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BTBA 2014 Celebrations: In Paris, In New York
Less than one week from today—at 2pm East Coast time on Monday, April 28th to be exact—we’ll be announcing the winners of this year’s Best Translated Book Award. [read more]
Black sexuality, the glass closet, and how the "down low" can never be one specific thing.
Since the early 2000s, the phenomenon of the "down low"—black men who have sex with men as well as women and do not identify as gay, queer, or bisexual— has exploded in media and popular culture. Wordle image source. [read more]
The Oldest Living Things in the World
The Oldest Living Things in the World was a labor of love for artist and photographer Rachel Sussman—the project, to document and photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older, has been around in one form or another ... [read more]
National Poetry Month: Week 4
For the penultimate week of National Poetry Month, Cynthia Lowen shares the poem "Oppenheimer Studies the Art of Surrender" from her latest poetry collection, THE CLOUD THAT CONTAINED THE LIGHTNING (2013. pg. 46). [read more]
The Bard's Birthday Quiz
Think you know Shakespeare? Think you know what famous philosophers would say about Shakespeare? Centuries after Shakespeare first put quill to paper, his plays continue to provoke philosophical questions that run the gamut from sexual ... [read more]
Local Story: The Massie-Kahahawai Case and the Culture of History
The Massie-Kahahawai case of 1931–1932 shook the Territory of Hawai‘i to its very core. Thalia Massie, a young Navy wife, alleged that she had been kidnapped and raped by “some Hawaiian boys” in Waikīkī. A few days later, five young men ... [read more]
Asian American Series founding editor honored
On Saturday, April 19, 2014 Roger Daniels, founding editor of our Asian American Experience series, received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Association for Asian American Studies. Daniels is the Charles Phelps Taft Professor ... [read more]
Four New Pennsylvania History Titles!
We're proud to announce the forthcoming publication of four new titles under our Metalmark Books imprint (a joint imprint of The Pennsylvania State University Press and the Office of Digital Scholarly Publishing at The Pennsylvania Stat ... [read more]
Why NYC must save the South Street Seaport
—James M. Lindgren Most New Yorkers think of South Street Seaport as only a touristy shopping mall. But the real South Street Seaport is a historic district with three piers and 11 blocks surrounded by Manhattan’s skyscrapers. It’s a tr ... [read more]
Smart Sales Manager Named 2014 Book of the Year by American Association of Inside Sales Professionals
The American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AA-ISP) chose Smart Sales Manager: The Ultimate Playbook for Building and Running a High-Performance Inside Sales Team by Josiane Feigon to be its Book of The Year. Each year the A ... [read more]
Reflections of a Zen Buddhist Nun: Essays by Zen Master Kim Iryop
The life and work of Kim Iryŏp (1896–1971) bear witness to Korea’s encounter with modernity. A prolific writer, Iryŏp reflected on identity and existential loneliness in her poems, short stories, and autobiographical essays. As a pionee ... [read more]
The University of Illinois Press hosts AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show
The University of Illinois Press hosts the annual Book, Jacket and Journal Show, April 28-May 9, 2014. Sponsored by the Association of American University Presses, nearly 100 books and jackets—the best of university press publishing—are ... [read more]
Revisiting Norman Maclean
The Daily Beast recently dredged the archive of zeitgeist-engaged writings as a feature for its recurring column “The Stacks.” What they turned up was novelist Pete Dexter’s wickedly astute profile of Norman Maclean—his first publicatio ... [read more]
Reminder Webcast: Speaking with Presence — Delivering Your Message with Authority and Confidence
This week, the American Management Association New Media team will be hosting a webcast with John Baldoni, author of The Leader’s Guide to Speaking With Presence: How to Project Confidence, Conviction and Authority. He will be offering ... [read more]
My Easter with Christians, Jews, and Muslims
By Susan Katz Miller [read more]
The Social Roots of Risk: Producing Disasters, Promoting Resilience
The Social Roots of Risk: Producing Disasters, Promoting Resilience Kathleen Tierney [read more]
“For we were strangers in the land of Egypt…”: Passover, Radical Empathy, and Reconciliation
By Louise Steinman [read more]
In Memoriam: Olivia Remie Constable
It's with great sadness that we at the Press learned this week of the passing of Olivia Remie Constable, editor of Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources. A gifted scholar, the loss of her voice is a... [read more]
New Books Week: Art and Architecture | Literature and Culture | Urban Studies
Well, we've reached the final day of New Books week, and capping things off is a bit of a potpourri. We have titles in Art and Architecture, Literature and Culture, and Urban Studies. Can't get enough new books? Take heart!... [read more]
2014 International Book Industry Excellence Awards
Last week, we were humbled to learn that we received the inaugural International Academic and Professional Publisher Award from the London Book Fair, among a ridiculously esteemed group of nominees across multiple categories. The award, ... [read more]
Negotiating Genuinely: Being Yourself in Business
Negotiating Genuinely: Being Yourself in Business Shirli Kopelman [read more]
Tsai Ming-Liang and a Cinema of Slowness
How can we qualify slowness in cinema? What is the relationship between a cinema of slowness and a wider sociocultural “slow movement”? A body of films that shares a propensity toward slowness has emerged in many parts of the world over ... [read more]
Press Senior Editor Jerry Singerman wins Robert L. Kindrick–CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies
This past weekend, at the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Penn Press senior editor Jerry Singerman received the Robert L. Kindrick–CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies. He is the first publisher to b ... [read more]
New Books Week: Politics and Human Rights
Thursday on New Books Week brings us titles in Politics and Human Rights. Chains of Justice: The Global Rise of State Institutions for Human Rights Sonia Cardenas "Chains of Justice is an excellent account of the emergence and diffusion ... [read more]
Two UPM Books Nominated For Eisner Awards
Nominations for the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been announced and two UPM titles are being considered in the category of Best Educational/Academic Work. The nominated titles from UPM are Drawing from Life: Memory andSub ... [read more]
The Political Hand
We’ve been thrilled, surprised and occasionally befuddled by the tremendous (and often tremendously thoughtful) attention being paid to Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Early discussion has been profitably contentio ... [read more]
Book trailer for Renegade Revolutionary
In November 1774, a pamphlet to the “People of America” was published in Philadelphia and London. It forcefully articulated American rights and liberties and argued that the Americans needed to declare their independence from Britain. T ... [read more]
English Cheddar Chowder from Chef Anne Quinn Corr
Today on Central PA Live, Chef Anne Quinn Corr—author of the cookbook Seasons of Central Pennsylvania—will share a delicious recipe for using up leftover Easter ham:  Connie Snyder's English Cheddar Chowder. [read more]
Where the North Sea Touches Alabama
Where the North Sea Touches Alabama is a strange book—I’ve been describing it to strangers (note the relationship between adjective and noun) as an ethnography of mourning, but really it’s a peculiar hybrid of sociological exegesis, lyr ... [read more]
Margaret Cho, Chokpos, and Collective Memory in Korea
Before finding his own roots in A Family of No Prominence, Professor Eugene Park helped Margaret Cho uncover her ancestry on the PBS show, Finding Your Roots. American-born and San Francisco-bred, actress and comedian Margaret Cho knew ... [read more]
New Books Week: Medieval and Early Modern Studies
We're at the midpoint of New Books Week, and today sees our biggest crop of books in one primary area of study, Medieval and Early Modern Studies. This, of course, covers a fairly large scope, both in subject matter, geography,... [read more]
Q&A with author Bryan Piazza
In a recent interview, author Bryan Piazza discusses his new book, Atchafalaya River Basin and gives background information on the immensely diverse ecosystem of the river basin. [read more]
Asian American History and Culture series adds a new editor
This week, we welcome Modeling Citizenship author Cathy Schlund-Vials to the Asian American History and Culture series editorial team. Temple University Press is pleased to announce the addition of Cathy Schlund-Vials, Associate Profess ... [read more]
Companions for the Holidays: Sharing the Bread of Life
By S. Brent Plate [read more]
The definition of academic freedom, for many, does not accommodate dissent.
BY STEVEN SALAITA Associate professor of English at Virginia Tech [read more]
Latest Review: "The Antiquarian" by Gustavo Faverón Patriau
The latest addition to our Reviews section is by P.T. Smith on The Antiquarian by Gustavo Faverón Patriau, forthcoming from Black Cat/Grove Press in June of this year. [read more]
National Poetry Month: Week 3
For the third week of our National Poetry Month showcase, Frank X Walker shares the poem "Ambiguity Over the Confederate Flag" from his book, TURN ME LOOSE (2013, pg. 4). [read more]
Common Knowledge?: An Ethnography of Wikipedia
Common Knowledge?: An Ethnography of Wikipedia Dariusz Jemielniak [read more]
Culture in Conflict: Irregular Warfare, Culture Policy, and the Marine Corps
Culture in Conflict: Irregular Warfare, Culture Policy, and the Marine Corps Paula Holmes-Eber [read more]
Epinets: The Epistemic Structure and Dynamics of Social Networks
Epinets: The Epistemic Structure and Dynamics of Social Networks Mihnea C. Moldoveanu and Joel A.C. Baum [read more]
The Co-Creation Paradigm
The Co-Creation Paradigm Venkat Ramaswamy and Kerimcan Ozcan [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]
2014 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards: UH Press Nominees
Now marking its 21st year, the Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards are presented annually by Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association to honor Hawai‘i’s finest books and their authors, illustrators, designers, and publishers. This year’s awards pres ... [read more]
Association for Asian American Studies Conference in San Francisco and the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in Chicago
University of Hawai‘i Press is exhibiting at two conferences this week, showcasing new and recent titles from our Spring catalog as well as our Asian Studies catalog. In San Francisco from April 16-19 at the Grand Hyatt for the Associat ... [read more]
Three Percent #73: The David Peace Episode
In this week’s podcast, Tom and Chad talk about the works of British writer David Peace. Peace was part of the 2003 version of Granta’s “Best of Young British Novelists” (along with Toby Litt, Nicola Baker, David Mitchell, Adam Thirlwel ... [read more]
Short Takes
Gillian Hart argues, during a recent interview with KPFA 94.1's "Against the Grain," that the African National Congress's rule in South Africa has been disappointing to many since it began in 1994. Hart is the author of the new book, R ... [read more]
New Books Week: Ancient Studies | Anthropology | Religious Studies
New Books Week continues today, this time with titles in Ancient Studies, Anthropology, and Religious Studies. ANCIENT STUDIES Tomb Treasures of the Late Middle Kingdom: The Archaeology of Female Burials Wolfram Grajetzki "A wonderful w ... [read more]
Why This Book Should Win: The 10 Fiction Finalists
Now that the ten finalists for the 2014 BTBA in Fiction have been announced, it’s worth taking a look back at the reasons “why these books should win” according to the judges and other readers. Below is a list of all ten finalists, with ... [read more]
An excerpt from The Counter-Revolution of 1776
To celebrate this week’s release of Gerald Horne’s The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America, today we are featuring an exclusive excerpt from the book, in which Horne sets the stag ... [read more]
2014 Lone Star Land Steward Award
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin on May 21stwill recognize the families of the Hillingdon (Giles Family), Leslie (Leslie Family), and Laurels (Langford Family) Ranches for their outstanding dedication, education, and stella ... [read more]
2014 Best Translated Book Awards: Fiction Finalists
All 25 titles on the 2014 Fiction Longlist are spectacular, so I’m sure this was a pretty brutal decision making process. Anyway, here are your final ten books: [read more]
As American As Tax Resistance
Over the past 150 years, various groups of Americans have resisted taxation as a form of protest, acting out their anger towards the state over the issues of who should be taxed, how much, and why. In American Tax Resisters, historian R ... [read more]
Erika on Grammar Rules for Digital Communication
The following is a guest post from Associate Editor & Copy Manager Erika Spelman on  following or ignoring the rules for correct grammar and punctuation when writing emails or sending texts. “Thanks, there’s no rush, since I don’t have ... [read more]
Surf Science: An Introduction to Waves for Surfing, Third Edition
Have you ever wondered where waves come from? What makes every one different, why some peel nicely and others just close out? Why, some days, waves come in sets of six and others in sets of three, and what factors affect the behavior of ... [read more]
Fred Ho dies at 56
Composer, saxophonist, author and activist Fred Ho passed away over the weekend. A foremost voice in the history of West Coast Asian American jazz, the East Coast avant-garde, and numerous anti-oppression movements, Ho spent his life re ... [read more]
New Books Week: General Interest | American History
A bevy of new titles have been published by Penn Press since the turn of the year, and it's high time they were featured here on the Log. So, this week is New Books Week. Starting today, and continuing for... [read more]
Q&A with Sex Tourism in Bahia author Erica Lorraine Williams
Erica Lorraine Williams is an assistant professor of anthropology at Spelman College.  She answered some questions about her book Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements. Q: For your book research you attended meetings of the grou ... [read more]
The Value of Hawai‘i 2 Launches New Volume with Community Events
Continuing the conversations started in the first volume of this series, The Value of Hawai‘i 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions offers passionate and poignant visions for the future of Hawai‘i. The fresh voices gathered in this collec ... [read more]
Remembering Peter Matthiessen, Visionary Naturalist and Literary Mentor
By Alex Shoumatoff [read more]
Congratulations to the 2014 Guggenheim Fellows
Congratulations to the 2014 class of Guggenheim Fellows, announced this week by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The Guggenheim, a “mid-career award” (PS: Clare Vaye Watkins, knocking it out of the park for the younger gen ... [read more]
IHS Press Books Named as Award Finalists
Two publications from the Indiana Historical Society Press have been named as finalists in Foreword Review's 2013 Book of the Year Awards. The books and the categories they are entered in are as follows: [read more]
Memories of Hoosier Family Doctors
An initiative of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians and the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, Family Practice Stories: Memories, Reflections, and Stories of Hoosier Family Doctors of the Mid-Twentieth Century, is a ... [read more]
George Washington’s bodies
—Thomas A. Foster [Note: An expanded version of this piece was originally posted on Nursing Clio.] Many Americans could tell you that George Washington was tall and that he had false teeth. Why? Although he is disembodied in national sy ... [read more]
Q&A with C. Francis Jenkins biographer Donald Godfrey
Donald G. Godfrey is a broadcast educator, professional broadcaster, and historian. Godfrey is also a past president of the national Broadcast Education Association (BEA), a former editor of the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Me ... [read more]
Student Athlete Unions At Bat; Pay-for-Play On Deck?
As Northwestern football players push for the right to unionize, commentators jump to the contested issue of whether or not student athletes should receive salaries for their athletic services. Rodney Fort, author of 15 Sports Myths, we ... [read more]
Mary Oliver reads "Night and the River": A Video
By Rob Arnold [read more]
Surfing Places, Surfboard Makers: Craft, Creativity, and Cultural Heritage in Hawaii, California, and Australia
Over the last forty years, surfing has emerged from its Pacific islands origins to become a global industry. Since its beginnings more than a thousand years ago, surfing’s icon has been the surfboard—its essential instrument, the point ... [read more]
A Conversation with Bruce West, Author of The True Gospel Preached Here
Bruce West’s color photographs in The True Gospel Preached Here document the spiritual and creative work of Reverend H.D. Dennis, and his wife, Margaret, a self-proclaimed preacher, artist, and architect in Vicksburg, Mississippi. [read more]
Art, Ritual, and Civic Identity in Medieval Southern Italy
The following is an excerpt from Art, Ritual, and Civic Identity in Medieval Southern Italy by Nino Zchomelidse, forthcoming from Penn State Press in mid-April: [read more]
Is gender stifling our scientific imaginations?
This week, we showcase Conceiving Masculinity author Liberty Walther Barnes’ recent TEDx talk at Cambridge University.  Is Gender a Liquid or a Solid? In sociology we like to say that gender is “flexible and fluid,” because gender norms ... [read more]
New Book: Conversations with William Gibson
"I was tired of America-as-the-future, the world as a white monoculture, the protagonist as a good guy from the middle class or above. I wanted there to be more elbow room. I wanted to make room for antiheroes. I also wanted science fic ... [read more]
There Goes the Wind
In 2001 Alice Randall published The Wind Done Gone, a novel reinterpreting Margarett Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind from the perspective of “Cynara,” a recently freed woman who’d been raised as a slave on Scarlett’s plantation. Cynara, a ... [read more]
The BDS movement and the front lines of the war on academic freedom.
BY SUNAINA MAIRA [read more]
Depictions of masculinity on television
—Amanda D. Lotz It is revealing that so little has been written about men on television. Men have embodied such an undeniable presence and composed a significant percentage of the actors upon the small screen—be they real or fictional—s ... [read more]
Recasting Red Culture in Proletarian Japan: Childhood, Korea, and the Historical Avant-Garde
Recasting Red Culture turns a critical eye on the influential proletarian cultural movement that flourished in 1920s and 1930s Japan. This was a diverse, cosmopolitan, and highly contested moment in Japanese history when notions of poli ... [read more]
Journals Department adds conference registration services
The Journals Department is excited to add conference registrations to the list of services it offers to its society and association clients. Press staff members Cheryl Jestis and Paul Arroyo handled the registration desk for the annual ... [read more]
Kemp’s ridley Sea Turtles ...
Kemp’s ridley Sea Turtles on Decline [read more]
A Roberts Court Re-Write of Rawls
What philosophical compass guides the Roberts Court's take on political equality? Forthcoming author, Timothy Kuhner takes a stab at this question in his forthcoming book, Capitalism v. Democracy. The recent ruling in McCutcheon v. Fede ... [read more]
Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan
Wild Man from Borneo offers the first comprehensive history of the human-orangutan encounter. Arguably the most humanlike of all the great apes, particularly in intelligence and behavior, the orangutan has been cherished, used, and abus ... [read more]
Collective Courage: A Conversation at the Bowery Poetry Club
[View the story "A Conversation about African American Co-ops" on Storify] [read more]
Upcoming events for Outside the Box
Hillary L. Chute spent a significant portion of the past decade studying, hanging out with, and interviewing many of the artists whose iconic images have helped define contemporary graphic arts. In Outside the Box: Interviews with Conte ... [read more]
Living with Lynching on C-SPAN’s BookTV
On Friday, March 14, 2014, Koritha Mitchell, author of  Living with Lynching:  African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930, spoke at the James Madison Memorial Building of the Library of Congress. At the eve ... [read more]
To the Mountaintop: The Last Speech of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
By Michael K. Honey [read more]
12 Things You Might Not Know about Fred Zinnemann
Fred Zinnemann directed some of the most acclaimed and controversial films of the twentieth century from The Seventh Cross and The Search to High Noon, From Here to Eternity, and Julia. [read more]
McCutcheon and Corruption in America
In 1785, having spent several years representing American interests, Benjamin Franklin left Paris in possession of a parting gift from Louis XVI: a golden case adorned with the King’s portrait and 408 diamonds. Though the gift was in li ... [read more]
Lessons Learned from Dr. Jane Goodall, On the Occasion of Her 80th Birthday
By Nancy Merrick [read more]
This Is The Grisliest Appendix You've Ever Seen
When was the last time you actually read a book’s appendix in full? Austin Sarat’s new book, Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty features some gruesome but illustrative end matter not to be overlooked. A ... [read more]
On the Horizon: Delta Dogs
Delta Dogs is a a new collection of photographs from Maude Schuyler Clay (Delta Land) that capture the simple, desolate beauty of the Mississippi Delta. This book will be available from UPM in June. [read more]
As it turns out, you can go home again.
Writer Michael Fedo, whose essays and stories have been deeply inspired by his roots, grew up in this Duluth home. [read more]
Appreciating Philadelphia’s Mural Arts @ 30
In this blog entry, David Updike, co-editor of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts @ 30, offers his thoughts on the book and what he learned about Mural Arts along the way. I think it’s safe to say that over the last thirty years, Philadelphia ha ... [read more]
The following is a guest post from Fred C. Smith, author of Trouble in Goshen: Plain Folk, Roosevelt, Jesus, and Marx in the Great Depression South. This book chronicles three communitarian experiments, both the administrative details a ... [read more]
Webcast: Speaking with Presence — Delivering Your Message with Authority and Confidence
The American Management Association New Media team will be hosting a webcast with John Baldoni, author of The Leader’s Guide to Speaking With Presence: How to Project Confidence, Conviction and Authority. He will be offering techniques ... [read more]
Designing an Icon: Jimmy's Blues by James Baldwin
By Bob Kosturko [read more]
An Orchard Invisible: Our free e-book for April
Just in time for garden prep, our free e-book for April is Jonathan Silvertown’s An Orchard Invisible: A Natural History of Seeds. [read more]
No April Fool: Q&A with author Kembrew McLeod
To celebrate April 1 and the release of our new book, Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World, today we have a Q&A with the author—and self-proclaimed prankster—Kembrew McLeod. McLeod discusses pranks, hoaxes and cons (and what ... [read more]
Asian American Experience $2.99 eBook sale
For the month of April we have lowered the e-book list price of five Asian American Experience titles in the University of Illinois Press catalog to $2.99. In Pursuit of Gold: Chinese American Miners and Merchants in the American West b ... [read more]
Random Quotes from New Books This April
Successful Business Process Management: What You Need to Know to Get Results by Paula K. Berman “The exact boundaries of a process are usually somewhat arbitrary, especially when you are defining multiple interlocking procedures—where d ... [read more]
Women's History Month is not over yet!
Today may be the last day of Women's History Month, but you can still get a FREE copy of one of our most important women's history titles—The Burke-Wollstonecraft Debate: Savagery, Civilization, and Democracy, ed. Daniel I. O'Neill—from ... [read more]
Cycles of gender testing
—Ellen Samuels A friend who cycles competitively just sent me a link to the new policy on transgender participants in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference. It seems like a progressive and welcoming policy, stating that: “The ECCC p ... [read more]
Author Q&A: Bryant Boutwell
To honor his long-time friend and colleague, UTHealth’s historian, Bryant Boutwell, has penned John P. McGovern, MD: ALifetime of Stories (Texas A&M University Press, 2014), a biography that captures the influential life of the man behi ... [read more]