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An interview with Matt Sewell
singleWith pop-art watercolors and whimsical descriptions, Matt Sewell express the individual characters of 50 seabirds in his new book Penguins and Other Seabirds. His illustrations are so inviting, we had to learn more.
  Longitude. Are penguins fish or birds? …Just kidding. The idea for your book came this autocorrect question on Google. What, besides educating the general public, were your goals in producing this book? Sewell. Penguins are ace but it was also a really good chance for me to focus on seabirds in general there are so many around the world it was great way to get them in my canon.
A Litter of Polar Bear Books
ARC309On International Polar Bear Day Feb. 27, let us celebrate the charismatic creature with a few books for discerning (and concerned) readers. This Arctic roundup includes a biological overview, a graphic novel, a travelogue, a pictorial anthology and a children’s book.
La Turbie, France
ALP52Kindly contributed by Jonathan Arlan, author of the new book Mountain Lines, in which he narrates an inspirational trek through the French Alps that he undertook in 2015. Arlan overcomes apprehension, nerves, poor physical condition and days of bad weather as he slowly conquers the Grand Traverse route from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean. Along the way, the author meets friendly, decent people and experiences both true exhaustion and true exhilaration.
The Dolomites
Kindly contributed by Stephen O’Shea, a prolific and insightful historian, author photowhose previous books include The Friar of Carcassonne. O'Shea is back with the release of The Alps, A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond. In his latest book, O’Shea recounts a 500-mile journey through the Alps while musing on personalities such as Napoleon, Hitler, James Bond and more. Read on to learn about his favorite spot in all of the Alps.
The Gilded Chalet
SWZ87Over the past two centuries neutral Switzerland has acted as a haven to those seeking shelter from two world wars, taxes, even celebrity. Among the outsiders who found rest and refuge in the Alpine landscape have been the myriad authors who were drawn to the country for its promise of peace and the freedom to create. In his new book The Gilded Chalet, Padraig Rooney explores the allure of Switzerland through the artists and writers who lived and worked within its protective borders.
China's New Year
CHN831As we ring in the Chinese New Year, we’re highlighting a few new publications on that country in this year of the rooster. China's Economy, What Everyone Needs to Know. Kroeber thoroughly examines the recent history of the Chinese economy, presenting an even-handed approach to the future of China as it continues to grow. He explores the nuance of Chinese politico-bureaucracy as it relates to the economy. Free of economic jargon and technical details; aimed at a broad audience of those interested in knowing more about China's economy. China, The Cookbook.
An Interview with Marius Jovaisa
CBA303Cuba is back on everyone’s map. But while the country has opened to more visitors, few have been privy to the insider’s glimpse Marius Jovaisa enjoyed when he finally obtained permission to photograph the country from above. Here he shares some of that insider knowledge as well as a few of the spectacular views he captured in flight over the island nation—many more of these stunning vistas are collected in his new book Unseen Cuba.
  Longitude. What first sparked your passion for Cuba? Jovaisa. I came to like aerial photography as a genre some 12 years ago.
The Arctic
cover"What happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic," writes Sven-Olof Lindblad, the founder of Lindblad Expeditions, whose life's work has been leading expeditions. The result of over 40 years of exploring, his book The Arctic celebrates the "pure magic" travelers to the far north have witnessed, and taken home. Organized in three sections: Landscape, Wildlife and People, the book features excellent Arctic photography taken from deck, zodiac, kayak, plane and underwater craft.  The images alternate between civilization and pristine wilderness -- the worlds of the Inuit, Inuk, Greenlander, Norwegian and Icelandic peoples and the wild that spreads from their doorsteps.
A Fragment of Central Europe
EUR508Kindly contributed by Lucy Abel-Smith, author of the new Blue Guide Travels in Transylvania. With maps, plans and photographs, this accessible guide to Transylvania's "land that time forgot" focuses on its small towns. With cultural heritage from Romania, Hungaria, Saxony and Judaea, the lovely Tarnava Valley is home to an extraordinary mix of cultures and landscapes.
. Richis/Reichesdorf is a small village in the centre of Transylvania, now part of Romania but Hungarian until 1918. It thrived under its Saxon population, from its 12th century foundation under the Hungarian kings.
Penguins and Other Seabirds
single“Are penguins fish or birds?” Matt Sewell couldn’t believe the suggested question auto-filled by Google when he began research for his new book Penguins and Other Seabirds. Were enough people asking that question for it to show up in the search engine? He began his book with a new-found motivation: to educate the world about the mysterious flightless birds, and a few other seabirds along the way. Sewell is not only an avid ornithologist, he is also a talented illustrator of several bird books.