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A Rose by Any Other Name: The Surprising Stories Behind Kentucky Weeds

Weeds of KentuckyHere at the University Press of Kentucky, we recently finished digitizing over 1000 books dating back to our founding in 1943. It’s a lot of work going through all those books, but it’s been a process full of fun surprises and astounding discoveries. Best of all, every now and then, there’s a book that we can’t put down—a book so good we just can’t resist sharing it with you again:

As Shakespeare’s Juliet once said, “[T]hat which we call a rose/
By any other name would smell as sweet,” and no book in our catalog demonstrates what’s really in a name as beautifully as Patricia Haragan’s Weeds of Kentucky and Adjacent States: A Field Guide.

In Kentucky, where commercial agriculture is so important, some of the plants that were prized by our ancestors are considered nuisances today due to the harm they inflict on crops and livestock. In this informative and surprising book, Patricia Haragan not only provides a guide for identifying these plants, but reveals the cultural and natural history behind each. Here are some of our favorites—from the poisonous weed that allegedly killed Abraham Lincoln’s mother to the ivy that was once indispensable to brewmasters. Click on the illustrations below for longer descriptions:

The next time you go out to weed your garden or yard, maybe you’ll recognize some of these plants from their mug shots. Pick up a copy of Weeds of Kentucky and Adjacent States to learn about other interesting plants you may have overlooked.

Galley Giveaway: Let’s Get Fictional #1

UKY01 Birds of Opulence Selected.inddAs our fans and followers may have noticed, we have some exciting works of fiction due out this Spring. We’ve had the pleasure of working on them for months now, waiting for this moment—the time when we finally get to share them with you!

From now through 5:00 pm Eastern on Wednesday, January 13, enter for a chance to win one of five available advance reader copies of The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson. Fill out the form below to enter our contest and read this compelling tour de force before it’s published next month.

Also, click “read more” below to enjoy the first chapter of the work that Pulitzer Prize finalist Maurice Manning has called “lyrical and visionary, unconventional, and infused with beauty.”

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Five Days of Giveaways: It’s a Festive Free-for-all on Friday

We’re in the holiday spirit here at the University Press of Kentucky, and we wanted to share a little of that cheer with our fans. All week we’ve been giving away a new book in a new way to a lucky someone.

We thought we’d close out our #5DaysOfGiveaways with a bang! Or, at the very least, a party… We’re calling it Festive, Free-f0r-all Friday, and here’s how it works:

We’ll be sharing menus and recipes to help you throw the greatest, most Bluegrass-y, Kentucky Holiday Celebration from some of our favorite Kentucky cookbooks. Join in on our fun on any of our social media accounts, and you’ll be automatically entered to win. One lucky fan/follower/subscriber/etc. will win a prize pack of ALL the books we’ve given away this week! Including The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook, a bourbon cocktail book (your choice), Out of Kentucky Kitchens, and The Blue Grass Cook Book, the prize pack will help you host a holiday fit for a Kentucky Colonel.

But what’s a party without a plan? Here are some great holiday menus (new and old) to get the festivities started!

Civil War Recipes Christmas Menu: 9780813120829

  • Boiled Turkey with Oyster Sauce Beet Root
  • Roast Goose with Applesauce
  • [Hot] Cole-Slaw
  • Boiled Ham
  • Turnips
  • Winter Squash
  • Savory Chicken Pie
  • Salsify Cakes
  • Mince Pie
  • Plum Pudding
  • Lemon Custard
  • Cranberry Tart

The Kentucky Fresh CookbookThe Kentucky Fresh Cookbook Christmas Dinner Kentucky Style

  • Roasted Tenderloin of Beef
  • Lemon Parmesan Beans
  • White Cheddar Grits
  • Linen-Napkin Dinner Rolls
  • Endive and Pear Salad with Walnuts
  • Kentucky Blackberry Jam Cake

The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook Christmas Breakfast

  • Blood Orange Ambrosia
  • Shaker Pumpkin Muffins with Walnuts and Flax Seed
  • Country Ham and Green Onion Breakfast Casserole

The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook by Albert SchmidThe Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook All-Bourbon Winter Feast

  • Pork Tenderloin in Spiced Apple Kentucky Bourbon Sauc
  • Kentucky Bourbon Acorn Squash
  • Windsor Mincemeat
  • Kentucky Colonel Bourbon Balls
  • Kentucky Bourbon Bread Pudding with Kentucky Bourbon Sauce


Five Days of Giveaways: Cozy Up to Winter Favorites Wednesday

002_Facebook9780813193489We’re in the holiday spirit here at the University Press of Kentucky, and we wanted to share a little of that cheer with our fans. All week we’ll be giving away a new book in a new way to a lucky someone.

Today is Winter Favorites Wednesday and we’re giving away a copy of Out of Kentucky Kitchens to someone on Facebook. We’ll be sharing menus and recipes from the book all day on Facebook, so friend, share, like, or comment away. We will enter everyone who interacts with us on Facebook today (12/16/15) in a random drawing to win a free copy of Out of Kentucky Kitchens!

Want a taste of Marion Flexner’s classic cookbook? Oh, go on then!

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Congratulations Writing Contest Winners

The Winners of our First Micro-Fiction Contest

First of all, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who submitted an entry to UPK’s very first, Micro-Fiction contest! We had a great time reading through the entries, and it was incredibly difficult to select the grand-prize winner and runners up. But select we did!

Our entrants were asked to write an ekphrastic micro-fiction (300 words, or less!) piece of prose or poetry in response to one of two images:

3 Runners-Up will win 1 Kentucky fiction or poetry book of their choice published by the University Press of Kentucky, and 1 Grand Prize Winner will win a prize pack of 3 Kentucky fiction or poetry books published by the University Press of Kentucky.

View our fiction titles here. Find poetry titles here.

And now, we present to you, the

Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations Patricia Holland of Paris, Kentucky, for her prose piece: “Threads!”

And, congratulations to our three runners-up:

Liz K. (“Thread Baring”)
Sarah H. (“Sewing Not”)
& Rich G. (“And Still You Sew On”)


My great-grandmother Nanny believed she could foretell the future by studying the clipped threads and bits of fabric that caught on the hem of her skirt whenever she made a new dress.

She taught me to sew and as I pedaled away on her treadle machine, she also taught me to respect her strange, Irish superstitions. To her, those stray threads found on my clothing had landed there to help her analysis my future. Different colored threads meant different things. Black did not mean death. Blank was the color of my true love’s hair. Threads in red, yellow, green or pink were fine unless they were from my wedding dress. My Nanny sang, “Married in red, you’ll wish you were dead/ Married in yellow, you’re ashamed of your fellow/Married in green, you’ll be ashamed to be seen/Married in pink, your spirit will sink/ But when you marry in white, you’ll find the love of your life.”

For a time after she taught me how to sew, I believed that stray threads really could show me a glimpse of my future. Do I still believe that those bits of colored thread have a mystical meaning and power? No, I don’t; but I still remember and treasure Nanny’s long-ago lessons. So as I sew up my white wedding gown and think about the pattern my life will take, I’ve taken a mare’s nest of tangled threads from the bottom drawer of Nanny’s sewing machine and made a small silk drawstring bag to hold them.

I do believe in traditions so I’ll make sure that on my wedding day I’ll have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Nanny’s tangled threads are old, my dress is something new. My Irish lace veil will be borrowed and my garter will be blue.

Read the entries from our runners-up after the jump

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Celebrating Kentucky’s Great Places: Photo Fun and Book Giveaway

From the banks of the Mississippi River to the peaks of the Appalachian mountains, Kentucky is a beautiful and biologically diverse place. This week, we’ll be digging into the Commonwealth’s natural heritage with the help of some classic books and giving you some ideas about great places to visit as well.

In the meantime, we’d like to announce a little contest for the week—tag us in a photo of you enjoying the great outdoors on social media and win a free copy of Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky. Just mention @KentuckyPress with your photo this week (May 23–30, 2016) via Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram to be eligible to receive your complimentary book.*

Go out and snap ’em up!

Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky By Thomas G. Barnes, Deborah White, and Marc Evans 204 pages, 10 x 8.5, 220 color photographs

Rare Wildflowers of Kentucky
By Thomas G. Barnes, Deborah White, and Marc Evans
204 pages, 10 x 8.5, 220 color photographs

*Limit: One free book per person. Offer ends May 30, 2016. The University Press of Kentucky reserves the right to a) deny submissions that appear to violate the terms and conditions of this promotion at its discretion, and b) discontinue or change this offer at any time.

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!

Happy Birthday to Our 16th President!

Lincoln_BirthdayHow many 205-year-olds do you know? Yeah, we don’t know any either. Still, our friend and yours, Abe Lincoln, would be 205 today! To honor this grand occasion we’re giving away a Lincoln Books Prize Pack (birthday wrapping not included…)!

One lucky winner will receive Lincoln Legends by Edward Steers, Jr., Blood on the Moon by Edward Steers, Jr. and Lincoln of Kentucky by Lowell H. Harrison.

Lincoln cover   COVER 2   Lincoln of Kentucky

So, how can you win these fantastic prizes? All you have to do is reply in the comments, or comment on our Facebook page, telling us what birthday gift you would give Abe. Enter by this FRIDAY, February 14 at 1 pm. We will select one winner to receive the gift we can’t give Lincoln himself.

Good luck and spread the word!

Where Will You Be Attending This Fall?

We’re all partial to Kentucky universities here at UPK, but MU offers courses in academic fields that are difficult to find at most colleges. As a student in the School of Liberal Arts & Monstrosities, for example, you can take History of Traditional Monster Civilizations and Origins of the Literature of Fear. Or, if you’re more left-brain inclined, the School of Engineering offers courses in scream energy and technology; and coursework in the School of Science covers topics ranging from Flying for Winged Monsters (as well as AV 162, Flying for the Unwinged) to Physiology of Limbs & Joints (“in-depth study of the evolutionary structure of mono-, bi-, and multi-appendaged bioforms”).

But don’t worry, while Monsters University expects a high level of academic performance from its students, you’ll still find plenty of opportunity for an active social life…

Go see for yourself: Monsters University comes out this Friday! And since you’re feeling academic after all that learning in 3-D at MU, enter our giveaway by Friday for a chance to win 3-D Revolution by Ray Zone.

Rethinking Classics

The new Superman movie, Man of Steel, hit theaters last Friday, re-imagining the story of the superhero’s origins. Hollywood frequently likes to re-think classic films – and the original Superman and Superman II movies were released more than 30 years ago! – so a revival of the franchise can’t be too surprising. But did you know that Tom Mankiewicz, author of My LIfe as a Mankiewicz, co-wrote for the original action-filled, superhero tale starring Christopher Reeve?

Mankiewicz also wrote for the hit TV show, Hart to Hart. Adult Swim recently re-made the title sequence for Hart to Hart, with Parks and Recreation‘s Amy Poehler and Adam Scott. Maybe a little less of a serious re-imagination of classic Hollywood than Man of Steel, check out the parody side-by-side with the original opening. And don’t forget, we’re giving away a copy of 3-D Revolution by Ray Zone for some summer movie-inspired reading!