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New BTBA Judge James Crossley Highlights His Picks for Bestsellers
James Crossley is a bookseller at Island Books. He writes regularly for the store’s Message in a Bottle blog and for the website of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. [read more]
Short Takes
Sarah Gorham, author of STUDY IN PERFECT, is best known for poetry books. In an interview with WFPL 89.3, she explains how she transitioned from poems to essays: I started a series of poems called 'Study in Perfect,' prose poems, and s ... [read more]
How to Live a Lie in Mercury, Pennsylvania
By Amy Jo Burns [read more]
A Corner of the World: Interview with Author Mylene Fernández Pintado [Part I]
Mylene Fernández Pintado has been writing and publishing in Cuba, winning prizes and readers, since 1994. Her latest novel, La esquina del mundo, has just been published by City Lights as A Corner of the World, translated by Dick Cluste ... [read more]
Doing Time in the Texas Prison Rodeo
Doing Time in the Depression, Ethan Blue’s seminal work on prison life in the 1930s, is coming out in paperback next month! To celebrate, we pulled one of our favorite excerpts from the book to share with y’all.  In the passage … Contin ... [read more]
Meet the UI Press
Meet the UI Press is a recurring feature that delves into issues affecting publishing. Today: Is it possible to be taken seriously as a scholar if you use exclamation points? Less snooty than the semicolon, less trendy than the hashmark ... [read more]
Queer Compulsions Talk by Amy Sueyoshi at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose
AUTHOR EVENT Join Dr. Amy Sueyoshi as she discusses the subject of Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexualities in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi on Sunday, October 19, 1:00 p.m., at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. In her wor ... [read more]
Cornel West and What Ella Baker Can Teach Us about Ferguson
By Rob Arnold [read more]
Ray Bradbury’s ‘Moby Dick’
Many a high school English student has turned to a video of the 1950s film adaptation of Moby-Dick when faced with writing a report on lengthy sea tale. The plot details may remain mostly the same, but the movie version … Continue readi ... [read more]
Letters from Hoosier Soldiers of the Civil War
During the American Civil the Wabash Intelligencer and the Wabash Plain Dealer frequently printed letters from Wabash County men serving in the Union army. In A Leave of Voices Jennifer McSpadden has compiled the letters into a volume t ... [read more]
BTBA 2015: Things That Have Caught My Eye by Scott Esposito
This post is courtesy of BTBA judge, Scott Esposito. Scott Esposito blogs at Conversational Reading and you can find his tweets here. [read more]
Hawai‘inuiakea Book Launch for ‘Ike Ulana Lau Hala
BOOK LAUNCH UPDATE: Due to weather, the launch date has been postponed to November 9, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai‘i in Ward Warehouse to celebrate the publication of the third volume in the Hawai‘inuiākea series, ‘Ike ... [read more]
The Hidden Costs of Abortion Restrictions
By Carole Joffe [read more]
Carol MacLennan Presents Sovereign Sugar at Three Honolulu Talks
AUTHOR EVENTS Michigan Tech University anthropology professor Carol A. MacLennan is back in Hawai‘i to continue research on the environmental history of Pearl Harbor. While here she will discuss her recent book, Sovereign Sugar: Industr ... [read more]
Author Q&A: E. N. Anderson, Food and Environment in Early and Medieval China
Today's Q&A is with E. N. Anderson, author of Food and Environment in Early and Medieval China. In it, Anderson provides an account of the development of the food systems that coincided with China's emergence as an empire. Before extens ... [read more]
Indigenous People and the Myth of Disappearance: A Q&A with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
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The Professional: Donald E. Westlake
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Q&A with Kyle Bulthuis, author of Four Steeples over the City Streets
In the interview below, historian Kyle Bulthuis discusses his forthcoming book, Four Steeples over the City Streets: Religion and Society in New York’s Early Republic Congregations (NYU Press, October 2014). What led you to write the bo ... [read more]
LGBT History Month: A look at behind-the-scenes groundwork that leads to the headline-grabbing victories.
BY RYAN R. THORESON [read more]
Intersecting queer rights and immigration rights
How are queerness and immigration linked? Karma R. Chávez, author of Queer Migration Politics:  Activist Rhetoric and Coalitional Possibilities, sees many commonalities and barriers for activists in both these communities. “One of the t ... [read more]
So Yesterday
In this blog entry, Allan Johnson, author of The Gender Knot and The Forest and the Trees writes about how things have changed—or have not—since the last editions of his classic Temple University Press books. Awhile back I received an e ... [read more]
Defining space in urban China
NEW RELEASE Villages in the City: A Guide to South China’s Informal Settlements edited by Stefan Al 2014 | 216 pages | 300 color illustrations Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-4756-2 | $28.00 Not for sale in East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand ... [read more]
Milen Ruskov Wins the European Union Prize for Literature
Last week, during the Frankfurt Book Fair, the winners of this year’s European Union Prize for Literature were announced, and among the winners was Bulgaria’s Milen Ruskov, who also happens to be published by Open Letter. (Not terribly ... [read more]
Chicago Native Reviews Fritos Pie: Stories, Recipes, and More
Gina Marie Wadas is the publishing intern for Texas A&M University Press.  She is a native of Chicago and has lived in Texas for a year while working on her masters of science degree in science and technology journalism at Texas A&M Uni ... [read more]
Happy birthday, Natalie Maines
Name one other banjo player who wears Prada. And I don’t mean Prada overalls. —Natalie Maines The lead singer of the breakout bluegrass trio the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, was born on October 14, 1974. The singer joined the Dixie … C ... [read more]
The letter is dead. Long live Facebook?
Today we have a guest post from Lindsay O'Neill, author of The Opened Letter: Networking in the Early Modern British World. In it, O'Neill explores the importance and impact of networking via letter-writing among the members of the elit ... [read more]
Data Crush Wins getAbstract International Book Award
We’re delighted to share great news from the Frankfurt Book Fair. Data Crush: How the Information Tidal Wave is Driving New Business Opportunities by Christopher Surdak was honored with an International Book Award by getAbstract. Beginn ... [read more]
The Value of Hawai‘i Volumes 1 and 2 Join Voices in October Events
EVENT “The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing Our Ancestral Past, Shaping the Oceanic Future” University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Center for Biographical Research Brown Bag Series presents two days of interdisciplinary dialogue between contributing a ... [read more]
Keeping Open Space Open
The following article originally appeared on The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation blog. The post was written by David K. Langford, co-author of Hillingdon Ranch: Four Seasons, Six Generations (TAMU Press 2013). David K. Langford i ... [read more]
Literature in translation
In the wake of the controversy (or welcomed interest, depending on your position) surrounding Patrick Modiano’s recent Nobel Prize in Literature, the AAUP circulated the hashtag #litintranslation, in order to promote those books publish ... [read more]
Anticipate Now Available on NetGalley
While business schools and thought leaders in management agree that vision is a key part of leadership, not every leader has the vision to inspire or the skills to communicate that vision. Anticipate: The Art of Leading By Looking Ahead ... [read more]
Students on Isherwood: "You Can't Help Smiling," on Cabaret and Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin
Christopher Freeman and James J. Berg, editors of the forthcoming volume The American Isherwood (December 2014), have compiled exemplary essays about writer Christopher Isherwood's craft from their students to share on the Press blog le ... [read more]
Sign a Petition to Honor Native American Contributions
Historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz wrote a letter to President Obama requesting that the US end its celebration of Christopher Columbus, a symbol of colonization and genocide for Native American nations and communities. Tell th ... [read more]
Part Two of BTBA Judge Jeremy Garber's Faves for 2015
Jeremy Garber is the events coordinator for Powell’s Books and also a freelance reviewer. [read more]
Author Q&A: Len Krisak, translator of Ovid's Erotic Poems
Today's Q&A is with the poet Len Krisak, who has translated the classical poet Ovid's erotic poems Amores and Ars amatoria for new volume titled Ovid's Erotic Poems. Krisak captures the music of Ovid's richly textured Latin meters throu ... [read more]
An Open Letter to President Barack Obama: Change the Columbus Holiday to Indigenous Peoples’ Day
ADD YOUR VOICE: Sign the official petition on WhiteHouse.gov, and be sure to share this letter far and wide. Tell the world that the United States should honor Native American nations and communities. [read more]
Goodreads Giveaway x 3
We're giving away three different titles on Goodreads. Enter now to win an advance reader's copy of PENN CENTER, TYRANNICIDE, or ZERO TO THREE. Links to enter are below. [read more]
Darlene Christopher on Five Things You Can Do to Become a Better Live Virtual Classroom Facilitator
The following is a guest post from Darlene Christopher, author of The Successful Virtual Classroom: How to Design and Facilitate Interactive and Engaging Online Learning. Distractions in the traditional classroom abound and keeping lear ... [read more]
What we know about gender, race, and STEM – African American women
Sandra Hanson, author of Swimming Against the Tide explains that African American women are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. A recent publication (in Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology) by a group ... [read more]
An excerpt from Lee Siegel’s Trance Migrations
From Trance Migrations: Stories of India, Tales of Hypnosis by Lee Siegel [read more]
Micah Solomon on How to Test Your Customer Service in 30 Seconds or Less
As part of Customer Service Week, we present a guest post from Micah Solomon, author of High Tech, High Touch Customer Service: Inspire Timeless Loyalty in the Demanding New World of Social Commerce, sharing tips to help businesses test ... [read more]
On Fire for Justice, On Fire for Freedom
Cornel West’s Black Prophetic Fire is both a new look at six revolutionary African American leaders and a rousing call for more “fire” in what West calls the Black prophetic tradition, a reframing of the social order in terms of radical ... [read more]
Author Berenbaum honored by President
University of Illinois press author and professor of entomology May Berenbaum has been awarded the National Medal of Science. The Medal is the nation’s highest honor for “achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and ... [read more]
$2.99 eBook sale on select music titles
To coincide with this month’s International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina, we are offering eBook versions of four University of Illinois Press music titles on sale for $2.99. The sale ... [read more]
Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil
Fractured Land: The Price of Inheriting Oil by Lisa Westberg Peters begins with the passing of the author’s father and the questions his estate will raise: “When my father dies, my mother will inherit his mineral rights. Eventually my ... [read more]
Curtis Wilkie speaks at Old Capitol Museum
Last week, Curtis Wilkie spoke at Mississippi Department of Archives and History weekly mid-day program, History is Lunch. Wilkie read from his new book Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest: Fifty Pieces fro ... [read more]
‘Left Behind,’ again? The re-emergence of a political phenomenon
—Glenn W. Shuck Critics just don’t get Left Behind, a new movie adaptation of the best-selling book series. Sure, it’s predictably awful. The acting is bad, the production is terrible, and the plot is thinner than Soviet toilet paper. B ... [read more]
Creative memory and the constructed past
Today we have a guest post from Constance Brittain Bouchard, author of Rewriting Saints and Ancestors: Memory and Forgetting in France, 500-1200. Thinkers in medieval France constantly reconceptualized what had come before, interpreting ... [read more]
Beyond the White Negro wins Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize
The UIP book Beyond the White Negro: Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading by Kimberly Chabot Davis has won the 2014 Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize, sponsored by the New England American Studies Association (NEASA). The book focuses on how white ... [read more]
Ghost Towns Offer Glimpse into the Past
About a mile up an unnamed gravel road inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the back way into an abandoned neighborhood and hotel, some of which was originally constructed more than 100 years ago. [read more]
Q&A with Winning the War for Democracy author David Lucander
David Lucander is a professor of history at SUNY Rockland Community College. He recently answered some questions about his UIP book Winning the War for Democracy: The March on Washington Movement, 1941-1946. Q: What was the March on Was ... [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]
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]
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]
Hard Times: Leadership in America
Hard Times: Leadership in America Barbara Kellerman [read more]
The Social Roots of Risk: Producing Disasters, Promoting Resilience
The Social Roots of Risk: Producing Disasters, Promoting Resilience Kathleen Tierney [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]
Author Q&A: Clayton Hurd, Confronting Suburban School Resegregation in California
The next installment of our author Q&As is with Clayton Hurd. His book, Confronting Suburban School Resegregation in California, investigates the struggles in a central California school district, where a predominantly white residential ... [read more]
Fannie Barrier Williams wins Letitia Woods Brown Book Award
Fannie Barrier Williams: Crossing the Borders of Region and Race by Wanda A. Hendricks has been selected as one of this year’s winners of the Letitia Woods Brown Book Award for best work by a senior scholar. The award is … Continue read ... [read more]
On the High Holy Days, Interfaith Families Seek Out Community
By Susan Katz Miller [read more]
Celebrating October as Mural Arts Month
This week in North Philly Notes, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Philadelphia Mural Arts with events all month long. Each October brings Mural Arts Month, a celebration of public art from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program ... [read more]
When Howard Thurman Met Mahatma Gandhi: Nonviolence and the Civil Rights Movement
By Quinton Dixie and Peter Eisenstadt [read more]
Excerpt: Roger Grenier’s Palace of Books
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Congratulations to Neil Rosenberg
Tonight, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) will induct folklorist, musician, bluegrass historian, and University of Illinois Press author Neil V. Rosenberg into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame at its awards s ... [read more]
Our free e-book for October: In Defense of Negativity
Americans tend to see negative campaign ads as just that: negative. Pundits, journalists, voters, and scholars frequently complain that such ads undermine elections and even democratic government itself. But John G. Geer here takes the ... [read more]
The making of the book: Behind Twin Ports by Trolley
The bustling corner of Superior Street at 5th Avenue West. Images: Minnesota Streetcar Museum/Aaron Isaacs. [read more]
Tom Nichols on Bill O'Reilly (and Colbert)
Bill O'Reilly, pundit on Fox News, believes that the terrorist threat posed by ISIS should be met with a hired mercenary army, rather than risking American lives. Penn author Tom Nichols (The Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preven ... [read more]
Charles Hatfield on Kirby v Marvel Decision
Late last week it was announced that the longtime legal dispute between the estate of Jack Kirby and Marvel Comics had been settled. For some background, the crux of the litigation was whether or not works produced by Kirby and publishe ... [read more]
Random Quotes from New Books This October
The Brian Tracy Success Library, Creativity & Problem Solving by Brian Tracy “Lateral thinking forces the mind out of comfortable or conventional ways of thinking. It was pioneered by Edward de Bono in England. One way to illustrate lat ... [read more]
Will Amending Pennsylvania’s Hate Crime Law Actually Prevent Gay Bashing?
By Ann Pellegrini [read more]
Hot Off Penn Press: September's New Books
With the turn toward fall, the Press's presses have been printing overtime, with better than a baker's dozen of titles being released this month. The topics range widely, from the erotic poetry of Ovid, to the dreams of New England's... [read more]
Orders via the UGA Press website
CUSTOMERS: Our online checkout service via our website is down for a few days while we make some improvements. Please call 800-266-5842 to place your orders. [read more]
Webcast Reminder: 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]
Books That Cook: Yellow Potatoes
During the month of September, we’vee celebrated 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]
Keeping the lights on for Heaven’s Gate
—Benjamin E. Zeller This past week I’ve been forwarded links to Ashley Feinberg’s essay on Heaven’s Gate, “The Online Legacy of a Suicide Cult and the Webmasters Who Stayed Behind.” As the now go-to expert on Heaven’s Gate—an honor I … ... [read more]
For Mark Rothko on his birthday
James E. B. Breslin’s book on the life of painter Mark Rothko helped redefine the field of the artist’s biography and, in its day, was praised by outlets such as the New York Times Book Review (on the front cover, no less), where critic ... [read more]
House of Debt on FT’s shortlist for Business Book of the Year
Congrats (!) to House of Debt authors Atif Mian and Amir Sufi for making the shortlist for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year. Now in competition with five other titles from an initial offering of 300 nominations ... [read more]
Celebrating the Jewish New Year with Jewish Books
This week in North Philly Notes, we showcase seven Jewish Studies titles in honor of the Jewish New Year,  5775. Two classic Temple University Press titles highlight the Catskills resorts, which shaped American Jewish culture and attrac ... [read more]
C-SPAN’s BOOK TV & American History TV Visit St. Paul
C-SPAN’s Cities Tour recently visited St. Paul, profiling various literary and historic sites and interviewing local historians and authors. Featured segments were broadcast on BOOK-TV and American History TV and can be viewed via the h ... [read more]
Extras: Best to Laugh excerpt, trailer series, and discussion guide
In the opening prologue to her latest novel, Best to Laugh, Lorna Landvik writes: [read more]
Rebecca Deurlein on Banned Books and the Freedom to Read
The following is a guest post from Rebecca Deurlein, author of Teenagers 101: What a Top Teacher Wishes You Knew About Helping Your Child Succeed, sharing an English teacher’s perspective on assigning and teaching banned books. In honor ... [read more]
Books That Cook: Lettuce in Ribbons with Cream
During the month of September, we’re 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]
Books That Cook: Artichokes with Beurre au Citron
During the month of September, we’re 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]
Alison Bechdel, MacArthur Fellow, 2014
Congratulations to cartoonist and graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel, one the 2014 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, or “genius grant” honorees, whose work in comics and narrative has helped to transform and elevate our understanding of women ... [read more]
Teenage rebellion by music? Not so prevalent anymore.
BY MARK ALLISTER Professor of English, environmental studies, and American studies at St. Olaf College in Minnesota [read more]
Books That Cook: A Good Roast Chicken
During the month of September, we’re 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]
Last Known 9/11 Search Dog Returns to World Trade Center Site
Bretagne, one of the few remaining 9/11 search and rescue canines, returned to the World Trade Center site with her handler Denise Corliss on the 13th anniversary of the attack. [read more]
Podcast: Dawn Fotopulos and How to Get Comfortable with Accounting
For small business owners, financial statements can be their most important tools to steer their businesses successfully. Yet many dread looking at the numbers and would rather leave it to an accountant. Dawn Fotopulos, author of Accoun ... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Lorna Landvik: Life lessons from Joan Rivers.
BY LORNA LANDVIK Stand-up and improvisational comedian, public speaker, and best-selling author [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]
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]