Category: Publishing

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, September 26, 2014

sup-300x209Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we reflected on adulthood, celebrated T.S. Eliot’s birthday, and reevaluated the nature of money.

Columbia University Press shared “The Sounds and Scripts of a Hong Kong Childhood,” the final chapter of Rey Chow’s Not Like a Native Speaker. Chow discusses the hallmarks of radio drama and her mother’s career as a popular broadcaster and performer.

Harvard University Press considered what it means to be an adult with the author of The Prime of Life. Steven Mintz responds to pessimistic books and editorials by illustrating how American attitudes towards adulthood and youth have changed over time.

Indiana University Press documented the itinerant people known as Travellers. The trailer for Irish Travellers features a montage of photographs from George and Sharon Gmelch’s new book.

Johns Hopkins University Press wished T.S. Eliot a happy birthday  and introduced readers to his newly published complete prose. Jewel Spears Brooker and Ronald Schuchard shed light on the beginning of Eliot’s intellectual life and literary career.

Oxford University Press asked if health apps really matter, citing the limited initial success of fitness apps and apps for diabetes patients. Andrew Larkin argues that although health apps have had a rough start, they are poised to become more useful and important.

Princeton University Press interviewed Nigel Dodd, author of The Social Life of Money. Dodd lays down the framework for a new understanding of money in the aftermath of the financial crisis by studying thinkers such as George Simmel, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Jacques Derrida.

Stanford University Press explained Jack London’s reputation as a novelist and socialist. The Press notes, on the occasion of Banned Books Week, that The Call of the Wild was banned in parts of Europe because of London’s political leanings.

Temple University Press celebrated Jewish New Year by highlighting seven Jewish studies titles. The books describe the Catskills resort culture, recall the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association basketball team, and explore community and immigration.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, September 19, 2014

sup-300x209Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we studied the classics online, compared Scottish and Quebec nationalism, and took a quiz on the Constitution. What did you read this week?

Columbia University Press interviewed John Pickrell about his book Flying Dinosaurs. He explained why birds are dinosaurs and how dinosaurs likely used their feathers.

Harvard University Press introduced the digital Loeb Classical Library with the help of its general editor, Jeffrey Henderson. Henderson commented on the challenges of moving the library online and described the exciting new ways of reading, studying, and teaching the library will enable.

Johns Hopkins University Press connected physics and art with a guest post  by Dr. J.R. Leibowitz, the author of Hidden Harmony. He showed how the fields overlap in their principles and motivations.

McGill-Queen’s University Press offered a timely comparison between Scottish and Quebec nationalism. Books including Hierarchies of Belonging and Liberal Nationalisms delve into the related political and cultural contexts.

Oxford University Press celebrated the anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery with a post about her life. Wilma Peebles-Wilkins described Tubman’s efforts towards civil rights and social justice as well as her legacy for black feminists.

The University of Pennsylvania Press investigated Jewish travel writing in a Q&A with Martin Jacobs. His book, Reorienting the East, engages with postcolonial studies and the meaning of Orientalism.

Stanford University Press tested our knowledge of the U.S. Constitution with a quiz derived from Your Rugged Constitution. The Press has reissued the classic 1950s resource on the architecture of the nation’s founding document.

The University of Chicago Press congratulated Alison Bechdel, the cartoonist, graphic memoirist, and 2014 MacArthur “genius grant” recipient. The post offered a quick recap of the Bechdel test and video footage from a 2011 interview.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, September 12, 2014

sup-300x209Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we remembered 9/11 and it’s lasting effects, tested our literary cat knowledge, and investigated our preconceptions about beauty pageants. What did you read this week?


Temple University Press and Indiana University Press reflected on the anniversary of 9/11, investigating the after-effects of the terrorist attacks on Muslim communities and exploring the invisibility of carnage in the images of “the most photographed disaster in history”.

Stanford University Press shared an excerpt from Official Stories, to help explain the national narratives used by political powers in the Middle East to maintain authoritarian rule.

Columbia University Press shared a series of posts on the unequivocally titled book Learn or Die, featuring a book giveaway, and chapter-by-chapter video overviews of the book, recorded by the author.

On a more light-hearted note, and because this is the internet, Oxford University Press quizzed us on cats in literary history.

The University of Texas Press educated us with a post on “9 Things We didn’t Know about Miss America,” that compares the pageant myths with its realities.

UNC Press continued the pageant theme, sharing an excerpt from Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women that reflects on the southern image of female beauty.

The University of Georgia Press announced the winners of the 2014 National Poetry Series competition.

Johns Hopkins University Press went fishing this week, sharing a blog post from the Gibbes Museum of Art on the art of aquatic scientific illustration in A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes.

Finally, our neighbors at Wesleyan University Press got us ready for fall with a helpful roundup of upcoming agricultural fairs in Connecticut.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, September 5, 2014

supWelcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, education was a major focus for the academic presses as students flooded back to campus. What did you read this week?

The MIT Press started a back to school series this week discussing new curriculum models in an increasingly digital world, touching on coding education for K-12 students, MOOCs, and more.

UNC Press shared a guest post from the author of The Life and Times of Elijah Muhammad, examining current racial, religious, and economic issues as Elijah Muhammad might have seen them.

The University of Chicago Press offers a free ebook of Blair Kamin’s Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age.

The Wesleyan University Press continues their Throwback Thursday theme, sharing a poem from  Crazy Melon and Chinese Apple: The Poems of Francis Chung (2000)

Columbia University Press interviews James Liebman, author of The Wrong Carlos about studying capital punishment in Texas.

Oxford University Press explains ebola from the biological level to the social, infrastructural, and governmental challenges to containing the virus.

Stanford University Press shares their fall catalog in an engaging flow chart format. Will you make it past the first question?

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, August 22, 2014

What Sup from your favorite University PressesWelcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we explore several facets of history, from the light-hearted to the sobering: romance strategies, economics, warfare, and racial violence. What did you read this week?

The University of Chicago Press examines a topic that hits close to home, “The State of the University Press.”

Columbia University featured a series of posts on  The Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture Series this week. They offered a chance to win a copy of the first three books in the series and shared several excerpts to help you brush up on the latest economic theory.

John’s Hopkins University Press explained how linen armor can stop an arrow in a guest post by Scott Bartell, author of Reconstructing Ancient Linen Body Armor. Bartell risked his own flesh to test the ancient Greek and Roman warrior’s version of Kevlar.

Harvard University Press offered a drawing lesson from William Kentridge, an artist of many mediums whose stop-motion charcoal drawing animations gained him international renown.

Louisiana State University Press shared a Thoreau-esque description of a Louisiana summer day – something to savor here in New Haven as fall rapidly heads our way.

University of Minnesota Press launched a new weekly blog series from comedian Lorna Landvik. In this fist installment Landvik wonders if being the youngest child made her funnier.

MIT Press spoke with Margaret Murray, author of Women Becoming Mathematicians, on the impact that the first female winner of the Fields medal will have.

NYU Press reflected on the disturbing events in Ferguson and the history of racial tension and state-sanctioned violence in St. Louis.

Oxford University Press asks if we are “too ‘smart’ to understand how we see?”

Stanford University Press shares New York  Sephardi-Ashkenazi Jewish dating advice from 1916.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, August 15, 2014

sup-300x209Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we stop meddling, participate in citizen science, and evaluate research on inequality. What did you read this week?

Columbia University Press asks why Roberto Bolaño’s novels, especially The Savage Detectives and 2666, were so widely read and so well regarded in the United States. Chris Andrews, author of Roberto Bolaño’s Fiction, gives a brief history of the writer’s reception and lists seven possible reasons for his popularity.

New York University Press celebrates the end of summer with a giveaway of Books That Cook, a collection of American literature written about food and organized like a cookbook. It includes pieces by Maya Angelou, Sherman Alexie, and Nora Ephron, among many others.

Indiana University Press encourages everyone to mind their own business with the latest episode of the Press’s podcast. John Lachs discusses his book, Meddling, and distinguishes between helping people and intruding on their private lives and decisions.

Johns Hopkins University Press considers reactions to neoliberalism in Central America with a guest post by Paul Almeida. In his books, Waves of Protest and Mobilizing Democracy, he focuses on economic conflicts in El Salvador with attention to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and other countries as well.

Temple University Press tells the life story of Albert M. Greenfield, a Jewish immigrant who shook up business practices in the 1920s and ’30s. In an interview, Dan Rottenberg discusses The Outsider, his book about Greenfield, and the challenge of separating fact from myth when writing about a man who described himself in many different ways at different times.

Oregon State University Press explores the new and interrelated ways policy makers, professional researchers, and enthusiastic amateurs engage with science. Sharman Apt Russell, author of Diary of a Citizen Scientist, shares her reflections on the first national conference for citizen science and mentions some of the ongoing projects in which she and others participate.

Oxford University Press argues that laughter and aggression might have more in common than we usually think with an excerpt from Comedy, Matthew Bevis’s contribution to their series of Very Short Introductions. Bevis shows how near oxymorons like “playful anger” and “outrageous outrage” capture key emotional realities.

Stanford University Press evaluates the success and importance of research on inequality with a post by David Grusky. He explains that questions about systemic change remain largely unanswered and calls for study in the field to continue. Grusky acknowledges that academics trends shift unpredictably, but hopes that inequality will remain a mainstream concern.

Celebrate Book Lovers Day with 10 Books about Books!

Unpacking My LibraryAugust 9th is Book Lovers Day! It’s a time to curl up with a book or three and read your heart out, and Yale University Press is here to help you celebrate. We know that choosing what to read next can be both sweetly intoxicating and totally overwhelming, so we’ve picked out some appropriate and entertaining titles for the holiday.

If you’re a book lover looking to read about other book lovers, we’d suggest Unpacking My Library: Writers and Their Books edited by Leah Price. The book spotlights the personal libraries of thirteen novelists with photographs, interviews, and top ten lists from each. The featured bibliophiles include Alison Bechdel, Junot Díaz, Lev Grossman and Sophie Gee, and Gary Shteyngart.

If the books in your home library are chock full of highlights, sticky notes, and scribbles, then Marginalia by H.J. Jackson might be the title for you. Jackson reflects on the cultural and historical value of writing in the margins, examines works that have invited passionate annotation, and presents examples of the most provocative marginalia. Jackson’s enthusiasm will be all too familiar to those who read with a pen or pencil in hand.

manguel_pbcoverIf you’re looking for some friendly and passionate encouragement to crack open a book, we’d recommend A Reader on Reading by Alberto Manguel. Manguel is a prize-winning writer and a well-decorated reader, and in this collection of essays he considers the ways reading defines our species. To Manguel, narrative is the underlying structure of consciousness, and books provide an intellectual home.

If you’ve wondered how books became so widely available, you might be interested in James Raven‘s The Business of Books. Raven traces the development of English literary commerce to explain how the book went from a luxury item to a mass market commodity. In a similar spirit, Andrew Pettegree reconstructs the first 150 years of the world of print in The Book in the Renaissance. He shows that the printed book had to straddle financial and religious imperatives from the very beginning.

If you’d like to know how the book in your hands came to be so comfortable to hold and pleasant to look at, then you should check out Richard Hendel‘s On Book Design. Hendel explains how he and other designers make decisions about size, shape, typeface, arrangement, and much more as they help transform a manuscript into a finished product.

If you want to understand not just books but Great Books, let How to Read Literature by Terry Eagleton and A Little History of Literature by John Sutherland be your guides. Eagleton poses and addresses questions of evaluation and interpretation while commenting on movements including classicism, Romanticism, modernism, and postmodernism. Sutherland introduces great classics with his own twist of humor and wit, and he includes plenty of digressions into less than canonical territory (everything from Anglo-Saxon runes to The Da Vinci Code).

SeverinaIf, at the end of the day, what you’re really looking for is a well-told story, we’d recommend Severina, written by Rodrigo Rey Rosa and translated by Chris Andrews. The gripping novel centers on a bookseller and the enigmatic thief who throws his world into disarray. It’s a must-read book by a contender for Guatemala’s most prominent literary figure.

If you are interested in the history of Yale University Press and the challenges of university press publishing in general, we’d point you to A World of Letters by Nicholas A. Basbanes. The book recounts the various successes and controversies of Yale University Press’s first one hundred years (1908-2008).

Regardless what you choose to page through next, we hope you have a great Book Lovers Day. And let us know what you’re currently reading in the comments section below!

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, August 1, 2014

sup-300x209Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we wish Emily Brontë a happy birthday, study eighteenth century French smugglers, and examine race riots.

Columbia University Press responds to the ongoing strife in the Middle East by posting an episode of the podcast This is Hell! Joel Migdal, author of Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East, provides historical context and argues that neither new maps nor American presidents will resolve the conflict.

Duke University Press celebrates the birthday of Emily Brontë with two journal articles about her work. Tiffany Tsao analyzes Brontë’s treatment of colonization while Kevin A. Morrison attends to her portrayal of male suffering.

New York University Press explores the meanings attached to diamonds with a guest post by Susan Falls, the author of Clarity, Cut, and Culture. She focuses on ways people come to associate the precious gems with the deaths of loved ones.

Harvard University Press considers the origins of global capitalism by telling the story of Louis Mandrin, a French smuggler. In doing so, Michael Kwass, author of Contraband, draws comparisons between eighteenth and twenty-first century wars on drugs.

Oregon State University Press shares Justin Wadland’s reflections on his search for the location of Home, Washington’s famous tree house. Wadland is the author of Trying Home: The Rise and Fall of an Anarchist Utopia on Puget Sound.

Oxford University Press offers a behind the score listen to 1987′s Bond film The Living Daylights with an excerpt from John Burlingame’s The Music of James Bond. Burlingame reveals that the female lead took cello lessons and that the composer appeared in the film as a conductor.

The University of Pennsylvania Press kicks off a new series of Q&A’s with an interview with Cathy Lisa Schneider, author of Police, Power, and Race Riots. Schneider studies a 1964 riot in New York City and a 2005 riot in Paris in order to illustrate their common factors.

The University of California Press sheds light on the child victims of America’s border disaster with two short narratives recounted by Susan Terrio. Terrio is the author of Whose Child Am I? which will be released May 2015.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, July 25, 2014

sup-300x209Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we visit Machu Picchu, address New York City’s inequality, and celebrate progress in education. What did you read this week?

Columbia University Press interviews John Haller, the author of Shadow Medicine. He outlines the conceptual and practical differences between conventional and alternative medicines, and explains how the placebo effect complicates both kinds of therapy. The Press also offers an excerpt from the book.

Duke University Press explores the “lost city” of Machu Picchu with two articles about its history. Amy Cox Hall describes the methodologies of the site’s rediscoverers, Hiram Bingham and the Yale Peruvian Expedition team. Keely Maxwell documents the environmental history of tourism on the Inca Trail.

Harvard University Press reflects on the publication, reception, and evaluation of texts, and on how peer review can relate to each. The Press considers Joseph Esposito’s ideas about Open Access publishing in light of a story told by historian Matthew Pratt Guterl about his book, Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe.

Indiana University Press streams the newest episode of the IU Press podcast, in which Keren McGinity describes what she learned about gender and religion while researching and writing Marrying Out. The book focuses on the experiences of Jewish men and their non-Jewish wives, particularly as they become parents.

Temple University Press highlights the challenges New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio faces in lessening inequality and fostering a more inclusive urbanism. Tarry Hum, author of Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood, takes Brooklyn as an especially illuminating test case.

Oxford University Press traces the recent history of the Church of England in order to contextualize the admission of female bishops. Linda Woodhead, the author of Christianity: A Very Short Introduction, describes the underlying tensions between universalism and sectarianism and between liberalism and paternalism.

Stanford University Press argues that even though education reform is crucial, it is worth celebrating how far the United States and the world have come. David P. Baker, the author of The Schooled Society, points out that the world today is exponentially more educated than it has ever been before, and that this has dramatically affected humanity’s external and internal structures.

What SUP From Your Favorite University Presses, July 11, 2014

sup-300x209Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from university presses! Once again, there is a lot to share this week from our fellow academic publishing houses and much to learn on What SUP at the social university presses. This week, we see Ratatouille through new eyes, learn about indigenous ethnobotany, and analyze India’s national elections.

Columbia University Press argues that we should trust scientists even though most of us cannot directly evaluate scientific research. Naomi Oreskes, co-author of The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future, makes her case in the form of a TED Talk.

Fordham University Press shares an excerpt from What’s Queer About Europe? in which Laure Murat analyzes the rodent protagonist of Pixar’s Ratatouille (2007) through the lenses of sexuality and nationalism.

Johns Hopkins University Press considers the challenges ISIS may face in its attempt to seize and control Iraq. Mark N. Katz, author of Leaving without Losing, cites regional opposition, reaction to repression, and rifts among radicals as problems for almost any revolutionary movement, ISIS included.

McGill-Queen’s University Press explores the affinities among Indigenous peoples’ knowledge of plants and environments in northwestern North America. Nancy Turner, author of Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge, writes about the origins of her ethnobotanical research.

Temple University Press studies the way racial biases affect nurse-patient relationships in American hospitals. Lisa Ruchti, author of Catheters, Slurs, and Pickup Lines, outlines the problems that nurses of color face in a segment on Al-Jazeera America News.

Oxford University Press interviews pain specialist Mark Johnson about high and low tech ways of treating pain, what factors contribute  to chronic pain, and how Johnson’s research on Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation could affect the world.

Stanford University Press discusses India’s recent national elections, and the erosion of pluralism and minority rights they may herald, with the help of Narendra Subramanian, author of Nation and Family: Personal Law, Cultural Pluralism, and Gendered Citizenship in India.

Princeton University Press requests help from all members of the ornithological community in tracking the migratory connectivity of North American birds. The editorial team of The Atlas of Migratory Connectivity for Birds of North America will collect contributions through the end of 2014.