UPWeek Day 5: UP’s in Conversation With Authors

We’ve come to the end of UP Week 2015 and we are not happy about it.


Today’s blog tour theme: “University Presses in Conversation with Authors”.

Columbia University Press: Editor Christine Dunbar will discuss the new Columbia UP Russian Library series of literature in translation with translators and scholars from the series board.

University of Virgina Press: A Q&A with surprise author.

Beacon Press: Executive editor, Gayatri Patnaik, will do a Q&A with Jeanne Theoharis on The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks and the Rosa Parks papers.

University of Illinois Press: Acquisitions Editor, Dawn Durante, interviews Carol Stabile, editor of the Feminist Media Studies series.

Temple University Press: Gary Kramer, publicist at Temple University Press, interviews Eric Tang, author of Unsettled, about his experiences with University Press publishing.

Southern Illinois University Press: A Q&A with Guy R. Hasegawa, author of Villainous Compounds: Chemical Weapons and the Civil War.

University Press of Kansas: UPK will run a Q&A with Friended at the Front author, Lisa Silvestri.

Oregon State University Press: Marketing manager, Marty Brown, talks with author Lawrence Landis about his process in writing A School for the People: A Photographic History of Oregon State University.

Liverpool University Press: A Q&A with LUP’s Editorial Director and the editor of one of our forthcoming open access e-textbooks, using primary sources, destined for use on more than 20 taught modules in their home institution.

University of Toronto Press: An interview with their journal editor.

The University Press of Kentucky would like to thank everyone who has participated this week whether it’s blogging, tweeting, or sharing those #UPShelfies. We hope to see you next year for blog tour 2016!

UP Week 2015

#UPWeek Day 4: Throwback Thursday

We’re heading into the homestretch of University Press Week 2015. Today’s theme is a look back with throwback Thursday!

Project MUSE: In honor of their 20th anniversary this year, they will pull some highlights from their 20 years of university press content.

University of Minnesota Press: In honor of their 90th birthday this year, they will celebrate with information and infographic material.

University of Chicago Press: A fictitious letter to the future from c. 1991 (the year the PDF was invented) about scholarly publishing and digital futures.UPW-Logo-2015

University of Manitoba Press: Features books, catalogs, and book launch photos from the 48 years UMP has been publishing.

University of Washington Press: In celebration of kicking off UW Press’s centennial, UW will feature highlights and photos from 100 years of UW Press history.

Duke University Press: A throwback to all of their surprising journal covers.

University of Texas Press:A look back on the street style of 1970s Pennsylvania through the lens of seminal street photographer, Mark Cohen.

University of Michigan Press: Describing the evolution of their book Michigan Trees through more than 100 years the publication has been maintained/edited, with a screen shot of the original cover.

University Press of Kansas: UPK will use this #TBT post, along with a “Today in history” theme, to tie-in relevant books from UPK.

Minnesota Historical Society Press: Mike Evangelist’s Downtown: Minneapolis in the 1970s captures a memorable time and place in the past. His photos generated great interest on social media by those reflecting on the many long-lost places and styles featured. The book itself offers a throwback look at this era.

University of California Press: Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 publication in 2010: A media cause célèbre.

University of Toronto Press: UTP Journals will use their throwback Thursday post to highlight the various cover designs their journals have had over the years.

Don’t forget to follow along throughout the day on Twitter with the hashtags #UPWeek and #ReadUP. Also, it’s still not too late to submit an awesome #UPShelfie! Here is ours:

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Stay tuned and don’t miss Friday’s theme: UPs in Conversation with Authors!

UP Week 2015

#UPWeek Day 3: UP Design

Happy day three of UP Week! Today’s exciting theme is “UP Design”.

Northwestern University Press: Will feature a Q&A with their book cover designer and Creative Director, Marianne Jankowski, in which she will discuss her own design background and answer several questions such as, “How is working on a trade cover different from a scholarly cover?” and “What are some of the trends in university press design that you’ve noticed?”

Princeton University Press: Designer Chris Lapinski will introduce and launch the PUP design department’s new Tumblr blog, which will highlight PUP design across all departments, while delving into the conversation on visual culture in book publishing. Chris will reflect on the art of design and its place in book history.

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Georgetown University Press: Hope LeGro, director of Georgetown Languages, discusses what it takes for editors to get textbook content ready for the designer so that the book and the coordinating ancillary materials create the best possible learning experience.

Syracuse University Press: Will feature past award-winning designs and some recent successful trade designs.

Stanford University Press: A profile/Q&A with freelance designers, Anne Jodan and Mitch Goldstein, who’ve designed a number of notable book jackets for SUP.

Harvard University Press: One of their designers will walk us through the ideas and designs she abandoned on her way to completing a recent jacket.

AU Press: Their in-house designer and production coordinator will be looking at their favorite fonts for interior book design.

Yale University Press

Make sure to check back for tomorrows theme: throwback Thursday!

UP Week 2015

#UPWEEK Day 2: The Future of Scholarly Publishing

It’s day two of University Press Week 2015!

We hope the start to your UP Week has been as great as ours. Today’s theme is “The Future of Scholarly Publishing” and the bloggers have some exciting input!

Indiana University Press director, Gary Dunham, gives his interesting viewpoint.

Oxford University Press provides a blog post by Editorial Director, Sophie Goldsworthy, on broad trends in scholarly publishing.

George Mason University Press writes a blog post on a global survey of digital tools used in scholarly communication and research workflows.

The University Press of Colorado writes an intriguing post reflecting on their 50th anniversary this year, and what the future might hold for them and the UP community in general.

The University Press of Kansas director depicts how he sees the future of scholarly publishing.


UNC Press writes a post from John McLeod, director of the Office of Scholarly Publishing Services.

West Virginia University Press gives a reflection on the value of acquisitions work and the meaning of curating and gatekeeping in the digital era.

John Hopkins University Press provides commentary from editorial director, Greg Britton.

Fordham University Press writes an exquisite piece titled An Intellectual Sense of Purpose: Interdisciplinarity, Collaboration, and the Futures of University Press Publishing by Richard Morrison, Editorial Director.

The University Press of Georgia writes a post on how university presses are picking up the slack left by trade publishers because of their aversion to risk when it comes to niches in nonfiction publishing.

As for our immediate future, here are a few of our favorite titles coming out this spring!

The Birds of Opulence

From the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of Blackberries, Blackberries and Water Street UKY01 Birds of Opulence Selected.inddcomes an astonishing new novel. A lyrical exploration of love and loss, The Birds of Opulence centers on several generations of women in a bucolic southern black township as they live with and sometimes surrender to madness. Crystal Wilkinson offers up Opulence and its people in lush, poetic detail. It is a world of magic, conjuring, signs, and spells, but also of harsh realities that only love—and love that’s handed down—can conquer. At once tragic and hopeful, this captivating novel is a story about another time, rendered for our own.


The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North

In this important volume, an eminent team of scholars and finley.final.inddactivists offer an alternative assessment of the Chicago Freedom Movement’s impact on race relations and social justice, both in the city and across the nation. Building upon recent works, the contributors reexamine the movement and illuminate its lasting contributions in order to challenge conventional perceptions that have underestimated its impressive legacy.


Conversations with Classic Film Stars:Interviews from Hollywood’s Golden Era

UKY02 Classic Film Stars R1.inddIn Conversations with Classic Film Stars, retired journalists James Bawden and Ron Miller present an astonishing collection of rare interviews with the greatest celebrities of Hollywood’s golden age. Conducted over the course of more than fifty years, they recount intimate conversations with some of the most famous leading men and women of the era, including Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Joseph Cotten, Cary Grant, Gloria Swanson, Joan Fontaine, Loretta Young, Kirk Douglas, and many more

Be sure to check back in tomorrow to see what other UP’s are up to for tomorrows theme: UP Design!

Until then, #ReadUP!

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Join UPK at the 2015 Kentucky Book Fair

The Kentucky Book Fair is fast approaching! We hope you’ll join us this Saturday, November 14 at the Frankfort Convention Center for this annual celebration of great books and great authors. See below for all the UPK authors who will be signing (and speaking) at KBF, and visit kybookfair.blogspot.com for more details.

UPK Authors @ KBF:

James Archambeault
Wes Berry
Roberta Simpson
& Lonnie E. Brown
Kathryn Canavan
Joe Cox
Robert Crane
& Christopher Fryer

Terri Blom Crocker
Linda Scott DeRosier
Kathleen Driskell
Robert M. Farley
Richard Holl
Tom Kimmerer
George Ella Lyon
William Lynwood Montell

Carol Peachee
Susan Reigler
F. Douglas Scutchfield
Gerald L. Smith, John Hardin, and Karen Cotton McDaniel
Elder John Sparks
Michael R. Veach
Frank X Walker
Aimee Zaring

Speaking @ KBF:

Robert Crane and Christopher Fryer will talk about Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father’s Unsolved Murder at 12:30 pm in the Kentucky River Room.

Gerald L. Smith, John Hardin, and Karen Cotton McDaniel will discuss The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia at 2:00 pm in the Green River Room.

UPK Books @ KBF:

Click here to search by title or author for more information.

UP Week 2015

Surprise! It’s UP Week: Guess the Press with our #ReadUP Quiz

Every year the Association of American University Press holds University Press Week to highlight the amazing work of scholarly nonprofit publishers and their contributions to culture, the academy, and an informed society. In the spirit of tradition, the University Press of Kentucky will be participating in blog tour, allowing university presses to collaborate on a series of posts highlighting the value of collaboration. This year’s theme: “Surprise!”

With over a century of university press history, it is no shock that many university presses have an interesting backstory filled with wonderful accomplishments. Following the theme, we’re exploring our history and testing how well you know the history of our fellow university presses.

Now, a little about us: The University Press of Kentucky is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and was organized in 1969 as successor to the University of Kentucky Press. Bruce F. Denbo, then of Louisiana State University Press was appointed as the first full-time professional director. Denbo served as director of UPK until his retirement in 1978, building a small but distinguished list of scholarly books with emphasis on American history and literary criticism. Since the formation of the consortium, the press has broadened its appeal to readers in and outside of Kentucky with a wide array of publications.

Test your knowledge on other AAUP member presses by taking the quiz below:


See what’s happening during #UPWeek from other #AAUP Member Presses who are blogging today:

University Press of FloridaUniversity of New EnglandUniversity Press of MississippiUniversity Press of KansasUniversity of Nebraska PressUniversity of California PressUniversity of Wisconsin Press

The Sale is on!


We hope you enjoyed our Halloween ghost stories all week, but now that the ghoulish night is over, we can move on to more exciting things like The Holidays! Personally, this is my favorite time of the year. When else can you get amazing food, spend much-needed quality time with loved ones, and find the best shopping deals? We know you guys can take care of the first two things in that list, but if you find yourself asking, “What awesome shopping deals?”, you’ll be pleased to know that we’ve got you covered there!

Every year, UPK hosts their annual Holiday Sale where we discount books left and right for your holiday reading and gift-giving pleasures. This year, we’re featuring over 1500 books in our sale! We know that number can be a bit overwhelming and you may not know where to begin, so we’ve created a “Best of the Books on Sale” list that features the highlights from multiple categories of book genres. Whether you’re shopping for a history buff, local foodie, or poetry fanatic, this guide will help you find the perfect gift.

The way the holiday sale works is when you order from our website, you will enter a code (either “FHOL” or “FSNO”) at the time of check out and you will receive either 20% or 80% off your purchase depending on the title. In order to ensure that your package arrives before Christmas, all books should be ordered before December 4, 2015.


Military History: Kentucky Maverick: The Life and Adventures of Colonel George M. Chinn
20% off
Colonel George M. Chinn’s (1902–1987) life story reads more like fiction than the biography of a Kentucky soldier. A smart and fun-loving character,Chinn attended Centre College and played on the famous “Praying Colonels” football team that won the 1921 national championship. After graduation, he returned to his home in Mercer County and partnered with munitions expert “Tunnel” Smith to dynamite a cliff. The resulting hole became Chinn’s Cave House—a diner that also functioned as an underground gambling operation during Prohibition. He even served as Governor A. B. “Happy” Chandler’s bodyguard before joining the Marine Corps in 1943.

Biographies: My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider’s Journey through Hollywood80% off
The son of famed director and screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve [1950], Guys and Dolls [1955], Cleopatra [1963]) and the nephew of Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, Tom Mankiewicz was genuine Hollywood royalty. He grew up in Beverly Hills and New York, spent summers on his dad’s film sets, had his first drink with Humphrey Bogart, dined with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, went to the theater with Ava Gardner, and traveled the world writing for Brando, Sinatra, and Connery. Although his family connections led him to show business, Tom “Mank” Mankiewicz forged a career of his own, becoming a renowned screenwriter, director, and producer of acclaimed films and television shows. He wrote screenplays for three James Bond films—Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973), and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)—and made his directorial debut with the hit TV series Hart to Hart (1979–1984). My Life as a Mankiewicz is a fascinating look at the life of an individual whose creativity and work ethic established him as a member of the Hollywood writing elite.

Classic Film: Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen
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In Rex Ingram, Ruth Barton explores the life and legacy of the pioneering filmmaker, following him from his childhood in Dublin to his life at the top of early Hollywood’s A-list and his eventual self-imposed exile on the French Riviera. Ingram excelled in bringing visions of adventure and fantasy to eager audiences, and his films made stars of actors like Rudolph Valentino, Ramón Novarro, and Alice Terry—his second wife and leading lady. With his name a virtual guarantee of box office success, Ingram’s career flourished in the 1920s despite the constraints of an increasingly regulated industry and the hostility of Louis B. Mayer, who regarded him as a dangerous maverick.

Civil Rights: The Antislavery Movement in Kentucky
80% off
As one of only two states in the nation to still allow slavery by the time of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865, Kentucky’s history of slavery runs deep. Based on extensive research, The Antislavery Movement in Kentucky focuses on two main antislavery movements that emerged in Kentucky during the early years of opposition. By 1820, Kentuckians such as Cassius Clay called for the emancipation of slaves—a gradual end to slavery with compensation to owners. Others, such as Delia Webster, who smuggled three fugitive slaves across the Kentucky border to freedom in Ohio, advocated for abolition—an immediate and uncompensated end to the institution. Neither movement was successful, yet the tenacious spirit of those who fought for what they believed contributes a proud chapter to Kentucky history.

Bourbon: The Birth of Bourbon: A Photographic Tour of Early Distilleries
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More than two hundred commercial distilleries were operating in Kentucky before Prohibition, but only sixty-one reopened after its repeal in 1933. As the popularity of America’s native spirit increases worldwide, many historic distilleries are being renovated, refurbished, and brought back into operation. Unfortunately, these spaces, with their antique tools and aging architecture, are being dismantled to make way for modern structures and machinery. In The Birth of Bourbon, award-winning photographer Carol Peachee takes readers on an unforgettable tour of lost distilleries as well as facilities undergoing renewal, such as the famous Old Taylor and James E. Pepper distilleries in Lexington, Kentucky. This beautiful book also includes spaces that well-known brands, including Maker’s Mark, Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, and Buffalo Trace, have preserved as a homage to their rich histories.

Politics: Writing Southern Politics: Contemporary Interpretations and Future Directions
In Writing Southern Politics, leading scholars review the key research and writing on southern politics since World War II. This essential volume covers topical areas such as civil rights, public opinion, political behavior, party development, population movement, governors, legislatures, and women in politics.
“Provides the most comprehensive overview of the southern politics literature. The subfield has been crying out for a volume such as this … it will likely become required reading for both students and scholars of southern politics.” — Jonathan Knuckey, University of Central Florida

Cultural Studies: Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century
Virtual Afterlives investigates emerging popular bereavement traditions. Author Candi K. Cann examines new forms of grieving and evaluates how religion and the funeral industry have both contributed to mourning rituals despite their limited ability to remedy grief. As grieving traditions and locations shift, people are discovering new ways to memorialize their loved ones. Bodiless and spontaneous memorials like those at the sites of the shootings in Aurora and Newtown and the Boston Marathon bombing, as well as roadside memorials, car decals, and tattoos are contributing to a new bereavement language that crosses national boundaries and culture-specific perceptions of death.

Food: Eating as I Go: Scenes from America and Abroad
What do we learn from eating? About ourselves? Others? In this unique memoir, Doris Friedensohn takes eating as an occasion for inquiry. Munching on quesadillas and kimchi in her suburban New Jersey neighborhood, she reflects on the meanings of cultural inclusion and what it means to our diverse nation. Enjoying couscous in Tunisia and khatchapuri (cheese bread) in the Republic of Georgia, she explores the ways strangers maintain their differences and come together. Friedensohn’s subjects range from Thanksgiving at a Middle Eastern restaurant to fried grasshoppers in Oaxaca. Her wry dramas of the dining room, restaurant, market, and kitchen ripple with geopolitical, economic, psychological, and spiritual tensions. Eating as I Go is Friedensohn’s distinctive combination of memoir, traveler’s tale, and cultural commentary.

Poetry: Many-Storied House
Collectively, the poems tell the sixty-eight-year-long story of the house, beginning with its construction by Lyon’s grandfather and culminating with the poet’s memories of bidding farewell to it after her mother’s death. Moving, provocative, and heartfelt, Lyon’s poetic excavations evoke more than just stock and stone; they explore the nature of memory and relationships, as well as the innermost architecture of love, family, and community. A poignant memoir in poems, Many-Storied House is a personal and revealing addition to George Ella Lyon’s body of work.

Nature Books: Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky
Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky provides an introduction to Kentucky’s signature rare plants with 220 full-color photographs by naturalist and award winning photographer Thomas G. Barnes. The book draws attention to the beauty of Kentucky’s old-growth forests, prairies, wetlands, and other habitats while focusing on the state’s endangered flora. The authors note that as of this year, 275 plant species in Kentucky are considered endangered or threatened, with more than 50 potential additions to the list. The book includes an overview of ecological communities and the ways in which they are threatened, an explanation of how various plants have become endangered, and suggestions for conservation and preservation. The Bluegrass State’s rare wildflowers take center stage with gorgeous color photography and descriptions, organized by habitat. Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky will appeal to any nature lover, and the inclusion of references, a complete list of scientific and common species names, and a list of each plant’s endangered status makes the book especially useful to gardeners and to botanists and horticultural professionals.