Category Archives: biography

On Monday, April 25, The College at Brockport, State University of New York, honored alum Fannie Barrier Williams, its first African American female graduate. The institution dedicated a plaque to Williams, honoring in particular her civil rights work. The subject … Continue reading

Ann Dumville and her daughters Jemima, Hephzibah, and Elizabeth were not history makers in the way we traditionally think of such figures. None of these women held high political office nor stood firsthand as a participant in a pivotal moment … Continue reading

Kay Boyle published more than forty books during her life including fifteen novels, and eight volumes of poetry. Yet her achievements can be even better appreciated through her letters to the literary and cultural titans of her time. Sandra Spanier, … Continue reading

Available just in time to erase all the romantic mistakes you’ve made since Valentine’s Day, Casanova the Irresistible offers a tour of its subject’s 3,700-page memoir by French reconteur/gadfly/writer/critic Philippe Sollers. Thanks to the vivid translation of Armine Kotin Mortimer, we … 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

“Pretty much every modern electronic artist you consider ‘out-there’ will appear a lot more ‘in-here’ when you’ve heard this.”–Rob Fitzpatrick, writing for The Guardian, on Gordon Mumma’s Electronic Music of Theater and Public Activity.  A pioneer of electronic music, Gordon Mumma cofounded … 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

Civil Rights in the Texas Borderlands: Dr. Lawrence A. Nixon & Black Activism by Will Guzmán has been honored with the C. Calvin Smith Award presented by the Southern Conference on African American Studies, Inc. (SCASSI) The C. Calvin Smith Book Award recognizes … Continue reading

Presidents have the unique perspective on other presidents. After all, a president—living or dead, current or former—belongs to a club that remains very small, and intimately knows a job that’s unlike any other. William Henry Herndon, author of the new UIP … Continue reading

It is no surprise that World War II, the most massive war in human history, receives the most attention from the publishing industry. Biography on figures like Churchill and FDR crowd the bookstore table, as do studies by military historians … Continue reading