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Monday, June 29th, 2015

Columbia University Press to Publish New Translations of Russian Literature

Columbia University Press  Russian Flag

We were very excited to read today’s New York Times included an article on our ambitious and very exciting new series of Russian literature in translation. The series, tentatively titled the Russian Library (on Twitter at @RusLibrary) will publish dozens of works in modern Russian literature as selected by the Press and a committee of Russian and American scholars.

While the first books are unlikely to be published until after 2017, the books will include some modern classics in need of new translations with a majority of the titles being contemporary and post-Soviet works. In addition to bringing these works to the attention of English-language readers, the hope is that the series will also contribute to improving relations between the United States and Russia. Stephanie Sandler, a professor in the Slavic Department at Harvard University and one of several American professors to travel to Moscow for the conference, commented:

Think about the good work that can be done by making available a wide variety of perspectives on Russia both from the past and the present. For many of us, the reason to be involved in the project and have it happen precisely at what would seem this inauspicious, high-tension political moment, is that we can start to find bridges between the two cultures and ways to talk to each other.

The series will also help develop a canon for more recent Russian literature, a project that’s not without its challenges as Caryl Emerson, a professor of Slavic Literature at Princeton University, explains:

Part of the problem is the delicacy of trying to define a future canon. The past is established. The Russians take their identity from what they read. What happens when you have a traumatic regime shift? People want things out there that are not known in the West but at what point are they worthy of being known?

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Friday, June 19th, 2015

University Press Roundup

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the best articles from the blogs of academic publishers! As always, if you particularly enjoy something or think that we missed an important post, please let us know in the comments. (And look back at our University Press Roundup Manifesto to see why we do this post every Friday.)

This week, University of Chicago Press blog features an In These Times interview with Micah Uetricht and Andrew Hartman, author of The War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars , about whether or not the great American culture wars are over. They argue that the Christian Right is largely a “lost cause” and have retrenched from the national stage in favor of smaller factions that debate out of the public purview.

Over at University of Minnesota Press, Ryan Thomas Skinner, an Assistant Professor of ethnomusicology at the Ohio State University, discusses the complex and ever shifting character of Malian music. Drawing from years of personal observation and scholarly research, Skinner argues that despite the cultural and political disruption of the March 2012 military mutiny, Malian music is far from “dead”. In fact, Skinner claims that Malian music is defined by the convergence of ethnic, religious, urban, economic, etc. positions under which it’s produced.

University of Illinois Press blog features a video of Corrupt Illinois authors, Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson discussing the abundance of governmental corruption in the state. Though the news is saturated with high-level Illinois corruption with the recent investigation of Representative Aaron Schock and the indictment of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Gradel and Simpson claim that they uncovered corruption at all levels of public government. From state, aldermanic, and city corruption, to county employee and suburban corruption, it appears Illinois’ long history of machine politics continues to haunt the Land of Lincoln.

What is the fewest number of guards per shift an art museum can employ without sacrificing the security of any of the pieces? This question is the focus of this week’s Princeton University Press blog post by Marc Chamberland, author of Single Digits: In Praise of Small Numbers. Chamberland explains how to calculate it in a snappy video embedded in the post.

At the University of North Carolina Press blog, Erin Smith, author of What Would Jesus Read? Popular Religious Books and Everyday Life in Twentieth Century America, explores religious books’ lack of critical success despite their commercial popularity. In the post, Smith discusses the varying motivations of authors, publishers, and readers when it comes to religious scholarship.

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Announcing our Fall 2015 Catalog: Chomsky, Stiglitz, and More!

We are very excited to present our Fall 2015 catalog! Please check out our forthcoming titles and those from our distributed presses.

Highlights from our Fall 2015 list include What Kind of Creatures Are We?, by Noam Chomsky; Marx After Marx: History and Time in the Expansion of Capitalism, by Harry Harootunian; Wall Streeters: The Creators and Corruptors of American Finance, by Edward Morris; Best Business Writing 2015, edited by Dean Starkman, Martha M. Hamilton, and Ryan Chittum; The Con Men: Hustling in New York City, by Terry Williams and Trevor B. Milton; Eqbal Ahmad: Critical Outsider in a Turbulent Age, by Stuart Schaar; and Beyond Biofatalism: Human Nature for an Evolving World, by Gillian Barker

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Burton Watson Named Winner of 2015 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation

Burton Watson

Congratulations to Burton Watson, winner of the 2015 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation for his work as a translator of Chinese and Japanese literature! As the PEN America Translation Committee’s citation states, “Burton Watson is the inventor of classical East Asian poetry for our time.” Watson studied at Columbia University as both an undergraduate and a postgraduate, and taught at Columbia for many years. He has translated prose, fiction, and poetry from both Chinese and Japanese into English, and the list of his translations published with us speaks for itself. We here at Columbia UP could not be prouder to have worked with Professor Watson over the years.

More from the PEN announcement:

Credited with making many classical Chinese and Japanese works accessible to the English-reading public for the first time, Watson’s translations also span a wide array of genres, from poetry and prose to histories and sacred texts. The committee’s citation continues, “For decades his anthologies and his scholarly introductions have defined classical East Asian literature for students and readers in North America, and we have reason to expect more: even at his advanced age, he still translates nearly daily.”

In 1982, Watson was a recipient of the PEN Translation Prize for his translation of From the Country of Eight Islands: An Anthology of Japanese Poetry by Hiroaki Sato (Anchor Press/University of Washington Press), and in 1995 for his translation of Selected Poems of Su Tung–p’o (Copper Canyon). PEN is thrilled to now recognize Watson for his valued and longstanding commitment to the art of translation, bringing great creativity and precision to his work and introducing exceptional works of literature to a wider audience.

Watson will be honored, along with all 2015 PEN award winners, at the PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on June 8 at The New School in New York City.

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

AAUP Design Award Winners!

A Coney Island Reader

Awards season continues with Association of American University Presses book, jacket and journal awards. The following Columbia University Press titles were recognized:

For scholarly/typographic:

The Homoerotics of Orientalism by Joseph Allen Boone
Designer: Lisa Hamm
Production Coordinator: Jennifer Jerome
Acquiring Editor: Philip Leventhal
Project Editor: Roy Thomas

Note-by-Note Cooking: The Future of Food by Hervé This, translated by M.B. DeBevoise
Designer: Vin Dang
Production Coordinator: Jennifer Jerome
Acquiring Editor: Jennifer Crewe
Project Editor: Ron Harris

For cover:

A Coney Island Reader: Through Dizzy Gates of Illusion edited by Louis J. Parascandola and John Parascandola
Designer: Philip Pascuzzo
Production Coordinator: Jennifer Jerome
Art Director: Julia Kushnirsky

Monday, December 1st, 2014

New Columbia University Press Website!

We’re excited to announce that our website has been redesigned. Please be patient as we’re still in beta stage and there’s still some work to be done but we hope you like the new design and find the site easier to navigate.

We’ll keep you posted on developments to the site and if you see any problems or have any comments please contact us.

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Columbia University Press Open House Event at the Columbia University Bookstore

On Tuesday, December 3 at 6:00 we are holding a special open house event for the Columbia community at the Columbia Bookstore. Editors, publicists, book designers, and other members on the press will be on hand to celebrate our newest books and discuss book publishing with students and faculty members. We look forward to seeing you there!

Columbia University Bookstore Event

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Meet Eric Schwartz, Our New Editorial Director!

Eric Schwartz, Editorial DirectorWe are pleased to announce that Eric Schwartz joined the Press as Editorial Director on Monday, September 29. He replaces Jennifer Crewe, who was promoted to President and Director of the Press in June.

Eric was Senior Editor for Sociology and Cognitive Science at Princeton University Press, a job he has held since 2008. During that time he established a new list in cognitive science and revitalized the sociology list, turning it into one of the top lists in the field. Before moving to Princeton he was psychology editor at Cambridge University Press. He started his career at Springer as a manufacturing assistant and Oxford University Press as manufacturing controller. He became production controller at Cambridge and moved into the editorial department in 2006. Along the way he earned a Ph.D. in political science from the New School for Social Research. His BA, in international relations, is from the University of Delaware. Eric has been active with the Association of American University Presses and the Bookbinder’s Guild of New York.

Eric will start a sociology list at Columbia University Press and build upon the existing list in neuroscience, which was created by the Publisher for Life Sciences.

Eric says, “I am thrilled by the opportunity to work for New York City’s premier university press. It has an engaged and enthusiastic staff, starting with its new President and Director. I’m looking forward to collaborating with Columbia University’s wider academic community on publishing great books. Let’s get started!”

Jennifer Crewe says, “I am delighted that Eric will join the Press to lead our already strong editorial team to even greater heights and augment our lists in two areas of strength at the university.”

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

October Author Events: Joseph Stiglitz, Herve This, and More!

Joseph Stiglitz, Creating a Learning SocietyFrom global inequality and global warming to the elements of cooking and male sex work, we’ve got a great lineup of author events in October.

It all begins tonight when Bruce Greenwald and Joseph Stiglitz discuss Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress at Columbia University’s Heyman Center for the Humanities.

Other highlights include the return of Hervé This to talk about his new book Note-by-Note Cooking: The Future of Food; Robert Sitton visits the Museum of Modern Art and other locales to talk about Iris Barry and his new book Lady in the Dark: Iris Barry and the Art of Film; Blood author Gil Anidjar visits Bookculture; Mary Helen Washington discusses the intersection of leftist politics and culture in African American history and her new book The Other Blacklist; and much more.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

To the Point: A New E-book Series from Columbia University Press

To the Point

To the Point, Bruce HoffmanTo the Point, Julia KristevaTo the Point, Peter Piot                 To the Point, Joel SimonTo the Point, Evan Thompson

Columbia University Press is proud to announce the launch of To the Point an exciting new e-book series that extends the scholarship of our authors for a growing global and digital audience. We present standalone chapters from the press’s forthcoming fall season books, with original short-format works to come to the series in the future.

These works serve to introduce our authors’ provocative ideas to new readers in accessible, affordable formats. Featuring works by Bruce Hoffman, Julia Kristeva, Evan Thompson, and others in disciplines ranging from politics and philosophy to food science and social work.

To the Point titles are available for only $1.99 from your favorite e-book vendor.

The first five e-book shorts to be released for sale in the To the Point series are:

* The 7/7 London Underground Bombing: Not So Homegrown, by Bruce Hoffman
A selection from The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama bin Laden’s Death

* Understanding Through Fiction, by Julia Kristeva
A selection from Teresa, My Love: An Imagined Life of the Saint of Avila

* AIDS as an International Political Issue, by Peter Piot
A selection from AIDS Between Science and Politics

* Informing the Global Citizen, by Joel Simon
A Selection from The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom

* Dying: What Happens When We Die?, by Evan Thompson
A Selection from Waking, Dreaming, Being: Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

“Interracial Couples, Intimacy, and Therapy” Wins a “50 Books | 50 Covers”

Congratulations to Jordan Wannemacher and the amazing Columbia University Press design department for their design of Interracial Couples, Intimacy, and Therapy: Crossing Racial Borders, by Kyle D. Killian, which was recently selected as one of the 50 Books | 50 Covers by The Design Observer Group.

And, here’s the cover:

Kyle Killian, Interracial Couples

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Columbia University Press at Columbia University

Columbia University Press Vitrine

We are very pleased to announce that Columbia University Press now has its own vitrine on the campus of Columbia University! The vitrine gives us a a great opportunity to feature some of the excellent books we’ve published by Columbia University faculty or authors associated with the school.

Since the picture above might be a bit difficult to make out, the first four books we’ve included are:

Freedom’s Right: The Social Foundations of Democratic Life
Axel Honneth
Axel Honneth is professor of philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt and the Jack C. Weinstein Professor for the Humanities at Columbia University.

The Columbia Anthology of Yuan Drama
Edited by C. T. Hsia, Wai-yee Li, and George Kao
C. T. Hsia (1921–2013) is professor emeritus of Chinese at Columbia University.

Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom’s Frontier
Theodore Hughes
Theodore Hughes is associate professor of modern Korean literature and film in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

The Watchdog That Didn’t Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism
Dean Starkman
Dean Starkman is an editor and Kingsford Capital Fellow of the Columbia Journalism Review.

For a fuller, but by no means complete, list of other recent CUP titles by Columbia University Professors.

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Jennifer Crewe Appointed President and Director of Columbia University Press

We are very excited to announce that Jennifer Crewe has been appointed president and director of Columbia University Press! Here is the official press release from Columbia University:

Jennifer CreweColumbia University Provost John H. Coatsworth has appointed Jennifer Crewe as president and director of Columbia University Press. Crewe has served as interim director for the past nine months and has worked at the Press for three decades.

“Jennifer’s notable strengths as an editor and administrator, as well as her deep understanding of the Press’ history, made her the clear choice of the faculty-led search committee,” said Coatsworth. “She has taken steps to increase the reach, visibility and effectiveness of the Press, developed new strategies to expand capacity and improve book schedules, and negotiated an agreement for the Press to distribute Woodrow Wilson Center books.”

Crewe earned her master of fine arts degree from Columbia’s School of the Arts and worked at the Press during and immediately after graduate school. After working in the commercial college textbook publishing industry, she returned to the Press 28 years ago, starting as an acquisitions editor. As editorial director, Crewe hired and trained acquisitions editors who have nurtured close ties to and created excellent publication programs with academic departments and centers at Columbia.

She is active in the wider world of publishing and academia, having served on the board of the Association of American University Presses and the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association, and currently serving on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Division of the Association of American Publishers. She is the first woman director of an Ivy League university press.

“I am passionate about Columbia University Press and am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Press as we tackle the challenges scholarly publishing faces in the coming years,” Crewe said. “I plan to build on our already distinguished programs and to create exciting new publishing opportunities in close consultation with the Columbia faculty and administration.”

“Jennifer’s background provides her with a close connection to Columbia,” said Coatsworth. “As Columbia University Press faces the ongoing revolution in information and communications technology, Jennifer is well placed to navigate those challenges while addressing the needs of the scholarly community.”

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Design Winners from the 2014 New York Book Show!

We were very excited to hear that four of our books were winners in the 2014 New York Book Show. Sponsored by the Book Industry Guild of New York, the award honors, and celebrates excellence in book production and design. Here are the covers of our winning titles:

The Homoerotics of Orientalism
Joseph Boone
Joseph Boone, The Homoerotics of Orientalism
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Abominable Science!: Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids
Daniel Loxton and Donald R. Prothero
Daniel Loxton, Abominable Science
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Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Choice Selects 9 Columbia University Press Titles as Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013

Stanley Aronowitz, C. Wright Mills

Every year Choice editors single out for recognition the most significant print and electronic works reviewed in Choice during the previous calendar year. Appearing annually in Choice‘s January issue this list of publications reflects the best in scholarly titles. We were very happy to learn that 9 Columbia University Press titles were selected:

Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals
Stanley Aronowitz

Evolutionary Perspectives on Pregnancy
John C. Avise

CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online

China’s Uncertain Future
Jean-Luc Domenach

Sources of Vietnamese Tradition
Edited by George Dutton, Jayne Werner, and John K. Whitmore

Terrorism and Counterintelligence: How Terrorist Groups Elude Detection
Blake W. Mobley

Imaginary Ethnographies: Literature, Culture, and Subjectivity
Gabriele Schwab

Moving Data: The iPhone and the Future of Media
Edited by Pelle Snickars and Patrick Vonderau

Mission Revolution: The U.S. Military and Stability Operations
Jennifer Taw

Friday, November 15th, 2013

University Press Roundup: Special UPWeek Edition

#UPWeek

Welcome to our University Press Roundup! As many of you know, this week was University Press Week, and many of the blogs we normally cover here participated in the #UPWeek Blog Tour, so we are making this the Special UPWeek Edition of our normal roundup. Each of the days of the UPWeek Blog Tour had a theme for those blogs posting, which is great for a roundup: it allows us to organize the posts both chronologically and thematically. We are highlighting quite a few posts, as one might expect, but all are well worth reading. As always, if you particularly enjoy something or think that we missed an important post, please let us know in the comments.

Monday: Meet the Press
The UP blogs writing on Monday provided staff profiles and interviews in an effort to give a more detailed insight into how UPs do business, as well as to recognize the outstanding contributions to the scholarly process made by press employees.

McGill-Queen’s Press interviewed editors Kyla Madden and Jonathan Crago, Penn State Press interviewed “invisible” manuscript editor John Morris, the University of Illinois Press interviewed Editor-in-Chief Laurie Matheson, the University of Hawai’i Press profiled Journals Manager Joel Bradshaw, the University of Missouri Press introduced new director David Rosenbaum, the University Press of Colorado profiled managing editor Laura Furney, and the University Press of Florida interviewed editor Siam Hunter.

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Friday, November 15th, 2013

#UPWeek Blog Tour: Columbia University Press and Global Publishing

It’s the final day ofUniversity Press Week! All week long university presses have been participating in the UP Week Blog Tour. We are thrilled to participate, and excited about today’s blog post theme: The Global Reach of University Presses.

Make sure you check out the other presses posting today: Georgetown University Press, Indiana University Press, JHU Press, NYU Press, Princeton University Press, University of Wisconsin Press, and Yale University Press!

#UPWeek

Columbia University Press and Global Publishing

“Recognizing commonality in the midst of diversity, and diversity in the midst of commonality…. There’s no other way human life can be viewed.”—Wm. de Bary, in an interview with Columbia Magazine

Columbia University Press’s commitment to global publishing can be traced back to the late 1950’s, when Columbia University professors began extending the scope of their core courses to include classics of Asian literature alongside Western classics. Under the direction of William Theodore de Bary, one of the scholars responsible for Columbia’s innovative emphasis on non-Western thought, Columbia University Press published a series of four influential anthologies, Sources of Indian Tradition, Sources of Japanese Tradition, Sources of Chinese Tradition, and Sources of Korean Tradition, that form the foundation of our mission to contribute to an understanding of global human concerns.

Since the first of these anthologies was published in 1958, Columbia University Press has been committed to publishing quality scholarship in a variety of global fields. We take great pride in the diversity of our books and our authors. In the first few pages from our recently released Spring 2014 catalog alone we have an insect cookbook translated from Dutch, a discussion of Jacques Lacan and a book of short plays by French philosopher Alain Badiou, and three books from the new Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture Series, which boast Nobel winners from America and India as authors.

In addition to our own publishing program, we also help to disseminate global scholarship through our distribution services. Our distributed presses are based in Asia, Europe, and the United States; some publish primarily in specific subject areas, others in a variety of fields. However, despite their differences (or maybe because of them), all contribute quality scholarship and literature to the global scholarly conversation.

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Monday, November 4th, 2013

Chang Jae Lee on Book Design and Korean Photography

Lost Souls design by Chang Jae LeeChang Jae Lee, of our very talented designers, was recently interviewed by Asian Global Impact.

In the interview, Chang Jae revealed the process that goes into selecting the appropriate image and design for a book as well as discussing some of the covers he is most proud of. Chang Jae has designed a wide range of Columbia University Press books but some of his most memorable ones have been from Columbia’s list in philosophy and Asian fiction. Asked about how book design has changed in the age of the e-book, Chang Jae expressed optimism regarding the physical book:

I am pretty pessimistic about everything else, but I am not pessimistic about the future of books…. The physicality of books is important, and I think it can only be further accentuated, enhanced with thoughtful design. All successful designs achieve communication—translating the written language and its core ideas into the visual language, transforming them logically, succinctly, and viscerally.

Chang Jae also discussed his work as the curator for the a recent, critically praised photography exhibit Traces of Life: Seen Through Korean Eyes, 1945-1992. Chang Jae, who grew up in South Korea before his family moved to Seattle was interested in displaying photographs that reflected the full history of that dramatic period:

I wanted to show a past not predicated on biased, selective memories, and fill the chasm in the visual archive of the modern Korean vernacular spanning the period from 1945 to 1992. I intended it to be a counterpoint to what we often recognise as the Korean vernacular, the images doused by the turbulent history of the period itself: liberation, the Korean War, coup d’état, military dictatorship, industrialisation, and the ensuing struggles for democracy. You see, even during this sweeping modernisation and the sociopolitical upheaval, the children laughed in their play and the people lived their everyday lives.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

New Series in American-East Asian Relations

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker and Warren I. Cohen Books on American–East Asian Relations
Columbia University Press is pleased to announce the creation of the Nancy Bernkopf Tucker and Warren I. Cohen Books on American–East Asian Relations series. The series is named after noted diplomatic historians and Columbia University Press authors Nancy Bernkopf Tucker (1948–2012) and Warren I. Cohen.

The goals of the series are to publish high-quality, rigorously researched works in the academic fields in which Tucker was involved. Selection of books written by new and established scholars will begin in late 2013 and will concentrate in the areas of political science, international affairs, diplomatic history, Asian history, and Asian studies. The press will be able to draw at least $15,000 from the fund to help support the cost of publishing and promoting each new title. The series aims to publish one or two new titles every year.

The series is made possible from a generous donation by Nancy Bernkopf Tucker and Warren I. Cohen. Before her death Dr. Tucker set in motion plans for the series, which was completed after her death by her husband, Professor Cohen.

Professor Cohen remarks, “This series is intended as a monument to Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, a great scholar, a superb teacher, and my beloved wife. Publication of works in her chosen fields will help keep her goals alive and ensure that she is never forgotten.”

Scholarly integrity for the series will be maintained by the internationally distinguished academics serving as series editors: Thomas Christensen (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University), Mark Bradley (University of Chicago) and Rosemary Foot (St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford).

Those interested in publishing in the series should contact Anne Routon, senior editor at Columbia University Press with a proposal containing a brief description of the content and focus of the book, a table of contents or chapter outline, literature review and market analysis, and professional information about the author, including previous publications.

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Friday, May 24th, 2013

University Press Roundup

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the best posts from the blogs of academic publishers! We hope you have a happy Memorial Day and an enjoyable long weekend! As always, if you particularly enjoy something or think that we missed an important post, please let us know in the comments.

This Sunday, Arrested Development makes its long-awaited return to the small screen, and in preparation for this momentous occasion, the OUPblog has an excellent post by Mark Peters comparing the use of language in AD to other well-known television comedies: 30 Rock, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

NYC mayoral candidate Christine Quinn has been the subject of a great deal of media scrutiny recently, and at From the Square, the blog of NYU Press, Margaret S. Williams argues that Quinn’s public treatment highlights the way that female candidates for political office still face a “double-bind.” Williams claims that “Female candidates need to seem tough, but not too tough …. Female candidates need to appear to represent women, but not too much …. And, above all, the female candidate needs to be well-dressed.”

In a fascinating post at the University of Minnesota Press blog, science writer Dorion Sagan discusses the differing views, differing approaches to science, and differing legacies of his parents, astronomer Carl Sagan and biologist Lynn Margulis.

The DSM-5 comes out later this week, and at the Harvard University Press Blog, Liah Greenfeld weighs in on the controversy surrounding this latest edition of the DSM. Greenfeld claims that the DSM-5 “is just an expression of the increasing confusion in the mental health community … in regard to the nature of the human mental processes—or the mind—altogether.”

Prompted by a recent string of apparently homophobic violence in New York City, and in particular by the murder of Mark Carson, Jay Michaelson has a guest post on Beacon Broadside discussing how the growing acceptance of gay marriage, while a step towards legal equality, may be masking deeper prejudices against the LGBT community.

Janis Joplin grew up in Port Arthur, but her relationship with the Texas town was “complicated.” In a fascinating excerpt from History Along the Way at the Texas A&M Press blog, Dan Utley and Cynthia Beeman look at the complex history between Port Arthur and its most famous citizen.

What lessons can today’s leaders take from one of history’s most famous explorers? At the Yale Press Log, Patrick J. Murphy and Ray W. Coye look at how Magellan used his single-mindedness to quell mutinies and deal with calamities on his voyage around the world, and explain how, despite his flaws, he can serve as an example for leaders today.

May 22 is National Maritime Day, and at the MIT Press blog, Larrie Ferreiro has a guest post looking at the current state of trade by sea. He points out that marine freight carriers are more energy-efficient and safer than either truck or rail transport, and that the US “has the industrial and engineering skills to expand the national maritime infrastructure” to better utilize intranational sea-transport possibilities.

The UNC Press Blog has an excerpt this week from Emily Clark’s American Quadroon, a look at how “the antebellum mixed-race free woman of color has long operated as a metaphor for New Orleans” in American literature.

Finally, This Side of the Pond, the blog of Cambridge University Press, challenges you to put your knowledge of cotton and the history of its cultivation and use to the test in “Cotton: The Quiz!”

Thanks again for reading this week’s roundup! Have a great weekend, and leave any thoughts in the comments!