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The Appalachian Studies Association Conference is Coming

The ASA’s annual 37th conference is just eleven days away! The conference will take place at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia March 28-30. Every year many awards are given to deserving candidates, some of which have been UPK authors! Do you recognize these names?

Cratis D. Williams and James S. Brown Service Award
2009 – William H. Turner
2007 – Ron Lewis (Co-Recipient)
2004 – Patricia D. Beaver
1993 – Richard Drake (Co-Recipient)
1993 – Loyal Jones  (Co-Recipient)

Weatherford Award – Nonfiction
2011 – Emily Satterwhite
2010 – Chris Green
2009 – Ronald D. Eller
2004 – Michael Montgomery
1999 – Loyal Jones
1989 – Jon Inscoe
1982 – Ronald D. Eller
1978 – Henry D. Shapiro
1977 – Gurney Norman
1975 – Brian Wooley
1971 – David H. Looff

Weatherford Award – Special
1999 – Sidney Saylor Farr
1996 – Loyal Jones
1979 – Cratis Williams – 1979
1978 – Harriette Simpson Arnow
1977 – James Still
1976 – Harry Caudill
1975 – Jesse Stuart

Helen M. Lewis Service Award
2013 – Amy Clark on behalf of the Appalachian Writing Project
2008 – Silas House
2007 – Gurney Norman

Carl A. Ross Student Paper Award
2004 – Emily Satterwhite
1984 – Jon Inscoe

Wilma Dykeman “Faces of Appalachia” Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
2009/2010 – Emily Satterwhite

Check back after the conference to see this year’s recipients! Who do you think will win?

St. Patrick’s Day Book Giveaway

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! With the luck of the Irish, one lucky reader will receive a copy of Maureen O’Hara by Aubrey Malone. What better way to spend the holiday than with this dazzling Irish beauty?

Maureen O’Hara was an icon of cinema’s golden age. From her childhood in Dublin to her debut in Hollywood, this book tells the tales of the “Queen of Technicolor” and offers insights to her glamorous lifestyle. After extensive research, this breakthrough biography recognizes O’Hara’s contributions to her craft while revealing the woman behind the roles. The result is a captivating tribute to the multi-talented star and her remarkable life and career.

Maureen O'HaraSign ups will close at the end of the day on March 24.

The Olmsted Parks of Louisville: New Book, Wildflower Strolls & Lecture

The Olmsted Parks of Louisville-A Botanical Field Guide, written by Patricia Dalton Haragan, is the first authoritative manual on the 380 species of trees, herbaceous plants, shrubs and vines populating the nearly 1,900 acres that compromise Cherokee, Seneca, Iroquois, Shawnee and Chickasaw Parks is newly available in paperback. Here is an insider look at some of the plants that are discussed in the manual.

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If you live in the Louisville, Kentucky area, or have a particular interest in learning more about the wonderful plants from the book, the author, Patricia Haragan, will be leading several enlightening walks at the Louisville Nature Center and Cherokee Park in the coming months.

Here are the dates, times, locations and price of the opportunities:

March 12 1:00-3:00pm Louisville Nature Center 3745 Illinois Ave, Louisville, KY 40213

March 15 1:00-3:00pm Cherokee Park, Hogan Fountain

April 9 1:00-3:00pm Louisville Nature Center 3745 Illinois Ave, Louisville, KY 40213

April 19 1:00-3:00pm Cherokee Park, Maple Road and Scenic Loop

May 21 1:00-3:00pm Louisville Nature Center 3745 Illinois Ave, Louisville, KY 40213

May 24 1:00-3:00pm Cherokee Park, Ledge Road parking lot off Lexington Road

June 4 1:00-3:00pm Louisville Nature Center 3745 Illinois Ave, Louisville, KY 40213

June 7 1:00-3:00pm Cherokee Park, Hogan Fountain

Registration Fee: $15; Members of Olmsted Parks Conservatory or Nature Center stroll fee is $10. Register at or call 502-456-8125

In way of a short P.S., there is another great opportunity coming up with a Patricia Haragan free Lecture and Book Signing. The author of the newly released book The Olmsted Parks of Louisville-A Botanical Field Guide, will discuss her discovery and study of wildflowers in five of the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks. She is a former botanist for Olmsted Park Conservatory and a former curator of the University of Kentucky, College of agriculture Herbarium. Books will be available for purchase and Patricia available for book signing after the event. The guide is 472 pages with over 300 color photos.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:15pm

Location: Whitehall House & Gardens 3110 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206

Free event but registration is required at or call 502-456-8125

*Members of Olmsted Parks Conservancy are invited to a private book signing at 5:30pm and also receive a 10% discount off the field guide.

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Hawks on Hawks and the Oscars

A directors’ body of work and success is often measured by how many awards they have received. But this can be an unfair and biased way of judging creativity.

With this year’s Academy Awards recently ended, it is difficult to comprehend the multitude of extremely talented directors who were never fortunate enough to win an Oscar for one of their films. A prime example of this injustice is the great Howard Hawks.

Hawks is often credited as being the most versatile of all of the great American directors, having worked with equal ease in screwball comedies, westerns, gangster movies, musicals, and adventure films.

Hawks on Hawks draws on interviews that author Joseph McBride conducted with the director over the course of seven years, giving rare insight into Hawks’s artistic philosophy, his relationships with the stars, and his position in an industry that was rapidly changing. In its new edition, this classic book is both an account of the film legend’s life and work and a guidebook on how to make movies.

Hawks was eventually awarded an Honorary Award Oscar for his filmmaking abilities. 

UPK Author Robert Farley on NPR this Weekend

Robert M. Farley has already caused quite a stir with his new book Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force. Listen to his interview on NPR’s weekend edition.

Touching on failures of the independent air force in America’s history, Farley argues in his book that the United States Air Force should be divided between the United States Army and the United States Navy. Tune in on Sunday morning (or anytime on NPR’s website), and then pick up a copy of Grounded to learn more.

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From “Hollywood’s New Cinderella” to “Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel”

If this screen siren doesn’t immediately look familiar to you, it’s because she is often overlooked despite her powerhouse performances and unique beauty. (We know, Ann, its not fair!)

Ann Dvorak was once crowned “Hollywood’s New Cinderella” after performances in movies like Scarface (1932) and Three on a Match (1932). But after she walked out on her contract with Warner Bros. and engaged them in a controversial lawsuit, her acting clout steadily declined.

Christina Rice, a librarian and photo archivist at the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles and self-titled crazed Ann Dvorak fan, has written the first full-length biography of the under-appreciated actress’s life entitled Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel. Rice discusses not only Ann’s body of work but also her rebellion and the ways in which it paved the way for other Hollywood actors and actresses to break their contracts with the established Hollywood system.

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Rice recently joined WICN Public Radio for a podcast discussing the book during their Inquiry Program. Check out the podcast here to hear more about the book and Rice’s research.

Rice also wrote an article for the Huffington Post that discusses the Selig Zoo Statues. These statues, previously owned by a man named Colonel Selig, framed the entrance to a zoo on his property that housed his beloved jungle animals. After the zoo went through various owners, these majestic statues went missing. They were found by a docent and were once again restored to their former glory in 2009 at the entrance of the Los Angeles Zoo.

Also, be sure to check out Christina Rice’s website and blog.

In honor of Ann Dvorak, this is how we like to imagine Ann walking out on Warner Bros. and her contract:

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Remembering the Selma-to-Montgomery Marches, Celebrating with a Free Ebook

March marks the anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches—events that are widely considered to be the political and emotional peak of the American civil rights movement. In honor of these historic events, we’re offering the ebook of In Peace and Freedom: My Journey in Selma by Bernard LaFayette Jr. and Kathryn Lee Johnson for free all month.

Dedicated to working toward social change through nonviolence and peace since his teens, Bernard LaFayette Jr. has been a civil rights activist for more than fifty years. He was a cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a leader in the Nashville lunch counter sit-ins, a Freedom Rider, an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the national coordinator of the Poor People’s Campaign. At the young age of twenty-two, he assumed the directorship of the Alabama Voter Registration Project in Selma—a city that had previously been removed from the organization’s list due to the dangers of operating there.

LaFayette was one of the primary organizers of the 1965 Selma voting rights movement and the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, and he relates his experiences of these historic initiatives in close detail. Important, compelling, and powerful, In Peace and Freedom presents a necessary perspective on the civil rights movement in the 1960s from one of its greatest leaders.

Fill out the form below, click SUBMIT, and your FREE EBOOK will be emailed to you within 48 hours!

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We’re Off to See the Wizard… at the 2014 Oscars

Dorothy, Toto, and the rest of The Wizard of Oz gang will follow the yellow brick road all the way to Hollywood to be honored at this year’s Oscars for the film’s 75th anniversary.

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The film was nominated for 6 Oscars in 1939 (including best picture) and won 2 Academy Awards for best song and score.

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Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s treasured novel, the film was directed by Victor Fleming and is considered by many to be one of the greatest and most-beloved films of all time.

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Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master, is the full-length, definitive biography of this legendary director written by Michael Sragow and is available from UPK at this link:

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Now available in paperback, Sragow describes Fleming’s many timeless works including Gone with the Wind, Joan of Arc, and, of course, The Wizard of Oz.

Excerpted from Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master by Michael Sragow

In The Wizard of Oz, [Fleming] not only captured the beauty of childhood but also defined it for the millions who have experienced it in theaters and in the highly publicized TV showings that began in 1956. It evokes the sometimes-terrifying exhilaration of discovering the world beyond the doorstep–and the anxiety-tinged urge to hang on to ‘home’ before time and circumstance alter it.” –Michael Sragow

How excited are you?

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If the Scarecrow had a brain he’d be on the UPK website right now.

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So be sure to tune in to the Oscars tonight to make sure that Dorothy and Toto made it to Hollywood.

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Just remember, there’s no place like the University Press of Kentucky’s website if you’re looking for some amazing books.

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Their First Misunderstanding featuring Mary Pickford

America’s Sweetheart

With the Oscars approaching more and more quickly, it’s easy to forget about how much film has evolved over the past century. What used to not even exist in film is now arguably the most important aspect of it. What sets a fantastic film apart from its competitors is often the dialogue and writing, not the special effects.

In the early days of cinema, when actors were unbilled and films were silent, audiences immediately noticed Mary Pickford. Moviegoers everywhere were riveted by her talent as she rose to become cinema’s first great star.

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During a time when women weren’t known for their careers, Pickford became a pioneer in the film industry as both an actor and a producer. She co-founded the film studio United Artists with fellow film greats Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, and Douglas Fairbanks. The studio continues to be a major success today, with blockbuster actors like Tom Cruise as clients.

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Labeled one of the American Film Institute’s (AFI) 50 Greatest American Female Screen Legends, Pickford’s contributions to film have been heavily researched and treasured.

“Their First Misunderstanding”, a 1911 film starring Pickford, has recently been found and restored thanks to a curious carpenter digging through an old New Hampshire barn. Christel Schmidt, an eminent Mary Pickford scholar and editor of UPK’s book, Mary Pickford: Queen of Movies, discusses the significance of this finding with Public Radio Exchange (PRX) at this link.

Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies by Christel Schmidt

Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies by Christel Schmidt

Pickford was one of the original founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, most often known for that small show they put on once a year called the Oscars.


So it’s thanks in part to her that we get to cheer on our favorite actors and films and watch their hilarious reactions to losing awards.

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Celebrate Mary’s achievements and contributions to film by going to our website and ordering Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies. This beautifully designed volume features more than two hundred color and black and white illustrations, including photographs and stills from the collections of the Library of Congress and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Together with the text, they paint a fascinating portrait of a key figure in American cinematic history.


Also, be sure to check out some of our other books in the Screen Classics series on our website. Other notable Oscar faces like Victor Fleming, Jack Nicholson, and Maureen O’Hara have been featured in this series.


Continue the tradition started by Mary and her colleagues by watching the Academy Awards on March 2nd.



The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese

When people are asked who they believe are the most successful and creative film makers, several names are consistently thrown around. One such name is Martin Scorsese.

A renowned and celebrated director and producer, Scorsese is beloved by anyone who enjoys film.

Some of his most notable works include:

Scorsese’s latest film, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and has already picked up several awards, including one for movie of the year at the AFI Awards.

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So, how does such a genius operate? This is a question that many have asked and few have been able to answer. Mark T. Conard, editor of The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese, attempted to do just that.

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Contributors explore the complex themes and philosophical underpinnings of Martin Scorsese’s films in this book. It is a must-read for any film-buff that calls themselves a fan of Scorsese.