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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 Upstairs Wife: Giving Voice to Untold Stories
By Jenah Blitz-Stoehr [read more]
How TV news helped and hindered feminism
In 1970, the big three television networks of ABC, CBS and NBC took notice of the feminist movement. The stories on TV news ranged from a patronizing dismissal of feminists to balanced reports on child care needs and employment discrimi ... [read more]
Three Percent #90: That Song Should Be Named "Andre Reed Jersey"
It’s time for our annual music podcast in which Chad, Nate, and Kaija all share songs from their favorite albums of 2014. Although we only talk about four songs each on this podcast, we put together a Spotify playlist featuring 86 songs ... [read more]
Myth-Busting the Achievement Gap
A sociologist dispels misconceptions about race and educational disparities. [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]
Now offering free shipping!
Did you miss being able to purchase books through our website? Well, our shopping cart is back and better than ever! We are now offering free domestic UPS ground shipping for all web orders. Be sure to check it out! http://www.ugapress ... [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]
Deadly Shadow Looms over India’s Good Tiger News
By J. A. Mills [read more]
The Mother of Invention
Do the pecuniary gains of intellectual property motivate innovation? [read more]
Madeleine LaRue is Associate Editor and Director of Publicity of Music & Literature. [read more]
Excerpt: How Many is Too Many?
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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]
Will Obama’s Vision of Child Care Overcome Nixon’s Legacy?
By Carole Joffe [read more]
Golden Globe winners
Like a lot of Hollywood stars on awards night, we’re a little late to the Golden Globes party. But the subjects of titles in UIP’s Contemporary Film Directors series filled in admirably for us by picking up awards at the annual … Contin ... [read more]
The Fact and Fiction of Islamic Anti-Semitism
By Alan Wolfe [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]
Latest Review: "Faces in the Crowd" by Valeria Luiselli
The latest addition to our Reviews section is a by Valerie Miles on Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli, translated by Christina MacSweeney and published by Coffee House Press. [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]
Our Spring Catalog (As Told By A Matrix)
A quick visual guide to help you navigate our Spring 2015 offerings. [read more]
Who Was Viola Liuzzo?
by Mary Stanton [read more]
Rave reviews for Stephen Wade
Stephen Wade, author of The Beautiful Music All Around Us, opened up his residency at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s  Stackner Cabaret on Sunday, January 18. There, the author/musician will spend the better part of the next eight wee ... [read more]
Everything’s coming up Howie
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A State of the Union Reading List
President Obama delivered a fiery State of the Union earlier this week, immediately making headlines (and exploding the Twittersphere) for a now-famous ad-libbed line about winning both elections. Chatter about the unplanned quip, howev ... [read more]
A Show-Trial: An excerpt from Bengt Jangfeldt’s Mayakovsky
“A Show-Trial” [read more]
‘Nones’ on the rise
—Christel Manning In “The ‘Nones’ Are Here…and Have Been for over 100 Years,” Emily Mace is right to draw our attention to the past, and to point out that eschewing organized religion is not a new phenomenon in America. But … Continue r ... [read more]
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]
Three Percent #89: Don't Laugh So Loud
This week’s podcast is all about Denis Johnson’s “The Laughing Monsters,” which came out last year and is “a high-suspense tale of kaleidoscoping loyalties in the post-9/11 world that shows one of our great novelists at the top of his g ... [read more]
Fighting for the “Mexican Dream”: Behind the scenes of border-crossing tourism
—Leah M. Sarat About every six months or so, a news story emerges about an unlikely ecotourism event in Mexico: a border-crossing simulation that invites visitors to step into the shoes of undocumented migrants as they flee “Border Patr ... [read more]
The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: What Happens When We Value Test Scores Over Character?
By Lani Guinier [read more]
Short Takes
The Los Angeles Review recommends Sarah Gorham's STUDY IN PERFECT. The essay ["The Changeling"] concludes as many of Gorham's do: not with a solution, but with lingering moral questions—all of which expand outward, demanding that reade ... [read more]
Introducing JHIBlog
If you're reading this, then you're surely aware that Penn Press publishes a wide range of books throughout the year. But did you know that Penn Press is also home to more than a dozen journals? One of those journals,... [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]
New Year, New Website
Welcome to the new digs. [read more]
Latest Review: Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires: An Attainable Utopia
The latest addition to our Reviews section is a piece by Cameron Rowe on Julio Cortázar’s Fantomas Versus the Multinational Vampires: An Attainable Utopia, translated by David Kurnick and published by Semiotext(e). [read more]
Selma, on the long continuum of the freedom struggle
—Hasan Kwame Jeffries [Note: This piece was inspired by the author's remarks at a recent event honoring Dr. King’s birthday, hosted by the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.] There is no right more fundamental in a demo ... [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]
Q&A with Behind the Gas Mask author Thomas Faith
Thomas I. Faith is a historian at the U.S. Department of State. He answered some questions about his book Behind the Gas Mask: The U.S. Chemical Warfare Service in War and Peace. Q: When was poison gas first utilized as method … Continu ... [read more]
No scrubbing away America’s racist past
—Carl A. Zimring Last week, @deray tweeted an image of a century old soap advertisement showing a young white boy using soap to wash the pigment off of a young African-American boy’s body. He captioned it “Ads. Bleaching. History. Ameri ... [read more]
Martin Luther King’s life remembered and examined by David Levering Lewis
Initially published soon after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., David Levering Lewis’s King: A Biography was acclaimed by historians as a foundational work on the life of the civil rights icon. In 2013 the University of Illi ... [read more]
Why Dr. King Opposed the Atomic Bomb
On the intersections of civil rights, anticolonialism, and nuclear disarmament. [read more]
This Is What a Tiger Farm Looks Like
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Martin Luther King’s legacy: Recognition of past realities
—Arthur I. Cyr [Note: This piece was originally published on the Deseret News.] January 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, provides occasion for reflection as well as recognition. We honor his personal courage as well as political impact a ... [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, Why was my manuscript not published? Signed, Confused in Cultu ... [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]
Author Q&A: Robert Cozzolino, Peter Blume
Today's Q&A is with Robert Cozzolino, Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the editor of Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis. Peter Blume was a Russian American artists who was one... [read more]
An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Victory in Selma
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Birthday Wishes to the Super Bowl
On this date in 1967, an American institution—nay, the most sacred of secular holidays—was born. Super Bowl I pitted the Kansas City Chiefs, a team reared on red meat and jazz, against a Green Bay Packers franchise shaped by fried chees ... [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]
Birthday wishes to Steven Soderbergh
In 1986, Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape helped launch the surge in indie cinema that entertained so many of us in the 1990s. He’s since brought his distinctive but definitely indie vibe to the mainstream with Ocean’s Eleve ... [read more]
Daniel Albright (1945–2015)
On January 3, 2015, scholar Daniel Albright (1945–2015), the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature at Harvard University—who counted himself, among other accolades, as an NEH Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Berlin Prize Fellow at t ... [read more]
Fashioning Fat: Q&A with author Amanda Czerniawski
For over two years, sociologist Amanda M. Czerniawski went undercover as a plus-size model to gain insight on how women navigate this sector of the fashion industry—and the impact plus-size models can have on our constructions of beauty ... [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]
Goodbye, Comadre
By Ruth Behar [read more]
Q&A with The Neighborhood Outfit author Louis Corsino
Louis Corsino is a professor of sociology at North Central College. He recently answered some questions about his book The Neighborhood Outfit: Organized Crime in Chicago Heights. Q: Who were the “Chicago Heights boys” and what was thei ... [read more]
In the Shadow of #JeSuisCharlie
By Kay Whitlock and Michael Bronski [read more]
Download the Spring 2015 catalog now
Penn Press is pleased to announce the release of our Spring 2015 catalog. This season, read about the rise and fall of the American department store in Vicki Howard's From Main Street to Mall, or a new book from renowned... [read more]
Q&A with Andrew M. Schocket, author of Fighting over the Founders
In the interview below, author and historian Andrew M. Schocket discusses his longstanding love of history, the inspiration behind his new book, and his thoughts on the shifting legacy of the American Revolution. We would also like to e ... [read more]
$2.99 eBook sale on Studies in Sensory History series
For the month of January, we have lowered the eBook list price of the three available titles in the Studies in Sensory History series to $2.99. Past Scents: Historical Perspectives on Smell by Jonathan Reinarz In this comprehensive and ... [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]
Alice Kaplan on Patrick Modiano
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Hot Off Penn Press: December's New Books
We here at Penn Press hope the festive period was both joyful and restful for all of you. Ours certainly was. With the hectic nature of the holidays, though, we delayed announcing all of the great books we published in... [read more]
Free E-Book for January: The Hunt for Nazi Spies
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Paddy Woodworth on Our Once and Future Planet
A little more than a year ago, we published Paddy Woodworth’s Our Once and Future Planet,  an ambitious, even monumental account of the past, present, and future of the ecological restoration movement that was recently named one of the ... [read more]
2014 Award Winners
As the year winds down to a close, we thought we'd take a look back on 2014's award winners. Each year, many Penn Press books are recognized as leading works in their respective fields. Here are the books that were... [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]
American dream: Cuba and credit cards
—Nancy Stout I am somewhat embarrassed to admit that what I heard most clearly in President Obama’s recent speech on U.S. normalization of relations with Cuba were his reassuring words that the American people will soon be able to use … ... [read more]
The Best Books of 2014
“Best,” from the Old English betest (adjective), betost, betst (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German best, also “to better.”* [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
University Press Blog Tour- Friday
Today's university press blog tour theme is "Follow Friday." [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]
University Press Blog Tour- Thursday
Today's blog tour theme is "Throwback Thursday;" a look back at an influential project or series. [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]
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]
The Mississippi Book Page: A Collaborative Effort
Since late 2013 University Press of Mississippi has been involved in a unique collaborative project with the Clarion Ledger and Lemuria Bookstore. Together, we have worked to write, edit, and produce a Mississippi book page in the Sunda ... [read more]
University Press Week Blog Tour: Consumer Health Advocacy Book Author Discusses Collaboration
For University Press Week 2014, Texas A&M University Press sat down with Matthew Minson, MD, author of Prepare toDefend Yourself . . . How to Navigate the Healthcare System and Escape withYour Life, to discuss the genesis of his book an ... [read more]