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As coverage of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's ten-part documentary, The Vietnam War, ramps up, Doug Bradley and Craig Werner, authors of We Gotta Get Out of This Place, have been called upon to offer their perspectives on the War and its soundtrack. In a interview with ... More


The Jones Library and University of Massachusetts Press are proud to present a panel discussion on "New England’s Political Histories, Contradictions, and Controversies" on Thursday, October 12.

Erin O’Brien, chair of the Political Science Department at UMass-Boston, will facilitate a conversation about the inherent complexities and contradictions in New England political life, from early democratic reforms to late twentieth-century witch-hunts, and the entrenched... More


We are delighted to announce the launch of our new imprint, Bright Leaf: Books that Illuminate.

Focused on New England, these accessible and entertaining titles explore a variety of subjects, ranging from the region’s culinary traditions and flora and fauna to its distinctive landmarks and beloved pastimes. Written for a general audience, Bright Leaf offers readers the tools and inspiration to fully experience the history, culture, and diversity of New England.... More


The University of Massachusetts Press, in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers, is pleased to announce this year’s Juniper Literary Prize winners.

Juniper Prize for Poetry

Chelsea Jennings is winner of the 2017 Juniper Prize for Poetry: First Book prize for her collection Transmission Loss. Jennings is a Seattle-based writer and educator. She has been the recipient of a “... More


Elizabeth Metzger's The Spirit Papers was reviewed by Matthew Lippman for Ploughshares. He writes: "This book is a book about heaven. It’s about the collection of human connections and love that make a heaven. In that case, The Spirit Papers is its own little immaculate heaven... More


Immigration: A Gathering

Sunday, April 2 from 3 pm-6 pm at

Double Edge Theatre

948 Conway Road (Rt. 116)

Ashfield, MA.

Ilan Stavans will be moderating a discussion at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield on Sunday, April 2. The purpose of the gathering is to bring the community together around questions of immigration and will examine the relationship between culture, community and democracy... More


Two UMass Press books add to their list of honors the Choice Outstanding Academic Title award:

Work Sights: The Visual Culture of Industry in Nineteenth-Century America by Vanessa Meikle Schulman and 

We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of The Vietnam War, by Doug... More


Eric Neuenfeldt, author of the Grace Paley Prize wining collection of short stories Wild Horse , talks with Reno News & Review.

“I’m really interested in how characters inhabit space and their relationship to place, and how place can sort of direct decisions at times,” Neuenfeldt... More


“Through Young’s book, readers confront some of the most painful moments in modern history and access new and powerful insights into the excruciating process of public remembrance.”

March 7, 2017—The 2017 NCPH Book Award is presented to James E. Young for The Stages of Memory: Reflections on Memorial Art, Loss, and the Spaces Between (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016) a particularly... More