Monthly Archives: December 2008

Willis Regier, Director Favorite Book: Julian Barnes – Nothing to Be Frightened Of Barnes’s book looks at old questions about how to live with death and dying.  He has short narratives on the deaths of the famous and forgotten, with thoughts … Continue reading

Paula Kaufman, Dean of the University of Illinois Libraries, measures the ROI of the University of Illinois libraries based on grants received by the University written with references to university library resources (to paraphrase the academic paper). And I thought … Continue reading

Today’s San Francisco Chronicle includes Benjamin Ivry’s review of the new English translation of Simone de Beauvoir’s Wartime Diary. “In 1991, Such a Sweet Occupation by Gilbert Joseph pointed out that Beauvoir and Sartre, far from deserving the reputation they … Continue reading

Most mainstream newspapers and journalists are comfortable drawing connections between today’s financial crisis and the one we call the Great Depression. They also like to comment on the similarities between Obama’s “pragmatism” (and that of his cabinet picks) and the … Continue reading

I am pleased that there is enough interest in Strange Haven: A Jewish Childhood in Wartime Shanghai to publish a paperback version.  Frankly, I’m also a little surprised by the positive reaction to the book.  After its publication (1999) I … Continue reading

Inside Higher Ed refers readers to a story in The Albany Times Union on layoffs at SUNY Press. “The cuts, made earlier this month, represented nearly 15 percent of what was a 34-member staff. The business manager’s office overlooking Lark … Continue reading

A load of new books landed on my desk in the past few weeks: -African Women Playwrights edited and with an Introduction by Kathy A. Perkins (Dec. 8, 2008) -Moving Subjects: Gender, Mobility, and Intimacy in an Age of Global Empire … Continue reading

An interview with Corey D. B. Walker, assistant professor in the department of Africana Studies at Brown University and author of the new book A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America. by Scott Poulson-Bryant … Continue reading

The Chronicle highlights the growing number of campus support staff who advise faculty on best practices in getting from manuscript to book. Surely some will miss out on the adventure of the old days: “We’ll drop you from the helicopter naked with a Bowie knife in the … Continue reading