Faculty Members Publish New Books

Posted: June 21, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Several members of the George Mason faculty have had books published recently. Here is a brief summary:

Matt Bondurant, term assistant professor of English, is the author of The Third Translation, published by Hyperion Books. The novel, which has been compared to The DaVinci Code, is “a literary page-turner that plunges the reader headlong into a modern quest to solve one of the last remaining riddles of ancient Egypt.” An ancient mystery, a hidden language, and the secrets of a bizarre Egyptian sect collide in modern-day London in this novel of seduction, conspiracy, and betrayal. Walter Rothschild is an American Egyptologist living in London and charged by the British Museum with unlocking the ancient riddle of the Stela of Paser, one of the last remaining real-life hieroglyphic mysteries in existence today. Drawn into its mystery, Rothschild must fight an elusive enemy to save his livelihood—and his very life.

A two-time Bread Loaf scholarship winner, Bondurant’s short stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, New England Review, and numerous other publications. This is his first novel.

Steve Gladis, adjunct faculty member in Communication, is the author of Survival Writing for Business published by HRD Press. This no-nonsense book presents, in an easy-to-follow format, tips for writing clearly and briefly. For example, it urges writers to “Follow the Rule of Thirty”—keep sentence length to 30 words or no more than three typed lines—to keep the reader’s interest. In addition, an entire chapter is devoted to writing e-mail effectively. Gladis is the author of 10 books, including WriteType: Personality Types and Writing Styles, Public Presentations, and Surviving the First Year of College. As with his other books, Gladis will donate proceeds from sales to a charity.

As an expert in conflict management, political transitions, and peace keeping, Terrence Lyons, associate professor in the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, set out to understand why elections in some post-conflict countries succeed while others fail. In his latest book, Demilitarizing Politics: Elections on the Uncertain Road to Peace, published by Lynne Rienner, Publishers, Lyons investigates the internal political dynamics between the end of combat and voting. He then develops a strategy for peaceful change that focuses on using the promise of an election to provide incentive for the demilitarizing of politics—essentially shifting the focus of institutions powerful in war into sustaining peace.

Ramonu Sanusi, who teaches African and Caribbean literature in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, has written three novels, two of which were published this year. Le Bistouri des larmes [The Scalpel of Tears] was published by Les Editions du Pangolin in Huy, Belgium. Set in Africa, the novel tells the story of a woman who was subjected to genital mutilation when she was a young girl, and the resulting complications of this practice for her life as well as for society.

His second published work this year is The Spirit Child (Spectrum Books). A summary from the book’s cover describes it as the “story of Ladigana, an abiku, who is also the vindictive king of the spirit children. He wreaks havoc on the inhabitants of Bagudu who dare to insult him. On his seventh reincarnation, his parents, Ladigun and Ladigan, with the help of Yemaja, the river goddess, manage to break his link with the spirit world, thus making him a normal person. However, after the death of his parents, he begins a journey that takes him to the depths of the spirit world where a confrontation with a higher power precipitates an unexpected turning point.”

Beth Schneider, instructor of marketing in the School of Management, co-wrote the second edition of her textbook, Interpersonal Skills in Organizations, with Suzanne Dejanasz, of the University of Mary Washington, and Karen Dowd, of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. It was published by McGraw-Hill/Irwin. The experiential, workbook-style text focuses on key skill sets for personal and managerial success in organizations today. They include intrapersonal skills, which are essential for understanding oneself and one’s personality; interpersonal skills, which are necessary for working with others; team skills, required for understanding and working in teams; and advanced interpersonal skills, which are needed for leading and developing others. The authors also wrote the instructor’s manual and test bank for the textbook.

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