Partnerships and Series
The University of Massachusetts Press has a new partnership with Tagus Press, the publishing arm of UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. The press will distribute and market Tagus’s scholarly and trade series as well as their textbook series and peer-reviewed journal, Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies.
Bright Leaf Success
Bright Leaf, the press’s new regional trade imprint, has garnered a good deal of attention since its fall 2017 launch. One of its first titles, Bricklayer Bill: The Untold Story of the Workingman’s Boston Marathon, was featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Irish Echo, Fox News, and Smithsonian.com, as well as on NPR’s Only a Game; other Bright Leaf books have been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Publishers Weekly, and The Boston Globe.
Twenty-eighteen is the inaugural year for the Juniper Prize for Creative Nonfiction, presented in association with UMass Amherst’s MFA for Poets and Writers program. It seeks fresh, innovative projects in memoir, essay, or biography.
The press launched three new scholarly series this year, including African American Intellectual History, edited by Christopher Cameron; Childhoods: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Children and Youth, coedited by Karen Sánchez-Eppler, Rachel Conrad, Laura L. Lovett, and Alice Hearst; and Veterans, coedited by Brian Matthew Jordan and J. Ross Dancy.
By the numbers
- 40 titles published
- 20% of sales from e-books
- Over 53,000 units sold
Michael Soto's Measuring the Harlem Renaissance was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2017.
James Wadsworth was the recipient of the Weymouth Historical Commission's Chet Kevitt Award for The World of Credit in Colonial Massachusetts.
Paul Rubinson won Bridgewater State University's 2018 Class of 1950 Distinguished Faculty Research Award for his book Redefining Science: Scientists, the National Security State, and Nuclear Weapons in Cold War America.
Mary Bagg and Robert Bagg's Let Us Watch Richard Wilbur was selected as a Times Literary Supplement "Book of the Year" for 2017. It also received honorable mention from the New England Book Festival in the general nonfiction category and a wave of coverage from such outlets as The Weekly Standard, First Things, The New York Times Book Review, and Commonweal.
Malinda McCollums's The Surprising Place, winner of the 2018 Juniper Prize for Fiction, received national attention with reviews and coverage in The New York Times Book Review, Booklist, The Writer, and The Writer's Chronicle.
Peter Bene's For a Short Time Only was honored with the Theatre Library Association's 2017 George Freedley Memorial Book Award for exemplary work in the field of live theatre or performance. It was also selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title.