Our Fall 2021 catalog is here! We have an excellent batch of books coming that we can’t wait to get in your hands. This season’s cover features art by John Holyfield which graces the cover of Christopher Carter’s exciting new book The Spirit of Soul Food: Race, Faith, and Food Justice, which explores the impact the food system has had on African Americans and what soul food should look like today.

Browse the catalog here and check out a preview of some of the amazing titles coming below!


Coming just in time for Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday, we’re publishing Larry Starr’s guide to experiencing the legend’s music, Listening to Bob Dylan. Next, Robert Marovich is back with Peace Be Still: How James Cleveland and the Angelic Choir created a Gospel Classic. He takes readers back to 1963 Nutley, New Jersey where Reverend Lawrence Roberts and the Angelic Choir of the First Baptist Church teamed up with James Cleveland to create gospel history.

Then, Ayana Contreras, explores the undefeatable culture of Black Chicago with her electric book Energy Never Dies: Afro-Optimism and Creativity in Chicago.

This season marks the debut of the first books in our Introductions to Mormon Thought series edited by Matthew Bowman and Joseph M. Spencer. Kristine Haglund introduces readers to the controversial Mormon intellectual Eugene England, co-founder of Dialogue, and Michael Austin untangles the legacy of Mormon novelist, Vardis Fisher.

Next, Brooks Blevins delivers the final volume in his acclaimed history of the Ozarks, which takes readers on a tour of life in the region from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century.

In the latest entry in our History of Communication series, Kathy Roberts Forde and Sid Bedingfield edit the pioneering collection, Journalism and Jim Crow: White Supremacy and the Black Struggle for a New America, that explores the role of the press in building and opposing Jim Crow. Next, in The Poetics of Difference: Queer Feminist Forms in the African Diaspora, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan illuminates the understudied queer contours in key Black women’s writing from Audre Lorde to Missy Elliot.

A few pages later, Shana Goldin-Perschbacker reinterprets country and Americana music through the lives and work of artists forced to the margins of the genre’s history with Queer Country.

In Dressed for Freedom: The Fashionable Politics of American Feminism, Einav Rabinovitch-Fox examines how clothes empowered women in the long twentieth century from shirtwaists to miniskirts.

And in Labor’s End: How the Promise of Automation Degraded Work, Jason Resnikoff traces the discourse around automation in a forceful intellectual history that reveals that automation is not a technological process but an ideology.

And that’s just in the first few pages! Browse the rest of the catalog here and check out what other fascinating titles we have in store!


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