Our usual, fearless rounder-upper is taking a well-deserved vacation but here is a slightly condensed version of our university press round-up. As always, let us know if we’ve left anything off. Enjoy and have a great weekend!:
What is the legacy of Dr. George Tiller five years after his assassination? Carol Joffe, author of Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients, and the Rest of Us examines this question on the Beacon Broadside blog. She argues that as abortion rights are increasingly threatened by legislation, Tiller’s commitment to not only a woman’s right to choose but also his care for his patients is a crucial legacy to hold on to.
Facebook posts from Julius Caesar? Text messages from Hamlet? Cambridge University Press’s blog offers a series of amusing and insightful imaginings of a digital Shakespeare.
A book made of ice? Yes. Really. Check out this great video, via the Georgetown University Press blog, of the work of ecology artist Basia Irland.
“This French fried fraud is attacking our way of life from atop the bestseller list.” Many publishers hope to get their authors of Stephen Colbert but few succeed. So, congratulations to Harvard University Press and their author Thomas Piketty, whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century has generated important discussions about inequality in the United State and the West and earned him a spot on The Colbert Report.
Ah, Chicago. The Lake, the great neighborhoods, the food, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, the White Sox, and let’s not forget the amazing world-class architecture. The University of Illinois Press has produced a fantastic video for the AIA Guide to Chicago.
In another D-Day/World War II-related post, the Johns Hopkins University Press looks back at the life and profound impact of George C. Marshall.
Lori Emerson continues her dig in the Media Archaeology Lab on the University of Minnesota Press blog and previews her forthcoming project, which looks at her forthcoming project on some of the pre-Internet software and hardware that’s fallen by the wayside.
Brush up on your Southern history with Ten “New” Facts about Mississippi History via the University of Mississippi Press blog.
Bzzz. Read an interview with Leif Richardson co-author of Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide published by Princeton University Press.
And, finally, Yale University Press talks with a Nobel Laureate, specifically, Stanley B. Prusiner, author of Madness and Memory: The Discovery of Prions–A New Biological Principle of Disease