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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.

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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


UMass Press publishing partner the Library of American Landscape History has just completed two documentaries of significance. Please take a look: Naumkeag and Designing in the Prairie Spirit.


Meetinghouses of Early New England, by Peter Benes, was named to Choice magazine's annual list of "Outstanding Academic Titles." This list includes just 9 percent of the titles reviewed by Choice during the past year, and less than 3 percent  of the more than 25,000 titles submitted for review during the same period. Meetinghouses of Early New England... More


Gregory Blake Smith accepts his Minnesota Book Award in this youtube clip.


Barbara Hochman's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and the Reading Revolution received the 2012 DeLong Book History Book Prize from the Society for the History of Authoriship, Reading and Publishing. She was presented with the $1000 prize at SHARP's annual conference in Dublin, Ireland.

In announcing the Prize at SHARP’s annual conference in Dublin on behalf of the judging panel,... More


Timothy Parrish, author of Ralph Ellison and the Genius of America, shared thoughts about Ellison on CBC radio. Please listen.


A Kind of Archeology: Collecting Folk Art in America, 1876-1976, by Elizabeth Stillinger, was chosen as one of “The Best of the Best from University Presses: Books You Should Know About.” This program highlights titles reviewed in “University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries, 22ndEdition,” from the American Library Association.

Gregory Blake Smith's ... More