative.  The deadline for application is September 8, 2014.  
 
The full details can be found at ALG Calls for Proposals.
 

This initial call covers thirty grant awards to be made to support adoption and use of no- or low-cost learning materials in USG courses in Spring semester 2015 in amounts of $10,800 each, in three categories: No-Cost-to-Students Learning Materials, OpenStax Textbooks, and Course Pack Pilots.

All USG institutions, libraries, and faculty are eligible and encouraged to submit proposals. A maximum of three per campus will be awarded in this round.

 

Please plan to attend one of the two upcoming information webinars, in which the application materials and process will be reviewed and any questions will be answered.

 

August 14, 2014 Meeting Information
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Topic: ALG Textbook Transformation Grants
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting Number: 647 381 815
Meeting Password: textbook
 
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August 15, 2014 Meeting Information
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Topic: ALG Textbook Transformation Grants
Date: Friday, August 15, 2014
Time: 11:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Meeting Number: 648 538 757
Meeting Password: textbook
To start or join the online meeting go to:

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Coming Soon: The Quiet Soldier

Releasing September 2, 2014: The Quiet Soldier: Phuong’s Story by Creina Mansfield.

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Provoked by Graham Greene’s The Quiet American, this novel tells the story of Phuong, from her childhood in the Vietnamese district of Cu Chi to her return there as a guerrilla fighter. Phuong’s unmentioned past, subdued personality, and lack of political expression are the subjects of the novel, which begins during the Vietnam war. From the tunnels of Cu Chi, Phuong fights outside a village near her birthplace. There, she recalls her upbringing, her journey to Saigon, and the years she spent there as a spy for the Vietminh. Under orders from the communist committee, Phuong ensnared Thomas Fowler, a British journalist, because he was a rich source of information. Later, Phuong was ordered to become the mistress of Alden Pyle, a newly arrived American whom she realized was, like her, a covert operator.

Read a preview of Chapter One

Pre-order your copy today from any of these online retailers:

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Low to No Cost Textbooks and Open Educational Resources: A Student’s Perspective

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As a college student, there are many expenses such as tuition, housing, and other fees. Textbooks tend to be a large expense for students. Typically, one semester’s textbook costs range from $500 to $1,000.  Once the semester ends, students often sell their textbooks in exchange for a small fraction of the original costs. For example, I once purchased a textbook priced over $200 and received $20 in exchange at the end of the semester. I am (and I’m sure other students) delighted with the provision of low to no cost text books. In addition to affordable traditional textbooks, digital Open Education Resources (OER) will be low to no cost and also convenient due to online accessibility. Texts and class materials that are offered to students for download would be well appreciated considering today’s technological advancements and the prevalent usage of laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices by college students. With the use of low to no cost textbooks and OER, more students will be able to have their textbooks sooner for use. Although it is ideal that students have their textbooks during the first week of class, the reality is that many do not have their text until well after the start of class due to financial matters. For example, I didn’t receive a textbook that I ordered online until 3 weeks after the start of the semester. Textbooks are typically more affordable online; however one may have to go a considerable time without the material. Low to no cost textbooks and OER will definitely help to eradicate some of the financial strains of students face and provide efficient means of access to required material.

Update: A Post Card from the University Press

stacks of booksAs an intern you may find yourself in new situations daily. Today, I entered an office littered with books from the floor up. I noticed an empty bookcase and binders scattered across the room. “What’s happened here?” I wondered.
My boss was in the process of rearranging the office with the goal being a consolidation of two offices and the transformation of the one into a break-slash-conference room. Luckily, I’m a handy-man if need be and was glad to provide a helping hand. This change of pace provided an opportunity to use physical energy in the office as opposed to the more cerebral energy necessary in this field. I think that my boss’s vision will be helpful in the long-run as all University Press members will be able to work among one another.
Another interesting interning experience happened to be our Podcast Experience. Personally, I’ve never recorded a podcast and time really seemed to zip by during the process. The cast of this podcast included me and the staff of the University Press, Corey, Heather, and April (The Managing Editor, The Project Editor, and The Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, & Poetry Editor, respectively).
Recording was fun and also informative. We discussed the growing popularity of Little Free Libraries.
I learn something new daily as an intern with the University Press and I am enjoying every moment of this experience.