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Viktor Frankl: A Life Illuminated
Viktor Frankl in 1945 [read more]
Weekend Reading: "The Creator" by Mynona a.k.a. Salomo Friedlaender
This should be titled “airplane reading,” since I’m taking off tomorrow morning for the Sharjah International Book Fair. (If you don’t know already, Sharjah is an emirate very near Dubai. It’s a lot less ostentatious than Dubai though—k ... [read more]
On the Run: Best Nonfiction of 2014
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Native Americans in the Old Northwest
What happened to the Indians of the Old Northwest Territory? Conflicting portraits emerge and answers often depend on who's telling the story, with each participant bending and stretching the truth to fit their own view of themselves an ... [read more]
Hear Our Truths: Black Girl Genius Week November 3-8
Ruth Nicole Brown’s book Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood examines how Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths, or SOLHOT, a radical youth intervention, provides a space for the creative performance and expression of B ... [read more]
The 10 Books Every Texan Should Read
In the November issue of Texas Monthly, freelance filmmaker, producer, journalist, and author John Phillip Santos shared his list of the greatest Texas books ever written -- also tapping a number of prolific Texas writers for their own ... [read more]
Boo Man Group
In honor of Halloween, we have slunk into the UIP vault of horror to dig up books both Profound and Mysterious to get you in the mood for our most popular pagan holiday. Will any of these titles help you … Continue reading → [read more]
American Literature’s Adulthood Problem
Last month in this space, historian Steven Mintz previewed his forthcoming history of modern American adulthood by taking up recent commentaries on the death of adulthood in American culture. Below, Mintz turns to American literary trea ... [read more]
Happy Halloween from UPM
It just so happens that this installment of Film Friday falls on Halloween. And Halloween is a time for horror movies. Of course you can watch horror any time of the year, but it’s especially appropriate on Halloween.  [read more]
Remembering Mayor Menino: Boston’s First Italian American Mayor
By Stephen Puleo [read more]
Reducing incarceration rate begins with juvenile justice
—Simon I. Singer  A large segment of the over 2 million people currently incarcerated in the United States entered the criminal justice system as adolescents. From the 1980s on, too many juveniles faced the harsh penalties of a zero tol ... [read more]
Maui book launch this Saturday for Kekaʻa: The Making and Saving of North Beach West Maui
  Join author Sydney Lehua Iaukea for the official launch of Kekaʻa: The Making and Saving of North Beach West Maui at the Lahaina Public Library this Saturday, November 1 at noon. Sydney Iaukea’s impeccably researched account of the or ... [read more]
Q&A with Digital Depression author Dan Schiller
Dan Schiller is a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is answered some questions about his book Digital Depression ... [read more]
Minnesota’s Own: Preserving Our Grand Homes
In this video, architectural historian and award-winning author Larry Millett and photographer Matt Schmitt walk us through the Lawrence S. Donaldson house in Minneapolis, one of the twenty-two homes profiled in their new book, Minnesot ... [read more]
Excerpt: Serving the Reich
“Physics Must Be Rebuilt” [read more]
SUPcats
They're like LOLcats, but more dignified (sort of). [read more]
Considering the dynamics and representations of oversexualized black women
In this blog entry, Trimiko Melancon, author of Unbought and Unbossed: Transgressive Black Women, Sexuality, and Representation, discusses contemporary dynamics regarding race, gender, and sexuality. A week ago I served as an invited mo ... [read more]
A sustainable planet is a nuclear-free planet.
What if the movement for climate change joined forces with the movement for a nuclear-free planet? Image via Flickr/public domain license. [read more]
Latest Review: "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante
The latest addition to our Reviews section is a piece by Acacia O’Connor on Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend, translated by Ann Goldstein and published by Europa Editions. [read more]
DANIEL MEDIN’S BTBA FAVORITES: FALL 2014
Daniel Medin teaches at the American University of Paris, where he helps direct the Center for Writers and Translators and is Associate Series Editor of The Cahiers Series. [read more]
Toward Better Partisanship, Not Less
In his NYT column today, David Brooks discusses political discrimination (“partyism”), a social phenomenon characterized by an increasing willingness to make moral judgments about others based purely on political labels. To Brooks, it’s ... [read more]
A Judaism That Is Special, Not Chosen
By Alan Wolfe [read more]
Author Q&A: Francesca Sawaya, The Difficult Art of Giving
Francesca Sawaya is author of The Difficult Art of Giving: Patronage, Philanthropy, and the American Literary Market, which rethinks standard economic histories of the literary marketplace. Traditionally, American literary histories mai ... [read more]
Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed wins Association for Humanist Sociology book award
On October 11 Shannon Elizabeth Bell accepted the Association for Humanist Sociology book award for 2014 at the AHS conference in Cleveland, Ohio, Bell’s Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed was selected as a co-winner for the award out of mo ... [read more]
Challenging Barbie’s image of beauty
—Amanda M. Czerniawski Kalliopi Monoyios for Scientific American writes about artist Nickolay Lamm’s Barbie project, where he created a doll based on the measurements of a “real, healthy 19-year-old” and compared it side-by-side with a ... [read more]
Latest Review: "Stealth" by Sonallah Ibrahim
The latest addition to our Reviews section is by Christopher Iacono on Stealth by Sonallah Ibrahim, translated by Hosam Aboul-Ela and published by New Directions. [read more]
Chicken in the coffee pot: a pioneer’s blues tale
Steve Cushing’s book Pioneers of the Blues Revival is a treasure trove for blues fans who want to learn the stories behind such roots music giants as Mississippi John Hurt, Son House and Bukka White. As host of the award-winning … Conti ... [read more]
Upcoming Events
As October comes to a close, we enter the perfect time of year to curl up by the fire with some hot chocolate and a good book. If your reading list is lacking some fresh, interesting titles, be sure to check out these upcoming events by ... [read more]
Russia’s Tomorrow, Today
As the space for debate in Moscow shrinks, the options for the country’s future look ever narrower. [read more]
Shelf Promotion: Trading Commerce for Art
By Christine Byl [read more]
Event for Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times, Vol. 2
Through history, southern women have often been more than the demure belles and sweet Georgia peaches that many frequently think - and the editors of a new volume about women's roles in Georgia history will speak about these dynamic tra ... [read more]
Excerpt: Versions of Academic Freedom
An Excerpt from Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution by Stanley Fish [read more]
The Cultural Schism of Climate Change
How science takes a back seat to identity politics in the U.S. [read more]
The Best to Come
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]
Stolen from the Garden: The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper
On a July afternoon in 1972, two masked men waving guns abducted forty-nine-year-old Virginia Piper from the garden of her lakeside home in Orono, Minnesota. After her husband, a prominent investment banker, paid a $1 million ransom, an ... [read more]
Author Q&A: Elisheva Baumgarten, Practicing Piety in Medieval Ashkenaz
Elisheva Baumgarten is the author of Practicing Piety in Medieval Ashkenaz: Men, Women, and Everyday Religious Observance, which provides a social history of religious practice in context, particularly with regard to the ways Jews and C ... [read more]
Historic Trees Stand as Witnesses to History
What better way is there to celebrate the Texas Forest Service’s 100-year anniversary than publishing a second edition of Famous Tress of Texas: Texas A&M Forest Service that recognizes 101 historic trees across the state of Texas? [read more]
On Prosperous Sustainability
What’s holding us back when it comes to creating green climate policies? [read more]
Excerpt: Packaged Pleasures
An Excerpt from Packaged Pleasures: How Technology and Marketing Revolutionized Desire by Gary S. Cross and Robert N. Proctor [read more]
Celebrating Filipino Heritage Month
This week in North Philly Notes, we highlights eight Temple University Press titles that explore the identity, cultural diversity and community formation of Filipino Americans. Locating Filipino Americans by Rick Bonus Locating Filipino ... [read more]
Whitey Bulger, Boston Busing, and Southie’s Lost Generation
By Michael Patrick MacDonald [read more]
The satiric lesson of ‘Dear White People’
—Pamela Newkirk [This article originally appeared at the Chronicle of Higher Education.] Rarely is a white audience afforded a lucid and freewheeling response to the deluge of indignities blacks still endure. Instead, reaction to the ba ... [read more]
Where do cultures go when they die? The story of Codfish, the Indian, and the phonograph.
When the Edison phonograph was first made in the 1890s, people used it to record their own voices. It later became one of the first commercially produced machines when it was used to play music. It worked by vibrating the stylus up an ... [read more]
Satire and Solemnity in the People’s Climate March
A massive environmental demonstration in New York is accompanied by parody. [read more]
Elaine Eff on CBS News Sunday Morning
Last Sunday, CBS reporter Jan Crawford explored the unique folk art tradition of painted screen doors in Baltimore. Featured prominently in her piece is UPM author Elaine Eff -- the authority on the subject on painted screens.  [read more]
Author Q&A: Danielle A. Layne and Harold Tarrant, The Neoplatonic Socrates
Today's author Q&A is with the editors of The Neoplatonic Socrates, Danielle A. Layne and Harold Tarrant. Today the name Socrates invokes a powerful idealization of wisdom and nobility that would surprise many of his contemporaries, who ... [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]
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]
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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Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, and Human Rights
In Reclaiming American Virtue: The Human Rights Revolution of the 1970s, historian Barbara Keys joins the likes of Samuel Moyn in critical examination of the late-20th century rise and deployment of a concept often thought timeless. For ... [read more]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
A History of Loss
Between the late eighteenth and the mid-twentieth centuries, countless African Americans passed as white, leaving behind families, friends, and communities without any available avenue for return. As historian Allyson Hobbs explains in ... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Excerpt: Roger Grenier’s Palace of Books
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American Cinema, Lost and Found
In a few weeks the Museum of Modern Art will unveil a new installation titled “100 Years in Post-Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History.” The show’s centerpiece is seven reels of recently recovered footage shot i ... [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]
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]
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]
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]
Is Adulthood Dying?
In Huck’s Raft, his award-winning 2004 history of American childhood, historian Steven Mintz traced four hundred years of history to reveal both how much has changed in the American experience of youth and how much has remained surprisi ... [read more]