July 21

News and Reviews

Books Vice Capades Mark Stein Review in Inside Higher Ed: “There is something amusing, but also intriguing, about seeing examples from history of people working themselves up into a righteous frenzy of alarm and condemnation about, say, juggling, which was illegal in some of the early American colonies.”   Saving One’s Own Mordecai Paldiel Review essay […]

July 20

A Closer Look at the Anthropology of Contemporary North America Series

The Anthropology of Contemporary North America Series is one of UNP’s newest initiatives. The aim of this series is to publish teachable, empirically rich, and conceptually innovative books that contribute to the comparative anthropology of North America, emphasizing ethnographic approaches to contemporary subject matter. Published: Holding On: African American Women Surviving HIV/AIDS by Alyson O’Daniel […]

July 19

Reading List: Creative Writing

Whether you’re using your summer months to make a dent in that writing project or looking for some inspiration or guidance, this list is sure to get your creative juices flowing.   Black Jesus and Other Superheroes (September 2017) Venita Blackburn Winner of this year’s Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, this short story collection follows […]

July 18

Excerpt: The Letters of Henry James

Earlier this month, Holland Cotter highlighted the artistic work and influence of Henry James in his New York Times article on the Morgan Library & Museum’s exhibition, “Henry James and American Painting.” The article brings up several people featured in the exhibit and throughout James’ life, including Elizabeth Boott, a close friend and painter. At UNP, Henry […]

July 17

Happy Book Birthday to Amiable Scoundrel!

Book Birthdays celebrate one year of a book’s life in tweets, reviews, and more. This month we’re saying Happy First Book Birthday to Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s Scandalous Secretary of War (Potomac Books, 2016) by Paul Kahan! Kahan is a lecturer at Ohlone College in Fremont, California. He is the author of The Bank War: Andrew Jackson, Nicholas Biddle, […]

July 14

University of Nebraska Press Designer receives Major Award Recognition

A book can be judged by its cover. AIGA and Design Observer’s 50 Books | 50 Covers competition, which reviews and awards the best of book and cover designs published within the past year, has just concluded its 94th cycle. UNP designer, Nathan Putens, was selected for his work with the arresting cover design of Redskins: Insult and […]

July 13

Appositives, Restrictives, and Commas: A Fairy Tale of Sorts

Ann Baker is the manager of EDP. In the world of scholarly publishing, just like all communication, precision is important. Countless books have been written on the subject, in an apparently futile effort to help humanity’s struggle with the need for precision (think Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves). However, while much of the minutiae […]

July 12

Nebraska Book Festival this Saturday

The 2017 Nebraska Book Festival will be held this Saturday, July 15, at Union Plaza from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska. This outdoor, day-long event will feature a hands-on activity with Nebraska 4-H and two performances by the Mesner Puppet Theater of Kansas City. Authors will present, read, and discuss their work. […]

July 11

EXCERPT: The Native South

The following has been excerpted from The Native South: New Histories and Enduring Legacies, edited by Tim Alan Garrison and Greg O’Brien (July 2017). An Interview with Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green On July 11, 2012, Greg O’Brien conducted the following interview with Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green at their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. […]

July 10

Remembering David Vincent

Baseball researcher and author David Vincent died on Sunday in Centreville, Virginia. He was sixty-seven years old. Vincent was a noted historian for the Society for American Baseball Research who specialized in the history of the home run. Nicknamed the “Sultan of Swat Stats” by ESPN, he had been the official scorer for the Washington […]