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Banned Books Week

by Danielle Coty-Fattal September 21, 2022
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Each year, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Banned Books Week gives us an opportunity to reflect on censorship and discrimination in the United States and our education system. Notably, as the ALA reports, books that are written by or are about Black and LGBTQ+ persons and communities make up the majority of challenged books. Censorship is scary, especially when it targets literature that has the potential to educate and represent. With the increasing surge of backlash against certain titles and their availability in public and educational spaces, a reflection on the problems that underlie these issues is essential. In recognition […]

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Celebrate Pride with UM Press

by Lauren Stachew June 23, 2016

This month is the 47th annual LGBT Pride Month, which began in June 1969 to commemorate the Stonewall riots in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. This commemorative month not only celebrates sexual diversity and gender variance, but also increases visibility and emphasizes positivity and self-love in the LGBT community. Parades, marches, rallies, and commemorations are held across the world annually during this month. Performing Queer Latinidad by Ramón H. Rivera-Servera highlights the critical role that performance played in the development of Latina/o queer public culture in the United States during the 1990s and early 2000s, a period when the size and influence […]

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‘Butch Queens Up in Pumps’ Reviewed in Lambda Literary Review

by Meredith Kahn March 11, 2014

Comparative Literature scholar Chase Dimock recently reviewed Marlon M. Bailey’s Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit in the Lambda Literary Review. Dimock praises Bailey’s Butch Queens as a rigorous piece of scholarship, and notes that the book treats its subjects with respect and care, reading “personally and emotionally in a way that few academic studies achieve” thanks to Bailey’s personal experiences and involvement in Detroit Ballroom culture. Read the full review online.

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From the Vault: Press Awards from 2009-2013

by Mikala Carpenter August 26, 2013

Our “From the Vault” posts allow you to take a peek into the history of the Press, where you can rediscover past authors, projects, editors, awards, and more that led to the development of the university publisher that the Press is today. This window into our past spotlights backlist or out-of-print titles and series and also recommends and contextualizes them with similar current and forthcoming titles. Explore the drawers of the Vault with our intern, Mikala Carpenter, as we uncover the hidden treasures that await us in the archives of the University of Michigan Press. This is the second of […]

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Greenspan and Rivera-Servera win Lambda Literary awards

by Shaun Manning June 4, 2013

Two books from the University of Michigan Press took home top honors at last night’s Lambda Literary Award ceremony. The Myopia and Other Plays by David Greenspan, edited by Marc Robinson, won the LGBT Drama category and Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance, Sexuality, Politics by Ramon Rivera-Servera won for LGBT Studies. Sara Warner’s Acts of Gaiety was also nominated in the LGBT Studies category. Now in their 25th year, the Lambda Literary Awards (or “Lammys”) are presented annually to the best books on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender themes in an array of fiction and nonfiction categories. Greenspan’s win represents the second consecutive […]

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