AAUP Presses at MLA 2008

The Modern Language Association's 124th Annual Convention was held December 27-30 in San Francisco, CA. The Convention is billed as the largest gathering of teachers and scholars in the humanities and attracted 8,544 registrants this year.

The 2008 MLA Exhibit was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton San Francisco, and included displays from approximately 100 publishers and other vendors exhibiting a wide variety of scholarly publications and tools.

The AAUP Cooperative Booth featured submissions from 17 member presses, with approximately 120 books on display. Traffic in the exhibit hall was bustling; despite the state of the economy, many visitors to the exhibit were carrying piles of books under their arms or in that conference staple, the logo-emblazoned tote bag.

Professors and scholars were eager to peruse the wide selection of scholarly books and journals on display, many describing the exhibit hall as a welcome break from the often-stressful conference sessions and job interviews that comprise the rest of the convention.

Many university press authors stopped by the booth to introduce themselves and check out their books in the display. One author even brought his family along for a photo opportunity. Seeing her dad's book on the display rack, his young daughter remarked, "Dad, you're famous!"

AAUP member presses had a strong presence at the exhibit, with 38 AAUP member presses exhibiting in their own booth spaces, in addition to those sharing the AAUP Cooperative Booth.

The 2009 MLA Convention is scheduled for December 27-30 in Philadelphia, PA. For more information on the convention, please visit MLA's web site.

Meredith Benjamin
Communications Coordinator, AAUP