What SUP from Your Favorite University Presses, July, 27, 2012

Taking a good idea from our colleagues at Columbia University Press, we thought you’d enjoy a roundup of what we’re reading from other social university presses and what goes on in our corner of the publishing world.  Dare we ask the question:  SUP friends?  And be sure to check out the new What SUP? column on the Yale Press Log to catch up  on all the news you’ve missed!

The Columbia University Press starts us off this week with Stephen Starr, a freelance journalist, who has been reporting in Syria since 2007. Starr highlights his concerns for a post-uprising Syria and how the uprising could have been controlled early on.

Harvard University Press has some advice on what may be one of the most important, and frustrating, parts of publishing a book- finding a title. Looking at both subtext and paratext they try to balance the terminology with the scope of publication to find a suitable title.

Neighboring Chicago, Illinois is the topic for this week’s post from Indiana University Press. An NRP segment on Chicago politics featured IUP’s book by Milton Rakove about the Democratic Party machine.

The LSU Press Blog recognizes author Keith D. Dickenson who won the Richard Slatten Award for Excellence in Biography for a biography about Pulitzer Prize winner Douglas Southall Freedman. Freedman’s works help preserve the memory of Confederate sacrifices after the Civil War.

Temple University Press has a timely interview with author and Gold Medal winner Tommie Smith about his new book Silent Gesture. Smith won the 200-meter dash at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, City and gave the black power salute while on the medal stand. The salute caused a controversy as it was seen as politicizing the Olympics.

Oxford University Press is also getting in on the Olympic spirit by highlighting the lives and careers of some of Britain’s finest Olympic athletes, though not necessarily ones you may have heard of before.

Jumping a little further back in time, Pennsylvania University Press features a discussion about extra-marital unions during the medieval period and some of the traditions that we take for granted in the 21st century were very different from those during the medieval period.

From a time of arraigned marriages to the ones that take place in fairy tales Princeton University Press features a post on why we are so attracted to fairy tales and how they help give meaning to our lives.

Syracuse University Press continues its series on famous statues in upstate New York. This week’s statue commemorates Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, the man who established the first clinic to study and help treat tuberculosis in 1894.

At MIT Press they are celebrating the birthday of Amelia Earhart by revealing the science of flight.

Congratulations to University of Georgia Press author John C. Inscone who received awards from the Georgia Historical Society and The American Association for State and Local History for two separate books

The University of North Carolina Press begins a new series on North Carolina icons, beginning with the Blue Ridge Parkway. The 252-mile parkway is known for its spectacular scenery, challenging trails, and abundant wildlife.

University of California Press has a guest blog with author Peter La Chapelle who talks about what it was like finding four previously-unknown recordings by superstar Woodie Guthrie.

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