The Belmont Stakes is coming up this weekend, and we’re all wondering the same thing. Will California Chrome win the Triple Crown? If California Chrome succeeds, he will be the first horse since 1978 and the 12th in American thoroughbred racing history to win the coveted honor. Many fans know the history of the successful, as well as the failed, attempts at the Triple Crown. But what about the history of the sport as a whole? Where and how did American thoroughbred racing begin?
We know you wish you could fast-forward to know whether California Chrome will pull off the win. But while you wait, become acquainted with the roots of horse racing in New York with The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime: Horse Racing, Politics, and Organized Crime in New York, 1865-1913 by Steven A. Reiss.
Reiss explores the beginnings of horse racing through a detailed look into New York’s role as the sport’s capital in the early years of the industry. Examining the connections between horse racing, politics, organized crime, and gambling, Reiss offers a comprehensive account of one of America’s earliest major sports.
Whether or not California Chrome creates history at Belmont, The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime will give you a new appreciation for thoroughbred racing.
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.
Michael 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.
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.
Here are the results from our SU Press Staff Survey on book suggestions for Mother’s Day! We shared our ideas, now we want to hear from you!
|The Photographed Cat
Picturing Close Human-Feline Ties, 1900–1940
Arnold Arluke and Lauren Rolfe
|She loves my cat|
Five Who Explored the Middle East
William Woods Cotterman
|We’re both on a journey and can see ourselves in one of these women|
Chronicle of Escape from a Nazi Ghetto
|Beyond Home Plate
Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball
Edited by Michael G. Long
|It’s hot right now!|
|Selections from The Art of Party-Crashing
in Medieval Iraq
Translated from the Arabic and illustrated by Emily Selove
|It’s funny and she would find it so too|
|Different Kinds of Love
|Looks funny and interesting|
|Walking Seasonal Roads
Mary A. Hood
|It will make her travel or at least consider it more!|
Attention 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!
Unknown Museums of Upstate New York: A Guide to 50 Treasures
By Chuck D’Imperio
Unknown 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 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
With 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.
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!
Banipal, Magazine of Modern Arab Literature, featured three SU Press reviews in the latest issue 46.
My name on his tongue
“These poems carry our breath through the pain, wit, and candour of disorienting memoir….Hers is a poetry that manages to be open and simple, but rich and dense at the same time.”
A Muslim Suicide
Bensalem Himmich, translated by Roger Allen
Winner of the 2012 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation
“In depicting Ibn Sab’in’s physical and spiritual journey Himmich re-creates the political tensions together with the intellectual and religious antagonism of the time.”
“Examines and radically reconsiders over a century of Egyptian Arabic novels and the literary discourse surrounding them, unearthing works that have traditionally been excluded from the dominant cultural canon.”
March is made up of more than just spring break and St. Patrick’s Day; it’s a month to celebrate women’s history! Women’s History Month is a national tribute to women of all generations who’ve impacted society in a positive way. According to womenshistorymonth.gov, the month originated as a week beginning March 7, 1982, but later, after heavy petitioning, was passed by Congress as the month of March. Syracuse University Press joins the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in honoring this special month dedicated to the many triumphant women of past time.
Looking for an interesting read this month? Pick up Karen Morin’s Frontiers of Femininity: A New Historical Geography of the Nineteenth-Century American West. This collection of essays illustrates how geography was fundamental to the formation of women’s identity and explores the self-expression of professional travel writers like Isabella Bird. Winifred Curran of DePaul University writes, “”This is the kind of book that I would like to give to every American historian I know; this is what geography adds to history, breaking open the notion of the Great Man tradition, writing women in, exploring multiple identities and the role of these identities in both the representation of landscapes and the people who inhabit those landscapes.”
For more information on Frontiers of Femininity by Karen Morin visit the Syracuse University Press website.
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.
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.
Attention 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!
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.
This Halloween, we have a special treat for all you scary book lovers! Ghost Dance by Gregory O’Donoghue is a vibrant book of poetry with symbolic depth. Poet and long-time friend of the author, Maurice Riordan, describes Gregory as “sensitive to the preternatural and the ghostly presences.” This eerie Dedalus Press title is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. For more information on this book visit the Syracuse University Press website.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
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 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.
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.
By: Sylwia E. Dziedzic, Marketing Intern
For years, literature has been an exploration into the application of philosophical ideas and concepts. To some, reading provides an emotional escape into a virtual escapade. Others read to expand their imagination and use it as an aid for relaxation. But what if your interactivity patterns, such as the length of time spent on a particular page, content written in the margins, and words highlighted on your Kindle, Sony Reader, Nook, or iPad were monitored? Data and analytics have undoubtedly changed the way mobile apps and gaming consoles are constructed for consumers. Therefore, we must ask the question: are editors more likely to test their books digitally before releasing it in print to ensure their content will sell? And of its counterpart: do readers accept the intrusion between their private journey with the author and words on the screen?
Patrick Berry, Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric shared some of his thoughts:
“The increased use of digital books seems inevitable. My 12-year-old daughter is as comfortable with a Kindle as she is with a print book. But, the issue of privacy is an important one.
I’m especially interested in how digital books can help us rethink the boundaries of the book. What if books incorporated video or provided access to web-based content? I just completed a coauthored book-length multimodal project designed to document how people outside and within the United States take up digital literacies and fold them into the fabric of their daily lives. Transnational Literate Lives in Digital Times (coauthored with Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe) represents a first attempt at crafting a born-digital book http://ccdigitalpress.org/ebooks-and-projects/transnational“
With roughly 40 million e-readers and 65 million tablets in use in the U.S., according to analysts at Forrester Research, it can be difficult to correctly analyze how many users are aware of the monitoring process. We also still don’t know whether the process will help authors to generate more grasping content. We can only hope that this process won’t permanently change authors’ writing styles and the attachment they feel for their novels. Only time will tell.