As I'm sure most of you have been able to tell, we've been experiencing growing pains yet again here at CCLaP recently; and while I'm certainly not going to complain about there being so much interest in what we do, in an industry where most publishers are fighting just to remain open, definitely we've been in the need for some new staff members, so I'm extremely happy to announce today that we have two new people joining us. First, please say hello to our newest book reviewer and cultural essayist, Madeleine Maccar who is joining us out of New Jersey. Madeline is a former creative writer and journalist who now works in the financial industry during the day; she maintains her own highly entertaining blog called Books, With Occasional Food, and has also been posting guest reviews over at The Next Best Book Blog, run by our marketing director, Lori Hettler. Like all our reviewers (including myself, fellow Chicagoan Travis Fortney, and Minnesotan Karl Wolff), Madeleine will be posting one long review and one short review each week, and also starting up soon a new monthly themed essay series that we will eventually publish as a book.
And then also officially joining us this week is fellow Chicagoan Rex Brink, who is being trained to eventually become a full photography director here, and for now has taken over the curation and layout of our weekly PDF photographer features. Rex got a history degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and among other activities has been involved with the music industry in the past and helps document local protest marches. You're going to see posts from both these people start to appear regularly here in our blog feed, and I'm confident that you're going to love what they have to say just as much as you do with everyone else here.
And speaking of staffers and their monthly themed essay series turned into books, we're just a week away from releasing our latest, Karl Wolff's On Being Human. Regular readers will remember that the majority of this book's contents ran monthly throughout 2012, when Karl looked at such diverse topics as Battlestar Galactica, Samuel Beckett and the "Warhammer 40,000" roleplaying game to really examine what artists over the decades have had to say about the human race and what defines it; for this book version we've included three brand-new essays that have never appeared at the blog before, plus of course with the entire thing gathered up into the bound sit-down-and-read-all-at-once edition that it's been envisioned as from its start. This has been a long time coming -- it was supposed to be out last January, but the aforementioned growing pains we've had this year have delayed it for this long -- so we're all especially glad to see this one finally getting out to the general public soon. As always, more information on the free ebook and handmade paper edition of On Being Human next week, when it's been officially released. Thanks as always to all of you for your patience with our sometimes long delays this year, whether that's referring to blog updates, book reviews or mailed orders, and I'm looking forward to CCLaP being a much more robust organization this fall and winter, that is cranking out its stuff with a lot more regularity than we have been recently.