Tag Archives: authors

October 16

From the Desk of Connie Wanek: Hartley Field

Connie Wanek is the author of three books of poetry—Bonfire, Hartley Field, and On Speaking Terms—and the coeditor of the award-winning anthology To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-territorial Days to the Present. She has been a Witter Bynner Fellow of the Library of Congress and was named George Morrison Artist of the Year, an […]

October 11

From the Desk of Paula Whitacre: From Diary to Biography

The following contribution comes from Paula Tarnapol Whitacre, author of A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose (Potomac Books, 2017). Whitacre is a professional writer and editor for organizations including the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences. Her book was recently featured in the Washington Post and she will […]

October 10

Heartland Fall Forum Preview

Anna Weir is a publicist at UNP by day and a stitcher of amusing cross-stitch samplers by night. Follow her on Twitter for #Heartland17 updates.  I’m thrilled to be attending the Midwestern Bookseller Association’s Heartland Fall Forum again this year. If you’re a bookseller looking to network with authors and publishers, wondering how to make […]

October 06

Publicist Picks: Native Voices, Diplomatic Memoirs, and other December Books

Tayler Lord and Anna Weir are publicists at UNP who share a cubicle and cannot stop talking about books (or the much-awaited fall weather, for that matter). Today they also share their thoughts about a few upcoming titles they’re particularly excited about as readers. The books in this discussion will be published in December. Anna Weir: During the South Dakota Festival […]

September 29

News and Reviews

Books   How We Won & Lost the War In Afghanistan Douglas Grindle Praise from Publishers Weekly: “This is a well-told story and a must-read for those who want to understand the obstacles to success in Afghanistan.”   The Heart of Torah Rabbi Shai Held Feature in Times of Israel: “Rabbi Held’s own love of Torah animates […]

September 28

From the Desk of Joy Schulz: Protesting the Flag in History

The following contribution comes from Joy Schulz, author of Hawaiian by Birth: Missionary Children, Bicultural Identity, and U. S. Colonialism in the Pacific (September 2017). Schulz is a member of the history faculty at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. I grew up proudly reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with hand over heart every day in elementary school. As […]

September 27

From the Desk of Munene Mwaniki: Holding a Mirror to White Supremacy

The following is a contribution from Munene Franjo Mwaniki, author of The Black Migrant Athlete: Media, Race, and the Diaspora in Sports (September 2017). Mwaniki is an assistant professor of sociology at Western Carolina University.  When I started this project I had fears that the subject matter would become irrelevant before I could even publish my […]

September 21

South Dakota Festival of Books preview

Anna Weir is a highly-caffeinated publicist at UNP. School is back in session, pumpkin spice lattes have returned, and the South Dakota Humanities Council is once again celebrating Great Plains literature with the South Dakota Festival of Books. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I’m off to Deadwood today to represent UNP’s books […]

September 19

From the Desk of Jay Gallentine: The Wintry Days of Cassini

The following contribution comes from space historian Jay Gallentine. His book on the turbulent early days, Ambassadors from Earth: Pioneering Explorations with Unmanned Spacecraft (Nebraska, 2014), won the 2009 Eugene M. Emme Award for astronautical literature. His new book Infinity Beckoned: Adventuring Through the Inner Solar System, 1969–1989 (Nebraska, 2016) examines our first intensive reconnaissance of the inner solar system. His […]

September 18

Excerpt: Black Jesus and Other Superheroes

The following excerpt comes from Black Jesus and Other Superheroes: Stories by Venita Blackburn (September 2017).   The Immolator In protest of unyielding circumstances, monks have been known to walk into public squares and quietly set themselves on fire. I prefer to make noise. I bake bread now and die a little every day in flour and […]