Tag Archives: writing

December 14

From the Desk of Jacqueline Emery: The Boarding School Legacy

The following is by Jacqueline Emery, editor of Recovering Native American Writings in the Boarding School Press (December 2017). Emery is an assistant professor of English at State University of New York at Old Westbury.   The Boarding School Legacy Recovering Native American Writings in the Boarding School Press is addressed to readers interested in Native American […]

November 27

Reading List: Holiday Gift Guide

Wondering what to get for your book-loving family and friends? Browse our backlist to and find the perfect gift to compliment every personality and interest. (And our gift to you is thirty percent off your entire book order with our holiday sale).     For the TV and movie buff… There I Go Again: How […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

August 22

The Marketeers Club: Reading Boring Books

Anna Weir is a publicist at UNP who enjoys Tolkien but not pages and pages of Elvish. Over a year ago, the acquisitions department at UNP presented a new title, the latest in the Frontiers of Narrative series. At first, I was a little wary—Frontiers of Narrative is a more erudite series, books about books […]

August 10

From the Desk of Steven I. Levine: Russian Lessons

The following contribution comes from Steven I. Levine, translator of Russia’s Dead End: An Insider’s Testimony from Gorbachev to Putin (August 2017) by Andrei A. Kovalev. Levine a retired professor of politics and history, is the coauthor of Mao: The Real Story and Arc of Empire: America’s Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam. Andrei A. Kovalev’s Russia’s Dead End: […]

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 03

Publicist Picks: Breast Milk Sharing, Theme Parks, and other September Books

Tayler Lord and Anna Weir are publicists at UNP who share a cubicle and cannot stop talking about books (or caffeinated beverages, 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 September. Tayler Lord: It’s officially Fall 2017! Even though it’s still […]

June 26

From the Desk of Mark Stein: Writing Vice Capades

The following is a contribution from Mark Stein, author of Vice Capades: Sex, Drugs, and Bowling from the Pilgrims to the Present (July 2017). Stein is an author, screenwriter, and playwright. He has published several books, including How the States Got Their Shapes, a New York Times best seller and the basis for the eponymous History Channel series, and […]