Press Author, Dennis Wild, Involved in Lawsuit Against the Fish and Wildlife Service

by Kasie Pleiness April 20, 2016
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The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), along with Director Daniel Ashe, are being sued by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) over their decision to extend the Aquaculture Depredation Order of 1998 without revising it. According to court records, the Aquaculture Depredation Order “authorized the commercial freshwater aquaculture industry to ‘take’ – or, kill – any cormorant found ‘committing or about to commit depredations to aquaculture stocks,’ that is, eating commercially-raised fish, in certain states.” University of Michigan Press author Dennis Wild is among the plaintiffs representing PEER. Wild’s book, The Double-Crested Cormorant, describes the struggle of this maligned […]

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Interview with Author Anne McGuire on Autism Awareness and Accessibility in Publishing

by Sam Killian April 18, 2016

Disability studies scholar Anne McGuire’s War on Autism: On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence takes a critical look at autism awareness campaigns.  Scheduled for publication next month, the book will be the first to follow the Press’s new accessibility guidelines. Below the author discusses her goals for the book and how she worked to ensure its accessibility for readers with print disabilities. April is Autism Awareness Month. What is the relationship of your book to autism awareness campaigns, and did you have particular audiences in mind when you wrote it? War on Autism takes a critical look at mainstream […]

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Congratulations to John Dillery on being shortlisted for the 2016 Runciman Award!

by Sam Killian April 12, 2016
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We are very pleased to announce that John Dillery’s volume Clio’s Other Sons:  Berossus and Manetho has been shortlisted for the highly competitive Runciman Award, offered annually by the Anglo-Hellenic League for the best book on Greece and Hellenic culture. “This year the prize attracted an exceptional field of books on a wide range of topics from the ancient past to our own times,” said judges chairperson Tom Harrison. “We are delighted that the subject of Greece and Greek culture is giving rise to so much original and lively writing. The strength of our short list presents us with a […]

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Black History Month Spotlight: ‘Counting the Tiger’s Teeth’

by Kasie Pleiness February 24, 2016
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Throughout February, the University of Michigan Press will be featuring several titles for Black History Month. Counting the Tiger’s Teeth: An African Teenager’s Story narrates a crucial turning point in Nigerian history, the Agbekoya rebellion of 1968-70. After dropping out of high school in 1968, Toyin Falola joined a peasant rebellion in his home country of Nigeria. Counting the Tiger’s Teeth is Falola’s personal account of his experience with the rebellion, based on what he saw and heard, the activities he participated in, and what he suffered. The narrative provides unprecedented, even poetic, access to the social fabric and dynamic development of […]

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Humanities Collaboratory WinterFest

by Sam Killian February 23, 2016
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Staff from Michigan Publishing Services and University of Michigan Press gave successful lightning talks during yesterday’s Humanities Collaboratory WinterFest. University of Michigan Press editorial director Mary Francis discussed theDigital Rhetoric Collaborative and Making Space, two projects and initiatives that are geared towards expanding, exploring, and refining the online space where people collaborate on writing projects. Director of Michigan Publishing Services(MPS) Jason Colman covered the MPS project on the Encyclopedia of Diderot and d’Alembert. This 18th century encyclopedia was the comprehensive collection of knowledge in the mid-1700s and the current project is charged with translating as many of the 70,000 articles from […]

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