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6 Featured Titles

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Artificial Hells
Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship
Written by Claire Bishop


Format: Trade Paperback, 390 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 24, 2012
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-690-3 (1-84467-690-0)

2013 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Since the 1990s, critics and curators have broadly accepted the notion that participatory art is the ultimate political art: that by encouraging an audience to take part an artist can promote new emancipatory social relations. Around the world, the champions of this form of expression are numerous... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Geek Love
A Novel
Written by Katherine Dunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71334-7 (0-375-71334-4)

Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out–with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes–to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . ... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Circus Fire
A True Story of an American Tragedy
Written by Stewart O'Nan


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49685-8 (0-385-49685-0)

Halfway through a midsummer afternoon performance, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus's big top caught fire. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in seconds it was burning out of control, and more than 8,000 people were trapped inside. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stage Makeup
The Actor's Complete Guide to Today's Techniques and Materials
Written by Laura Thudium


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Back Stage Books
On Sale: April 1, 1999
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8230-8839-3 (0-8230-8839-1)

This up-to-date, full-color makeup manual is designed to lie open on the makeup table right as a guide for student, amateur, or professional performers.

Whether you are an actor in a summer-stock or regional theater, an acting conservatory program, a high-school or college production, a community theater, a local holiday pageant...or... Read more >

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The Ordinary Acrobat
A Journey Into the Wondrous World of Circus, Past and Present
Written by Duncan Wall


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47226-7 (0-307-47226-4)

When Duncan Wall visited his first nouveau cirque as a college student in Paris, everything about it—the monochromatic costumes, the acrobats singing Simon and Garfunkel, the juggler reciting Proust—hooked him. Soon he was attending circuses two or three nights a week, and soon after that, he entered the intensively competitive training... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Ordinary Acrobat
A Journey into the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past and Present
Written by Duncan Wall


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27172-3 (0-307-27172-2)

The extraordinary story of a young man’s plunge into the unique and wonderful world of the circus—taking readers deep into circus history and its renaissance as a contemporary art form, and behind the (tented) walls of France’s most prestigious circus school.

When Duncan Wall visited his first nouveau cirque as a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.
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