Tuesday, November 13, 2018

"#TurnItUP" is the Theme of University Press Week, November 12-17

Scholarly Publishers Select Theme Emphasizing Role Amplifying Unheard Voices

Happy University Press Week!

Emphasizing the critical role of university presses in providing a voice for authors, ideas, and communities beyond the scope of mainstream publishing, the Association of University Presses (AUPresses) has chosen "#TurnItUP" as the theme for this year's University Press Week, which runs from November 12 through November 17. #TurnItUP was selected to celebrate the work of the UP community to find, publish, and amplify subjects, authors, and stories that might otherwise be overlooked by the book publishing community.

University presses publish approximately 14,000 books each year, including reprints. 146 presses belong to AUPresses, and 20% of that number are university presses based outside the US.

As part of University Press Week, we will be participating in a blog tour. Today, here are the books and topics covered on the tour. Today's theme is Politics.

The book world is groaning under the weight of books about politics. Yet most of them are just dressed up opinion. What university press books on politics have to offer is much better: data and serious analysis. The University of Chicago Press highlights their incredible group of recent books that, taken together, offer far more insight into what's going on with American politics than a thousand pop politics books could ever provide. Georgetown University Press  provides readers with some resources. A post from Teachers College Press will feature a list of books on politics and education. Q&A with Michael Lazzarra, author of Civil Obedience (Critical Human Rights series) about how dictatorships are supported by civilian complicity is posted from the University of Wisconsin PressRutgers University Press highlights three recent politics books: The Politics of Fame by Eric Burns and the reissues of classics Democracy Ancient and Modern by M.I. Finley and Echoes of the Marseillaise by Eric Hobsbawn. UBC Press will describe their new Women’s Suffrage and the Struggle for Democracy series. Over at LSU Press, there’s a post about their new list dealing with contemporary social justice issues, pegged to Jim Crow's Last Stand and the recent state vote to ban non-unanimous criminal jury verdicts. An interview with Dick Simpson and Betty O'Shaughnessy, authors of Winning Elections in the 21st Century can be found courtesy of the University of Kansas Press. Harriet Kim provides a selection of interesting politics titles that she recently brought back into print as part of the Heritage Book Project at the University of Toronto Press. A spotlight on two recent additions to our Politics and Culture in the Twentieth-Century South series that focus on defining the white southern identity through politics can be found at the University of Georgia Press. Last, but not least, The University of Virginia Press is publishing an updated edition of Trump’s First Year in time for second anniversary of inauguration. Their post describes the creation of that book and the preparation of a new edition covering year two, up through the recent midterms. Hope you enjoy all these great #TurnItUP posts!

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