In Honor of Black History Month


The Syracuse University Press would like to recommend the following book

The Rev. J. W. Loguen, as a Slave and as a Freeman: A Narrative of Real Life  being published this spring.

Rev. Loguen was popularly known as the “Underground Railroad King” in Syracuse, where he helped over 1,500 fugitives escape from slavery. With a charismatic and often controversial style, Loguen lectured alongside Frederick Douglass and worked closely with well-known abolitionists such as Harriet Tubman, William Wells Brown, and William Lloyd Garrison, among others.

Originally published in 1859, The Rev. J. W. Loguen chronicles the remarkable life of a tireless young man and a passionate activist.



CSPAN To Feature SUP Author

Author Marsha Weissman will be featured in C-SPAN’s “Cities Tour” this weekend. Dr. Weissman was interviewed about her book, “Prelude to Prison: Student Perspectives on School Suspension” as part of C-SPAN Cities Tour looking at issues affecting the Central New York community.

“Prelude to Prison” explores the link between school suspension and incarceration in the United States through the voices of young people. Syracuse, New York was the venue for this study. The segment will air on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8 p.m. EST on C-SPAN2’s Book TV.

The segment will be available indefinitely on the C-SPAN Video Library site at C-SPAN.PRELUDE TO PRISON COVER

Tel Aviv Broadcast on Bridging the Divide


On Wednesday morning TLV1, a radio station in Tel Aviv featured the SUP book Bridging the Divide: The Selected Poems of Hava Pinhas-Cohen edited and translated from the Hebrew by Sharon Hart-Green.

Pinhas- Cohen’s poems portray everyday life in modern Israel through a sacred yet personal language. Awarded the coveted Prime Minister’s Prize for her poetry, Pinhas-Cohen is a poet whose verse in English translation is long overdue. Sharon Hart-Green has worked closely with the poet herself on these translations, several of which have appeared in journals such as the Jewish Quarterly and the Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought. Her lively translations display the dazzling breadth and depth of Pinhas-Cohen’s oeuvre, making Bridging the Divide not only the first but the definitive English-language edition of this vital Hebrew poet’s work.

TLV1 is an English-language radio station broadcasting from Tel Aviv. Each month, listeners from over 210 countries and territories, residing in more than 10,500 cities around the world, log on and tune in.

Hava Pinhas-Cohen is an Israeli writer and poet. She is the editor of Dimui, a journal of literature, criticism, and Jewish culture, and the author of several poetry collections. Pinhas- Cohen was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize (1996), the ACUM Prize (1998), the Kugel Prize (2000), the Alterman Prize (2002), and the Rishon LeZion Prize for Creativity in Hebrew Language (2015). Sharon Hart-Green has a PhD in modern Hebrew literature from Brandeis University and has taught Hebrew and Yiddish literature at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Not a Simple Story: Love and Politics in a Modern Hebrew Novel.

Covered Bridges of New York State


On Sunday November 15th, The Post Standard ran a wonderful article on covered bridges in upstate New York. For readers who would like to learn more about these beautiful and historical structures, the Syracuse University Press suggests the book Covered Bridges of New York State, a stunning and comprehensive guide to the design, evolution, and romance of historic covered bridges extant in New York State. Learn more about them by purchasing a copy.

A Guide by Rick L. Berfield and photographs by Richard R. Wilson.

Sunday Funnies Turns 100 and Related SU Press Books

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This past weekend CBS Sunday Morning featured a fascinating look at comics in the segment “The King of Sunday funnies turns 100.” A century ago, King Features Syndicate was created by newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst. The syndicate brought comics like Blondie and Dagwood, Popeye and Dennis the Menace to popularity.

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Fans of comics will be happy to know that the Syracuse University Press has recently published the following books- Gene Basset’s Vietnam Sketchbook: A Cartoonist’s Wartime Perspective by Thom Rooke. As well as, Peanuts, Pogo, and Hobbes: A Newspaper Editor’s Journey Through the World of Comics by George Lockwood and Captain America, Masculinity, and Violence: The Evolution of a National Icon by J. Richard Stevens.

“Leveling the Playing Field” Athletes Set Historical Precedence

Featured imageGiven the events unfolding at the University of Missouri, SUP’s recently published book Leveling the Playing Field: The Story of the Syracuse 8 provides a fascinating look at another set of football players who set a historical precedent for athletes protesting racial inequality.

Greg Allen, one of the Syracuse 8, had this to say about the situation,  “The events at the University of Missouri are reminiscent of the events at Syracuse in 1970. The similarity is that African American athletes, football players, recognized their obligation to take a stand for principles much more important than football. We were willing to take a risk not knowing what the ultimate cost of our actions would be. Martin Luther King said “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”

“In contrast to the boycott of the Syracuse 8 in 1970, the football players at University Missouri both black and white, along with their coaches all took a stand for change. They stood together.  That was a powerful moment. Courage is taking conscious risk without considering the consequence. The Syracuse 8 set the example forty-five years ago. You can read our story in the book Leveling the Playing Field: The Story of the Syracuse 8.”

#UPWeek: Interview with Designer Lynn Wilcox

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It’s University Press Week! To celebrate SU Press, and many other University Presses are participating in a University Press blog tour. As part of the tour, SU Press is focusing on the design side of publishing with an interview with one of our designers, Lynn Wilcox.  Lynn shares her style, research and creative freedom. Some of Lynn’s book cover designs are featured above.

SU Press: What research do you do and how much do you learn about the book to draw inspiration for your design?

 LW:  I typically review the reader’s reports/marketing copy and look at other books of the same genre. We also get many catalogs from other Presses and publications that I often cut out and post on my wall for ideas.

SU Press: How much creative freedom do you have in designing covers for SU Press?

LW:  It depends on the title. Sometimes the author has provided cover art and has specific ideas for the cover. With the many trade books, however, I have creative freedom.

SU Press: How would you describe your style of work?

LW: Plain and fancy. Well-balanced compositions with eye-catching visuals and clean typography.

SU Press: Do you have an all-time favorite book cover you have designed for the Press?

LW: The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime is my favorite. I love Currier and Ives prints. The cover has a beautiful painting done by Louis Maurer and published by Currier and Ives in 1889. The print is of a horse race and the typography is perfectly integrated and highlights the image.

SU Press: How would you compare a designer’s work for say, an advertisement versus a design for a book?

LW:  I don’t think there is much difference. You have a split-second to get someone to choose and buy a product.

SU Press: Are there certain components of a book cover that make it stand out more from other books you might see in a bookstore?

LW: For me, the cover image makes the cover. Also, books that are well-crafted – the binding, paper, printed with metallics, spot varnishes, embossing, etc.

SU Press: Is there a certain trend of book designs you’re seeing more and more of?

LW: There are a few but my favorite are the covers with bold, clever graphics and typography. Designs with bright and unusual color combinations are getting my attention now.

A special thanks to Lynn for talking to us!

Don’t forget to check out the other #UPWeek blog tour posts who also highlight design:

Northwestern University Press

Princeton University Press

MIT Press

Georgetown University Press

Stanford University

Harvard University Press

AU Press

Yale University Press