On September 20, I emailed Cognella Academic Publishing to see whether they’d be willing to donate one of their vampire books as a prize for attendees.
On the 24th of that month, I received a reply from Danielle Boag, Cognella’s Marketing Program Specialist who asked for more information and seemed enthused by the idea.
Today, that book arrived at North Central Texas College: The Vampire in Slavic Cultures (2010), edited by Thomas J. Garza, which Cognella sells for $95.95—so as you can imagine, it was a not inconsiderable donation and we’re incredibly grateful for Cognella’s generosity. We’re honoured to add Cognella as one of our symposium’s sponsors.
Garza, the Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and Director of the Texas Language Center at the University of Texas, will be the second speaker on the day, presenting his paper: “From Vampire to Empire in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Balkans.”
The book is a university reader, a collection of articles and stories useful for studying the undead. Cognella has also published another university reader, perfect for a vampire course, called Vampires Over the Ages: A Cultural Analysis of Scientific, Literary, and Cinematic Representations (2014), edited by Tomislav Longinovic.
Oh, and in case you were wondering what the other mystery prize in “Two Special Announcements…” (Sept. 24, 2015) was: one lucky winner will receive Joseph Laycock’s Vampires Today: The Truth of Modern Vampirism (2009), courtesy of ABC-CLIO.
What do you have to do to have a chance at winning these awesome prizes? Simple: register, pay, turn up. You’ll be given a ticket that’ll put you in the draw to win! And there’ll be more prizes, too. See you there!