How to Help a Tree in Distress

Karin Vaneker, a writer and activist in the Netherlands, has been helping me by tackling subjects that haven’t yet attracted much scholarly research for the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability. She’s written, for example, on including composting and community gardens - important, relevant, and yet somehow a little too close to home for

By |2022-01-21T11:49:51-05:00January 21st, 2022|Berkshire Blog, Karen's Letter|0 Comments

After Charlottesville

“I was born by a golden river and in the shadow of two great hills, five years after the Emancipation Proclamation which began the freeing of American Negro Slaves.” That sentence begins the autobiography of the extraordinary intellectual and activist W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963). William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was one of the most

By |2022-03-01T15:48:12-05:00August 20th, 2017|Berkshire Blog, Karen's Letter|5 Comments

Women Making History

From left: Susan Schwab Carla Hills, Barbara Franklin, and Stephen Orlins On Tuesday, 6 June 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman to become the presidential candidate of one of our two major parties. This is historic, as the press keeps telling us, but we should remember that many other countries have, or

By |2016-06-16T11:22:10-05:00June 16th, 2016|Karen's Letter|0 Comments

Berkshire Bookworld live from London, Beijing, and California

Berkshire Publishing is delighted to announce the launch of Berkshire Bookworld, a podcast series of interviews with authors around the world, hosted by Berkshire's CEO Karen Christensen. In the first group of podcasts, available at our website and on iTunes, you'll hear from Professor Kerry Brown in London about biographical writing, Professor Colin Mackerras in Beijing about

By |2016-06-16T12:49:19-05:00June 8th, 2016|Karen's Letter|0 Comments

Biography as the Way, a Window into Chinese History

Kerry Brown talks about the massive and overwhelmingly ambitious Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography – the first work of its kind in over a century. Brown explains his lifelong interest in biography and presents Chinese biography as a uniquely useful way to get a handle on historical events over long periods of time. He and publisher

London Book Fair 2016

Book fairs are one of the dumber traditions of our hidebound industry. CEOs hate them. I don’t mean only CEOs of smaller independent presses, but people who run big publishing companies; I’ve known a couple of such people well enough for them to tell me that they wish they didn’t have to waste so much money on

By |2016-05-05T10:36:04-05:00May 5th, 2016|Karen's Letter|0 Comments

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