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America Nowhas always been characterized by its brief and very current readings that reflect what students are talking and writing about right now. As series editor for The Best American Essays, Robert Atwan constantly scours a wide range of print and online periodicals, bringing to America Nowan unrivaled awareness of the best writing on today's issues and the top-notch editorial support students need to approach it and to create solid academic writing of their own. The print text is now integrated with e-Pages for America Now,designed to take advantage of what the Web can do, with carefully curated, multimodal selections. When you use America Nowin your course, the essential texts of today are both the words on a page and the world on a screen.
Robert Atwan is director of The Blue Hills Writing Institute at Curry College and the series editor of the annual Best American Essays, which he founded in 1985. His essays, reviews, and critical articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, River Teeth, and many other publications. For Bedford/St. Martin’s, he has also edited Ten on Ten: Major Essayists on Recurring Themes (1992); Our Times (1998); and Convergences (2009). He has coedited (with Jon Roberts) Left, Right, and Center: Voices from Across the Political Spectrum (1996), and is coeditor with Donald McQuade of The Writer’s Presence (2009).