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2/15/2017

In celebration of Black History Month, join author Cheryl Knott, author of the award-winning Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow and Civil Rightsactivist Geraldine Hollis, author of Back to Mississippi;  artist Michael Crowell; and Chapel Hill Library Director Susan Brown for an... More

2/14/2017

UMass Press continues its proud tradition of offering strong and various titles in African American studies, literature, and history. Here are some of our newest books:

Black Bostonians and the Politics of Culture, 1920-1940 by Lorraine Elena Roses

In the 1920s and 1930s Boston became a rich and distinctive site of African American... More

2/14/2017

Coffee Spew reviews Joan Frank's All the News I Need, calling it "a deep dive into the heart of friendship, of memory and regret, of aging and loss."

Reviewer Bob Wake writes: "All the News I Need [offers] an unvarnished sense of what human dignity under assault looks like and feels like.... More

2/13/2017

Austin Sarat, editor of The Amherst Series in Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, writes about the rule of law for the Guardian, referring to the court decision against President Trump’s immigration ban. "It was a stirring victory for the rule of law," he writes, "Yet America faces a serious problem which that decision did not address: the erosion of public... More

2/7/2017

David Kieran, author of Forever Vietnam:How a Divisive War Changed American Public Memory, writes about anti-war protests in the 1960s and their relationship to recent marches for Slate.

Kieran examines the... More

2/2/2017

"If for a moment you imagine language as a length of rope, a poem forms when you start tying knots in the rope and pulling them tight, snugging them and squeezing all the air out. The poet may then submit to the reader that his imagination run over the knots like fingers over a set of prayer beads. I don’t know if Nancy Takacs knows this, but she knows this. And her new volume of poetry, The Worrier, is an astonishing collection studded with miraculous knots of imagery and... More

1/26/2017

Read Jill Lepore on the atomic origins of climate science in the New Yorker. She includes information from Paul Rubinson's book ... More

1/13/2017

Building on Marilynn Johnson's book, The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area since the 1960s, a new website called Global Boston chronicles the history of immigration to the region since the early nineteenth century. Examining different time periods, ethnic groups, and places of settlement, the site features capsule histories,... More

1/6/2017

Juniper Prize for Fiction winner Hasanthika Sirisena, author of The Other One: Stories made the list for Vice.com's "The Asian American Literature That Got Me Through 2016." 

R.O. Kwan wrote that in this tempestuous election year, "not everything's been hateful. I've... More

1/4/2017

James Young sat down recently to talk with NEPR's Susan Kaplan about his book The Stages Of Memory: Reflections On Memorial Art, Loss And The Spaces Between. In this interview Young describes some of the thought that went into the decision for the final design of the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Particularly Young reflects on what draws people to memorials and how memorials help the grieving process.He said the aim for the 9/11 Memorial was to choose something that would endure... More

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