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.
In Black Baseball Entrepreneurs 1860-1901, Lomax 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.
In the second and final book in the mini-series, Black Baseball Entrepreneurs 1902-1931: Operating by Any Means Necessary, Lomax 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.
The event was held at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, Colorado on Feb. 22, 2013.
In honor of our year-long 70th Anniversary celebration, Syracuse University Press presents two author events this week. Fall 2012 authors, Bill Rezak and Thomas Holliday will each be holding a book talk and signing for an audience of interested readers. If you’re around the area, we invite you to attend these events, engage with our authors, and be part of the celebration! For more information, please contact Syracuse University Press at 443-5541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Rezak was president of Alfred State College from 1993 until his retirement in 2003. He was dean of the School of Technology at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia. Rezak is a mechanical engineer and spent eighteen years in the design and construction of power plants before moving to higher education.
“Rezak re-creates, in novel form, detailed genealogical accounts and emigrations by his Arab and British forebears who share values of ambition, hard work, devotion to family and education.”—James A. Jacobs, author of Transgressions: A Novel
Thursday, Feb. 21 at Barnes & Noble
3454 Erie Blvd. East, Dewitt, NY at 7:00 p.m.
Thomas Holliday has directed multiple productions of over fifty operas, operettas, and musicals in Europe and the United States. He has worked as a composer, conductor, opera educator, writer, and lecturer on operatic subjects.
“Tom Holliday’s astonishingly comprehensive biography of one of America’s preeminent composers makes great reading because it marries the private and the professional, the trials and the triumphs of a long and fascinating career.”—Hal Prince, Tony Award–winning producer and director
Friday, Feb. 22 at Tattered Cover Book Store
1628 16th Street, Denver, CO 80202 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 7 at 6:30p.m. author K. Animashaun Ducre’s book talk and signing was held at the Community Folk Art Center. A Place We Call Home: Gender, Race, and Justice in Syracuse was published in January and is available for purchase at the Syracuse University Press website.
All photos taken by Krithika Sathyamurthy.
Carlisle Floyd fans will be flocking to the National Opera Center of New York, New York on January 10th to hear the legendary composer speak and join the launch of his authorized biography, Falling Up: The Days and Nights of Carlisle Floyd by Thomas Holliday. At 7:00 PM the celebrated Carlisle Floyd will be discussing his career, past and future works, and his new biography. Following the conversation, Floyd and author Thomas Holiday will participate in a book signing.
Falling Up: The Days and Night of Carlisle Floyd is an essential reading for opera fans and combines insights from hundreds of interviews to provide a compelling, full-length study of the modern Renaissance man. Holliday’s book comes out this month and is available for purchase at the event, courtesy of The Julliard store, or at the Syracuse University Press website.
The National Opera Center event is open to the public, but registration is required. Visit Opera America for more information and to register. If you are unable to attend, the event will be streamed live at Opera America. Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the life of the greatest living opera composer!
For upcoming Thomas Holliday book readings/signings, see the Events page.
December 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 York, Louis 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.