Monday, February 2, 2015

Spring 2015 Preview

This spring and summer, UT Press will publish significant works in photographyfilm and media studies, architecture, Latin American StudiesMiddle Eastern Studies, and Latina/o Studiesincluding a compelling chronicle of the dangers, fears, shared histories and aspirations that bind Mexicans and Americans despite the U.S./Mexico border walls.
Below is a preview of our spring books, with videos and interior images. Browse our full catalog here or below:

By Seamus McGraw

"This title deserves a wide and varied readership; it has the power to change minds.”

Booklist starred review

“Seamus McGraw takes on an immense and cacophonous subject—climate change—and does so in a way that avoids the usual polarities of denial versus panic. He does an excellent job of seeking out interested American parties who don’t typically have a voice in the debate and makes a case that leadership on the issue probably won’t come from the conventional class of ‘leaders’ (namely, Congress). . . . His pragmatism and his refusal to live in a world of ideals make this a worthy project. . . . It deserves an audience of good readers.”

—Tom Zoellner, author of Train: Riding the Rails that Created the Modern World and The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire
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By Eddie Huffman

“Prine’s stuff is pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mindtrips to the nth degree. And he writes beautiful songs.”
—Bob Dylan, Huffington Post

“The unlikely success of the reluctant performer makes for fascinating reading.”
Kirkus Reviews

History ]
By Richard Paul and Steven Moss

"This account of 10 pioneers, told against the backdrop of the civil rights era, highlights the intersection of technology and race in U.S. history, continuing innovations in technology, and the struggle of minorities to participate.”

Booklist starred review

“This is a wonderfully surprising book that explores the impact and the struggles of African Americans involved in NASA and the early days of the space program, a story that is little known but is well told by Richard Paul and Steven Moss. This is not just the history of a few pioneering individuals; rather this work provides insight into the struggle to obtain civil rights by contextualizing how the integration of the space program was shaped and how it helped to shape the movement for racial justice in the 1960s. This work broadens our understanding of this period of turmoil and change.”

—Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

Steven Moss on CSPAN2 BookTV

Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home
Photographs by Eli Reed with an introduction by Paul Theroux

With over 250 images that span the astonishing range of his subjects and his evolution as a photographer, this is the first career retrospective of Eli Reed, one of America’s leading contemporary photojournalists and the first African American member of Magnum Photos.

"Everything about Eli Reed’s work is unlikely, surprising, original, strong, and humane—like the man himself…"

Paul Theroux

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By George Brainard

“Why, this splendid [book] may be just the ticket to tempt you into putting on your fave-rave garb of the hour and tiptoeing into a land of plenty: plenty of action and plenty of traction, on and off the blacktop. Hold on tight! It’s a quick-paced view of what’s tried and true. Now with that in hand, strike up the band!

Step on it!”

—Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top, from the foreword

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It Starts with Trouble: William Goyen and the Life of Writing
By Clark Davis

“the most mysterious of writers…a seer; a troubled visionary; a spiritual presence in a national literature largely deprived of the spiritual.” 

Joyce Carol Oates

“William Goyen was one of the great, great writers of the twentieth century, and Clark Davis’ terrific book is an incisive study of the relationship between an author’s life and work. It’s stuffed not with psychobabble, the way so many such studies are, but with careful examples of how this underappreciated master transformed his central concerns into complex, compelling, and beautiful novels, stories, and essays. ‘It starts with trouble,’ Goyen said of the origins of his work. Davis is to be applauded for this fine elucidation of how trouble, Texas, landscape, love, and the longing for the divine led to the creation of some of the richest prose ever written in America. This book is a gem.”

—Rebecca Brown, author of American Romances and The Gifts of the Body

By Dan Rizzie

Showcasing an artistic career that has been both broad-ranging and consistent over four decades, Dan Rizzie is the first monograph on this internationally acclaimed American artist who has created a unique iconography of the natural world in paintings, collages, and prints.

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Left to right: Blackberry Thieves III (Blue) (2009), Piccolo Fiore (1993/2007), Mondrian's Chair (2010). All by Dan Rizzie.

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Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982
By Alan Schaefer

From mind-melting psychedelia and surreal treatments of Texas iconography to inventive interpretations of rock and roll, western swing, and punk, this book offers the definitive, long-overdue survey of music poster art by legendary Texas artists.

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Left to right: Jim Franklin. Mother Earth & Shiva's Headband. Vulcan Gas Company. August 15 & 16, 1969, Jim Franklin. The Velvet Underground, Ramon Ramon and the Four Daddyos, Crowbar, & Water Brothers. Vulcan Gas Company. October 23-25, 1969, Jim Franklin. Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic. Dripping Springs. July 4, 1973.

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"Riveting. With spectacular imagery, intimacy, and credibility, Thompson dismantles the stereotypes. Border Odyssey is destined to become an international classic in border/frontera literature because it reveals person-by-person, town-by-town the anti-human rights juggernaut as a human-invented catastrophe that we do have the power to clean up.”

—Paul Ortiz, author of Emancipation Betrayed

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