Current News


Many of our books are now available in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Sony, and SOON iBook editions, and more are on the way. Take a look at which books are ready now on our Facebook page. And like us while you are there. Thank you.


Denise Meringolo’s Museums, Monuments, and National Parks: Toward a New Genealogy of Public History won the National Council on Public History’s 2013 Book Award. Meringolo’s book is part of the series Public History in Historical Perspective, edited by Marla Miller.

University of Massachusetts professor and UMass Press author Miller,... More


Beth Luey , author of Expanding the American Mind , talks about why we read, what motivates our inquiry through books, on a radio show called “Library Café”:


James Trent, author of The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of Nineteenth-Century American Reformspoke recently at the Perkins School for the Blind, an institution Howe helped found. Trent described Howe's devotion to the idea that education is the means to improvement for all people no matter their place in society, a solidly liberal idea that helped define nineteenth-century American... More


Corinna Vallianatos's My Escapee , which won the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction, was favorably reviewed in the New York Times Book Review. Reviewer Natalie Serber described it as a "taut, delicate collection" that is "full of swift insights about expectation and... More


In Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty, Edwin A. Martini offers a probing reassment of a controversial legacy of the Vietnam War. In many ways, the use of Agent Orange despite uncertainty about its effects boils down to politics says Prof. Martini in an interview with... More


Christine Pawley won the Jennifer Monaghan Book Award from the History of Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association for her book Reading Places: Literacy, Democracy, and the Public Library in Cold War America.  The 2012 triennial award recognizes an outstanding book in the history of literacy.

Lawrence B. Goodheart's ... More


2012 marks the twentieth anniversary of On Our Own Ground: The Collected Works of William Apess, a Pequot (UMass Press, 1992), edited by Amherst College professor Barry O'Connell. Since the publication, Apess has emerged as "an intellectual beacon" (Robert Warrior, The People and the Word) for the twenty-first century, an indigenous intellectual and political visionary who is even now enabling... More