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Starting today, July 18, all you have to do is “like” the University of Michigan Press Facebook page and you’ll have access to ongoing chapters of two brand-new novels. Check in every week and you’ll have read all of both books by the end of the summer! Barbara Kingsolver said she read Marjorie Cole’s Spell on the Water and “couldn’t put it down.” It’s about a woman struggling to put her family back together in…

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Expanding the number of ways readers can access University of Michigan Press titles, the Press has joined Books at JSTOR, an initiative launching in June 2012 that will bring more than 20,000 ebooks to JSTOR‚Äôs expansive collection of online academic resources. JSTOR is already the go-to source for accessing scholarly journals online and also houses digital versions of more than one million primary sources. To date 22 publishers are on board for Books at JSTOR…

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After a distinguished career in publishing, University of Michigan Press Director Phil Pochoda will be (technically) retiring September 1.Over the past decade, Pochoda took the Press from being a publisher concentrated on traditional delivery of books to being an innovator in the field. Virtually every book the Press now produces is available to read or hear in a multitude of ways, from traditional words on paper to a variety of electronic, ebook and audio formats….

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University of Michigan Press Director Phil Pochoda, along with coauthor Joseph Esposito, recently composed a piece for the Scholarly Kitchen blog of the Society for Scholarly Publishing on what they see as a new form of born-digital publications: the rebirth of the pamphlet-length, peer-reviewed piece, which is currently awkward in print (too long for a journal article, too short for a book). The entry is entitled “Through the Wormhole: A new format for the born-digital…

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University of Michigan Press writer Margaret Price, author of the new book Mad at School, recently appeared in an extensive story about mental disabilities on university campuses posted by the Chronicle of Higher Education. In the article, professor and author Benjamin Reiss writes, “Margaret Price makes clear in her book, Mad at School, influential voices are arguing that we should try to get around the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations, which protect the…

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Blaine Pardoe writes about Frederick Zinn, a war hero from his hometown of Battle Creek/Galesburg, Michigan in Lost Eagles: One Man’s Mission to Find Missing Airmen in Two World Wars. Pardoe talks about how be became aware of Zinn and learned of his fascinating story and enduring legacy. Read more


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Why would women want to perform as men? Why is gender crossing so compelling, whether it happens onstage or in everyday life? What can drag performance teach, and what aesthetic, political, and personal questions does it raise? We spoke with Diane Torr, co-author of Sex, Drag, and Male Roles to answer these questions and more. Read the interview Listen to the podcast