Tipping our cap to the great players of the Negro Leagues

The 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues has been a highly anticipated celebration, with plans for many MLB teams to honor the historic players throughout the 2020 baseball season. Although these plans are rescheduled until 2021, there has been no shortage of memorials from a wide variety of fans–including a few former presidents. 

Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, and columnist Joe Posnanski joined efforts to create the “Tipping Your Cap” campaign. Beginning in mid-June, the ‘TipYourCap2020’ Twitter account has gathered over 2,000 followers in about a month. Beginning with fans posting videos and photos, the campaign quickly caught the attention of former players and presidents, as well as the Hollywood community. 

We joined the campaign on Twitter with a photo of our editor tipping her cap to the great Negro Leagues players and we’ve highlighted two SU Press books that honor these activists and their efforts. These books follow the Negro Leagues from their birth, highlighting many accomplishments, until their eventual collapse providing a history rarely discussed in such detail. 

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In Black Baseball Entrepreneurs 1860-1901Lomax reflects on black baseball’s beginning as exercise or a pastime. He follows the incredible transition into a lucrative opportunity for black entrepreneurs as black baseball became an organization and commercialized amusement. The black baseball community began earning respect and paving the way for future athletes and activists with these originating efforts.  

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In the second and final book in the mini-series, Black Baseball Entrepreneurs 1902-1931: Operating by Any Means NecessaryLomax continues with the development of black baseball as an organization and the way it was promoted. Focusing on how race influenced the institutional development of black baseball, Lomax discusses the decision made by Black baseball managers to distance themselves from white clubs and managers. This book is an informative and interesting take on the promotion of the Negro Leagues and how that influenced the success of this organization. 


A New Season of Reading

Attention all readers! We are excited to share our new Fall 2014 catalog. We have a great lineup of books including biographies, short stories,  literary translations, and many others.

9780815610434Michael Long (author of Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life After Baseball) returns with another inspiring biography. In Gay is Good, Long collects the letters of gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny. These letters are lively and colorful because they in Kameny’s inimitable voice—a voice that was consistently loud, echoing through such places as the Oval Office, the Pentagon, and the British Parliament.9780815633662

Our Director’s Choice book for this season is a fascinating exploration of sacred wampum belts. These belts depict significant moments in the lives of the people in Eastern Woodlands tribes, portraying everything from weddings to treaties. Reading the Wampum conveys the vitality and continuance of wampum traditions in Iroquois art, literature, and community.


We are thrilled to be publishing Monarch of the Square, the first anthology of Muhammad Zafzāf’s work to be translated into English. Regarded as “Morocco’s Tolstoy,” Zafzāf creates stories that bring to life the flavors and sites of Casablanca, and the daily struggle to survive in remote rural villages. Filled with irony, sarcasm, and sympathy, these tales offer profound reflections on the human condition.


View the full fall catalog to read about all of our upcoming books.


The Fall 2013 Catalog is Now Available!

Fall 2013 catalogAttention readers!  The Fall 2013 Catalog has arrived and just in time for Graduation and Mother’s Day.  This season we offer a number of wonderful trade and scholarly titles.  Be sure to take some time to browse the online catalog on the Syracuse University Press website.  Remember, online orders on ALL books are 30% off during the month of May for our Spring Sale so take advantage of the limited-time discounts (05spring13).  Books make the perfect gift for a new graduate, special mom or simply even a little treat for yourself!

Top Picks:

Unknown Museums of Upstate New York: A Guide to 50 Treasures
By Chuck D’Imperio

Unknown Museums of Upstate NYUnknown Museums of Upstate New York is an informative and entertaining guide to the rich resources available at fifty small, often overlooked, regional museums. Even those familiar with the upstate area will likely have never visited and perhaps never heard of some of the treasures this guide unearths, such as the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum, the Kazoo Museum, and the Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage and Museum. D’Imperio tells each museum’s story, in light of its cultural and historical relevance, and he provides a wealth of information about the museums as places of interest to visit, not just to read about. In addition to information on ticket prices, hours of operation, and travel directions, Unknown Museums of Upstate New York highlights key information about the collections and offers suggestions for how visitors can make the most of their visit, listing nearby and related venues of interest to the regional explorer. Each of these museums deserves a visit, but you won’t find any of them in New York City. They’re some of the gems of Upstate New York, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find them without this guide.

Poets Translate Poets: A Hudson Review Anthology
Edited by Paula Deitz, with an Introduction by Mark Jarman

Poets Translate PoetsPoets Translate Poets originates from the perception that while the poetry translated in the Hudson Review over the years—from ancient Greek to contemporary Russian—constitutes a history of world literature, the translators themselves are among the most distinguished American and British poets. These poems belong as much to them as to the original authors.

The collection features eighty-three poems in twenty-four languages, translated by sixty writers; it represents the best of more than five hundred translated works originally published in the Hudson Review over the last seven decades. The value of this anthology lies in the artistry of its translators, including William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore, combined with the range of its originals, from classical epics to Old French, Middle English, and medieval Japanese, to lesser-known twentieth-century works by Bulgarian and Swedish poets. Among its translations are Ezra Pound’s remarkable re-creation of Sophocles’s Women of Trachis and Richard Wilbur’s transformation of Pierre Corneille’s alexandrines into English heroic couplets in Le Cid.  Beyond the pleasures it provides as a collection of world poetry translated for an English reader, Poets Translate Poets offers a privileged exploration of the craft of translating poetry.

The Photographed Cat: Picturing Close Human-Feline Ties, 1900–1940
By Arnold Arluke and Lauren Rolfe

The Photographed CatWith more than 130 illustrations, The Photographed Cat: Picturing Close Human-Feline Ties, 1900–1940 is both an archive and an analytical exploration of the close relationships between Americans and their cats during a period that is significant for photography and for modern understandings of animals as pets. This volume examines the cultural implications of feline companions while also celebrating the intimacy and joys of pets and family photographs. In seven thematic sections, Arluke and Rolfe engage with the collection of antique images as representations of real relationships and of ideal relationships, noting the cultural trends and tropes that occur throughout this increasingly popular practice. Whether as surrogate children, mascots, or companions to women, cats are part of modern American life and visual culture. Entertaining, smart, and filled with a collector’s trove of wonderful images, The Photographed Cat pays homage to the surprising range of relationships we have with cats and offers thoughtful consideration of the ways in which we represent them.

SU Press Spring Sale

Save 30% on ALL SU Press online orders during the month of May.  For the discount, enter the code 05spring13 at checkout.  The sale ends May 31 so don’t miss out on the savings.  You can never have enough books – start shopping now!Spring Sale

SU Press and AcademicPub Team to Provide Lower Cost Content

At Syracuse University, and most other universities, textbooks are not cheap and students often resort to other options before making the costly purchase.  Syracuse University Press and Academic Pub are attacking the issue by teaming up to offer college textbooks at a more reasonable, student-friendly rate.

AcademicPub is a platform that offers customized print and digital academic material at a 60 percent discount.  Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of SharBook Inc., the parent company of AcademicPub, states that the platform “allows faculty to just select the chapters, journal articles, web documents, links and lectures that they want to use in their course, and basically compile one textbook out of it, instead of assigning multiple text books for purchase.”  The customization of course material into one book provides professors and students with a basic and affordable approach to academic learning.  Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Michigan, Cambridge and Oxford University Press are among the other 50 universities and academic publishers that have joined forces with the higher-education technology platform.  The program is available now for use on AcademicPub and will be accessible through SU Press within the next few weeks.

Syracuse University Press is excited to be part of AcademicPub and assist in extending the reach of academic content to large audiences at an affordable rate.  The press is committed to serving scholars and scholarship and hopes this partnership will help preserve the history, literature and culture of scholarly work.

Loss of Talented Author and Editor, George J. Lockwood

peanutsSyracuse University Press was saddened by the loss of accomplished author and editor George J. Lockwood on Thursday, January 31.  Lockwood’s passion for writing began at a young age in rural upstate New York, where he was raised, as a columnist for the neighborhood newsletter and editor of his high school newspaper.  He went on to further his education at Syracuse University, where he was managing editor of the Daily Orange, and later earned his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

Lockwood became a distinguished professor of journalism at Marshall University and Louisiana State University and spent thirty years working for the Milwaukee Journal.  Starting his career as a night reporter, he was committed to the journal and eventually moved up the ranks to become managing editor, overseeing the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series on water pollution.

He is the author of The Cartoons of R. A. Lewis, Milwaukee Journal and recently completed a cartoon strip book, Peanuts, Pogo, and Hobbes: A Newspaper Editor’s Journey Through the World of Comics, scheduled to be published by the Syracuse University Press in spring 2013.  For this title, Lockwood used his seasoned experience in the newspaper industry to provide an inside look at the world through cartoon strips.  Political cartoonist of the Syracuse New Times, Joe Glisson, describes Lockwood’s newest book as “.. a great collection of stuff you probably never knew about the golden age of comics. Lockwood captures the history and the stories behind the strips with wit, warmth, and wisdom. This book is a musthave for any true comics lover!”

George Lockwood shared his life with many during his career at the Milwaukee Journal and years of serving on the executive board of the Milwaukee County Boy Scout Council.   He’s survived by his wife and four children and services were held yesterday at the Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery.

Contributions in George’s name may be made to the Heart of Milwaukee District of Boy Scouts of America, 330 S. 84th St., Milwaukee, WI 53214.

See Death Notice and JS Online Obituary for more information.

Celebrating 70 Years of Scholarly Publishing

TwitterWe are proud to celebrate 70 years of scholarly publishing.  Since its inception, Syracuse University Press has been committed to serving scholars and scholarship, promoting a diverse culture and intellectual expression, and preserving the history, literature, and culture of our region.  Through the publication of significant and groundbreaking books, we have been able to extend the reach and influence of Syracuse University, making evident the university’s commitment to knowledge and ideas.  For the past 70 years and the years ahead, our goal has been and will remain steadfast: to produce rigorously edited, beautifully designed, intelligent, interesting books.  In honor of our anniversary, Syracuse University Press will host six authors over the course of the spring semester.  We invite you to attend these readings, engage with our authors, and be part of our celebration.

Along with our author gatherings, Syracuse University Press will also bring the celebration online with monthly guest blog posts, SUP Superlative Trivia and a Fluff Photo Campaign.  Follow our blog, Facebook, and Twitter to join in on the excitement.

We thank all those who’ve supported us over the past 70 years and hope you’ll stand by us for the next 70 years as we continue to spread knowledge through reading.  For more information on how you can support Syracuse University Press, please contact Ronald Thiele at 315-443-2537 or visit

In Praise of Books Events

Remembering Tracy Sugarman (1921-2013)

Beloved SU Press Author and Syracuse native Tracy Sugarman died Sunday, January 20 at the age of 91.  Sugarman was known for his nationally recognized illustrations which appeared in hundreds of magazines and books, and was featured on PBS, ABC TV, NBC TV, and CBS TV.  Along with his career as an illustrator, he also was a talented artist, scriptwriter, civil rights activist, producer, and author. He won numerous awards from the Society of Illustrators in New York and the Art Directors Club in Washington, D.C. and his entire collection of art from World War II was acquired by the U.S. Library of Congress.

With strong ties to the Syracuse region as a graduate of Nottingham High School and Syracuse University, Sugarman published two books with the we had sneakersSyracuse University Press.  Drawing Conclusions: An Artist Discovers His America (2007) and We Had Sneakers, They Had Guns: The Kids Who Fought for Civil Rights in Mississippi (2009) are both powerful records of the nation’s past expressed through the artist’s own words and drawings.  He is also the author of Stranger at the Gates: A Summer in Mississippi and My War: A Love Story in Letters and Drawings.

Tracy Sugarman will be remembered for his successful career and strong community presence.  He was a resident of his neighborhood in Westport, Connecticut for 62 years and touched the hearts of many whom he surrounded.  SU Press is saddened by the news and sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the distinguished artist.

Memorial service information will be announced in the spring.

SU Press “How-To” Series Announced!

Syracuse University Press has teamed with The Graduate School’s Future Professoriate Program (FPP) to provide a series of workshops and talks designed to shape academic authors.  The February edition of The Graduate Student Newsletter announced the “How-To” series with a full list of the upcoming events.  For more information on the FPP, visit their page on the Syracuse University website.

Full Newsletter available at

Congratulations to the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize Winner, Roger Allen!

muslim-suicide-Syracuse University Press is proud to announce Roger Allen as winner of the 2012 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for his notable translation of A Muslim Suicide by Bensalem Himmich.  The Banipal Prize is an annual award honoring the top English translation(s) of a full-length Arabic work of literary merit.  Judging both the Arabic original and the English translation, the 4 panel members are of knowledgeable background as poets, authors, broadcasters, and translators. They described the winning translation as “A highly challenging, yet deeply enriching read… a major achievement.”

SU Press Director Alice Pfeiffer also feels strongly about the decision stating, “Syracuse University Press is delighted and gratified to see Roger Allen receive this prestigious award.  The Prize will bring well-deserved attention to Bensalem Himmich’s remarkable novel.”

The award ceremony for the translation prizes will be held Monday, February 4that King’s Place in London with readings and lectures by the prize winners.  Tuesday, February 5th, Roger Allen will host a masterclass on Arabic literary translation and a conversation with the author of A Muslim Suicide Bensalem Himmich, followed by a reception.

To attend the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize Award Ceremony, please apply to King’s Place for a press pass.  For more information, email the Trust’s administrator Margaret Obank at

SU Press Heads to Chicago for AJS

springtimeDecember 14-16, the 44th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) will take place in Chicago, Illinois at the Sheraton Chicago.  This year the SU Press will not only attend the international event, but also prepare a display table promoting the latest Jewish Studies titles.  Some of the featured books include From Our Springtime: Literary Memoirs and Portraits of Yiddish New YorkLouis Marshall and the Rise of Jewish Ethnicity in America: A Biography, A Portrait of Pacifists: The Life and Thought of Louis Lowy, Contemporary Sephardic Identity in the Americas and Place and Ideology in Contemporary Hebrew Literature.

The AJS Conference is the largest international meeting of Jewish studies scholars; hosting close to 1,000 attendees.  With a book exhibit of prominent publishers, over 100 open sessions, and a gala banquet to top off the weekend, this annual gathering provides a unique celebration for Jewish studies scholarship.

Visit the AJS website for a complete conference schedule.

Lake Effect Wins ASLI’s Choice 2012 History Award- Honorable Mention

lake effectMark Monmonier’s Fall 2012 title Lake Effect: Tales of Large Lakes, Arctic Winds, and Recurrent Snows has received a great amount of positive attention upon publication this September.  The most recent, and highly honorable award, was presented on behalf of the Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) for the book’s strong examination of lake-effect snow and its prominent connection to the history of the Great Lakes region.  Congratulations to Mark Monmonier for the ASLI’s Choice 2012 History Award- Honorable Mention!

The ASLI’s Choice is an annual award to honor the best book of the year in the fields of meteorology, climatology, and atmospheric sciences.  Nominated books from each year are judged by a committee chair on uniqueness, comprehensiveness, usefulness, quality, authoritativeness, organization, illustrations/diagrams, competition, and references.

The winners are posted to the ASLI listserv and to the ASLI website after the announcement at the annual AMS conference, January 9, 2013.  More information on the award can be found at the ASLI website.

The Spring/Summer 2013 Catalog is Now Available!

Spring/Summer Book Catalog 2013Attention all readers!  The Syracuse University Press Spring/Summer 2013 book catalog is now available on our website.  This season we offer a wide array of new titles in series such as Sports History, Middle East Literature and Irish Studies, among others.  There is sure to be a book of interest for all!

If you’re a baseball fanatic, we have the perfect read for you.  Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball, edited by Michael G. Long, is an anthology of the baseball legend’s columns in the New York Post and the New York Amsterdam News discussing his insights on his professional career and the years following.  Most of you remember Jackie as the star athlete who crossed baseball’s color line, but what you don’t know is what happened after those historic years.  For a look inside the full story of the Hall of Famer’s life, be sure to pick up Jackie Robinson’s story, Beyond Home Plate, this April.

Another interesting title coming out this March is Steel’s: A Forgotten Stock Market Scandal From the 1920’s by Dave Dyer.  This historic story takes you back into the rise and fall of the retail empire, created by Leonard Rambler Steel.  After finding thousands of original documents and photos from the L.R. Steel Company, Dave Dyer provides a first-hand account on the uncovering of a massive stock market scandal that had been forgotten by history.  With no other published accounts of this scandal, you must get your hands on Steel’s to learn the truth about the fascinating story of Buffalo-based Steel’s department store.

View the full Spring/Summer 2013 book catalog for more information on these two books and any of the other new SU Press books coming this spring!

Ruth Colvin Does it Again at the CNY Book Awards

Ruth Colvin at the CNY Book AwardsCongratulations to Ruth Colvin, author of Off the Beaten Path: Stories of People Around the World published by Syracuse University Press, on winning the CNY Book Award for the non-fiction category.  Judged by prominent authors from around the nation, the CNY Book Awards is an annual series of prizes in celebration of the best books published by Central New York authors.  The event was hosted by the YMCA’s Downtown Writer’s Center on Thursday, November 29th at the SU Chancellor’s Residence.

Along with this award, Colvin also won the overall “People’s Choice” award, decided by the audience at the awards ceremony.

Ruth is the founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc., which later merged with other organizations to become ProLiteracy.  She’s had a triumphant career in Off the Beaten Path by Ruth J. Colvinwhich she received nine honorary doctorates, among many other honorable achievements.  She also won the highest award for volunteerism in the United States, the President’s Volunteer Action Award, in 1987 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.  Ruth Colvin was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1991.

Read more about her winning title, Off the Beaten Path: Stories of People Around the World here.

SU Press Book Display at SU Bookstore

Stop into the SU Bookstore to view the special SU Press book display in honor of University Press Week,  last week (November 11 – November 17).  The display will remain up for the entire year.

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Coming Together for Peace

October is a month for breast cancer awareness, football games, and fall festivities, but on the Syracuse University Campus- it’s a month for Peace. Syracuse University is holding a “Common Ground for Peace” symposium, sponsored by World Harmony Productions and One World Community Foundation, on Monday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 9.  Dedicated to spreading the message of World Peace through critical discussion, the campus will be hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama, various international thought leaders, as well as the One World concert at the Carrier Dome. The lineup of this “Once in a Lifetime” musical event includes scheduled performances by Dave Matthews, Swizz Beatz, Natasha Bedingfield, David Crosby, Counting Crows, Roberta Flack, Nelly Furtado, Andy Grammer, Engelbert Humperdinck, Emmanuel Jal, Angélique Kidjo, Liel Kolet, Cyndi Lauper, Andy Madadian, Matisyahu, Nas, Phillip Phillips, A.R. Rahman, Shani Rigsbee, David Sanborn, Joanne Shenandoah, TEAL-ONE97, Voices of Afghanistan and Bebe Winans.

Samuel Nappi, president of World Harmony Productions, explains, “After discussions with thought leaders throughout the world and with His Holiness, it became clear to me that a peace movement can only be realized when we engage the public in conversations about common ground and understanding.” Musician David Crosby, who will be performing at the concert, adds “This event has such important chemistry. His Holiness the Dalai Lama seeks peace and compassion for the whole human race, and the diversity of musicians and speakers on the panels is also important. Since Dave Matthews first appeared in the music world he has been trying to go for the high ground. He’s also a very powerful presence.” This collaborative celebration will unite the Syracuse community with many of today’s influential leaders in effort to spread the consciousness of peace.

Syracuse University Press has a Peace and Conflict Resolution series consisting of 50 titles. The newest book in the series titled A Place We Call Home: Gender, Race, and Justice in Syracuse by K. Animashaun Ducre, demonstrates how poor political and economic forces can create a landscape of abandoned housing within the Southside community. Ducre, through Photovoice methodology, spotlights the impact of this affliction upon the female residents who survive in these harsh environments. This poignant case study will be published next month and is available for pre-sale now. Visit the Syracuse University Press website for more Peace and Conflict Resolution titles.

Remembering Dr. Thomas Szasz

Last Saturday, the world lost a renowned and highly influential psychiatrist at the age of 92. Dr. Thomas Szasz, survived by his two daughters, one brother and a grandson, was a professor emeritus of psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. Throughout his lifetime, he wrote hundreds of articles and 35 books, most of which were published by Syracuse University Press. Szasz was recognized for his passion for the field, as well as his psychiatric beliefs that led to the introduction of many new ideas. He continued his research and writing up until his death and his theories will live on in the field of psychiatry for years to come. Syracuse University Press is deeply saddened by the loss, but honored to have had the opportunity to work with such a talented and wonderful man.

Selected Titles from the Thomas Szasz Library:

Suicide Prohibition: The Shame of Medicine (2011)

“Another masterpiece. Szasz has produced a strong philosophical, psychiatric, forensic, sociological, and ethical analysis of suicide. I emphasize sociological, as it is a worthy heir to Durkheim’s classical contribution.”—Henry Lothane, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Psychiatry: The Science of Lies (2008)

“[Thomas Szasz] is the preeminent critic of psychiatry in the world.”
—Richard Vatz, Towson University

The Medication of Everyday Life: Selected Essays (2007)

“[Szasz] continues his iconoclastic career in this short bookof essays spanning much of his professional life. He details how the medical and legal systems have combined to form a new type of government: the pharmacracy…. A wonderful, impassioned book that is, considering the recent media attention to psychopharmaceuticals, a welcome investigation of social ramifications involved.” –Publishers Weekly

The Meaning of Mind: Language, Morality, and Neuroscience (2002)

“Szasz is an original thinker whose theories, though open to challenge, are daring and profound. His new books should appeal not only to those interested in mental illness but to anyone caught up in the ongoing debate about the origin and nature of the mind.” –Publishers Weekly

Congratulations to Farzaneh Milani and Kamran Talattof

Farzaneh Milani’s Words, Not Swords: Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement and Kamran Talattof’s Modernity, Sexuality, and Ideology in Iran: The Life and Legacy of a Popular Female Artist are co-recipients of the Latifeh Yarshater Book Award presented by the International Society of Iranian Studies.

The Latifeh Yarshater Book Award is given every two years to a work that contributes, directly or indirectly, to the improvement of the status of women in Persian societies.

The award, announced this month at the organization’s annual conference in Turkey, comes after Milani was named “Woman of the Year” by the Iranian Women Studies Foundation in June. In Words, Not Swords, Milani challenges what she sees as the narrow Western stereotype of the shrouded, oppressed Muslim woman who is a captive of her faith and her veil. Milani—born and raised in Tehran and educated in French and American schools—used the lens of poetry, prose and film to argue in the book that Iranian women’s true struggle is not against the veil, but for freedom of movement – the ability to choose where to go.

In conferring the award on Kamran Talattof’s Modernity, Sexuality, and Ideology in Iran, the committee noted with appreciation the originality of the treatment of the theme of sexuality and its role in shaping, promoting, or hindering modernity in Iran. By focusing mainly on the life of one woman, Talattof creates a lively and thought provoking discussion of certain major political, social and cultural trends in modern Iran through finding the intersections between Shahrzad’s personal and public life and placing it within modern Iran’s past and present, its elite and popular cultures, thereby illuminating the central role played by what Talattof calls the tension between “Iranian modernity and traditional sexuality” in defining Iranian society.

Happy Birthday to the Hebrew Literature Legend, S.Y. Agnon

Blow out a belated birthday candle for the master of twentieth-century Hebrew literature.  Last week, July 17, was the birthday of Nobel Price-Winning author, S.Y. Agnon.  Known as “One of the Great Storytellers of our Time,” Agnon is praised for his theological and philosophical writing involving the conflict between traditional Jewish life and the modern world. His unique and thought-evoking style of writing has been recognized over the years through numerous awards, including the Israel Prize twice. S.Y. Agnon’s captivating writing style has inspired the work of many Hebrew authors to date, such as Yaniv Hagbi and Todd Hasak-Lowy.

Hagbi, a Hebrew, Aramaic, and Jewish Studies professor at the University of Amsterdam, explores Agnon’s attitudes towards Jewish language and tradition in his novel, Language, Absence, Play: Judaism and Superstructuralism in the Poetics of S.Y. Agnon. In this book, he refers to anthologies compiled by Agnon to examine his theoretical orientation integrated into his poetic ideas about language in Jewish theology. Another author of Hebrew literature, Sheila E. Jelen, describes Language, Absence, Play as “”A valuable study whose strength lies in its masterful close readings of Agnon’s work, as well as its comprehensive and relevant overview of post-structural theories of language and authorship.”

Todd Hasak-Lowy is an assistant professor of Hebrew language and literature at the University of Florida. In his book, Here and Now: History, Nationalism, and Realism in Modern Hebrew Fiction, he evokes similar thoughts of Agnon in arguing that Hebrew authors wrote with the belief that accurately representing Jewish society in their texts would both preserve the past and establish the future. While tracing the tensions between the differences of Jewish Fiction, Hasak-Lowy focuses on the texts of S. Y. Abramovitz, Y. H. Brenner, S. Yizhar and S.Y. Agnon.

Read more about each title on the Syracuse University Press website.


Belated Congratulations to IPPY Gold Medalist, Stone Canoe

For 15 consecutive years, the Independent Publisher Book Awards contest has successfully united independent authors and publishers to celebrate the top books in various categories.  It’s safe to say that the 16th Annual Award ceremony, held on June 4th in New York, was equally as successful, if not more so. According to the Independent Publisher website, “This year’s entry totals are the biggest ever, with 4,813 print book entries, 390 e-book entries, and an average category size of 50.”

Syracuse University’s Stone Canoe: A Journal of Arts, Literature and Social Commentary, Number 6, edited by Robert Colley, won the IPPY Gold Metal for the Anthologies category. This 2012 edition features the work of over 100 artists and writers focusing on poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, drama and visual arts (shown below). It has also expanded its range to include articles on technology, film, video and music. Additional content is available at

Congratulations to Stone Canoe and all the other category medalists!

Marc-Anthony Polizzi, Big, Red and Shiny, found materials, paint (dimensions vary for installation), 2010

Marna Bell, Hudson XXIV, archival pigment print (dimensions vary), 2010

Lori Nix, Beauty Shop, foam, plaster, beads, wood, paper, polymer clay, cardboard (dimensions vary), 2010

SU Press Author Recognized for Fiction Novel

Ainé Greaney’s Irish novel, Dance Lessons, made the shortlist for the 2012 International Rubery Book Awards. The Short Story Judge, Claire Morrell, is experienced in the subject with five successful novels, among other noteworthy achievements. The International Rubery Award is held annually to reward, primarily, independent and self-publishers for their quality work.

Dance Lessons, published by Syracuse University Press in 2011, is an Irish fiction novel that takes you on an emotional journey filled with feelings of loss, regret, and transformation. Publishers Weekly states, “Greaney’s second novel (after The Big House) depicts grief with trust in the reader’s empathy. The author is able to capture emotional nuance with minimal flourish; her characters emerge as strong individuals confronting unexpected pain.” Ainé Greaney has written several award-winning short stories and numerous feature articles for the Irish Independent, the Irish Voice, Creative Nonfiction, and the Literary Review.

Greaney’s shortlisted novel will be featured in the Rubery Book Awards’ first anthology, The Tipping Point, containing a collection of the winning and shortlisted short stories. It will be available for purchase on the International Rubery Book Award website.

Two SUP Titles Announced as Arab American Book Award Winners

The Arab American National Museum has revealed the Arab American Book Award Winners of 2012.  Syracuse University Press title, Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging, edited by Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber, was announced as the Winner of the Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Award.  Modern Arab American Fiction: A Reader’s Guide, another Syracuse University Press title, edited by Steven Salaita, received Honorable Mention for the Non-Fiction category.

Both awarded titles tastefully represent the Arab American National Museum’s mission by preserving the history, culture, and contributions of Arab Americans through literature. Congratulations to our wonderful editors!

For the complete list of Arab American Book Awards, you can visit the Arab American National Museum website.

Now Available! Fall/Winter 2012 Book Catalog

For those of you who have been patiently waiting for Syracuse University Press’ new book list, the time has come!  Our Fall/Winter 2012 book catalog is now available on our website.  This season, we are pleased to announce a variety of different books, ranging from topics such as Television and Pop Culture to Peace and Conflict Resolution.  There is sure to be a read of interest out there for everyone!

If you’re looking for an award-winning title, make sure to check out “Tree of Pearls, Queen of Egypt,” translated from Arabic by Samah Selim.  This classic novel, originally published in 1914, unravels the adventurous story of a famous Arab queen.  As the winner of the King Fahd Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies Translation of Arabic Literature Award, this book is without a doubt an irresistible read.

If you are an Upstate New York native or, like us, reside in Syracuse, you must read “Lake Effect: Tales of Large Lakes, Artic Winds, and Recurrent Snows.”  Mark Monmonier, a Syracuse University professor, offers a detailed examination of Lake Effect Snow and the social impacts of extreme weather.  Scientific American reviews it as “an artful and funny book, which like any good map, packs plenty in little space.”

View our full Fall/Winter 2012 Catalog on our website to find these two books, as well as many other new titles.

Iroquois History Remembered through Herbert H. Lehman Prize Winner, Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership

Laurence M. Hauptman’s book, Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership, is an epic study of North American history that captures the significance and shaping of the Six Nations. Tracing back 200 years, it focuses on the commitment of heroic Iroquois leaders in overcoming past to present day historical struggles. Not only does Hauptman’s book highlight the importance of these leaders, but it also studies the key role feminine leaders play in Iroquois survival.

One of the many positive reviews, by author Carl Benn, states, “With his usual scholarship, clarity, and passion, Laurence Hauptman has made another important contribution to understanding the Iroquois world, in this case through a fascinating exploration of the men and women who provided leadership in addressing the challenges faced by the Six Nations over the last two centuries.” This book is a powerful, educational read for students of many ages as it portrays momentous Iroquois learning, while also touching on important life values.

It goes without surprise that this esteemed title is recognized for its distinguished scholarship as the winner of the 2012 Herbert H. Lehman Prize. The prize, named in honor of Governor Herbert H. Lehman, is part of the New York Academy of History’s mission to promote and honor outstanding historical research and writing. Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership will not only be a commemoration of Iroquois History, but will continue to further encourage the appreciation and study of History throughout New York.

The Herbert H. Lehman Prize will be awarded to Laurence M. Hauptman on April 12th at the Century Association in New York.