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Berkshire Blog2023-05-19T13:36:55-04:00

Karen’s Letter: The Libraries We Love

Last month I wrote about third places ("What is a “third place,” and do you have one?"). Along with some great stories about your favorite third places, I received a few emails blasting me for not mentioning libraries. That was a shock, since Berkshire Publishing has close ties to libraries:

The Origins of Berkshire Publishing’s Chinese Name, 宝库山

When I meet someone Chinese, in Beijing or New York or London, they often exclaim over our name. Publishers tell me how exactly right its meaning - “treasure mountain library” - is, especially for a press known for encyclopedias on global topics. I explain that 宝库山 was carefully crafted by

A Letter is Better: Love and Remembrance

Messenger of Sympathy and Love Servant of Parted Friends Consoler of the Lonely Bond of the Scattered Family Enlarger of the Common Life Carrier of News and Knowledge Instrument of Trade and Industry Promoter of Mutual Acquaintance Of Peace and of Goodwill Among Men and Nations. A business consultant

Berkshire Joins COVID-19 Support Efforts With JStor, EBSCO, ProQuest

We want to make sure you know about some of the ways in which publishers - including Berkshire - are making our books and reference publications available online at reduced cost, or even free, during the COVID-19 crisis. We're well aware that taking classes and doing research papers online is

T.S. Eliot “Got Cheese” Campaign Announced

Great Barrington, MA - COVID-19 has delayed the launch of a record-setting marketing deal expected to boost international appreciation of English and European cheeses. The image and words of the Nobel Prize winning poet T S Eliot, as well as characters from the musical Cats, will be used to promote cheese and

COVID-19 is here (& where has all the toilet paper gone?)

We lived through the ‘80s. We lived through the ‘90s. We lived through the ‘00s. We lived through the ‘10s. And we’ve lived through March. Most of us, that is, have lived. I’m still coming to terms with what is happening. It’s like grief. I go about my day, getting

Tom’s 2nd letter from Beijing

This Princess and Prince Party is sure to be canceled. I'm delighted to report that the Train Campaign projects were included in the governor's bond bill last week, and the bills I filed by petition (a unique Massachusetts citizen right) have been favorably reported on. Read about A

The Encyclopedia of Sustainability

Print publication of the 2nd edition has been delayed due to COVID-19 8.5x11 • 6,084 pages • Hardcover $1999 $999 NOW • 9781614728009 No library is complete without this core 21st-century resource. While you're waiting for the new edition, you'll have FREE digital access to all 10 volumes of the first edition at And we'll

Letter from Beijing: Love in the Time of COVID-19

My son Tom works in healthcare finance, and has lived in China since graduating from college. He was quarantined in Lanzhou during the 2009 swine flu epidemic, and now he's experiencing the semi-quarantine of 2020. In fact, I expected to be there right now and was looking forward to time

The Way Of Eating Appears In South China Morning Post & The Beijinger

This Qing Dynasty Foodie Taught Farm-To-Table Two Centuries Before It Was Cool "Like many people, we like to read and collect cookbooks but until recently we had never used one published more than 200 years ago. That has now changed thanks to the publication of an English version of a

Tyrannical Leadership

"Show, don't tell." This is common advice for writers, and for marketers, too. I found myself thinking about "showing" this week as I made a mental list of the enlightening projects I have worked on. The Encyclopedia of Leadership is one. Here's an article from it on "Tyrannical Leadership" that is all

First Look at the T S Eliot – Emily Hale Letters (podcast)

In what one scholar called “the literary event of the decade,” on 2 January 2020, Princeton University Library opened up more than 1,100 letters that the Nobel-Prize-winning poet T.S. Eliot wrote over the course of three decades to an American speech professor and amateur actress named Emily Hale.



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