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Spin Magazine chose Writing the Record: The Village Voice and the Birth of Rock Criticism by Devon Powers as one of the top books about rock this year. Congratulations to Devon Powers!


We mourn Nelson Mandela’s passing. We honor his memory with a book from our shelves which preserves history in the making: "Reflections in Prison."

In 1976, while imprisoned on Robben Island, Nelson Mandela secretly wrote the bulk of his ...autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom." The manuscript was to be smuggled out by fellow prisoner Mac Maharaj on his release later that year. Maharaj also urged Mandela and other prominent political prisoners to write essays on South Africa's... More


Prominent LGBT writers name their favorite LGBT books of 2013 on the Band of Thebes blog. These writers include our own author Amy Hoffman, Lies About My Family and An Army of Ex-Lovers: My Life at the... More


Lucas Southworth, winner of the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction with his collection of stories Everyone Here Has a Gun, shares thoughts on writing with the Hayden's Ferry Review.


A fascinating and energetic interview with Devon Powers, author of Writing the Record: The Village Voice and the Birth of Rock Criticism, is posted on Critical Margins.


Dan Gilbert speaks about his book Expanding the Strike Zone: Baseball in the Age of Free Agency on NPR's Only a Game. In the interview with Bill Littlefield, Gilbert explores ideas of community identity, connection, and economics as relating to baseball. In Littlefields's review of the book, he... More


John Dougan's The Mistakes of Yesterday, the Hopes of Tomorrow: The Story of the Prisonaires was named "Best Music Book of 2013" by the Nashville Scene. Congratulations Prof. Dougan!


We ar pleased to announce that Matt Miller, author of Bounce: Rap Music and Local Identity in New Orleans, has been awarded a Certificate of Merit in the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence for Historical Recorded Sound Research in Blues, R& B, Hip-Hop, or Soul Music.