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Or all of the writing that came out—some stuff hasn’t yet seen the light of day. Below is the writing that you can enjoy right now, while huddling under blankets near a fire, sipping cocoa . . . or while taking breaks from grading student papers . . .

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Specifically, it won “Best Illustrated Book on Film” at the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards. Congratulations to Andrew DeGraff, whose art never ceases to amaze me, and to everyone at Quirk who helped make this book happen!

Also, as I noted in the last two posts, Cinemaps is now available in Japanese and Spanish. More information about the book can be found after the jump:

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Right on the heels of the Spanish-language edition, Cinemaps has also been translated into Japanese! Thanks to everyone at Quirk Books and Film Art for making this possible!

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Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies, with art by Andrew DeGraff and essays by myself, has been translated into Spanish! Specifically, it’s been translated by Ton Gras and Sergi Ramírez, and I can’t wait to sit down with their work!

About Cinemaps:

Acclaimed artist Andrew DeGraff has created beautiful hand-painted maps of all your favorite films, from King Kong and North by Northwest to The Princess Bride, Fargo, Pulp Fiction, even The Breakfast Club—with the routes of major characters charted in meticulous cartographic detail. Follow Marty McFly through the Hill Valley of 1985, 1955, and 1985 once again as he races Back to the Future. Trail Jack Torrance as he navigates the corridors of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. And join Indiana Jones on a globe-spanning journey from Nepal to Cairo to London on his quest for the famed Lost Ark. Each map is presented in an 11-by-14-inch format, with key details enlarged for closer inspection, and is accompanied by illuminating essays by film critic A. D. Jameson, who speaks to the unique geographies of each film. This beautifully designed atlas is an essential reference for anyone who loves great art and great films.

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the girly geek blog

Have you ever opened up a book, read the first few pages, and silently had the revelation that you had just read about your own life?

This past weekend, I read a book that did exactly that. It was magical.

Usually, when I get absorbed in a book like that, it’s some sort of fantastical adventure where the protagonist has a personality or worldview similar to my own. This time, though, I went a little out of my comfort zone with a social sciences book called I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture by A. D. Jameson.

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I listen to a lot of podcasts and audiobooks, so I’m thrilled to announce that there is now an audiobook version of my latest book, I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture! I myself read the introduction, and the rest of the book was read by actor Holter Graham. You can listen to samples here and here, and you can purchase the whole recording here, as well as here.

Enjoy!

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Chicago Review of Books

Named after Margaret Anderson’s literary magazine founded in Chicago in 1914, The Little Interview asks Chicago poets and writers about their reading, writing, and relationship with Chicago.

A. D. Jameson is a lifelong geek and a PhD candidate in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois in Chicago. In I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing: Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture, he charts the rise of science fiction, fantasy, and superhero franchises like Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Marvel, and Lord of the Rings, from their humble beginnings to their current hold on the box office.

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How did you wind up in Chicago?

I was living in Bangkok (long story) and looking to return to the US. A lot of my friends from Illinois State University, where I did my Master’s degree, were by then living in Chicago, and they convinced me to come…

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