News from the Membership
The member publishers of AAUP and the work they do are a major force in our intellectual and cultural life, and in the heart of their communities and fields. Here you'll find word of major achievements and milestones, including award-winning publications, press anniversaries and recognitions, and personnel announcements. AAUP also maintains directories of major digital publishing projects and collaborative initiatives. Keep up with even more news by following Books for Understanding.
March 2014: Rutgers University Press has launched Pinpoints, a new series of concise ebooks created to explore complex topics by synthesizing key theories, current scholarship, and important concepts in a brief, highly accessible style. Each Pinpoints ebook, in under 100 pages, enables readers to gain a working knowledge of essential topics quickly. Written by leading Rutgers University faculty, the ebooks showcase preeminent scholars from the humanities, social sciences, or sciences and provide all readers with access to world class teaching and research faculty.
February 2014: MIT Press has launched MIT Press BITS, a new series of short digital excerpts from books in selected areas of intellectual inquiry, drawn from classic and recent titles. The series launches with 50 BITS on subjects ranging from robotics to architecture, from psychoanalysis to game studies.
January 2014: Liverpool University Press and Presses Universitaires de Provence have entered into a new strategic partnership that will see select titles appearing under both imprints, with PUP selling to continental Europe and LUP to English-language territories and globally in digital form. Anthony Cond, LUP Director, anticipates that the partnership will be "an ongoing strategic alliance that will broaden the audience for English language scholarship in a number of different fields—such as travel writing, memory studies, history—coming out of France. In the other direction, [LUP has] the opportunity to maximise the continental audience for English language scholarship on France."
Duke University Press and HighWire Press have launched a new site for reading, searching, and sharing Duke University Press's books, http://read.dukeupress.edu. Offering more than 1,600 titles and powered by the Folio eBooks solution, the site is the new home for the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection. The new site is open to all users and will dramatically enhance the discoverability of DUP's content.
Congratulations to member presses University of Pittsburgh Press, The University of Arizona Press, Cornell University Press, and Yale University Press on their 2013 NBCC Award nominations. Pittsburgh and Arizona each had a title nominated in poetry, while Cornell and Yale have contenders on the biography short list.
United Nations University Press has announced that it has ceased operations as of December 31, 2013. The decision was made over the summer by the university's new Rector, David Malone, who joined UNU in March 2013.
Charles Wright Named US Poet Laureate
Charles Wright, poet and retired University of Virginia professor, was named US Poet Laureate in June 2014. Wright has previously been honored with the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Much of Wright's work has been published by university presses: by Wesleyan University Press in the 1970s and by the University of Michigan Press in the late 80s and early 90s.
Once again a UNC Press title has won the James Beard Foundation Reference and Scholarship Award: congratulations to Adrian Miller for "the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America." Soul Food explores the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition.
The National Book Critics Circle Awards are given annually to honor outstanding writing and to foster a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature. Damrosch's Jonathan Swift was chosed as winner for the 2013 biography award, cited as "a spellbinding life of a complicated, contradictory subject."
The NAACP Image Awards celebrate outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. Walker's "Turn Me Loose" for unleashing the strong emotions both before and after the moment of Evars's assassination.
The NAACP Image Awards celebrate outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. The NAACP recognized the Willis and Krauthamer's collection of "150 photographs—some never before published—from the antebellum days of the 1850s through the New Deal era of the 1930s."
The Jewish Book Council awards the Sami Rohr Prize to emerging writers who explore the Jewish experience in a work of non-fiction, with special consideration for the author's potential to make significant ongoing contributions to Jewish literature. Sarah Bunin Benor was named runner up for the 2014 award, and noted to be one "of the best and the brightest writers on Jewish scholarship and non-fiction today."
2013 Upper Midwest Emmy, Cultural Documentary
Twin Cities Public Television partnered with the MHS Press to produce Asian Flavors, a thirty-minute documentary celebrating Asian immigrants who have left an indelible and flavorful mark on Minnesota's culinary, cultural, and economic history. The project was based on MHS Press's Asian Flavors: Changing the Tastes of Minnesota since 1875, published in 2012.
PEN American Center's Robert W. Bingham Prize recognizes debut work "represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise." De La Pava's first novel, which he originally self-published before it caught the attention of the University of Chicago Press, shows a "willingness...to directly confront the question of justice and to explore the implicit absurdities and hypocrisies of our contemporary understanding of what it means to do justice."