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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]
Best of Illinois: Very sporting
Metrics used to refer to a baffling system of weights and measures that Americans refused to adopt. These days, however, sports fans quote a different kind of metrics that measure everything from K/BB ratio to Kobe’s plus-minus. We live ... [read more]
The Myth of Thanksgiving
By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz [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]
Emily Abrams Ansari wins ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award
The University of Illinois Press wishes to congratulate Emily Abrams Ansari, a recipient of the 46th annual ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award. Her award winning article, “Vindication, Cleansing, Catharsis, Hope”: Interr ... [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]
Jeff Waxman's Rep Nights, Kramerbooks, and the Necessity of Face-to-Face Meetings
I’ve been incredibly discouraged over the past few weeks about the place of Open Letter in book culture. Part of this discouragement comes from traveling for twenty of the past twenty-four days (to Sharjah, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, L.A., ... [read more]
Places to Remember: In Memory of Leslie Feinberg
By Daisy Hernández [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]
Obama’s Immigration Mandate: What the President Got Wrong
By Aviva Chomsky [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]
Encountering Traditions
What we can learn from exploring the dynamics between belief systems. [read more]
Best of Illinois: Food goes here
Whether you want to feed the mind or the body, the UI Press steadily serves up titles in food studies and culinary history that offer astounding insights on our eats. Indeed, we wouldn’t think of printing a Best of Illinois regional cat ... [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]
Shilpa and Kal in Washington
Shilpa Davé writes about the “brown voice” of South Asian characters in tv and on film in her book Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film. Featured on the cover of that book is actor Kal Penn ... [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]
Looking for Religion in Foucault
For Foucault, religion is distinguished by how it inscribes language on bodies. By Mark Jordan [read more]
Transgender Perspectives: Recommended Reading
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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]
Best of Illinois: Exploring nature and finding fungus
The Best of Illinois regional catalog highlights some Press titles that focus on Midwestern subjects including history, art, architecture, food, politics, music and more. Three titles that focus on natural history provide readers an opp ... [read more]
Neither Freedom Fighter Nor Fanatic
How John Brown's legacy disrupted the state's monopoly on legitimate violence. [read more]
Is Being Religious “Intellectually Dishonest”?
How the dialogue between believers and nonbelievers is changing—for the better. [read more]
Acorns in Texas
For those of you in the Austin and Dallas, Texas, areas, you’re in for a literary treat this week. Valerie Miles will be in Austin tonight (Tuesday), November 18th, at Malvern Books, and in Dallas tomorrow (Wednesday), November 29th, at ... [read more]
Lorado Taft event on the University of Illinois campus – December 4, 2014
December 4, 2014, 4:00-5:00pm Lorado Taft: The Sculptor’s Legacy Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL Lorado Taft is known to University of Illinois students and alumni worldwide for creating the revered Alm ... [read more]
Rest in Power: Remembering Leslie Feinberg
We were shocked and saddened by the news that Leslie Feinberg, author and pioneering advocate for trans liberation, died this weekend from “complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections.” Feinberg was the author of two books from ... [read more]
Squeeze This! wins SEM award
Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America by Marion Jacobson has won the 2014 Klaus Wachsmann Prize for Advanced and Critical Essays in Organology from the Society for Ethnomusicology. The award is given every two yea ... [read more]
Why Religious Studies Matter
On shepherding a religious studies list into being. [read more]
New in paperback: American music and American history
Two UIP titles are available in paperback editions today. Charles Ives in the Mirror: American Histories of an Iconic Composer Charles Ives was a virtual unknown in his lifetime. But in the 60 years since the composer’s death he has … C ... [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]
From Heidi to Humble Howard
Today marks the anniversary of the “Heidi Game,” an infamous moment in television history but also part of the story of how far professional football has come in its bid to conquer the zeitgeist. November 17, 1968: the Oakland Raiders s ... [read more]
Scholarly presses at a glance
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 Week 2014: Day 5, "Follow Friday"
Today is the final day of the University Press Week blog tour, and the theme for this cold (at least here in Philly) Friday is "Follow Friday." Six presses tell us who or what they are reading and following right... [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]
The New Sanctuary Movement: An Interfaith Advocacy Campaign for Immigrants
By Jenah Blitz-Stoehr [read more]
University Press Week 2014: Day 4, "Throwback Thursday"
Today's University Press Week blog tour theme is "Throwback Thursday," with six presses looking back into their histories. Temple University Press has a post describing the development of their influential Asian History and Culture seri ... [read more]
How Katz’s Delicatessen became a New York icon
—Ted Merwin When I was growing up on Long Island in the 1970s, school field trips meant being schlepped on a bus to the McGraw-Hill building on Sixth Avenue, to a multimedia film called the “New York Experience,” in which … Continue rea ... [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]
University presses: Where knowledge finds a voice
This post is a part of the 2014 AAUP University Press Week blog tour. Other presses posting today include Princeton University Press, University Press of Kentucky, Georgetown University Press, University Press of Mississippi, and Univer ... [read more]
Slim Pickings? by BTBA Judge Michael Orthofer
Michael Orthofer runs the Complete Review – a book review site with a focus on international fiction – and its Literary Saloon weblog. [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]
Helping Veterans Recover from Moral Injury
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On Veterans Day: Fulfilling an ongoing debt
—Mark Boulton [This post originally appeared on The Hill's Congress Blog.] Listen to the words of any politician this Veterans Day, or head down to any local war memorial. Turn on a country radio station, or check out the bumper sticker ... [read more]
University Press Week 2014: Day 2, "In pictures"
Today on the University Press Week blog tour, five presses are taking us backstage through pictures, both historical and contemporary. The five presses are: Fordham University Press, "We’ve Come A Long Way Since 1907!" Indiana Universit ... [read more]
UPWeek Day 2: Irina Baronova launch in pictures
Today is day two of #UPWeek, which considers the past, present, and future of scholarly publishing through pictures. Among posts dotting the web, you’ll find: a photographic history of Indiana University Press, documentation of 1950s an ... [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]
Observation Post:Reflections on the Fall of the Berlin Wall
By Philip C. Winslow [read more]
University Press Week 2014 begins: Day 1, "Collaboration"
Today marks the kick-off of the 2014 American Association of University Presses University Press Week blog tour. Over the course of the next five days, more than thirty university presses will be taking part, talking about a particular ... [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]
Celebrating University Press Week
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 10 – Subject Are ... [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]
#UPWeek: Turabian Teacher Collaborative
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Friday Reads: The Latest Paperbacks from Beacon Press
Here in Boston, the air’s been taking on the distinct chill of winter. Which is to say that reading season is coming into full swing. And since nothing beats getting cozy and having some quality time with a new paperback, we put togethe ... [read more]
Bigger than the Burj Khalifa [Some November Translations]
This post is being written under extreme jet lag. Last Saturday I flew out to attend the Sharjah International Book Fair (the slogan for which is “A Book for Every Person,” which is not to be confused with Dubai’s Film Festival slogan, ... [read more]
The Islamic State and the Legacy of World War I
In A Land of Aching Hearts, new this month, Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University Leila Fawaz offers the personal stories of the Middle East’s civilians and soldiers in the First Worl ... [read more]
UH Coach Dave Shoji to Sign Wahine Volleyball at Bookstore Launch Events
In Wahine Volleyball: 40 Years Coaching Hawai‘i’s Team, Dave Shoji, legendary coach for the University of Hawai‘i women’s volleyball program looks back at four decades to tell his story along with that of the Rainbow Wahine. With the as ... [read more]
Queer Christianities: A new conversation
—Michael F. Pettinger, Kathleen T. Talvacchia, and Mark Larrimore “Queer Christian lives are wildly, deliciously varied.” With those words, our co-editor Mark Larrimore captured the most compelling reason for editing a book like Queer C ... [read more]
FEAR OF THE LONGLIST by George Carroll
George Carroll is the World Literature Editor of Shelf Awareness and an independent publishers’ representative based in the Pacific Northwest. [read more]
Haunted Reflections: Walter Benjamin in San Francisco
Having spent decades now helping to bring the vast and varied writings of Walter Benjamin to readers of English, we’re very excited to be joining City Lights and others in spending this week considering Benjamin’s life and ideas. “Haunt ... [read more]
Between Nothing & Infinity: Poland’s Evolving Jewish Remembrance
By Louise Steinman [read more]
New Book Roundup
November is turning out to be a busy month at UPM. We are pleased to release seven new books out this month. All of the titles below are now available.  [read more]
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 me ... [read more]
D. Gentry Steele Obituary 1941-2014
D. Gentry Steele, 73, of College Station, Texas, went to be with his Lord on October 27, 2014.  There will be a Celebration of Life for Gentry at the Brazos Valley Museum on Saturday November 8, 2014 at 12:00pm.  [read more]
Hot Off Penn Press: October's New Books
Yes, it's technically November, but that's just because there were so many new releases last month we couldn't fit in time to post about it! If you'd like to receive announcements by email of new books in any of our... [read more]
­­Diversity and the wage gap
—Cindy I-Fen Cheng While much has been written about the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley’s tech industries, recent findings by the American Institute for Economic Research sheds light on what may be a more alarming concern: wage dis ... [read more]
Elect these books for your reading list
On election day, we highlight ten Temple University Press titles with a focus on elections and campaigns. Dollars and Votes: How Business Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy, by Dan Clawson, Alan Neustadtl and Mark Weller Scandals, ... [read more]
Free e-book for November: Mr. Jefferson and the Giant Moose
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UPM is Looking for Interns
UPM is looking for intern workers to fill at least two positions including the McRae Publishing Internship, a position generously supported by the Richard and Selby McRae Foundation. [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Excerpt: Versions of Academic Freedom
An Excerpt from Versions of Academic Freedom: From Professionalism to Revolution by Stanley Fish [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]
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]