Starting next week, University of Hawai‘i Press will join the other 132 member presses of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) in celebrating the First Annual University Press Week, November 11-17.
In 1978 President Jimmy Carter proclaimed University Press Week “in recognition of the impact, both here and abroad, of American university presses on culture and scholarship.” AAUP and university presses everywhere will be marking the event with:
• A special message from President Jimmy Carter
• Testimonials from writers, thinkers, and public figures—including Jay Parini, Senator Sherrod Brown, and Secretary Robert Gates, among others—as to the value of university presses in their lives and communities.
• Fine Print* (*and digital!): An online gallery of the work of AAUP member presses. Each member publisher selected a title that exemplifies what they do, and the resulting list is truly astounding. From seminal books such as Frederic Jameson’s Postmodernism to leading journals such as the Journal of Experimental Medicine, from the pathbreaking online scholarly community of CogNet to the touchstone reference work of the Chicago Manual of Style, the depth and breadth of our community is ready to be explored. **UH Press’ recently published Kalaupapa: A Collective Memory will be featured.
• Press Influence Maps: The regional importance and global reach of AAUP member presses is often talked about. Using Google Maps, presses have created visual statements that illustrate their impact on the world around them. **View UH Press’ Influence Map, which highlights titles, authors, and affiliates from our Summer 2012-Spring 2013 list: http://goo.gl/maps/ByhAE.
• University Press Blog Tour: Throughout the week, press blogs will host special posts by authors, book review editors, publishers, and others about the value of university presses. Harvard University Press kicks off the tour on Monday, November 12, and it continues coast-to-coast with stops in Canada and Hawai‘i before ending on Friday, November 16, at Oregon State University Press. **The tour comes to UH Press’ blog on Tuesday, November 13, with a post by UH Press author and editorial board member Barbara Watson Andaya. View a complete University Press Week blog tour schedule here.
For more information on these and other events, visit www.universitypressweek.org.
Check our blog next week for daily posts and links to all of the above.