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Press Releases
The latest news, awards, and other press releases from University of Minnesota Press.
UMP to publish ebooks for all titles
ebooks, digital publishing, Google Editions, Amazon Kindle
University of Minnesota Press launches Minnesota Archive Editions
University of Minnesota Press announces an ambitious program, Minnesota Archive Editions, that will establish Minnesota as the first university press to return into print virtually every book published since its founding in 1925.
University of Minnesota Press's Quadrant initiative is revolutionizing interdisciplinary publishing and collaborative scholarship
Award: Fighting for the Future of Food
Fighting for the Future of Food by Rachel Schurman and William A. Munro has received the American Political Science Association's 2011 Lynton Caldwell Prize for Best Book in Environmental Politics published in the past 3 years.
Award: The Right to Be Out
Award: The Once and Future New York
The Once and Future New York by Randall Mason published by University of Minnesota Press has won the 2011 Antoinette Forrester Downing Award.
Award: Seeking Asylum
Seeking Asylum by Alison Mountz, published by University of Minnesota Press, has received the 2010 Association of American Geographers Meridian Book Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work in Geography.
Minnesota Book Award winners
University of Minnesota Press books News to Me by Laurie Hertzel, North Country by Mary Lethert Wingerd and The Opposite of Cold by Michael Nordskog, with photography by Aaron W. Hautala, receive Minnesota Book Awards.
Edward Soja Nominated for C. Wright Mills Award
Seeking Spatial Justice by Edward Soja is one of several nominees for the C. Wright Mills Award.
Honorable Mention: Big Belching Bog
Big Belching Bog by Phyllis Root and with illustrations by Betsy Bowen received an Honorable Mention at the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards.
Indie Groundbreaking Publisher: UMP feature in Independent Publisher
The University of Minnesota Press is Independent Publisher’s first university groundbreaking publisher. What makes Minnesota so different? They seriously rebel against the stereotype of a stuffy academic press (which we are seeing more and more university publishers doing every day). “We try to publish work that is at the leading-edge or even on the fringes – work a little more ‘out there’ than you see at your usual university press,” Director Doug Armato explains. “We think our specific role is to take cultural and intellectual chances, and this organizational DNA can be seen in everything from the general interest and regional books we publish to the most scholarly books on the list.”
Barnard Hewitt Award runner-up: The Japan of Pure Invention
The Japan of Pure Invention by Josephine Lee is runner-up for the 2011 Barnard Hewitt Award on behalf of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR).
2011 International Latino Book Awards: Carmen Lomas Garza
The 2011 International Latino Book Awards has named Carmen Lomas Garza, an A Ver series book by Constance Cortez, its first place winner in the Best Arts Book (English) category.
Honorable Mention for the Paul Davidoff Prize: Edward Soja's Seeking Spatial Justice
Seeking Spatial Justice by Edward Soja received one of three honorable mentions for the Paul Davidoff Prize. The Paul Davidoff award is presented by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) to honor the memory of a revered and respected activist academic in the field of modern city planning.
Author Pamela Simpson dies at 65
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.
University Presses Lead the Way for Publisher-Based Ebook Systems
In the 1920s, there were an estimated 12 university presses operating in America; today that number is about 130. Over the years, university presses have forged ahead with some of the more thoughtful and “daring” coverage and analysis of such complex issues as globalization, immigration, civil rights, constitutional law, and so on. Many of these presses have also developed their own areas of specialization and acclaim: MIT and Yale’s coverage of architecture; Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Oxford, and Harvard’s emphasis on literacy criticism; Minnesota’s coverage of cultural critique, ethnic studies, and theory; and some of the excellent regional coverage from Arizona, Kansas, and Nebraska. “As commercial publishers increasingly turn away from books that are deemed unlikely to make a lot of money,” notes the American Association of University Presses, “university presses have found new fields to publish in and new audiences for their books.”
Evolutionary biologist Lynn Margulis dies at 73
On November 22, 2011, Lynn Margulis died at the age of 73. She was Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1983, in 1999 received the Presidential Medal of Science from Bill Clinton, and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Honorable Mention for the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize: Posthegemony
Posthegemony: Political Theory and Latin America by Jon Beasley-Murray, assistant professor of Hispanic studies at the University of British Columbia, has received an honorable mention for the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize. The book will be on display as part of this prize at the 2012 Modern Language Association meeting in Seattle.
Documentary "Pink Ribbons, Inc." opens in Canada on Feb. 3rd
Pink Ribbons Inc., a documentary film that had a well-received debut at the Toronto International Film festival last year, will open in Canadian theatres beginning Feb. 3rd, 2012.