Stentor in English
Piotr Marciszuk’s Publishing House STENTOR has been publishing textbooks and instructional materials and books for students and teachers of high schools since 1993. Polish language textbooks published by our house are used by 60% of the country’s secondary schools (there are even regions in Poland where our textbooks are present in 90% of schools!). We started from scratch but we were ambitious – our first publication was... Starting with Miłosz (Zaczynając od Miłosza).
We specialise in broadly understood humanities. Apart from textbooks used during Polish classes at school we also publish innovatory textbooks on the knowledge of culture, on philosophical education as well as Polish language textbooks for vocational schools. The portfolio of our publications is being extended by history textbooks for secondary schools and for technical schools – Knowing the past, understanding today (Poznać przeszłość, zrozumieć dziś). Our textbooks are accompanied by methodological materials and multimedia and audio resources.
A distinguished specialist in the methodology of the Polish language Stanisław Bortnowski has been publishing his works only in our publishing house since the very beginning of its existence. There are only few publishing houses which issue methodological quarterly magazines for teachers, our house is among them – we publish “School Notebooks” (“Zeszyty Szkolne”).
Other publications of STENTOR, which are designed not only for schools, comprise high scientific values with approachable language. These are e.g. Almost everything about the Bible (Prawie wszystko o Biblii) by Anna Świderkówna, Europe – Christian Origins (Europa – chrześcijańskie korzenie) by Jerzy Kłoczowski, Gallery. The Art of Looking (Galeria. Sztuka patrzenia) and Lovers with the Massacre in the Background and Other Essays on Historical Painting (Kochankowie z masakrą w tle i inne eseje o malarstwie historycznym) by Maria Poprzęcka. For these works our publishing house has been granted numerous awards. They have also been noticed by “Rzeczpospolita”, “Gazeta Wyborcza”, “Wprost” and other periodicals.
Among authors publishing their works at STENTOR the following should be mentioned: Jacek Kopciński, Zbigniew Majchrowski, Roman Mazurkiewicz, Krzysztof Mrowcewicz, Aleksander Nawarecki, Ewa Paczoska, Piotr Sitarski, Dorota Siwicka, Dorota Szwarcman, Paweł Żmudzki.
Our educational role can be described as very broad. For many years we have been organising meetings with authors of textbooks and methodological publications in which Polish and history teachers can participate. We are the only publishing house in Poland which goes beyond the narrow scope of activities connected with the promotion of our books – we have a wide program of methodological trainings conducted by distinguished scientific authorities.
Our activities are not limited to popularising science but we also popularise readership. In 2001 we opened the STENTOR bookstore which is visited by many book lovers from all over the country. Once a month, in the framework of the initiative “Let’s read to children” (“Czytamy dzieciom”) people known from various cultural circles read aloud to our youngest addressees. Artur Barciś, Kamil Durczok, Edyta Jungowska, Irena Kwiatkowska, Michał Ogórek, Jolanta Pieńkowska, Magda Umer are amongst those who have participated in this initiative so far. In our bookshop we also organise meetings with authors such as Wojciech Tochman, Anna Świderkówna, Maria Poprzęcka, Piotr Bikont and Robert Makłowicz, to name just a few.
In autumn 2007 STENTOR introduced a new imprint – KORA, and started publishing fiction for children and young adults e.g. books awarded in the Astrid Lindgren Literary Competition: Jabłko Apolejki (Apolejka’s Apple) by Beata Wróblewska, Dostaliśmy po dziecku (We Got a Child Each) by Ewa Grętkiewicz, Sejf z milionem w środku (Safe with a million inside of it) by Małgorzata Kondej and Pozłacana rybka (A Gold-Plated Fish) by Barbara Kosmowska which was awarded also a title of The Book of the Year 2007 by the Polish Section of IBBY. In 2008 we also published Nocny Maciek (Maciek the Moony) by Paweł Pawlak and Nic (Nothing) by Maria Marjańska-Czernik which received an award in The Book of the Year 2008 competition.
We got a child each
Pictures and Poetry… Paintings – poems - comments
Safe with a million inside of it
A Gold-Plated Fish
A new way to look at Romanticism
Piotr LEGUTKO, Dobrosław RODZIEWICZ
The media game. Between information and deformation
Mysteries of the wooden owl
A grandma for rent
What’s happening in this city?
Ewelina Nurczyńska-Fidelska, Konrad Klejsa, Tomasz Kłys, Piotr Sitarski
All about cinema
Maciek the Moony
The Warsaw Autumns. Polish Music 1945-2007
Good devil's foundation
Wydawnictwo Piotra Marciszuka STENTOR
ul. Przy Bazantarni 11
02-793 Warsaw, Poland
tel. (+48 22) 544 59 00
fax (+48 22) 544 59 03