Category Archives: backlist classics

Not long ago we received word that William R. Catton, Jr. passed away in January. Catton, known for his influential ecological book Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, was eighty-eight years old. The Rev. Michael Dowd at the Huffington Post … Continue reading

On January 6, 1955 contralto Marian Anderson became the first African American soloist to sing at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. She appeared in the role of Ulrica (a Creole fortuneteller medium) in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Born in 1897, Anderson’s parents moved to … Continue reading

The casual viewer might not ponder a university press and the manly art of football at the same time. Assuming a scholarly publisher covered sports at all, wouldn’t it devote its energy to obscure ball games played by ancient Mayans, or maybe … Continue reading

Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891. Also an American folklorist and anthropologist, Hurston wrote short stories, plays, essays and four novels including Their Eyes Were Watching God. UIP has published a number of projects in relation … Continue reading

We at the University of Illinois Press are proud of our historic connection to Zora Neale Hurston through Robert Hemenway’s groundbreaking work, Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography, and through our edition of Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, published … Continue reading

Inside Higher Ed blogger and local UI personality Oronte Churm has launched perhaps the first ever “Southern Illinois Rocks” online contest in celebration of the publication of his novel, A Democracy of Ghosts. The book is set in southern Illinois, … Continue reading

Peter J. Dougherty, director of Princeton University Press, celebrates the original publication and continued printing of the University of Illinois Press’s The Mathematical Theory of Communication in his Chronicle of Higher Education piece on the future of scholarly publishing. … university presses specialize … Continue reading

Monday’s edition of The Guardian features Billie Wright Dziech and Linda Weiner’s book The Lecherous Professor: Sexual Harassment on Campus as the central player in a current Oxford controversy.

Last night Mark Doty won the National Book Award for his Fire to Fire: New and Collected Poems. Doty has a long history with the University of Illinois Press. In 1993 we published his multiple-award-winning *My Alexandria, and in 1995 his … Continue reading

Sometimes day-to-day drudgery buries the idealism that likely lead to one’s choice to “work with books” (my only stated goal 10+ years ago) and for a university press. A passing, untitled mention in the New York Times, of a literary … Continue reading