fiction

Seeing Beyond Amazing: Is Sesame Street really changing the way we understand autism?

by Sam Killian December 14, 2015

This is a guest post by Anne McGuire, author of the University of Michigan Press forthcoming title, War on Autism. Seeing Beyond Amazing: Is Sesame Street really changing the way we understand autism? The Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, made international headlines and lit up social media last month with the introduction of its newest Muppet character, Julia. With wispy orange hair and bright green eyes, Julia is, according to Sesame: “a preschool girl with autism who does things a little differently when playing with her friends”. Julia is more than a just another person in the neighbourhood, […]

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Emily Wilding Davison and the British Women’s Suffragette Movement

by Kasie Pleiness November 19, 2015

Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, is a British historical drama inspired by true events from the early British feminist movement. The film focuses on Maud Watts, a fictional 24-year-old laundress who testifies in front of Parliament for the right to vote. She is thrown in jail, where she meets Emily Wilding Davison, a real life heroine of the early feminist movement and friend of activist Emmeline Pankhurst. Davison was at the center of one of the most memorable images of the British women’s suffrage movement — one that provides a key moment in the new film. On June […]

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Save 40% at the University of Michigan Press Holiday Sale!

by Kasie Pleiness November 6, 2015

Struggling to find the perfect gift for family members and friends this holiday season? Save 40% on select University of Michigan Press titles during our Holiday Book Sale! Sale titles are listed below by genre. Use promotion code UMHOL15 at checkout to receive 40% discount. Sale ends December 31, 2015. Michigan and the Great Lakes Isadore’s Secret The Michigan Eco-Traveler Michigan Legends Classical Studies Materia Magica Pompeii’s Living Statues Fiction, Poetry, and Writing Grand River and Joy The Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry Literary Studies American Poetry in Performance Architecture and Modern Literature Are We There Yet? Music Powerful Voices Counterculture Kaleidoscope Sounding […]

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Save 40% at the University of Michigan Press Holiday Sale!

by Shaun Manning October 29, 2015

Struggling to find the perfect gift for family members and friends this holiday season? Save 40% on select University of Michigan Press titles during our Holiday Book Sale! Sale titles are listed below by genre. Use promotion code UMHOL15 at checkout to receive 40% discount. Sale ends December 31, 2015. Michigan and the Great Lakes Isadore’s Secret The Michigan Eco-Traveler Michigan Legends Classical Studies Materia Magica Pompeii’s Living Statues Fiction, Poetry, and Writing Grand River and Joy The Rag-Picker’s Guide to Poetry Literary Studies American Poetry in Performance Architecture and Modern Literature Are We There Yet? Music Powerful Voices Counterculture Kaleidoscope Sounding […]

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Publishing, Poetry, and the Future: Reflecting on the 2015 Bear River Writers’ Conference

by Allison Peters July 27, 2015

The weekend May sprung into June, I attended the 2015 Bear River Writers’ Conference at Camp Michigania up on Walloon Lake (where Ernest Hemingway used to spend his summers as a kid), 250 miles north of Ann Arbor, a little south of Petoskey. Sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of English, Bear River is rich with writing workshops, readings, panels (often related to publishing), and craft talks. Directed by University of Michigan faculty member and poet Keith Taylor, the annual conference—now in its fifteenth year—is regularly attended by some of the University’s most prestigious creative writing faculty as well […]

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