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Black History Month Sale: 30% off select books!

by Kathryn Beaton February 8, 2017

In honor of Black History Month, we’re highlighting books in our “African-American and African Studies” category. Whether you’re interested in civil rights, slam poetry, policy issues, music, or how these intersect with a variety of other topics, you can find it all here. Use the code UMBHM17 for 30% off any of our 140 AAAS books. This offer is good on hardcovers, paperbacks, and ebooks, and can be used as many times as you want, until March 1st, 2017.   Black America in the Shadow of the Sixties: Notes on the Civil Rights Movement, Neoliberalism, and Politics Clarence Lang The 1960s, including […]

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Halloween and Humanism

by Jenny Geyer October 31, 2016

The following is a blog post written by Dina Khapaeva, Professor at the School of Modern Languages, Georgia Tech, and author of The Celebration of Death in Contemporary Culture, forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press in spring 2017.   Halloween is upon us, a time when the suburbs of any American city can be found covered with images of death, most of them about as realistically revolting as they can be;  rotting corpses, mutilated body parts, skulls and crossbones, and skeletons—skeletons of all sizes, standing, hanging, carrying coffins. Already by late September, some of the most exclusive neighborhoods, where funeral […]

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Black History Month Spotlight: ‘Dreams for Dead Bodies’

by Kasie Pleiness February 4, 2016

Throughout February, the University of Michigan Press will be featuring several titles for Black History Month. In Dreams for Dead Bodies: Blackness, Labor, and the Corpus of American Detective Fiction, M. Michelle Robinson offers new arguments about the origins of detective fiction in the United States, tracing the lineage of the genre back to unexpected texts and uncovering how authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Pauline Hopkins, and Rudolph Fisher made use of the genre’s puzzle-elements to explore the shifting dynamics of race and labor in America. According to Robinson, the narrative elements necessary to any good crime […]

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Congratulations to Best-Selling Author Mardi Link

by Sam Killian August 10, 2015

University of Michigan Press author Mardi Link is on the Michigan Bestsellers List twice for the month of July — once for U-M Press’ book Wicked Takes the Witness Stand and again with a book by another publisher. Wicked Takes the Witness Stand (2014) describes the true story of the still unsolved 1986 murder of Jerry Tobias in Gaylord and the ensuing trial that sucked state police and local officials into a morass of perjury and cover-up and ultimately led to the separate conviction and imprisonment of five innocent men. Her two other books with the press are also true crime stories – When Evil Came to […]

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New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof cites Press author on gun control

by Shaun Manning January 18, 2013

In two opinion pieces for the New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof has cited Private Guns, Public Health author David Hemenway in his discussions of the gun control debate. Writing in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown, CT, school shooting, Kristof noted the grim statistic that children ages 5 to 14 “are 13 times as likely to be murdered with guns as children in other industrialized countries.” “So let’s treat firearms rationally as the center of a public health crisis that claims one life every 20 minutes,” Kristof argues. “The United States realistically isn’t going to ban guns, but we can […]

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