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Coordinating history through East Asia’s maps // China, Korea, and Japan revealed
NEW RELEASE Cartographic Traditions in East Asian Maps written by Richard A. Pegg 2014 | 140 pages | 130 color illustrations Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-4765-4 | $40.00 Published in association with MacLean Collection   Cartographic Traditi ... [read more]
Rachel Sussman and The Oldest Living Things in the World
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Books That Cook: Sipsey’s Buttermilk Biscuits
During the month of September, we are celebrating the publication of our first literary cookbook, Books That Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal by rounding up some of our bravest “chefs” at the Press to take on the task of cooking this ... [read more]
A Summer of Cellphones and Cellfies
By Frederick Lane [read more]
New in paperback: two titles examine Civil War era secrets
Two UIP titles are available in paperback editions today. A Secret Society History of the Civil War Were the forces that drove the United States to civil war prompted by secret organizations such as the Brotherhood of the Union? Mark A. ... [read more]
The latest addition to our ...
The latest addition to our Reviews section is a by Christopher Iacono on Milena Michiko Flašar I Called Him Necktie translated by Sheila Dickie and published by New Vessel Press. [read more]
Dear Publisher, I Love You by Monica Carter
Monica Carter is a freelance critic. [read more]
A Retro Reprint
A 50s-era guide to the American Constitution gets a new lease on life. [read more]
The Little Book of Big PR Now Available on NetGalley
Whether you’re launching a small business, or looking to build your personal or company brand, the latest addition to our NetGalley catalog, The Little Book of Big PR: 100+ Quick Tips to Get Your Small Business Noticed by Jennefer Witte ... [read more]
Not a monster: Society’s creation of men who use violence
—Hillary Potter The surveillance video footage released this week that depicts professional football player Ray Rice rendering Janay Rice unconscious with a single punch seems to have evoked a fairly unified opinion of Mr. Rice’s action ... [read more]
Expressions of place through adornment in Australia and New Zealand
NEW RELEASE A History of Contemporary Jewellery in Australia and New Zealand: Place and Adornment written by Damian Skinner and Kevin Murray 2014 | 248 pages | 228 color illustrations Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-4687-9 | $50.00 Published in ... [read more]
Horacio Castellanos Moya and the Permanent Influence of Faulkner [Month of a Thousand Forests]
As a weekend send-off, I thought I’d round off this week’s entries in the Month of a Thousand Forests with a bit from one of my favorite books of recent times — Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya. [read more]
A City in Turmoil: The Start of the Boston Busing Crisis
By Michael Patrick MacDonald [read more]
Aspiring Adults Adrift
In 2011, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s Academically Adrift inscribed itself in post-secondary education wonking with all the subtlety of a wax crayon; the book made a splash in major newspapers, on television, via Twitter, on the page ... [read more]
"Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires" by Julio Cortázar [Weekend Reading]
This book literally just arrived in our office, which is perfect, since I’m taking off in 15 minutes to go camping and will definitely bring this with me. [read more]
Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio and His Precise Prose [Month of a Thousand Forests]
The first author in today’s Month of a Thousand Forests entry is Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio, who has a couple books available already in English, both translated by superstar Margaret Jull Costa. [read more]
Sci Fi Friday: “I’m not a Science Fiction writer”
John Brunner wrote about robots, space exploration, far-off planets and technology that ws yet to exist. In 1968, his Stand on Zanzibar won the Hugo award for best science fiction novel. He didn’t like the “sci-fi” label, though. “For m ... [read more]
Ashley Gilbertson’s Bedrooms of the Fallen
Army Spc. Ryan Yurchison, 27, overdosed on drugs after struggling with PTSD, on May 22, 2010, in Youngstown, Ohio. He was from New Middletown, Ohio. His bedroom was photographed in September 2011. [read more]
Andrew Cuomo and the Future of Fracking
By Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald [read more]
Economic inequality, philanthropy, and the New (and old) Gilded Age
Today we have a guest post from Francesca Sawaya, author of The Difficult Art of Giving: Patronage, Philanthropy, and the American Literary Market. Called "A fresh, original, and important revisionist literary history,” (Kenneth W. Warr ... [read more]
Finding the lost children
​—James Marten In 1904, J. M. Barrie prefaced his beloved play Peter Pan, or, The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up with the words, “All this has happened before.  And all this will happen again.” (The narrator utters the same passage at the … C ... [read more]
Anti-Islamic Hate Crime and the Enduring Effects of 9/11
In this blog entry, on the anniversary of 9/11, Lori Peek, author of Behind the Backlash, describes the aftereffects of the terrorist attacks for the Muslim community. Soon after Behind the Backlash was published, I had the opportunity ... [read more]
Webcast: Lead with Humility – Lessons from Pope Francis
The American Management Association New Media team will host a webcast  with Jeffrey A. Krames, author of Lead with Humility: Lessons from Pope Francis. He will cover how leaders and managers can use humility to inspire their people in ... [read more]
Enlightened phrasing in Zen Buddhist learning
NEW RELEASE Zen Koans written by Steven Heine 2014 | 206 pages Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-3974-1 | $17.00 Cloth (Print on Demand) | ISBN 978-0-8248-3973-4 | $48.00 Dimensions of Asian Spirituality   In this compact volume, Steven Heine, wh ... [read more]
Relax, Your Kid’s Troublesome Behavior Is Normal
By Enrico Gnaulati [read more]
Despite that white students are no longer the numerical majority in U.S. schools, racial inequality persists.
BY GILDA L. OCHOA Professor of sociology and Chicana/o-Latina/o studies at Pomona College [read more]
Q&A with Beyond the White Negro author Kimberly Chabot Davis
Kimberly Chabot Davis is an associate professor of English at Bridgewater State University. She answered some questions about her book Beyond the White Negro: Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading. Q: Where did the term “White Negro” originat ... [read more]
A Usable Past
How regimes shore up power through national narratives. [read more]
Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt on Business in a World Gone Social: Part 2
The following is Part Two of an interview with Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt, authors of A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive explaining specific strategies business leaders can use to get the most benefit and the … Con ... [read more]
Author Q&A: William Paul Simmons, Binational Human Rights
We continue our series of Fall 2014 Author Q&As with William Paul Simmons, one of the editors, with Carol Mueller, of Binational Human Rights: The U.S.–Mexico Experience. The book brings together leading scholars and human rights activi ... [read more]
Announcing the 2014 Winners of the National Poetry Series Awards
The National Poetry Series and the University of Georgia Press is pleased to announce the results of the 2014 open competition. Congratulations to all! [read more]
At the Core of Everything: A Q&A with Daisy Hernández
In her lyrical, coming-of-age memoir A Cup of Water Under My Bed—a heartfelt exploration of family, identity, and language now available from Beacon Press—Daisy Hernández chronicles what the women in her Cuban-Colombian family taught he ... [read more]
Books That Cook: Caramel Cake
During the month of September, we are celebrating the publication of our first literary cookbook, Books That Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal by rounding up some of our bravest “chefs” at the Press to take on the task of cooking this ... [read more]
Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt on Business in a World Gone Social: Part 1
The following is Part One of an interview with Ted Coiné and Mark Babbitt, authors of A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive describing the ways social media has changed customer service expectations, and how businesse ... [read more]
Indigenous Author Anita Heiss to Speak on September 10 at UH-Mānoa
AUTHOR EVENT Writer and activist Anita Heiss, a well-known advocate for indigenous education in Australia and one of the leading Aboriginal Australians involved in a highly controversial legal case related to Australia’s Racial Discrimi ... [read more]
Food diaspora, translations of home for Asians and Asian Americans
NEW RELEASE | First in Paper Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA written by Robert Ji-Song Ku 2014 | 304 pages | 18 illustrations Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-3997-0 | $28.00 Cloth | ISBN 978-0-8248-3921-5 | ... [read more]
Lorna Landvik: Life lessons from Joan Rivers.
BY LORNA LANDVIK Stand-up and improvisational comedian, public speaker, and best-selling author [read more]
NFL Films to the rescue
If you are a football fan and week one of the NFL season has given you an early letdown (we’re looking at you Chicago Bears fans), perhaps some warmly manufactured memories and the soothing tones of John Facenda can smooth over … Contin ... [read more]
Slouching Toward Fargo–Back in Print!
Slouching Toward Fargo A Two-Year Saga of Sinners and St. Paul Saints at the Bottom of the Bush Leagues with Bill Murray, Darryl Strawberry, Dakota Sadie, and Me By Neal Karlen With a Foreword by Mike Veeck The Casey Award–winning a ... [read more]
Where to see Temple University Press authors
This week, we encourage you to come out and see Temple University Press authors Ray Didinger, (The New Eagles Encyclopedia) and Dan Rottenberg (The Outsider) at their various Philadelphia area events. Ray Didinger, author of The New Eag ... [read more]
Announcing the Winner of the 2014 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction
We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction. Congratulations to Sarah Einstein, whose winning submission Mot: A Memoir will be published by the University of ... [read more]
We Want to Talk about the Right to Stay Home: The Story of Aldo Gonzalez
By Aldo Gonzalez [read more]
Getting Rugged With Thing Theory
How astronauts and IKEA hackers get scrappy and reject passive consumerism. Apollo 13's makeshift CO2 removal apparatus. Public domain image, courtesy of NASA. On April 13, 1970 the United States’ third manned mission to the moon was th ... [read more]
Pigskin Primer, 2014
The casual viewer might not ponder a university press and the manly art of football at the same time. Assuming a scholarly publisher covered sports at all, wouldn’t it devote its energy to obscure ball games played by ancient Mayans, or ... [read more]
Texas Aggies Go to War: Belgium Museum to Tell Story of Aggies Who Fought in World War II's Battle of the Bulge
 Although the historic Battle of the Bulge is approaching its 70th anniversary, the conflict is not ancient history to the residents of Bastogne, nor do they intend to let it become so to their descendants. [read more]
Announcing the Winners of the 2014 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction
Congratulations to Toni Graham and Siamak Vossoughi, this year's winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction! The competition continues to be a celebrated route to publication for literary short fiction collections. UGA Pre ... [read more]
The Salvation of Man Is Through Love: Remembering Viktor Frankl
Viktor Frankl, the psychotherapist and author of the hugely influential book Man’s Search for Meaning, died seventeen years ago this week. [read more]
Targeted Now Available on NetGalley
Increasingly, companies need to position themselves to reach the right consumers through online advertising. The most recent addition to our NetGalley catalog, Targeted: How Technology Is Revolutionizing Advertising and the Way Companie ... [read more]
Explore the frightening landscape where water and thirst are political, and drought is a business opportunity.
Click here to download the graphic version of this article. [read more]
Ancient Skeleton Steeped for Years in Lawsuits, Controversy Finally Freed to Share Secrets
In the summer of 1996 two college students were wading in the Columbian River in Kennewick, Washington when they stumbled upon a skull. [read more]
Cases and controversies: Rebecca Cook outlines Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective
Today we have a guest post from Rebecca J. Cook, co-editor of Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies. Read her Author Q&A here. In this post, Cook outlines the topics taken on by the scholars that contributed ... [read more]
ASALH $2.99 ebook sale
For the month of September, to coincide with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History annual meeting September 24-28 in Memphis, we have lowered the e-book list price of three titles in the University of Illino ... [read more]
The Social Roots of Risk: Producing Disasters, Promoting Resilience
The Social Roots of Risk: Producing Disasters, Promoting Resilience Kathleen Tierney [read more]
Public Universities and Regional Growth: Insights from the University of California
Public Universities and Regional Growth: Insights from the University of California [read more]
The Opportunity Equation: Closing the Education Gap
Citizen Schools founder Eric Schwarz with students (photo by Paul Mobley) [read more]
Lorna Landvik: Why I wrote Best to Laugh, Part 2.
BY LORNA LANDVIK Stand-up and improvisational comedian, public speaker, and best-selling author [read more]
Books That Cook: Lemon Polenta Cookies
This September, we’re celebrating the publication of our first literary cookbook, Books That Cook. To ring it in, we’ve rounded up some of our bravest “chefs” at the Press to take on the task of cooking this book! In the next … Continue ... [read more]
Terror and Wonder: our free ebook for September
For more than twenty years now, Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune has explored how architecture captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, Kamin treats his subjects not only ... [read more]
Our Fall Catalog (as Told by A Flowchart)
A quick visual guide to help you navigate our Fall 2014 offerings. You're welcome. A new season means new books, and as we steadily transition into Fall, it's time for SUP to roll out our Fall 2014 catalog, featuring books... [read more]
Why the Nazis? A minute with Peter Fritzsche
Between Two Homelands: Letters across the Borders of Nazi Germany provides a glimpse into the everyday lives of one family living during the tumultuous years of World War Two. The book, which was assembled from family letters by Hedda K ... [read more]
Random Quotes from New Books This September
Accounting for the Numberphobic: A survival Guide for Small Business Owners by Dawn Fotopulos “Now, what if we were able to lower the unit COGS on our raspberry cupcakes some, but not enoughto get them to 70 percent of retail … Continue ... [read more]
Greening of Capitalism: How Asia Is Driving the Next Great Transformation
Greening of Capitalism: How Asia Is Driving the Next Great Transformation John A. Mathews [read more]
Chicago 1968, the militarization of police, and Ferguson
John Schultz, author of The Chicago Conspiracy Trial and No One Was Killed: The Democratic National Convention, August 1968, recently spoke with WMNF about the history of police militarization, in light of both recent events in Ferguson ... [read more]
Ninth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Nine years ago today, Hurricane Katrina reached landfall on the Gulf Coast. The storm claimed the lives of 231 Mississippians and left more than 45 million cubic yards of debris in its wake. In a statement released today, current Missi ... [read more]
Toward a Better World: Following the Way of Martin Luther King
By Michael K. Honey [read more]
How not to react when your child tells you that he is gay
—Bernadette Barton I actively avoided watching “How Not to React When Your Child Tells You that He is Gay” for a little while. A former student Facebook messaged me the link. I saw it pop up on other people’s Facebook … Continue reading → [read more]
Happy “Bird”-day
Jazz innovator Charlie “Bird” Parker was born on August 29, 1920 in Kansas City. Before his death at age 34, Parker transformed jazz with harmonic creativity and complex melodic saxophone lines. Chuck Haddix, author of Bird: The Life an ... [read more]
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas Is Indicted on Charge of Abuse of Power
"The last Texas governor to face criminal charges was James E. “Pa” Ferguson, who was indicted in 1917 by a Travis County grand jury on embezzlement and eight other charges. His case also involved a veto that stirred anger: Mr. Ferguson ... [read more]
Between the world and #Ferguson
—Jelani Cobb [This article originally appeared in The New Yorker.] When I was eighteen, I stumbled across Richard Wright’s poem “Between the World and Me.” The poem, a retelling of a lynching, shook me, because while the narrator relays ... [read more]
Policing Plagiarism vs Increasing Learning
Earlier this week NPR’s All Things Considered ran a story on Turnitin, which describes itself as “the most innovative and effective online technology for evaluating student learning.” Its main feature is an enormous database against whi ... [read more]
Author Q&A: Megan Threlkeld, Pan American Women
The next author in our series of Fall 2014 Q&As is Megan Threlkeld. Her new book is Pan American Women: U.S. Internationalists and Revolutionary Mexico. In the years following World War I, women activists in the United States and Europe ... [read more]
It’s Time To Retire "Sustainability"
The “S” word has run out of steam; today, our goals should be more ambitious. The term was imprecise to begin with—what even is sustainability? A 2010 list of the year’s most overused jargon characterized sustainability as a “squishy, f ... [read more]
The meaning of Diana
Sunday, August 31 marks the seventeenth anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. The event became one of those “I remember just where I was when I heard” moments. The car crash that killed her, and the life she lived prior to … Continue r ... [read more]
Peter Bacon Hales (1950–2014)
University of Chicago Press author, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, dedicated Americanist, photographer, writer, cyclist, and musician Peter Bacon Hales (1950–2014) died earlier this week, near his home in u ... [read more]
The Arc of Justice Runs through Ferguson
By Jeanne Theoharis [read more]
Moving Past Facebook
In this blog entry, Robert Gehl, author of Reverse Engineering Social Media, writes about the alternatives to Facebook. At the heart of Facebook is a contradiction: Facebook is for friends (and family). Facebook is for marketers. “Faceb ... [read more]
Hot Off Penn Press: August's New Books
Well, as the new school year begins, the Press's presses have slowed, just a touch. It's the calm before the storm, to be sure. Here are the books that have been released this month. Jump to: American Literature | Politics... [read more]
Praise for We Shall Not Be Moved
We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-In and the Movement it Inspired by M.J. O'Brien has been awarded the 2014 Lillian Smith Book Award. The Lillian Smith awards honor authors who, through their writing, carry on Smith's ... [read more]
In the media: Cathy Lisa Schneider, author of Police Power and Race Riots
Cathy Schneider has been all over of late, giving insightful commentary on the events in Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting by police of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Schneider's book, Police Power and Race Riots, speaks ... [read more]
UIP music titles honored with ARSC Awards
Several University of Illinois Press books were honored with the 2014 Awards for Excellence from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections. The winners will be acknowledged at the awards ceremony at the ARSC national conference in ... [read more]
Spotlight on Data Crush
We’re shining a spotlight on Data Crush: How the Information Tidal Wave is Driving New Business Opportunities and on the author, Chris Surdak. Both the book and the author’s presentations on the topic have received acclaim and started i ... [read more]
Author Q&A: Rebecca Cook, Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective
We continue our ongoing series of Fall 2014 author Q&As with Rebecca Cook, one of the editors of Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies. Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective offers a fresh look at signif ... [read more]
Students on Isherwood: I Am George, a meditation on life and death in A Single Man.
Today marks the occasion of what would be Christopher Isherwood's 110th birthday (born on August 26th, 1904). To honor this event, Christopher Freeman and James J. Berg, editors of the forthcoming volume The American Isherwood (December ... [read more]
Mission Blue Producer Discusses Working with Oceanographer Sylvia Earle
The new documentary Mission Blue -- currently available on Netflix -- charts the life of oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Earle edits books in the Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota series, sponsored by the Harte Research Institute for ... [read more]
Lorna Landvik: Why I wrote Best to Laugh, Part 1.
BY LORNA LANDVIK Stand-up and improvisational comedian, public speaker, and best-selling author [read more]
Dale McGowan on He’s an Atheist, She’s a Christian…But What Are the Children?
The following is a guest post from Dale McGowan, author of In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families. After telling someone else about their religious differences, mo ... [read more]
The State of the University Press
Recently, a spate of articles appeared surrounding the future of the university press. Many of these, of course, focused on the roles institutional library sales, e-books, and shifting concerns around tenure play in determining the stri ... [read more]
Teenagers 101 Now Available on NetGalley
Our newest offering on NetGalley, Teenagers 101: What a Top Teacher Wishes You Knew About Helping Your Kid Succeed by Rebecca Deurlein is a resource for parents of teenagers, as well as writers, bloggers, librarians, booksellers and tho ... [read more]
Press Supporter, Author Contributes World War I Book Series to Cemetery at Foot of Belleau Wood Battle Site
Texas A&M University Press supporter and author Fran Vick recently contributed books in the C. A. Brannen Series on World War I -- named for her father -- to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France. [read more]
Looking at Slum Clearance in the Southwest
In this blog entry, Robert Fairbanks, author of The War on Slums in the Southwest, writes about how religious leaders campaigned for slum clearance in San Antonio and Phoenix. The War on Slums in the Southwest traces the history of slum ... [read more]
Lorna Landvik: Do we really "choose" our destinies—or are they written in the stars?
BY LORNA LANDVIK Stand-up and improvisational comedian, public speaker, and best-selling author [read more]
“Sounds familiar”: The revolution in #Ferguson
—Shana L. Redmond My first efforts to see the real time, on-the-ground happenings in Ferguson was on that day, the same day that alternative media streams temporarily went black. I visited Activist World News Now online for the live str ... [read more]
Study of 13,000-Year-Old Clovis People Still Important in Light of Evidence that Colonization of Americas Predates Era, Texas A&M Researcher Asserts
New research and the discovery of multiple archaeological sites predating people previously thought by experts to be the first Americans provide evidence that the Americas were first colonized at least 14,000 years ago. [read more]
Minnesota in the ’70s Documentary Nominated for an Upper Midwest Emmy®!
Minnesota in the ’70s, our documentary co-produced with Twin Cities Public Television’s Minnesota Productions & Partnerships (tptMN),  is nominated for a 2014 Upper Midwest Emmy® Award by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academ ... [read more]
Podcast: Paul Brown on Owning Your Future
Versatile and always learning from their mistakes, entrepreneurs can adapt to the toughest economy. Paul Brown, author of Own Your Future: How to Thrive Like an Entrepreneur and Thrive in an Unpredictable Economy  talks about ways emplo ... [read more]
Art Is a Form of Knowledge
Over the past three decades, visual artist William Kentridge has garnered international acclaim for his work across media including drawing, film, sculpture, printmaking, and theater. Best known for his entrancing stop-motion films of c ... [read more]
The Fountain of Knowledge: The Role of Universities in Economic Development
The Fountain of Knowledge: The Role of Universities in Economic Development Shiri M. Breznitz [read more]
Hard Times: Leadership in America
Hard Times: Leadership in America Barbara Kellerman [read more]
Leading with Sense: The Intuitive Power of Savoir-Relier
Leading with Sense: The Intuitive Power of Savoir-Relier Valérie Gauthier, Foreword by Warren Bennis [read more]
Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business
Flourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business Chris Laszlo and Judy Sorum Brown With John R. Ehrenfeld, Mary Gorham, Ilma Barros Pose, Linda Robson, Roger Saillant, Dave Sherman, and Paul Werder [read more]