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How early aviation inspired American utopianism
Frank Paul, "Flying Man," on the cover of Amazing Stories 3, no. 5 (August 1928). BY ADNAN MORSHED Associate professor of architecture and architectural history at the Catholic University of America [read more]
Hitting Bottom: Incarcerated Women in the Prison Hierarchy
By David Chura [read more]
Birthday wishes to James T. Farrell
James T. Farrell’s childhood coincided with a period in history when “real” Americans considered the Irish colorful—and usually undesirable—exotics. His omnibus novel Studs Lonigan and collection Chicago Stories reflected the Irish-Amer ... [read more]
Latest Review: "The Little Horse" by Torvald Steen
The latest addition to our Reviews section is by P. T. Smith on Torvald Steen’s The Little Horse, translated by James Anderson and published by Seagull Books. [read more]
Every student who studied with the Rev. Gary Davis
The Reverend Gary Davis was born in Piedmont, South Carolina, on April 30, 1896. He died in Hammonton, New Jersey, on May 5, 1972. In between, he become one of the most protean guitar players of the twentieth century, and his finger-pic ... [read more]
Climate Change’s Poisoned Culture
Climate change has joined sex, religion, and politics as an issue not to be discussed in polite conversation. [read more]
Feminist ire in all the wrong places
—Suzanna Danuta Walters [This piece originally appeared at the Chronicle of Higher Education.] Vaginas keep causing trouble. The latest labial kerfuffle involves none other than the mother of all things “down there,” Eve Ensler’s play T ... [read more]
Q&A with Becoming Julia de Burgos author Vanessa Pérez Rosario
Vanessa Pérez Rosario is an associate professor of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at City University of New York, Brooklyn College, and the editor of Hispanic Caribbean Literature of Migration: Narratives of Displacement. She recently ... [read more]
Best Translated Book Award Winners to Be Announced at BookExpo America
So, this has been percolating for some time, but yesterday BookExpo America sent out the official press release (copied below) about how this year’s Best Translated Book Award winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 27 at 2:30 as pa ... [read more]
The University of Illinois Press seeks a Director
From the University of Illinois job listing: The University of Illinois seeks candidates for the position of Director, University of Illinois Press. Nearing its 100th year of scholarly publishing, the University of Illinois Press enjoys ... [read more]
America's Dispossessed
The foreclosure crisis is a crisis of invisibility. [read more]
Black History Month and the Cuban Solidarity Movement of the 1870s
By Paul Ortiz [read more]
Meet the UI Press: The secret garden of praise
Blurb. It sounds like an onomatopoeia for a noise made by infant humans. In publishing, though, the blurb—i.e. a quote on the cover praising the book—figures mightily in the marketing process. Why? Because over a century of mass market ... [read more]
Event for Saving the Soul of Georgia
Maurice C. Daniels, dean and professor of the University of Georgia School of Social Work, will discuss SAVING THE SOUL OF GEORGIA: DONALD L. HOLLOWELL AND THE STRUGGLE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, a biography of the famed civil rights attorney, o ... [read more]
On the Merits of Brevity
Print is not dead, and other lessons we’ve learned from the Stanford Briefs imprint. [read more]
UGA Press to develop book series based on the Morehouse Martin Luther King Jr. Collection
King's briefcase from the collection Courtesy of Morehouse College The University of Georgia Press and the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection will collaborate to develop a groundbreaking new series of books using the ... [read more]
“I want to tell the story the way I want to tell it.”
On Oscar night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed Alejandro González Iñárritu the Best Director award for his unlikely hit Birdman. The film also won Best Picture. Birdman‘s film industry triumph capped a fifteen-ye ... [read more]
Excerpt: Seeing Green
An excerpt from Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images [read more]
Q&A with Before the Ivy author Laurent Pernot
Laurent Pernot is the executive vice chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago. Pernot came to the U.S. as a Chicago-area foreign-exchange student in 1988 and caught ’89 Cubs playoff fever. He answered some questions about his book Bef ... [read more]
MOOCs Are the Thing with Feathers
If we could channel a time before “how to code” seemed deemed the only thing worth learning, an enhanced appreciation for poetry would probably feature highly on surveys of edificatory aspiration. Such a goal may also be among those mos ... [read more]
2015 PROSE Awards
Now in their 39th year, the PROSE Awards honor “the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in over 40 categories,” as determined by a jury of pee ... [read more]
US poised to bring trade sanctions against China for rhino, tiger trade
By J.A. Mills [read more]
An Examination of Mississippi Freedom Schools
The Mississippi Freedom Schools changed lives. They opened doors for students and created exciting new possibilities for thousands of young black Mississippians who attended them during the summer of 1964. A largely unknown aspect of th ... [read more]
Three Percent #92: Crying in the Sunshine
This week’s podcast features a true roundtable discussion, with Tom and Chad being joined by Caroline Casey from Coffee House Press, Mark Haber and Jeremy Ellis from Brazos Bookstore, Stephen Sparks from Green Apple Books, and Danish au ... [read more]
An Improbable Comeback
How Chile weathered one of the greatest natural disasters in recent history. [read more]
The late trials of the Holocaust
—Frank Tuerkheimer and Michael Bazyler Elizabeth Kolbert’s article in the February 16th issue of The New Yorker, “The Last Trial” is a wonderful summary of the belated and long overdue reaction of the German legal system to the atrociti ... [read more]
Face the Nation
Pitchers and catchers continue to report to their Grapefruit and Cactus League destinations. Back in the snowy east, an uneasy leviathan stirs from its winter slumber. Months of singing a song of Ice and Fire, mostly ice, segues into th ... [read more]
Bookselling in Carolina [Some February Translations]
Last week, the tenth version of the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute took place in Asheville, NC, at a resort straight out of The Shining. [read more]
What lies beneath the Chapel Hill murders? More than a ‘parking dispute’
—Nadine Naber We may never know exactly what Craig Stephen Hicks was thinking when he killed Syrian American medical student Deah Barakat, his Palestinian American wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha. But we do know tha ... [read more]
The cardboard of spring
Baseball cards once provided a beloved adjunct to the National Pastime, one that really formed a brick in that ivy-covered wall we call the Zeitgeist. In those bygone days, the young and young at heart emptied the piggy bank in anticipa ... [read more]
Baseball on Trial wins American Legal History book award
Congratulations to Nathaniel Grow. Grow’s UIP book Baseball on Trial: The Origin of Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption is the winner of the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History/Biography for 2014. The Prize is awarded to “th ... [read more]
Curiosity’s Cats is a “CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title”
The January 2015 issue of CHOICE Magazine features its annual list of  Outstanding Academic Titles, chosen by the editors for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and the ... [read more]
Excerpt: Renegade Dreams
An excerpt from Laurence Ralph’s [read more]
Beyond intent: Why we need a new paradigm to think about racialized violence
—Evelyn Alsultany Three Muslim Americans – Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Mohammad, 21; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 – were murdered last week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by 46-year-old resident Craig Stephe ... [read more]
Interview with Author of Wooden Biography
Barbara Olenyik Morrow is a journalist and author from Auburn, Indiana, who has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial writing. Her youth biography of novelist and conservationist Gene Stratton-Porter was published by the IHS Pres ... [read more]
The Stage Is Set
Envisioning a prosperous and progressive future for Latin America. [read more]
Trafika Europe Radio Launches Funding Campaign
Today, Trafika Europe is launching an Indegogo campaign to help fund its forthcoming venture, Trafika Europe Radio. Set to start this fall, Trafika Europe Radio will stream original and partner-produced audio content, including: reading ... [read more]
800 thousand dollars in shoe boxes
Authors Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson document many colorful and dubious characters in their book Corrupt Illinois. An example (on page 1 of the book, even) would be former Illinois Secretary of State Paul Powell, who left nearly a ... [read more]
Breeding for Perfection: What It Takes for a Dog to Be a Champion
By Michael Brandow [read more]
Report from the Blizzard Zone
By Tom Hallock [read more]
University of Georgia Press announces Bradley Hale Fund for Southern Studies
The University of Georgia Press is pleased to announce the formation of the new Bradley Hale Fund for Southern Studies. This fund will support the publication of a wide range of scholarly and general interest books in the areas of south ... [read more]
Three Young Muslims Were Murdered in Chapel Hill: What Happens Next?
By Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski [read more]
The garden literature of The Artist's Garden
Today we have a guest post from Anna Marley, author of The Artist's Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, sharing the story behind the catalog and its accompanying exhibition, which opens today! In this post, she share ... [read more]
AwkwardMan: One Man's Journey From Brokenhearted Solitude to a Happy Life in Love
By Zain Omar [read more]
Martin Luther King's Beloved Community and #BlackLivesMatter
By Sheryll Cashin [read more]
USS Jackson Book Drive
The USS Jackson, which is set to be commissioned in July, is in need of books for the on-ship library. UPM is joining together with Lemuria Bookstore, The Clarion-Ledger, and St. Paul Catholic Church’s Armed Forces Ministry to sponsor a ... [read more]
The Social Politics of Imagined Realities
In Cold War Crucible: The Korean Conflict and the Postwar World, new this month, Masuda Hajimu reveals social and political forces normally seen as products of the Cold War actually to have been instrumental in fostering the conditions ... [read more]
Power to the People: Why We Need Civilian Police Review Boards
By Mary Frances Berry [read more]
#MuslimLivesMatter, #BlackLivesMatter, and the fight against violent extremism
—Zareena Grewal On Tuesday February 10, 2015, Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was charged with first-degree murder of three Arab, Muslim college students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Hicks’ neighbors, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and Yusor Moha ... [read more]
Watch Andrew O'Shaughnessy, author of An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean
Recently, our author Alexander Jackson O'Shaughnessy was featured in two videos, discussing his book, An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean, from 2000. The first was an appearance on CSPAN3's American Hist ... [read more]
The effect of Civil Rights photobooks in transforming the social consciousness of young people
Children sit together on a tree limb in an uncredited Seventh-Day Adventist image. From Louis B. Reynolds and Charles L. Paddock, Little Journeys into Storyland: Stories That Will Live and Lift (Nashville: Southern Publishing Associatio ... [read more]
Book giveaway: Plucked
“Most of Earth’s mammals possess luxuriant fur. Only one seeks to remove it. Rebecca Herzig’s delightful history of hair removal in America helps explain why: smooth skin is a cultural imperative.” —The Economist “Plucked is an importan ... [read more]
"I'm Trying to Answer the Same Questions as Karl Marx"
Last week at the annual Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) conference in Washington, D.C., Harvard University Press accepted the R.R. Hawkins Award for Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. The Hawkins—the highe ... [read more]
Excerpt: In Search of a Lost Avant-Garde
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Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders - Jennifer Garvey Berger and Keith Johnston
When faced with complex challenges or uncertain outcomes, many leaders believe that if they are smart enough, work hard enough, or turn to the best management tools, they will be able to find the right answer, predict and plan for the f ... [read more]
The Birth of a Nation: Visualizing Hate and Justice in Early Hollywood
By Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski [read more]
Mississippi-born Photographer Oraien Catledge Has Passed Away
We are saddened to learn that UPM author and photographer Oraien E. Catledge of Atlanta died last week from complications related to congestive heart failure. He was 86. [read more]
It turns out male sexuality is just as fluid as female sexuality
—Jane Ward If women can kiss women and still be straight, what about men? Some scholars have argued that female sexual desires tend to be fluid and receptive, while men’s desires – regardless of whether men are gay or straight – tend … ... [read more]
Women & sex in Christian–Muslim relations: The medieval perspective
Today we have a guest post from Simon Barton, author of Conquerors, Brides, and Concubines: Interfaith Relations and Social Power in Medieval Iberia. This post originally appeared on the blog of the Exeter Centre for Medieval Studies. E ... [read more]
Three MNHS Press books are Minnesota Book Award Finalists!
Congratulations to our Minnesota Book Award finalists: Brenda J. Child for My Grandfather’s Knocking Sticks in the General Nonfiction category, Larry Millett and Matt Schmitt for Minnesota’s Own in the Minnesota category, and Lori Sturd ... [read more]
Excerpt: Elaine Conis’s Vaccine Nation
An excerpt from Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization [read more]
Hot Off Penn Press: January's New Books
While the groundhog may have seen its shadow, forecasting six more weeks of winter, we can keep our minds off the weather with the most recent books from Penn Press! Jump to: General Interest | American History | Art |... [read more]
Interview with C. Peter Timmer, author of Food Security and Scarcity
In the fall, Penn published a book by C. Peter Timmer, Food Security and Scarcity: Why Ending Hunger Is So Hard. Timmer's book, as the title suggests, examines the challenges facing those who would end the world problem of hunger.... [read more]
Black Lives Matter, youth militancy, and resistance
—Sekou Franklin [Note: This piece was originally published on Atlanta Blackstar.] Almost 100 years ago, the Harlem intellectual Hubert Harrison celebrated black resistance to racialized violence in the essay “As the Current Flows.” He d ... [read more]
Free e-book for February: Floating Gold
Our free e-book for February is Christopher Kemp’s idiosyncratic exegesis on the backstory of whale poop, [read more]
Introducing the C19 Circuit with "Philip, or the Indian Chief"
Just as we highlighted, last week, a new endeavor by our journal JHI, today we have something new from the organizers of our journal J19. J19 is the official publication of C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. C19 has in ... [read more]
The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America: Q&A with author Rachel C. Lee
Last season, Faye Qiyu Lu, one of our fall interns and an undergraduate at NYU, put together a series of questions for Rachel C. Lee, author of The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America. Check out the Q&A on the book below!  What does … Con ... [read more]
Sandra M. Gustafson on the State of the Union (2015)
As with the past few years, we are fortunate enough to have scholar Sandra M. Gustafson contribute a post following Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address, positing the stakes for Obama’s rhetorical position in light of recent ... [read more]
The Artist's Garden and the Autochromes of Thomas Shields Clarke
Today we have a guest post from Barbara Katus, Manager of Imaging Services at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She shares the story of rediscovering more than 100 early photographs, known as Autochromes, which came to be a... [read more]
Opening Pandora’s (Cable) Box
The following is a guest-post from UPM Director Leila Salisbury. This article appeared a  recent issue of Against the Grain. Against the Grain provides the latest news about libraries, publishers, book jobbers, and subscription agents. ... [read more]
Excerpt: How Many is Too Many?
Excerpted from [read more]
Music Monday: Free Jazz / Black Power
First published In 1971, French jazz critics Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli co-wrote Free Jazz / Black Power, a treatise on the racial and political implications of jazz and jazz criticism. The book not only caught the spirits o ... [read more]
Dancing Tango: Q&A with author Kathy Davis
Argentinean tango is a global phenomenon. Since its origin, it has crossed and re-crossed many borders. Yet, never before has tango been danced by so many people and in so many different places as today. In her new book, Dancing Tango,  ... [read more]
Bat Mania
Pest-eating flyers face an uncertain future. Did you know that bats are one of the most ecologically and economically important wildlife species worldwide, but also one of the most threatened? In the United States, almost half of ... [read more]
Everything’s coming up Howie
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After Roe
Today, the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, thousands will gather in Washington to partake in the March for Life, an annual demonstration against “the greatest human rights violation of our time.” The Mar ... [read more]
A Conversation with R.C. Harvey, author of Insider Histories of Cartooning: Rediscovering Forgotten Famous Comics and Their Creators
Robert C. Harvey, cartoonist and a veteran comics critic, is the author of several histories of comics and biographies of cartoonists. His new book Insider Histories of Cartooning: Rediscovering Forgotten Famous Comics and Their Creator ... [read more]
#INeedDiverseGames and why representation in games matters
Image copyright of Sylvie Reuter BY ADRIENNE SHAW Assistant professor of media studies and production at Temple University  [read more]
January Book Roundup
UPM is pleased to publish six new books this month including two titles available in English for the first time, a new edition in our Conversations with Filmmakers Series, and a definitive study on Asian comics. [read more]
Book Launch Celebration for Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota
Please join us Thursday February 5, 2015 from 6-9 pm at the Minnesota History Center to celebrate the publication of  Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota edited by Alexs Pate with co-editors Pamela R. Fletcher and J. O ... [read more]
Five Books Chosen as Outstanding Academic Titles
Five University Press of Mississippi titles have been named to the CHOICE's 2014 Outstanding Academic Title list. UPM's contribution to this list of outstanding works are:   [read more]
Students on Isherwood: "Come Again, Sir. I Don't Get You," on death and dissociation in A Single Man
Christopher Freeman and James J. Berg, editors of the forthcoming volume The American Isherwood (January 2015), have compiled exemplary essays about writer Christopher Isherwood's craft from their students to share on the Press blog lea ... [read more]
Holiday Recipe Roundup: Beyond Grape Salad
Saffron and Raisin Buns, known fondly in Sweden as Lussekatter buns. With the holidays comes the usual flurry of cooking and baking: delicious casseroles and breads, tasty cookies, pies, and other sweets, and grape salad. Okay, maybe n ... [read more]
A&M Study: Texas State Parks Good for Economy
Tourists and visitors to Texas State Parks create an economic boost for nearby towns, generating income and jobs for local communities and growing the state economy, according to a recent study from Texas A&M University. In a nutshell, ... [read more]
Goodbye, Marriage Bans. Hello, Duggars.
Two men in handshake during San Francisco Marriage March with banner,  "We all deserve the freedom to marry."  Photo from Creative Commons. BY AMY L. STONE Assistant professor of sociology at Trinity University in San Antonio [read more]
Where was Santa on December 13, 1961?
What was Santa doing in Minneapolis fifty-three years ago? Why spreading cheer in the Sky Room at Dayton’s in Minneapolis, of course! Here he is at the store’s children’s breakfast on December 13, 1961. This photograph, along with many ... [read more]
Biologists and Game Wardens Rescue Sea Turtles from Frigid Waters
When the weather turns cold for long periods of time, biologists and game wardens prepare for freezing water temperatures to affect wildlife along the coast. [read more]
Crafty Kids
Do you have a crafty kid on your holiday gift list? Keep them busy with our new craft book for kids: Making History: Have a Blast with 15 Crafts The book features projects that celebrate Minnesota’s history and people. It includes cra ... [read more]
Praise for Happy Clouds, Happy Trees
Happy Clouds, Happy Trees: The Bob Ross Phenomenon explores of one of the most beloved and talented artists and painting instructors ever to teach on American television. Released earlier this year, the book reacquaints readers with Bob ... [read more]
The continuing influence of the Mexico ’68 Olympics brand
Lance Wyman, designer, Mexico '68 logo, 1968 [read more]
A Conversation with Jack Haney, editor of The Complete Folktales of A. N. Afanas’ev
The folktales of A.N. Afanas’ev represent the largest single collection of folktales in any European language and perhaps in the world. Widely regarded as the Russian Grimm, Afanas’ev collected folktales from throughout the Russian Empi ... [read more]
Broken Windows, Trust, System
Over the past several years we’ve had occasion time and again to turn to Bernard Harcourt, Professor of Law and Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, for increased understanding of the policing of behavior, ... [read more]
Baz Luhrmann: Interviews
Though he has made only five films in two decades—Strictly Ballroom, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, and the Oscar-nominated films Moulin Rouge!, Australia, and The Great Gatsby—Australian writer-director Baz Luhrmann (b. 1962) is ... [read more]
Q&A with Carolyn Brown, author of Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker
 Author Margaret Walker (1915–1998) has been described as “the most famous person nobody knows.” It is a shocking misperception of a woman who was an award-winning poet, novelist, essayist, educator, and activist as well as friend and m ... [read more]
Calling all rock hunters!
Rhoda’s Rock Hunt by Molly Beth Griffin with illustrations by Jennifer A. Bell explores a child’s first experience of camping in the the north woods and hiking with her aunt and uncle. Rhoda wants to bring home every beautiful rock she ... [read more]
New Book Roundup
UPM is introducing seven new titles this month. All of the titles listed below are now available. [read more]
Praise for UPM Music Books
The most recent issue of ARSC Journal features reviews of two UPM books — The Amazing Jimmi Mayes: Sideman to the Stars and Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942. [read more]
Q&A with Ian Brodie, author of A Vulgar Art
Ian Brodie is the author of A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy. This book is the first examination of stand-up comedy through the lens of folklore. [read more]
Holiday Author Fair Set for December 6
More than seventy Hoosier authors will pack Eli Lilly Hall at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, from noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, December 6, for the Indiana Historical Society's ann ... [read more]
Ethical Geography: How abolitionists used spatial practice to reject their own authority
Ralph Waldo Emerson ca. 1857.  Photograph: George Eastman House Photography Collection [read more]