When we founded Persea Books in 1975, our goal was to discover and nurture tomorrow's enduring literary writers. We believed that educators would be crucial partners in this--and we were right. From the very beginning, our best literary books--poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and anthologies--have been bestsellers in middle school through graduate school classrooms. They have been added to collections in public and academic libraries, and they have become standard volumes in other important educational organizations from literacy to ESL, from foster care to adoption.
We want to thank you--
*for including The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan (trans., E. J. Richards) on so many "great books" curricula, from Stanford to Yale to Vassar;
*for assigning Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska in secondary schools and colleges because it vividly portrays the fierce bravery of an immigrant Jewish girl who wants to be a teacher and writer and refuses to be married off by her father, in the old tradition;
*for recognizing the greatness of Michael Hamburger's incomparable translations of Holocaust poet Paul Celan and for assigning his bilingual Poems of Paul Celan in classes of Holocaust Studies and Modern German Poetry;
*for discovering our anthology America Street (ed., Anne Mazer) could be taught from fifth grade through graduate school to educate young students as well as graduate students who would be the next generation of teachers--because its protagonists and their dilemmas are rendered so superbly by Grace Paley, Francisco Jiménez, Gish Jen, Langston Hughes, and Gary Sotom among others, to make an enduring collection;
*for embracing The Secret of Me, Meg Kearney's first novel in verse, with its enriched Teachers Guide, "How to Teach Poetry Using The Secret of Me," in middle and high school.
Now we invite you to join our educators' community. It features new books, highlights our backlist, and gives you informative and enriching extras for your classroom. You will find supplemental materials like Teachers Guides, Readers Guides, critical essays and comments, reviews, interviews with authors and translators, biographical anecdotes, fascinating background on individual works, sweepstakes, photographs and multimedia clips--videos of authors reading their work, teachers discussing a story or poem in front of a class, book trailers--and much more.
Please do register for our Educators Bulletin so that you can stay up-to-date on our latest news, books, and enrichment features. In doing so, you will become active partners in our project to keep the best writing front and center in the education of a new generation.
Karen Braziller, Editorial Director
Michael Braziller, Publisher