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Gatehouse Books is up and running again, continuing to produce their excellent titles, and introducing new titles. For a current catalog, email us at More announcements on Gatehouse titles shortly.

Our biggest news item of the fall is the launch of this new version of our website. We hope that you will find it faster than the last version and that you will find the ordering capability works better than before – we know some people had difficulty ordering on-line and we have tried hard to respond to our customers’ needs.

There are also a number of new features on our website including this news corner which will be updated regularly.

If you have comments or suggestions about the organization, operation or functioning of the website, please contact us. You can reach us at

Teachers of math to adults will be excited to know that the materials produced by the EMPower Project directed by Mary Jane Schmitt and Myriam Steinback at TERC in Massachusetts, are to be published. The materials will be published by Key Curriculum Press and Peppercorn will be partnering with them to make these excellent materials available to everyone working in adult education.

The materials will be launched this fall. WATCH THIS SPACE. If you would like to receive advance ordering information contact us at We will be providing an advance reservation form shortly or you can place a provisional order online.

One feature of the enhanced ordering capability is that you can manage your account, yourself, on-line. You can access your account at any time, change your personal information, check the status of your orders, subscribe and unsubscribe to our email newsletter and so on. At the moment you can only track orders on-line that are placed through the website but we hope to extend this capability to all orders later this year.

Because we carry such a large number of titles, they are organized into subject-based catalogs to make them easier to find. (We do of course continue to offer a number of search features, which should make it easy to find whatever books you want.)

Many of us, however, continue to prefer paper catalogs. As a new service we can now make available a PDF file of each catalog on-line. These are available through the home page so that you can download them, as you need them. The same applies to our price list and order form. You can continue to request the paper versions of the catalogs from us.

We now provide the opportunity for users to provide reviews and feedback about particular books. If there are books that you particularly like, or dislike, please post a review. Encourage students to do so also – an extra writing activity if you have access to computers in the classroom. Later in the year, we hope to provide incentives for students to write book reviews – watch this space.

We will be featuring a different publisher or set of publications every 4 to 6 weeks to draw your attention to books that are particularly popular or that we think are particularly good. Given the number of titles we carry this means we will not be able to feature every good publication we find, so we will mention some here as well. Two US program-based publishers that we have started to carry this year are:

Chippewa Valley Publishers, the publishing arm of Literacy Volunteers of Chippewa Valley in Wisconsin. They produced two series of starter and beginner readers based on the lives and experience of new immigrant families. These are beautifully produced books and have proved very popular.

The Asian Center of Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts (formerly the Seton Asian Center) are producing a series of books of reminiscences written in the course of a series of workshops by recent immigrants from South East Asia. These are more suitable for advanced level readers but will also be of interest to anyone working with the Asian community, or indeed anyone concerned with the recent history of both SE Asia and the USA. Look for A Name Like Me and Under the Sugar Palm Trees. Another title is due shortly.

As a result of our collaboration with Key Curriculum Press, Peppercorn is now also supplying other Key Curriculum Press publications. We have added their Key To series of basic math texts to the publications available through the website. We can also provide all other publications available from this publisher. For a full list of their publications, ask us for their catalog.

As teaching numeracy and basic math to adults will be such a strong focus of our work this year, we are developing a new and more extensive catalog for teachers of math to adults which will be available during October.



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