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Author Q&A: James J. Gigantino II, The Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775–1865
James Gigantino is the author of The Ragged Road to Abolition: Slavery and Freedom in New Jersey, 1775–1865. Contrary to popular perception, slavery persisted in the North well into the nineteenth century. This was especially the case i ... [read more]
C-Sections and vaginal births: Not the same thing
—Theresa Morris On December 15, Kim Simon posted a piece on Huffington Post entitled, “10 Ways C-Sections and Vaginal Births are exactly the same.” I saw this posted on Facebook and many people seemed to applaud it, but I have … Continu ... [read more]
Our Top 5 Blog Posts from 2014
It’s not even New Year's and we’re already nostalgic. [read more]
Thousand Times Broken: A Conversation with Translator Gillian Conoley [Part II]
The writer Henri Michaux had two great missions in life: to explore the darkest parts of human consciousness, and record what he found in those explorations in the clearest possible way. That’s according to Gillian Conoley, who recently ... [read more]
Best of Illinois: Lord have mercy!
Longing for that down home music? Looking for a shot of genius? Tryin’ to forget that you asked for water and your woman gave you gasoline? Order from our salesational The Best of Illinois: Vol. 1 catalog and get 40% off the good vibrat ... [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]
Q&A with Watching Women’s Liberation, 1970 author Bonnie J. Dow
Bonnie J. Dow is an associate professor and chair of communication studies and an associate professor of women’s and gender studies at Vanderbilt University. She answered some questions about her book Watching Women’s Liberation, 1970: ... [read more]
Cuomo’s Fracking Ban Is a Good Start, But There’s More Work to Be Done
By Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald [read more]
Thousand Times Broken: A Conversation with Translator Gillian Conoley [Part I]
The writer Henri Michaux had two great missions in life: to explore the darkest parts of human consciousness, and record what he found in those explorations in the clearest possible way. That’s according to Gillian Conoley, a poet, the ... [read more]
Launch: Baronova and Baryshnikov
Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo chronicles one of the most acclaimed touring ballet companies of the twentieth century, along with its prima ballerina and muse, the incomparable Irina Baronova. Along the way, it exp ... [read more]
Holiday Group Signing with Award-winning UH Press Authors
In the spirit of saving the best for last—yet in time for holiday shopping—on Saturday, December 20, 2 to 5 p.m., a trio of notable Hawai‘i authors, each of whom have a new release this fall, will appear in a group signing at Native Boo ... [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]
Temple University Press’ book lovers select the books they read or want to receive this year
This week in North Philly Notes, Temple University Press’ book lovers pick the titles they read or want to receive this year. Mary Rose Muccie, Director Of all the books I read this past year, Early Decision: Based on a True Frenzy, by ... [read more]
The “Swedish Model” of Prostitution Is Sexist, Heterosexist, and Puts Sex Workers at Risk
By Melinda Chateauvert [read more]
Best of Illinois: Turn the page
Oft-imitated, rarely surpassed, The Best of Illinois: Vol. 1 catalog provides one-stop shopping for the best books on all facets of the ever-fascinating Land of Lincoln. Shrooms, the Mafia, music of every kind—BOIV1 offers the perfect g ... [read more]
Book giveaway: Fighting over the Founders
To celebrate the stellar Publishers Weekly review that just came in for our forthcoming book, Fighting over the Founders, we are giving away a free copy to two lucky winners! In Fighting over the Founders, Andrew M. Schocket explores ho ... [read more]
Shakespeare's Sherlock, Zachary Lesser
Zachary Lesser is the author of "Hamlet" After Q1: An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text. In 1823, Sir Henry Bunbury discovered a badly bound volume of twelve Shakespeare plays in a closet of his manor house. Nearly all of... [read more]
The University of Illinois Press Best of 2014
Every December since 2007 we have posted an annual list of our pop culture faves. The University of Illinois Press Best of 2014 edition is in alphabetical order by staff member’s last name. Jennifer Barbee, Account Tech I Favorite Book: ... [read more]
House of Debt on the Independent’s Best of 2014
Atif Mian and Amir Sufi’s House of Debt, a polemic about the Great Recession and a call to action about the borrowing and lending practices that led us down the fiscal pits, already made a splash on the shortlist for the Financial Times ... [read more]
Author Q&A: Timothy White, Blue-Collar Broadway
Timothy White is the author of Blue-Collar Broadway: The Craft and Industry of American Theater. Behind the scenes of New York City's Great White Way, virtuosos of stagecraft have built the scenery, costumes, lights, and other component ... [read more]
Latest Review: "The Madmen of Benghazi" by Gerard de Villiers
The latest addition to our Reviews section is a piece by P.T. Smith on The Madmen of Benghazi by Gerard de Villiers, and out from Vintage/Black Lizard. [read more]
Eating and Reading for Chanukah
By Caitlin Meyer [read more]
50/50: Fifty Books in Translation from Fifty Presses [Our 2014 Year-End Book List]
Last week I wrote a post that, among other things, included a brief rant on year-end book lists (one of our favorite things to rant about here). Already before the post’s draft stage, I had been scheming up the foundation to a more tran ... [read more]
The Hoarders
This past week, New Yorker critic Joan Acocella profiled Scott Herring’s The Hoarders, a foray into the history of material culture from the perspective of clutter fetish and our fascination with the perils surrounding the urge to organ ... [read more]
The Award-Winning Titles of 2014
An exhaustive roundup of this year's honors and accolades. [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]
The Gift of Giving
Giving may well usurp development to become the humanitarian ethos of our time. By Erica Bornstein [read more]
The Path Forward for Policing Reform May Be the Kerner Commission’s Almost 50-Year-Old Report
By Noliwe M. Rooks [read more]
Truth, Torture, and the American Way
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Forthcoming: The Big Jones Cookbook
It’s unconventional, to say the least, for a university press to publish a cookbook. But an exception to this rule, coming in Spring 2015, is Paul Fehribach’s Big Jones Cookbook, which expands upon the southern Lowcountry cuisine of the ... [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]
Author Q&A: Colin Jager, Unquiet Things
Colin Jager is the author of Unquiet Things: Secularism in the Romantic Age. In Great Britain during the Romantic period, governmental and social structures were becoming more secular as religion was privatized and depoliticized. If the ... [read more]
Fifty Years After the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. King Remains an Essential Voice
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Temple University Press Books of the Year
Temple University Press had much to celebrate in 2014. Ray Didinger’s The New Eagles Encyclopedia was the year’s best-seller—and it’s still selling strong.  Philadelphia Mural Arts @ 30, edited by Jane Golden and David Updike, was the t ... [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]
Citizen: Jane Addams and the labor movement
On this day in 1931, Jane Addams became the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Read an excerpt from Louise W. Knight’s Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy, about the ethics and deeply held moral beliefs permeating ... [read more]
The continuing influence of the Mexico ’68 Olympics brand
Lance Wyman, designer, Mexico '68 logo, 1968 [read more]
Do we have a campus rape crisis?
—Sameena Mulla Let me begin with my conclusion: there is not only a campus rape crisis in the U.S; rather, there is a rape crisis in the U.S. and college campuses are symptomatic of this broader issue. In the days … Continue reading → [read more]
Human Rights: A Fragile Hegemony
Human rights, as popularly conceived, have a troubling genealogy. By Boaventura de Sousa Santos [read more]
Best of Illinois: Sweet, sweet sale
You should eat. In From the Jewish Heartland, noshers and freshers alike can explore Jewish culinary innovation, Midwest style. Ellen F. Steinberg and Jack H. Prost curate treasures uncovered in Jewish homemakers’ handwritten manuscript ... [read more]
Free e-book for December: Swordfish
Our free e-book for December is renowned marine biologist Richard Ellis’s Swordfish: A Biography of the Ocean Gladiator. *** A perfect fish in the evolutionary sense, the broadbill swordfish derives its name from its distinctive bill—mu ... [read more]
Author Q&A: Jean Soderlund, Lenape Country
Jean Soderlund is the author of Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn. In 1631, when the Dutch tried to develop plantation agriculture in the Delaware Valley, the Lenape Indians destroyed the colony of Swanendael a ... [read more]
Open Letter Awarded National Endowment for the Arts Grant
For those of you who haven’t yet seen the Facebook posts and re-posts, we are thrilled (and grateful) that Open Letter has once again received an Arts Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant awarded to the ... [read more]
Larry Kanfer book signings and reception in downtown Chicago
Larry Kanfer will sign copies of his latest book CHICAGOSCAPES in the Chicago Loop on December 17th & 18th.  This is a perfect gift for the holidays. Join us for these free events sponsored by the Illinois State Museum’s Illinois … Cont ... [read more]
On the Rise and Fall of Human Rights
From Arendt, to Douglass, to Palestine—what does it mean to have a “right to rights”? By Mark Goodale [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]
A #BlackLivesMatter Reading List: One Bookstore Shaping Unrest into Education
By Daniel Barks [read more]
No Indictment (and, Sadly, No Surprise) in Death of Eric Garner
By Thomas Norman DeWolf [read more]
“HELL NO!”: My Rage Against the Machine
By Sharon Leslie Morgan [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]
Buzzed on research
—Andrew M. Schocket Research can be boring, draining, sometimes physically or emotionally exhausting. For previous projects, I’ve logged weeks worth of time doing data entry, and have had students who have dealt with such topics as rape ... [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]
Author Q&A: Naoíse Mac Sweeney, Foundation Myths in Ancient Societies
The Fall 2014 Author Q&As return today with Naoíse Mac Sweeney, editor of Foundation Myths in Ancient Societies, which looks at the many different ways that origin stories were told across the ancient world: through poetry, prose, monum ... [read more]
Marked: Race, Crime, and Finding Work in an Era of Mass Incarceration
An excerpt from Marked: Race, Crime, and Finding Work in an Era of Mass Incarceration [read more]
Meet the UI Press: Ask the Bolshevik
Meet the UI Press is a recurring feature that delves into issues affecting publishing. Today, industry advice columnist The Bolshevik answers your questions. Dear Bolshevik, I have a scholarly monograph I wish to submit to an academic p ... [read more]
Announcing the latest issue of Temple University Press’ journal, Kalfou
Kalfou is a scholarly journal focused on social movements, social institutions, and social relations. We seek to build links among intellectuals, artists, and activists in shared struggles for social justice. The journal seeks to promot ... [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]
An Interfaith Child’s Hanukkah and Christmas
By Susan Katz Miller [read more]
Nation of newcomers
—Peter G. Vellon A recent letter to the editor published in the New York Daily News expressed its disappointment that television commenters covering the Columbus Day Parade used the words “illegal” and “legal” to differentiate contempor ... [read more]
Q&A with Michael Koresky about the CFD series book Terence Davies
Michael Koresky is staff writer and associate editor at The Criterion Collection and cofounder of the online film magazine Reverse Shot. He recently answered some questions about his book in the Contemporary Film Directors Series, Teren ... [read more]
Noteworthy anniversary
Today marks the 196th anniversary of Illinois becoming a part of the United States. Not yet the Land of Lincoln—the Railsplitter had just turned nine the previous winter—Illinois forever left behind its status as part of the Northwest T ... [read more]
Accolades for Chef Kusuma Cooray’s Ocean to Plate Fish Cookbook
BOOK NEWS  |  NEW RELEASE In the Winter 2015 issue of ForeWord Reviews magazine, Ocean to Plate: Cooking Fish with Hawai‘i’s Kusuma Cooray is highlighted as one of its Top Ten Picks from university presses. The book is cited for its “as ... [read more]
New Book Roundup
UPM is introducing seven new titles this month. All of the titles listed below are now available. [read more]
Hot Off Penn Press: November's New Books
We here at Penn Press hope your just completed holiday was as diverse and bountiful as these newly released titles! Jump to: American History | Anthropology | Economics | Nineteenth Century Studies | Politics and Human Rights | Urban St ... [read more]
Best of Illinois: Look!
The Best of Illinois: Vol. 1, catalog offers cutting-edge graphic design, striking photography, a shelf of essential books, and a closeup of a bullfrog. Oh, you’ve heard these superlatives? Here’s the chase, the gist, the nitty, and/or ... [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]
40-60% off Everything in Stock TODAY!
Today, 40-60% off EVERYTHING IN STOCK only on our website. No combined discounts. Can’t wait for your books to arrive? Find our books at the UH PRESS BOOKSHOP located in Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa! (CyberMond ... [read more]
Greening of Capitalism: How Asia Is Driving the Next Great Transformation John A. Mathews
As China, India, and other industrializing giants grow, they are confronted with an inconvenient truth: They cannot rely on the conventions of capitalism as we know them today. Western industrialism has achieved miracles, promoting unpr ... [read more]
A distinctive California story
In this blog entry, William Issel author of Church and State in the City and For Both Cross and Flag,  discusses how his books make a significant contribution to the California exceptionalism narrative. Church and State in the City: Cat ... [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]
The Life and Times of Coach John Wooden
The tenth volume in the Indiana Historical Society Press's celebrated Youth Biography Series examines the life of a man who helped define college basketball in the twentieth century and became an icon of American sports--John Wooden. [read more]
Why grand jurors matter
—Andrew Guthrie Ferguson On Monday, at 9:00pm, the nation anxiously awaited the decision of twelve ordinary citizens. National and international media prepared to report on the collective efforts of the grand jurors assembled in the Dar ... [read more]
Q&A with Judith Wellman, author of Brooklyn’s Promised Land
In Brooklyn’s Promised Land, historian Judith Wellman sheds light on the virtually lost history of Weeksville, an independent free black community in nineteenth-century Brooklyn.  Founded after slavery ended in New York State in 1827, W ... [read more]
Twas the Night Before Xmas (in July) and the Yale Press Log is stirring...
about our new location! We've got a completely new look and format that we can't wait to show you! In July, the theme is Global and International Studies, and after the first half of 2011, there is plenty to recount.... [read more]
Upcoming Events
Need a gift for the bibliophile on your list? Check out some of our upcoming author events for inspiration! [read more]
Short Takes
The first biography of William and Ellen Craft (for adults), LOVE, LIBERATION, AND ESCAPING SLAVERY is also the first telling of their story by a scholar. Complementing UGA Press's edition of the Crafts' 1860 memoir, RUNNING A THOUSAND ... [read more]
Bookfriends Annual Membership Party this Sunday
On Sunday, November 23 from 4 -6 p.m. the University Press of Mississippi will be holding its annual BOOKFRIENDS fall membership party at Brent’s Drugs in Fondren. This year’s party will celebrate three UPM books and their authors – Son ... [read more]
GEORGIA WOMEN shine at Spotlight on the Arts at UGA
Spotlight on the Arts at UGA was an incredible success, and the Press is proud to have been a contributing entity. Our event with authors Dr. Ann Short Chirhart and UGA's own Kathleen Ann Clark was held this past Tuesday in the Richard ... [read more]
Excerpt: Top 40 Democracy
To follow-up on yesterday’s post, here’s an excerpt from Eric Weisbard’s Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music. [read more]
Top 40 Democracy
Eric Weisbard’s Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music considers the shifting terrain of the pop music landscape, in which FM radio (once an indisputably dominant medium) constructed multiple mainstreams, tailoring ea ... [read more]
Asian men on TV: Waiting for the (onscreen) kiss
—Stanley I. Thangaraj Popular culture is one important realm where Asian Americans, along with other communities of color, negotiate and manage the representations of their communities. In particular, visibility in the mainstream media ... [read more]
World Toilet Day: Haiti’s tragic cholera epidemic
In honor of World Toilet Day coming up on November 19, one of our authors, Sara Fanning, and her husband discuss a possible solution to Haiti’s tragic cholera epidemic.  —Sara Fanning and Rob Curran Haiti has never fully recovered from ... [read more]
That’s All Folk
In this blog entry, Rachel Clare Donaldson, author of  “I Hear America Singing,” writes about the folk music that inspired her. In 1997 Smithsonian Folkways released Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music on CD. I was in high sc ... [read more]
University Press Blog Tour- Friday
Today's university press blog tour theme is "Follow Friday." [read more]
#UPWeek: FF is really TBT
Today is the last day of #UPWeek—so goes with it another successful tour of university press blogs. On that note, Friday’s theme is one of following: What are your must reads on the internet? Whom do you follow on social media? Which ve ... [read more]
University Press Week Blog Tour concludes
It’s University Press Week! All week long university presses will be participating in the UP Week Blog Tour, where presses will be blogging each day about a different theme that relates to scholarly publishing.   November 14 – Subject A ... [read more]
#UPWeek: Writing the Continuous Book.
This post is published on the occasion of University Press Week, in which about 30 university presses have published posts on five significant topics: collaboration; your Press in pictures; connections with popular culture; a throwback ... [read more]
UP Week: Announcing the new Keywords
Happy University Press Week! We are thrilled to once again be featured the final run of the university press blog tour—this year, with a post from Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler, co-editors of the second edition of Keywords for America ... [read more]
University Press Blog Tour- Thursday
Today's blog tour theme is "Throwback Thursday;" a look back at an influential project or series. [read more]
Celebrating University Press Week with a look at Temple University Press’ influential Asian American History & Culture Series
It’s University Press Week! All week long university presses will be participating in the UP Week Blog Tour, where presses will be blogging each day about a different theme that relates to scholarly publishing.               November 12 ... [read more]
UP Week: Backlist or Decemberists?
Every year the Association of American University Presses sponsors a University Press Week during which to highlight the important work of nonprofit scholarly publishers. As in years past, AAUP member presses have come together this wee ... [read more]
University Press Blog Tour- Wednesday
Today's University Press blog tour theme is University Presses in popular culture. [read more]
University Press Week continues!
It’s University Press Week! All week long university presses will be participating in the UP Week Blog Tour, where presses will be blogging each day about a different theme that relates to scholarly publishing.   November 12 – Subject A ... [read more]
Now Playing: Walt Before Mickey
It's Day 3 of the University Press Week Blog Tour And today's theme focuses on university presses in popular culture. [read more]
University Press Blog Tour- Tuesday
Today's University Press Blog Tour theme is "University Press in Pictures: A Fun Look at the Press" [read more]
Celebrating University Press Week with UP Images
It’s University Press Week! All week long university presses will be participating in the UP Week Blog Tour, where presses will be blogging each day about a different theme that relates to scholarly publishing.               November 11 ... [read more]