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“History informs who we are in the present and how we act and think in the present. The more conscious we are of these historical roots the better decisions we can make.” –Christian Appy

Prof. Appy, co-editor of the UMass Press series Culture, Politics, and the Cold War, talks about the human side of war in this interview for University of Massachusetts.

Appy and Clark Dougan, now... More


Sheila Heti talks about her mentor, the woman who changed her life when she was 17 years old. Lit Hub excerpts Heti's essay from A Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors, edited by Annie Liontas and Jeff Parker, forthcoming in December.  Sheila Heti is a writer whose books include How a... More


Paste Magazine praises the "thoroughly researched, powerfully written and insightful" work of Doug Bradley and Craig Werner in a Veteran's Day review of their new book We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War. 

The reviewer, Steve Nathans-Kelly... More


The American Library Association publication Booklist calls Susan Muaddi Darraj's A Curious Land "a superb collection and a perfect selection for public libraries."

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Carla Panciera, winner of the 2014 Grace Paley Prize for her collection of short stories, Bewildered, will give a book talk at the Jones Library, Amherst, tomorrow, November 2, at 7 pm. Please join us for this event!

Panciera remembers readings of the past as she prepares for her reading in Amherst in this blog post: CARLA PANCIERA, AUTHOR OF “... More


Publisher's Weekly reviews A Manner of Being: Writers on Their Mentors, edited by Annie Liontas and Jeff Parker. 

The reviewer wrote: "What the writers share of their mentors, and what their mentors shared with them, makes for a fascinating work on writing and the student-teacher relationship."

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The University of Massachusetts Press and the Jones Library are proud to present a new series“UMass Press Reads at the Jones Library”

Each reading will be followed by a question and answer period.

Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, November 3, 7 p.m.: Carla Panciera, winner of the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and author of ... More


George Saunders writes about his mentor Tobias Wolff in The New Yorker Online. This is an excerpt from A Manner of Being: Writers on their Mentors, edited by Annie Liontas and Jeff Parker, to be published this December. 

This wonderful collection of reflections about the impact of... More


Gary Murrell's "The Most Dangerous Communist in the United States": A Biography of Herbert Aptheker garnered two reviews this week. 

In People's World, Tony Pecinovsky deemed it vivid, "a monumental accomplishment." ... More


Writing for the Colorado Review, Susan Donnely Cheever says of Carla Panciera's Bewildered:

"We like to think we know ourselves. . . . [Panciera's book] makes no bones about the fact that such assertions are inherently wrong. In fact, our understanding of ourselves is limited because we exist, first and foremost... More