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September 9th, 2021


This time on Open Stacks we hear from Philip Leventhal, editor at Columbia University Press and veteran Co-opian, about the history of the Front Table catalog, in its print and digital forms. Then we head to the Front Table (the actual table) for some recent titles on underground transformation.


Philip Leventhal is Senior Editor at Columbia University Press, acquiring titles in Journalism, Film and Media Studies, and Literary Studies. He also worked at the Co-op for many years, and was the managing editor of The Front Table, the Co-op's print catalog and newsletter. Last year we revived The Front Table...

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September 3rd, 2021

On our Front Table this weekexplore natural histories of everyday experiences, from a neuroscientific account of our ideas of "luck," to the cultural and environmental meanings of seashells, and the surprisingly recent historical emergence of our notions of a "self." Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.

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August 27th, 2021

On the Front Table this week, explore past and present radicalisms, including a classic text on anarchy and communism; a personal examination of Millenial punk rock cultures; and a new work by two pioneers of feminist literary theory. Find the following titles and more at...
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August 26th, 2021


On this episode of Open Stacks with Katarzyna Bartoszyńska and Reuben Jonathan Miller, we trace paths between: academia and bookselling; Poland and Ireland; animal navigation and interpersonal knowledge; the inside and the outside of the American prison.


Katarzyna Bartoszyńska is an Assistant Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at Ithaca College, and a former bookseller at the Seminary Co-op. She spoke with Alena about her first book, Estranging the Novel: Poland, Ireland, and Theories of World Literature...

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August 20th, 2021

In our Front Table fiction and poetry selections, explore reflections on childhood, including a woman's reckoning with her memories of a father living an ocean away; a celebration of a revered Black opera singer who provided the soundtrack to a gay man's coming-of-age; a son's letter to his mother, which traces family history from Vietnam to the United States; and a series of stories exploring the experience of growing up in a Chicago housing project in the mid-1980s. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.

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August 13th, 2021

On our Front Table this week, explore intersections of religion and politics, including a history of Christianity in the Americas that acknowledges the influence of Catholic states founded by Indigenous peoples; an exploration of Hindu nationalism in Modi's India; and an account of how the Kabbalah influenced American religious sensibilities and laid the groundwork for notions of American exceptionalism. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


The Church of the Dead: The Epidemic of 1576 and the Birth of Christianity in the Americas (New York University Press)
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August 11th, 2021

The abundance of child protagonists in Spanish literature and film is immediately apparent to any student of Peninsular culture. Many introductory Spanish Literature courses start with the Lazarillo de Tormes, the picaresque child who barely survives the school of hard knocks that is sixteenth century Spain. In this brilliant, short novel, social and religious satire abound. Writing this was a risky venture for the period of the Inquisition, and clearly the reason why the author chose to remain anonymous. The threat of censorship is a great reason for having a young, uneducated boy as the narrator and main character. The child narrator is not as threatening as an adult....

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August 6th, 2021

On our Front Table this week, explore aftermaths of trauma, including an ethnographic yet personal account of how genealogy, and the traumas of our ancestors, shape our experience of being; a memoir of how Frida Kahlo's life and art helped one woman accept her disabled body and cope with her experience of loss; and an illustrated history that interweaves the forgotten stories of women who led slave revolts with the historian's own experience as a descendant of enslaved people. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.

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August 5th, 2021


On this episode of Open Stacks, books from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun, where the hot springs flow. In the middle of the Summer, a stack of Front Table books from the heart(s) of Winter.


Thanks to bookseller Joey for sharing a favorite passage from Roberto Bolaño's ...

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July 30th, 2021
On our Front Table this week, explore tensions between American law and individual freedoms, including an ACLU lawyer's complicated relationship to questions of privacy, artistic freedom, and personal expression; the increasing militarization of American policing and its impacts on civil liberties; and a religious leader's historic presidential campaign, which highlighted the question of protections for religious minorities. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.

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