Press Releases

The University of Minnesota Press announces Reading for Racial Justice open access book collection
Jun 03, 2020
Minneapolis, MN
In an effort to promote understanding and change, the University of Minnesota Press is releasing an open access collection of antiracist books, available free to read online through August 31, 2020.
Fundraiser announced for second edition of Minnesota's Natural Heritage by John Tester
May 28, 2020
Minneapolis, MN
We're asking for support to help us publish the book at a price and scale that will make it widely accessible to Minnesota’s classrooms, libraries, and independent bookstores. We appreciate gifts of any amount.
The Stories Still Need to Be Told: A Message for Our University of Minnesota Press Community
Mar 25, 2020
Minneapolis, MN
We believe telling the stories of Minnesota, the US, and the world is more crucial now than ever.
UPDATE 3/21: A note about web orders, events, and conferences during the Covid-19 pandemic
Mar 21, 2020
Orders from our website will be delayed; most author events through mid-May have been cancelled. We will update this space as we receive more information.
Joanna Frueh, trailblazing writer, performance artist, scholar, and art historian dies at 72
Feb 24, 2020
Frueh is author of Unapologetic Beauty.
VERGE wins PROSE Award for Best New Journal in Humanities
Feb 21, 2020
VERGE: STUDIES IN GLOBAL ASIAS is a multidisciplinary journal publishing scholarship from Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Asian Diaspora Studies
William D. Green Receives 2020 Hognander Minnesota History Award
Feb 19, 2020
Green, a two-time winner of this award, is author of THE CHILDREN OF LINCOLN.
"extra/ordinary: The American Swedish Institute. At Play" exhibit inspired by UMP book "A to Zåäö"
Feb 07, 2020
The exhibit is on view from Feb. 29 through July 5, 2020.
Cheryl Minnema Wins 2020 Charlotte Zolotow Award for Johnny’s Pheasant
Feb 03, 2020
The award is given annually for outstanding writing in a picture book for children in the birth-through-seven age range published in the United States in the preceding year.
Jonathan P. Eburne will receive MLA's James Russell Lowell Prize
Dec 04, 2019
New York, NY
Eburne is the author of 'Outsider Theory: Intellectual Histories of Unorthodox Ideas'
Leah Pennywark joins University of Minnesota Press as new humanities editor
Aug 07, 2019
Pennywark is from Stanford University Press.
Ten organizations selected for the Manifold Digital Services pilot program's second year
Jun 06, 2019
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota Press wins four Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards
Jun 03, 2019
The Great Minnesota Cookie Book finalist for IACP Award
Apr 15, 2019
Author Stuart Biegel dies at 73
Apr 11, 2019
University of Minnesota Press at London Book Fair
Jan 16, 2019
University of Minnesota Press to publish memoir of 2018 Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Women’s National Cross Country Ski Team member Jessie Diggins
Dec 18, 2018
In Brave Enough, which will be out in Spring 2020, Jessie Diggins shares her own story for the first time.
Adrienne Kennedy among 2018 Theater Hall of Fame Inductees
Sep 18, 2018
The 48th Annual Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater will be presented on Mon Nov 12 at the Gershwin.
The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen wins 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award
Apr 27, 2018
This book by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley has been awarded the 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award in the Best American Cookbook category.
Announcing a trilogy of Allen Ginsberg’s unpublished journals.
Apr 19, 2018
The University of Minnesota Press will publish the first installment, IRON CURTAIN JOURNALS: JANUARY—MAY 1965, in November 2018.
The University of Minnesota Press with CUNY’s GC Digital Scholarship Lab and Cast Iron Coding to launch Manifold Scholarship Phase Two
Apr 17, 2018
Second phase will focus on expanding installations of the platform and developing new features
The University of Minnesota Press with CUNY’s GC Digital Scholarship Lab and Cast Iron Coding announce the release of MANIFOLD 1.0.
Mar 30, 2018
Manifold was developed from the ground up to integrate the publication of media-rich, networked monographs into existing university publication workflows.
'The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen' by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley nominated for a James Beard cookbook award.
Mar 14, 2018
Sean Sherman's cookbook is one of three nominees for the prestigious award, which will be announced in April.
Gary Kaunonen wins 2018 Hognander Minnesota History Award
Mar 08, 2018
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Kaunonen is author of 'Flames of Discontent: The 1916 Minnesota Iron Ore Strike'
Announcing the Development of the MMPI-3
Jan 23, 2018
The University of Minnesota Press is currently sponsoring development of the MMPI-3 under the auspices of the Press’s Research and Product Development program, which is overseen by the University’s Office of the Vice President for Research and an external Advisory Board.
Announcing a new series: Art after Nature
Dec 19, 2017
Art after Nature maps new aesthetic territories defined by the humanities' recent ontological turn.
Minnesota: Where Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan's career began
Oct 13, 2016
Minneapolis, MN
Two books, Positively Main Street and Highway 61 Revisited, dig into the singer's storied career and Minnesota roots
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's inspiring memoir—now in paperback
Aug 23, 2016
Minneapolis, MN
The Senator Next Door will be available Sept. 1
Announcing Avant Museology, a symposium at the Walker Art Center
Jul 19, 2016
This two-day symposium explores the practices and sociopolitical implications of contemporary museology
Author Michelle Cliff dies at 69
Jun 21, 2016
Minneapolis, MN
Cliff's writing serves as a model for how to confront the dualities of our complex world.
R.T. Rybak book launch for Pothole Confidential at First Avenue on April 13
Mar 04, 2016
Featuring Big Trouble + dVRG, with special guests Chris Koza, Lucy Michelle, Toki Wright, Terry Walsh, and DJ Shannon Blowtorch, plus the World's Most Dangerous Polka Band
William D. Green's 'Degrees of Freedom' wins the third Hognander Minnesota History Award
Mar 04, 2016
Award will be presented April 16, 2016, at the Minnesota Book Awards ceremony
Glen Coulthard receives The Frantz Fanon Award for Outstanding Book in Caribbean Thought
Jan 20, 2016
Coulthard is the author of 'Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition'
Former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak's memoir to be published in April 2016
Oct 26, 2015
'Pothole Confidential: My Life as Mayor of Minneapolis' will be published in April 2016 by the University of Minnesota Press
University of Minnesota Press selected as beneficiary of Whole Foods Market's 5% Community Support Day
Oct 07, 2015
On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, Whole Foods Market will donate 5% of its daily sales from six Twin Cities locations to the University of Minnesota Press
The University of Minnesota Press partners with CUNY's GC Digital Scholarship Lab to launch MANIFOLD SCHOLARSHIP—a platform for iterative, networked monographs—with grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Apr 20, 2015
New model focuses on transforming longform scholarly authorship
Author Aaron Shapiro wins Midwestern History Association's Jon Gjerde Prize
Apr 13, 2015
Shapiro is author of 'THE LURE OF THE NORTH WOODS'
The Essential Ellen Willis a Finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award
Jan 26, 2015
The Essential Ellen Willis a Finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award
University of Minnesota Press Announces First Three Forerunners Series Titles
Nov 10, 2014
The University of Minnesota Press is pleased to announce the launch of the first three titles in its new Forerunners: Ideas First initiative: The Anthrobscene, by Jussi Parikka; Aesop’s Anthropology: A Multispecies Approach, by John Hartigan Jr.; and Mediators: Aesthetics, Politics, and the City, by Reinhold Martin.
University of Minnesota Press Announces New Editorial Director
Aug 01, 2014
Jason Weidemann succeeds Richard Morrison
Fred Ho (August 10, 1957–April 12, 2014)
Apr 14, 2014
The saxophonist, composer, and activist dies after an 8-year battle with cancer
Cesar Chavez film opening soon
Mar 10, 2014
The movie stars Michael Pena, America Ferrara, Rosario Dawson, and John Malkovich.
Wanda Gag's hometown mulls statue memorial
Feb 05, 2014
City of New Ulm, Minnesota, considering sculpture garden site
Six UMP books on the MN Book Awards Finalists list
Jan 26, 2014
Winners will be announced on April 5, 2014.
Author Jean O'Brien selected to the Board of Trustees for the Cobell Education scholarship fund
Jan 14, 2014
Selection by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell
Highly regarded author and professor José Esteban Muñoz dies
Dec 04, 2013
Muñoz's work was foundational to studies of race, gender, and sexuality
Announcing Forerunners: Ideas First
Nov 14, 2013
Original e-works to spark the spread of new scholarship
Antipode offering free virtual issue to celebrate Katherine Gibson lecture
Feb 01, 2013
Gibson's 2012 "Take Back the Economy" lecture at the Royal Geographic Society (RGS-IBG) also available for viewing.
Jochen Schulte-Sasse, renowned intellectual, dies at 72
Dec 21, 2012
Schulte-Sasse worked with the University of Minnesota Press on multiple projects, including the Theory and History of Literature Series and the journal Cultural Critique
MinnPost Books: Heartland Fall Forum 2012
Oct 08, 2012
U of MN Press booth, staff, and titles featured in this rundown of the October 2012 Heartland Fall Forum. launches
Sep 20, 2012
University of Minnesota Press is one of three publishers to partner with Dunn Bros. in virtual bookstore for coffee lovers
Pioneering queer studies scholar Alexander Doty dies after being struck by motorcycle
Aug 06, 2012
Doty, a much-admired author, died after he was hit by a motorcycle while on vacation in Bermuda
UMP titles available to media via NetGalley
Jul 19, 2012
[UPDATED] Select titles available upon request to media, reviewers, and bloggers
Jailhouse Stories author Neil Haugerud dies
Jun 11, 2012
Haugerud is former sheriff of Fillmore County. He resided in Preston, Minnesota.
SISTER ARTS wins Lambda Literary Award
Jun 05, 2012
Lisa L. Moore's book wins in the LGBT Studies category
Regina Root's COUTURE AND CONSENSUS wins Whitaker Prize
May 24, 2012
The Arthur P. Whitaker Prize is awarded each year by the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS).
Alondra Nelson's BODY AND SOUL wins American Sociological Association section book award
May 23, 2012
Body and Soul receives the ASA's Race, Gender and Class Section's 2012 Distinguished Book Award
Egyptian writer awarded Stig Dagerman prize
May 18, 2012
Nawal El Saadawi receives the prize given annually to an organisation or writer working to protect and promote free speech.
TWELVE OWLS wins honorable mention for general nonfiction
May 17, 2012
The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards has recognized TWELVE OWLS by Laura Erickson and Betsy Bowen.
THE OPPOSITE OF COLD wins 2012 Gebard award from MNSAH
Apr 22, 2012
The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians awards this book by Michael Nordskog and Aaron Hautala the 8th annual David Stanley Gebhard Award.
WHISKEY BREAKFAST a runner-up for 2012 Society of Midland Authors award
Apr 22, 2012
WHISKEY BREAKFAST by Richard Lindberg was a runner-up in the Biography category.
RIFFTIDE nominated for Jazz Journalists Association Award
Apr 16, 2012
Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones, edited by Paul Devlin, is nominated for Best Book about Jazz of the Year
Karen Nelson Hoyle is recipient of 2012 Kerlan Award
Apr 11, 2012
Hoyle is the author of WANDA GAG: A LIFE OF ART AND STORIES.
NORTH COUNTRY wins inaugural Hognander Minnesota History Prize
Apr 09, 2012
North Country: The Making of Minnesota, by Mary Lethert Wingerd, will be honored at the Minnesota Book Awards Gala.
TWELVE OWLS among NE Minnesota Book Awards nominees
Apr 02, 2012
Winners will be announced May 17, 2012, in Duluth.
Author Joel Olson dies at 45
Apr 01, 2012
Olson was a professor at Northern Arizona University and author of The Abolition of White Democracy (2004).
Mar 27, 2012
Suspended Animation: Children's Picture Books and the Fairy Tale of Modernity by Nathalie op de Beeck has been declared the best book of 2010 by the Children's Literature Association
SISTER ARTS a Publishing Triangle Award nominee
Mar 25, 2012
Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes, by Lisa L. Moore, is nominated for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction
SISTER ARTS a Lambda Literary Award finalist
Mar 19, 2012
Sister Arts: The Erotics of Lesbian Landscapes, by Lisa L. Moore, is nominated in the LGBT Studies category
INSECT MEDIA wins the SCMS Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award
Mar 01, 2012
Author Jussi Parikka recognized for "the best new scholarly work that exemplifies rigorous, interdisciplinary and theoretical inquiry into issues of vision and visuality."
VIKINGS IN THE ATTIC a finalist for MN Book Award
Jan 29, 2012
Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America, by Eric Dregni, is nominated in the General Nonfiction category.
OUT OF THE VINYL DEEPS a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle award
Jan 22, 2012
OUT OF THE VINYL DEEPS: ELLEN WILLIS ON ROCK MUSIC is nominated in the "Criticism" category.
Documentary "Pink Ribbons, Inc." opens in Canada on Feb. 3rd
Jan 21, 2012
The documentary film is based on the U of MN Press book Pink Ribbons, Inc., by Samantha King.
Johnny Otis, ‘Godfather of Rhythm and Blues,’ Dies at 90
Jan 16, 2012
Otis died Jan. 17th, 2012, at his home in Altadena, California.
Honorable Mention for the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize: Posthegemony
Dec 08, 2011
Posthegemony by Jon Beasley-Murray has received honorable mention for the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize
Evolutionary biologist Lynn Margulis dies at 73
Nov 27, 2011
Scientist Richard Dawkins called her theory “one of the great achievements of twentieth-century evolutionary biology.”
University Presses Lead the Way for Publisher-Based Ebook Systems
Oct 09, 2011
The unique role of the university press in forming publisher-based e-book systems
Author Pamela Simpson dies at 65
Oct 04, 2011
Pamela Hemenway Simpson, an art historian who was one of the most influential figures of the last four decades at Washington and Lee University, died at her home in Lexington, Va., on Oct. 4th, 2011. She was 65.
Honorable Mention for the Paul Davidoff Prize: Edward Soja's Seeking Spatial Justice
Sep 20, 2011
Seeking Spatial Justice by Edward Soja received one of three honorable mentions for the Paul Davidoff Prize
2011 International Latino Book Awards: Carmen Lomas Garza
Jul 28, 2011
Carmen Lomas Garza, an A Ver Series book by Texas Tech professor Constance Cortez, wins first place in Best Arts Book (English)
Barnard Hewitt Award runner-up: The Japan of Pure Invention
Jul 23, 2011
The Japan of Pure Invention by Josephine Lee is runner-up for the 2011 Barnard Hewitt Award
Indie Groundbreaking Publisher: UMP feature in Independent Publisher
Jul 10, 2011
Mining the Politics of American Music
Award: Fighting for the Future of Food
May 26, 2011
Fighting for the Future of Food wins APSA's 2011 Lynton Caldwell Prize
Edward Soja Nominated for C. Wright Mills Award
May 25, 2011
Seeking Spatial Justice by Edward Soja is one of several nominees for the C. Wright Mills Award.
Honorable Mention: Big Belching Bog
May 20, 2011
Big Belching Bog by Phyllis Root and with illustrations by Betsy Bowen received an Honorable Mention at the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards.
Award: Seeking Asylum
May 13, 2011
Alison Mountz's book wins the AAG's Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography
Minnesota Book Award winners
Apr 18, 2011
University of Minnesota Press's The Opposite of Cold, North Country, and News to Me receive Minnesota Book Awards.
Award: The Once and Future New York
Apr 15, 2011
Randall Mason's book receives 2011 Antoinette Forrester Downing Award
UMP to publish ebooks for all titles
Mar 14, 2011
University of Minnesota Press will be releasing all titles simultaneously in print and ebook formats.
Award: The Right to Be Out
Jan 10, 2011
The Right to Be Out has received a 2011 Stonewall Book Award
University of Minnesota Press's Quadrant initiative is revolutionizing interdisciplinary publishing and collaborative scholarship
Dec 06, 2010
Program to launch online research archive and book series
University of Minnesota Press launches Minnesota Archive Editions
Nov 20, 2008
In partnership with, Google, and BookMobile, the new initiative will bring more than 1,000 titles back into print.