UP Week Blog Tour Round-Up: Day 1

In celebration of the first annual University Press Week, 26 AAUP University Presses are participating in a united blog tour to emphasize their influence on society as a whole.  The tour consists of collaborative University Press guest posts each day from fans such as colleagues, authors, series editors, customers, etc.  Syracuse University Press’ guest post is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th and every other day we will be posting a Round-Up to capture the highlights from that particular day.   A complete schedule is available here.

Harvard University Press: In his guest post titled “blue-bound loves,” past president of the American Historical Association and longtime author, Anthony Grafton, discusses how his love for University Presses began with their unique physical beauty, but later progressed into a deeper appreciation for their blend of idealism with practicality.

Duke University Press: Judith (Jack) Halberstam, one of Duke University Press’ bestselling authors, talks about how University Presses offer a rich variety of density, promoting counter-intuitive thinking, than traditional publishers and emphasizes how we need University Presses today more than ever as new forms of literacy are rapidly emerging around us.

Stanford University Press: Steve Levingston, Nonfiction Editor at the Washington Post Book World, goes into detail about his interaction with University presses when writing for the Washington Post’s books blog and explains how their pressing social and cultural interest makes the perfect fit for curious readers hoping to engage in the national conversation.

University of Georgia Press: Claire Bond Potter, author and Tenured Radical Blogger, in “Small is Better: Why University Presses Are Sustainable Presses” defends how in the publishing world, smaller is better.  She states how small presses are conserving publishing’s original economic model to produce smalls run of beautiful books on a more personal level.

University of Missouri Press: UMP author Ned Stuckey-French and sales representative Bruce Miller highlight the importance of University Presses through 5 detailed areas.  They include the fact that University presses preserve and disseminate knowledge, defend free speech/academic freedom/spirited discussion, serve a readership outside the university, have a special role in land-grant institutions, and play an essential role in developing and evaluating faculty.

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