Category Archives: author commentary

Alan Harper left his home in England in 1979 on a pilgrimage to find the blues. His journey led him to Chicago where he worked at a sandwich restaurant and headed to the city’s blues clubs at night. On his … Continue reading

The Modern Masters of Science Fiction series is a survey of the work of individual authors who continue to inspire and advance the genre. With seven books released in the series (and more to come in the Fall 2016 season), Gary … Continue reading

In Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics, musician, dancer, and scholar Phil Jamison tells the story behind the square dances, step dances, reels, and other forms of dance practiced in southern Appalachia. Jamison’s journey to learn and share the history and evolution … Continue reading

Harold Arlen composed some of the great classics of the Great American Song Book including “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Blues in the Night,” “Stormy Weather,” and, of the Wizard of Oz signature song “Over the Rainbow.” Walter Rimler details … Continue reading

Kenyon Zimmer is an assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at Arlington. He answered some questions about his book Immigrants against the State: Yiddish and Italian Anarchism in America. Q: Is there a popular conceit that the immigrant anarchists … Continue reading

Nathan Michael Corzine is an instructor in history at Coastal Carolina Community College. He recently answered some questions about his book Team Chemistry: The History of Drugs and Alcohol in Major League Baseball. Q: Are there any surprises when it comes to … Continue reading

Thousands of newspaper readers across North America are familiar with Alan Guebert’s family members. Since 1993, along with the agribusiness issues of the day, Guebert has sprinkled family memories into his syndicated column “The Farm and Food File.” The most … Continue reading

University Press Week gives us an opportunity to introduce readers to some of the most interesting scholarship happening not only at the Illinois Press but also the work being published by our colleagues. Today on the AAUP Press Week blog … Continue reading

Daisy Turner, the shotgun-wielding centenarian, was someone Jane Beck was anxious to meet. Beck, the Executive Director Emeritus and Founder of the Vermont Folklife Center, recounted her first encounter with Daisy Turner on the Vermont PBS program Connect. “First and foremost, she was … Continue reading

Robert Bussel is a professor of history and director of the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. He answered some questions about his book Fighting for Total Person Unionism: Harold Gibbons, Ernest Calloway, and Working-Class Citizenship. Q: What … Continue reading