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New Digital Rhetoric Collaborative book series, book prize, and website

by Emily May 21, 2012

The University of Michigan Press, MPublishing, and the University of Michigan’s Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing have formed a partnership to launch the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative (DRC), which will publish a series of born-digital or digitally enhanced books on digital rhetoric; award an annual prize of $5,000 for the best book published in the series; and host a website by and for teachers and scholars working in digital rhetoric that will feature a curated blog, offer a resources section and wiki, and serve as a forum for conversations on digital rhetoric and related topics. The Sweetland DRC Book Series […]

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‘Death of a Salesman’ more relevant than ever, says New York Times

by Shaun Manning March 9, 2012

In conjunction with the upcoming Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, the New York Times published an essay on the play’s historical and modern contexts, an article that will launch an online conversation of Salesman on the Arts Beat blog. “There is never a wrong time to take a fresh look at a great work of art,” writer Charles Isherwood says. “But some moments are riper than others for re-encountering plays in particular, which are most fully alive when they are onstage, and then retreat to the bookshelves — or digital form, today — when they are […]

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“Lost Eagles” Makes List of Top 50 Books on the Great War

by Shaun Manning November 16, 2011

Blaine Pardoe’s Lost Eagles: One Man’s Mission to Find Missing Airmen in Two World Wars (University of Michigan Press, 2010) is among the top 50 entries on the Great War Essential Reading List. The list, which includes listings for and discussions of more than 1200 titles, featured Lost Eagles on its Facebook page counting down the best of the best titles on World War I from its exhaustive registry. Pardoe’s biography of Frederick Zinn details how Zinn developed a system for determining the fates of air force pilots shot down behind enemy lines, a system that has continued from its […]

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UM Press launches #NewBooksIn5Words

by University of Michigan Press October 24, 2011

October 24, 2011— The University of Michigan Press today announced one of the shortest marketing campaigns in the history of new books: #NewBooksIn5Words, a Twitter hashtag that accompanies micro-previews of new scholarly and trade titles. You can see the first postings at the UM Press Twitter feed. For example: Annie Finch’s A Poet’s Craft turns into: Be poet – now show it. #NewBooksIn5Words http://bit.ly/nguzLH Christopher Bigsby’s Arthur Miller: 1962–2005 is: After Marilyn: Miller, Act Two. #NewBooksIn5Words http://bit.ly/oQbCER And Theo Cateforis’ Are We Not New Wave? is: All Hail the Mighty Devo. #NewBooksIn5Words http://bit.ly/kz8qnw The Press began posting teases for books […]

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Library Journal declares ‘Faithful Unto Death’ to be ‘a good read… riveting’

by University of Michigan Press August 22, 2011

Library Journal recently reviewed Becky Thacker’s new novel, Faithful Unto Death, declaring it to be “a crime story with Midwestern gothic overtones, not unlike Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.” “Authentic atmosphere and a remarkable portrayal of brave children make for a good read… the courtroom scenes are riveting,” reviewer Teresa Jacobsen continues. The book traces the mysterious death of Anna Spencer Thacker in Benzonia, Mich., in 1894. Suicide, accident… or murder? Faithful Unto Death is Thacker’s first novel, and the University of Michigan Press is serializing the novel for free this summer for fans of its Facebook page.(Hurry, it’s only […]

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