Category Archives: forthcoming books

With Exploring Nature in Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie State, naturalists Michael Jeffords and Susan Post provide a panorama of the natural diversity found in Illinois. The book invites readers to explore fifty preserves, forests, restoration areas, and … Continue reading

Dr. Anna Howard Shaw was born on February 14, 1847. A leader of the women’s suffrage movement, Shaw was also a physician and one of the first ordained female Methodist ministers in the United States. Acknowledged by her contemporaries as the most outstanding … Continue reading

Happy 159th birthday to John Philip Sousa. Sousa began his musical education learning the violin at age 6, and when he was 13, his father enlisted him in the United States Marine Corps as an apprentice. Before he became “The … Continue reading

To promote Ruth Nicole Brown’s forthcoming book Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood, the UIP staff decided to get creative ourselves.  The result is our first-ever self produced book trailer “music video.” The book examines how the radical … Continue reading

Illinois Press staff and authors had a great time at the 98th Annual Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Convention held from October 2-6, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida. At the conference were a number of … Continue reading

German film director Christian Petzold was born on September 14, 1960. The director of films Barbara and Jerichow is also the subject of the forthcoming Contemporary Film Directors series release Christian Petzold by Jaimey Fisher. In the book Fisher writes: … Continue reading

Jazz giant Charlie “Bird” Parker was born on August 29, 1920 in Kansas City. During his short life—he died at age 34—Parker became one of the most influential figures in jazz history. On September 16, 2013 the University of Illinois … Continue reading

A while back I whined about a Harper’s piece in which the writer described people attending a publishing trade show in devastating detail. Our forthcoming book Oscar Wilde in America: The Interviews suggests that there is a precedent for this writing style. … Continue reading

I’m about halfway through Jon Hartley Fox’s forthcoming book on the King record label titled King of the Queen City. In one of the chapters on King’s country artists there’s a great anecdote that illustrates the mistrust that some artists … Continue reading

Every catalog season before my media trips I try to read as many of the trade titles, cover-to-cover, as possible.  Though not a traditional trade title, Bob Ostertag’s forthcoming book Creative Life: Music, Politics, People, and Machines, will surely appeal to some … Continue reading