2017 University Press Books
Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries
000-099 General Knowledge
Textual Curation: Authorship, Agency, and Technology in Wikipedia and Chambers's Cyclopædia
184 pp., 6" x 9", 15 b&w illustrations, $49.99 cloth, $49.99 ebook, CIP included
The University of South Carolina Press
In Textual Curation, Krista Kennedy examines the editing and production histories of the Cyclopædia by Ephraim Chambers and Wikipedia, the ramifications of robot-written texts, and the issues of intellectual property theory and credit. Nearly 300 years ago Chambers proposed the encyclopedia be updated with content from contributors ranging from illiterate craftspeople to titled gentry, stating that it would considerably strengthen the second edition of his well-received Cyclopædia, which relied on previously published information. Kennedy also documents the evolution of both encyclopedias as well as the participation of central players in discussions about the influence of technology and collaboration in early modern and contemporary culture.
LC 2016047774, ISBN 9781611177091 (c.), ISBN 9781611177107 (e.)
AASL: G/HS, P
Writers' Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age
336 pp., 6" x 9", $34.95 cloth (CAD), $29.95 ebook (CAD), CIP included
McGill-Queen's University Press
As media industries undergo rapid change, the conditions of media work are shifting just as quickly, with an explosion in the number of journalists working as freelancers. Although commentary frequently lauds freelancers as ideal workers for the information age—adaptable, multi-skilled, and entrepreneurial—Nicole Cohen argues that freelance media work is increasingly precarious, marked by declining incomes, loss of control over one's work, intense workloads, long hours, and limited access to labour and social protections.
LC 2016497342, ISBN 9780773547964 (c.), ISBN 9780773599765 (e.)
Who Needs Books?: Reading in the Digital Age
CLC Kreisel Lecture Series
72 pp., 5 1/4" x 9", $10.95 paper, $8.99 ebook, CIP included
The University of Alberta Press
What happens if we separate the idea of "the book" from the experience it has traditionally provided? Lynn Coady challenges booklovers addicted to the physical book to confront their darkest fears about the digital world and the future of reading. Technological change has haunted humans ever since Plato warned about the dangers of the written word, and every generation is convinced its youth will bring about the end of civilization. In Who Needs Books?, Coady suggests that, even though digital advances have long been associated with the erosion of literacy, recent technologies have not debased our culture as much as they have simply changed the way we read.
LC 2016286237, ISBN 9781772121247 (p.), ISBN 9781772121209 (e.)
Charles K. McClatchy and the Golden Era of American Journalism
414 pp., 6" x 9", 12 illustrations, $36.95 cloth, $36.95 ebook, CIP included
University of Missouri Press
Charles K. McClatchy was twenty-five when he inherited The Sacramento Bee from his father, and his ensuing career as the paper's editor extended well beyond the newsroom. Until his death in 1936, McClatchy was a consistent advocate for Progressive politics, a crusader for urban reform, a staunch isolationist, and a voice for Northern California. This biography explores his career as the long-time editor of the Bee in a work that weaves the history of Northern California with that of American newspapers.
LC 2015955239, ISBN 9780826220684 (c.), ISBN 9780826273536 (e.)
Amado Muro and Me: A Tale of Honesty and Deception
276 pp., 6" x 9", 3 b&w photographs, $22.95 paper, $15.95 ebook, CIP included
In Amado Muro and Me, ten-year-old Robert Seltzer discovers that his father, Chester, actually leads two lives&mdashone as a newspaperman and father; the other as Amado Muro, a passionate and gifted writer. Chester was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but in Amado Muro's stories, he channels an intense love of Mexican culture to create deep, strong roots in Chihuahua, Mexico. Robert's ethnicity is the result of his mother's ancestry, but his father chooses his Mexican identity. It is through this perspective, as a man who sees bridges where others see barriers, that the father helps his son deal with his first, jarring experience of racism and so much more.
LC 2016012856, ISBN 9780875656366 (p.), ISBN 9780875656434 (e.)
The Press and Slavery in America, 1791-1859: The Melancholy Effect of Popular Excitement
256 pp., 6" x 9", 5 b&w illustrations, $49.99 cloth, $49.99 ebook, CIP included
The University of South Carolina Press
Slavery remains one of the United States' most troubling failings, and its complexities have shaped American ideas about race, economics, politics, and the press since the first days of settlement. Brian Gabrial examines those intersections at times when the nation and the institution of slavery were most stressed, namely when slaves revolted or conspired to revolt. Gabrial examines the mainstream press during the antebellum years, identifying shifts in public opinion about slavery and black Americans, a group voiceless and nearly invisible in the nation's major newspapers. He reveals how political intransigence rooted in racism and economics set the country on a perilous trajectory toward rebellion and self-destruction.
LC 2015022521, ISBN 9781611176032 (c.), ISBN 9781611176049 (e.)
The Best American Newspaper Narratives, Volume 3
400 pp., 6" x 9", $19.95 paper, $19.95 ebook, CIP included
University of North Texas Press
This anthology collects the ten winners of the 2014 Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest, which honors exemplary narrative work and encourages narrative nonfiction storytelling at newspapers across the United States. This volume includes work by first place winner Dan Barry, author of "The Boys in the Bunkhouse," published by The New York Times; second place winner Christopher Goffard, author of "The Favor," published by the Los Angeles Times; and third place winner Stephanie McCrummen, author of "A Father's Scars," published by the Washington Post.
LC 2016006537, ISBN 9781574416367 (p.), ISBN 9781574416459 (e.)
The Voynich Manuscript
304 pp., 9" x 12", 268 color illustrations, $50.00 cloth, CIP included
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, in association with Yale University Press
The fifteenth-century work known as the "Voynich Manuscript" is often considered the world's most mysterious book. With its enigmatic drawings and undeciphered script, the manuscript has baffled and fascinated generations. This one-of-a-kind reproduction is the first facsimile of the beautiful and bewildering manuscript and provides exclusive access to the most recent research on this puzzle.
LC 2016934383, ISBN 9780300217230 (c.)
AASL: S/HS, P