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In Memoriam: Oleg Grabar
January 2011: We were sorry to learn of the 8 January death of Oleg Grabar. Professor Grabar, co-editor of Where Heaven and Earth Meet, was a noted scholar of Islamic art and architecture.
Three Books Receive Southwest Book Awards
Three UT Press books have received a Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association:
Congratulations to the authors!
Two Books Receive San Antonio Conservation Society Citations
January 2011: The San Antonio Conservation Society has chosen two UT Press books to receive 2011 Citations: Houston Lost and Unbuilt, by Steven R. Strom, and The Master Showmen of the King Ranch, by Betty Bailey Colley and Jane Clements Monday with Beto Maldonado. The Society gives these citations to those books which further their purpose "to preserve and encourage the preservation of historic buildings, objects, places, and customs relating to the history of Texas, its natural beauty, and all that is admirably distinctive to our state." Congratulations to the authors!
In Memoriam: Marjorie Adams
November 16: We were sorry to learn of the 16 November death of Marjorie Adams. Ms. Adams, along with her husband Red, was extremely active in nature and conservation efforts in Texas. The Press published a collection of her articles, Bird-Witched.
In Memoriam: Oscar Brockett
November 2010: We were sorry to learn of the 7 November death of Oscar Brockett, theatre historian and author of Making the Scene.
UT Press Director to Retire in February 2011
November 2010: After eighteen years as director of the University of Texas Press, Joanna Hitchcock will retire in February 2011. Read more.
Book Receives Award from Colorado Historical Society
Republic of Barbecue, by Elizabeth S. D. Engelhardt, received the Barbara Sudler Award from the Colorado Historical Society. The award is given for the best work of nonfiction on a western American subject by a woman author.
Author Interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition
Diana Kennedy was interviewed about her new book, Oaxaca al Gusto, on NPR's Morning Edition.
Book Receives Vernacular Architecture Award
Delirious New Orleans, by Stephen Verderber, has received the 2010 Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize from the Vernacular Architecture Forum. Congratulations to the author on this honor!
Two Books Recognized in Latino Book Awards
Two UT Press books were recognized in the 12th Annual International Latino Book Awards competition. Golondrina, Why Did You Leave Me?, by Bárbara Renaud González, received second place in Best Popular Fiction in English, and Forgetting the Alamo, by Emma Pérez, received second place in Best Historical Novel in English. Congratulations to the authors!
Book Receives Transdisciplinary Award
Misplaced Objects, by Silvia Spitta, has received the Transdisciplinary Humanities Award from the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University.
UT Press Fellowship Recipient Announced
Congratulations to J. D. Ho, the recipient of the 2010-2011 UT Press Fellowship! Ms. Ho will work in the Rights and Permissions department.
Author Featured in Article on Ancient Maya
In Memoriam: Douglas MacDowell
March 2010: Jean-Robert Cadet discussed the plight of Haitian children on 60 Minutes; the episode aired on March 21. Cadet is the author of Restavec, his autobiography of growing up a child slave in Haiti.
February 2010: Bill Black recently discussed the current banking situation with Paul Solman on PBS Newshour. Black is the author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One, a history of the S&L crisis of the 1980s.
February 2010: We were sorry to learn of the recent death of William W. Newcomb. His book The Indians of Texas was the first major work to examine all the early indigenous peoples of Texas. Our sympathies go to his family and friends.
Two UTP books were recognized in the Association of American Publishers/Professional Scholarly Publishing PROSE Awards. Edna Ferber's Hollywood by J. E. Smyth received the award for Media and Cultural Studies; Delirious New Orleans by Stephen Verderber received an honorable mention for Architecture and Urban Planning. Congratulations to the authors!
January 2010: C-Span 2 Book TV aired a talk by author Howard Campbell about his book, Drug War Zone. The program will air again on Sunday, January 24 at 11:00 a.m.
January 2010: We were sorry to learn of the 7 January death of Jean Andrews. Ms. Andrews wrote numerous books on nature topics and was a particular expert on peppers, known as "The Pepper Lady". The Press published her books Peppers, The Pepper Lady's Pocket Pepper Primer, and The Texas Bluebonnet, among others.
A Political Education, by Harry McPherson, was recently named one of the top ten political memoirs by Time Magazine.
December 2009: We were sorry to learn of the November 29 death of our author Lillian Lorca de Tagle. The Press published de Tagle's memoir, Honorable Exiles.
November 2009: The article "Erotica and women in early modern France: Madeleine de l'Aubespine's Queer Poems" in Journal of the History Sexuality 17:2 received the 2009 Nancy Lyman Roelker Prize from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. Congratulations to the article author, Anna Klosowska, on this award!
November 2009: We were greatly saddened to learn of the recent death of our author John Tveten. Mr. Tveten was a noted Texas naturalist; along with his wife Gloria, he wrote several books, including two UT Press titles. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the Tveten family.
November 2009: The forthcoming book Where Heaven and Earth Meet was featured in a New York Times article on November 15.
Read the article (registration required).
Fragmented Lives, Assembled Parts by Alejandro Lugo is a winner of the 2009 Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists Book Award. Congratulations to Professor Lugo!
Matt Warnock Turner has received the Carroll Abbott Memorial Award from the Native Plant Society of Texas for his book Remarkable Texas Plants. Congratulations to the author on this honor!
October 2009: Juan Rulfo's novel, The Burning Plain, was recommended by writer Oscar Casares on NPR's "You Must Read This". The segment aired on All Things Considered on October 15. Casares also mentions Rulfo's Pedro Páramo.
October 2009: We were saddened to learn of the death of William Wayne Justice. The Press published Frank Kemerer's biography of Judge Justice, William Wayne Justice.Obituary in the New York Times
Obituary in the Austin American-Statesman
October 2009: Native Speakers, by María Eugenia Cotera, received the National Women's Studies Association' Gloria Anzaldua book prize for 2009. Congratulations to Professor Cotera!
October 2009: William K. Black, author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One, was interviewed in Newsweek about regulation and banking.
August 2009: Nine Plays by José Cruz González, edited by Coleman A. Jennings, received the Distinguished Book Award from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education. Congratulations to Professor Jennings!
Phillip Naylor's book North Africa was reviewed in the August 11 issue of The Wall Street Journal.
Bárbara Renaud González discussed her new book Golondrina, why did you leave me? on the 31 July 2009 edition of NPR's Latino USA.
Listen to the show. (Renaud González speaks in the second segment.)
"I strongly believe that a high quality, well-funded university press is integral to the mission, outreach and reputation of a great university."—Lowell H. Lebermann, Jr.
Lowell H. Lebermann Jr., who has been an active member of the Press's Advisory Council since he joined in 1999, died on Thursday, July 9, while in Aspen. During the ten years of his service to the Press, he helped lead two fundraising campaigns, most recently as co-chair of the Press's current Campaign Steering Committee. As a member and chair of the Council's Nominating Committee, Lebermann recruited numerous individuals to the Press's Council. In addition, Lebermann contributed to the publication of various UT Press books, including Land Arts of the American West and The Adventures of a Cello.
Always a gracious host, Lebermann generously opened up his home for UT Press events and meetings. His caring, intelligent, and dynamic spirit will be sorely missed by the Press's Council and staff. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Eugene Richards received the 2009 Amnesty International Media Award for "No One Much Cares", an excerpt from his book A Procession of Them featured in Newsweek. Congratulations to Mr. Richards on this honor!
Congratulations to Sebastian Langdell, the 2009-2010 UT Press Fellow! He will work in our Rights and Permissions department, as well as other departments around the Press.
April 2009: We were shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Franklin Rosemont. Dr. Rosemont, long active in the Surrealist movement, was the editor of the Press's Surrealist Revolution series. The Press extends our sympathies to his family and colleagues.
April 2009: We were greatly saddened to learn of the death of author Rhoda Halperin. Professor Halperin published several books with the University of Texas Press, the most recent of which was Whose School Is It?. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family and colleagues.
April 2009: Cinema Houston, by David Welling, received the 2009 Antoinette Forrester Downing Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. Congratulations to the author!
March 2009: Black Space, by Adlifu Nama, received the Peter C. Rollins Book Award from the Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. The award is given annually to the best new publication on popular culture or American culture. The Press congratulates Professor Nama on this award!
The Projects by James Diego Vigil was a co-winner of the 2008 Association of Latino and Latina Anthropologists prize for best book on Latino/a anthropology. Congratulations to Professor Vigil!
Feburary 2009: Three UTP Books received a 2008 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association:
January 2009: Photographer Keith Carter won the 2009 Texas Medal of Arts award for Visual Arts. The awards are given by the Texas Cultural Trust and will be formally presented at a ceremony in Austin on April 7.
January 2009: Three University of Texas Press books have been named as Outstanding Academic Titles in the January 2009 issue of Choice Magazine:
Congratulations to the authors!
We were greatly saddened to learn of the death of Elizabeth Warnock Fernea. Professor Fernea was a noted scholar on women and families in the Middle East. The Press published several of her books, most recently Remembering Childhood in the Middle East.Obituary at the University of Texas
The San Antonio Conservation Society is giving a 2009 Citation to two of our books: Espiritu Santo de Zuniga: A Frontier Mission in South Texas by Tamra Lynn Walter, and House of Plenty: The Rise, Fall, and Revival of Luby's Cafeterias, by Carol Dawson and Carol Johnston. Congratulations to these authors!
October 2008: Denise Schmandt-Besserat received the University Co-op Robert W. Hamilton Award for best book published by a University of Texas faculty or staff member for her book When Writing Met Art. The Press is honored to have been able to publish this book, and we congratulate Professor Schmandt-Besserat on her award.
September 2008: What Wildness is This: Women Write About the Southwest by Susan Witting Albert, Susan Hanson, Jan Epton Seale, and Paula Stallings Yost has been selected as the 2008 Winner of the WILLA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction. The WILLA awards are sponsored by Women Writing the West.
Congratulations to Christopher Chung and Susanna Reynolds Hill, the 2008-2009 UT Press Fellows.
August 2008: A Tribal Order: Politics and Law in the Mountains of Yemen, by Shelagh Weir, has won the British-Kuwait Friendship Prize in Middle Eastern Studies, coordinated by BRISMES (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies).
July 2008: Willie Wells: 'El Diablo' of the Negro Leagues won the Robert Peterson Recognition Award at the 11th Annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference held in Willowbrooke, IL, July 26-28, 2008.
June 2008: A Book of Photographs from Lonesome Dove by Bill Wittliff has received the Will Rogers Medallion Award. The award is presented to outstanding books of or about Western U.S. literature.
May 2008: Several University of Texas Press books are listed on the Humanities Texas Summer Reading List. Listed books include the following:
Arreola, Tejano South Texas
April 2008: Robert Auerbach's new book, Deception and Abuse at the Fed, was recently mentioned in Barron's in a discussion of former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan's doctoral dissertation. In a follow-up article, Barron's tracks down the elusive disseration.
Auerbach comments: "One correction to the Barrons' story should be noted. I do not say in my book, as Barrons reports, that 'Greenspan's Ph.D. is, de facto, an honorary degree.' In my book I report being unable to obtain Greenspan's dissertation and I show New York University Provost's letter to me (8/12/05) that replies to my request for a copy. Provost David W. McLaughlin wrote that 'Greenspan's dissertation is not in the Bobst Library' because 'it was the practice of the business school during the 1970's not to deposit dissertations with the library.'"
April 2008: It's a good week for UT Press books in New York. Robb Kendrick's Still is featured in the Life and Arts section of the April 20th edition of the New York Times. Read the NYT article (may require registration).
April 2008: The Press was greatly sorry to learn that Anthony C. Hilfer, former coeditor of Texas Studies in Literature and Language and author of UT Press books The Ethics of Intensity in American Fiction and The Crime Novel: A Deviant Genre, died in an automobile accident on April 11. Our sympathies go out to his family and colleagues.
February 2008: We were saddened to learn of the recent death of Chicano poet and activist Raúl Salinas. The Press published a collection of Salinas's journalism and correspondence, raúlrsalinas and the Jail Machine.
January 2008: UT-Austin's homepage recently featured an article on Laura Lein and Deanna T. Schexnayder's research on post-welfare families in Texas. The Press recently published their book, Life After Welfare.
January 2008: Four University of Texas Press books have been named as Outstanding Academic Titles in the January 2008 issue of Choice Magazine:
Congratulations to the authors!
January 2008: Robb Kendrick was recently interviewed on National Geographic Radio. The Press will publish his book Still in February 2008. Listen to the interview in MP3 format at National Geographic's site.
January 2008: We were very sorry to learn of the December 2007 death of classicist Wilhelmina F. Jashemski. Dr. Jashemski was a scholar of the archaeology of Pompeii and other sites, focusing particularly on gardens and horticulture. The Press was privileged to publish her book A Pompeiian Herbal.
November 2007: The December 2007 issue of National Geographic features the photography of Robb Kendrick in the story 21st-Century Cowboys. The Press will publish a book of Kendrick's cowboy photographs, Still, in February 2008.
October 2007: The research of Domino Renee Perez was the subject of a feature article on the University of Texas at Austin's website. The Press will publish Professor Perez's book, There Was a Woman, in the summer of 2008.
October 2007: Watching the Traffic Go By, by Paul Fotsch, received the 2007 Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Publication Award from the Urban Communication Foundation.
September 2007: "Evil" Arabs in American Popular Film: Orientalist Fear, by Tim Jon Semmerling, received an Honorable Mention in the 2006 Arab American National Museum Book Awards. More on the award winners.
September 2007: The PBS American Masters series recently profiled Mexican mural artist José Clemente Orozco, known for his expressionist paintings and drawings. The Press published a collection of Orozco's prints, José Clemente Orozco: Graphic Work.
August 2007: We were saddened to learn of the 1 August death of linguistics scholar Winfred P. Lehmann. Professor Lehmann published a number of books with the Press, including Language and Linguistics in the People's Republic of China (1975) and Syntactic Typology (1978).
July 2007: The University of Texas Press joins the people of Texas and the nation in mourning the passing of Lady Bird Johnson and in celebrating her life and work. We honor her commitment to preserving the beauty of the natural world both in her home state and throughout the nation.
In October, the Press will reissue Mrs. Johnson's White House Diary, which chronicles her experiences as First Lady. We are also pleased to partner with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in publishing Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide.
June 2007: Author Jean-Robert Cadet appeared on the 27 June broadcast of the Oprah Winfrey Show to talk about his life as a restavec, a child slave in Haiti. The Press published Cadet's autobiography, Restavec.
May 2007: We were very sorry to learn of the 27 May death of John S. Brushwood, a noted scholar and translator of Latin American literature. He published several books and translations with the Press, including Mexico in Its Novel, The Spanish American Novel, and most recently a translation of two novellas by Ignacio Solares, Lost in the City, co-translated with Carolyn Brushwood. The Press extends our sympathy to his family and colleagues.
May 2007: The Press was saddened to learn of the May 11 death of our author Bernie Gordon. A screenwriter who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era, Gordon nonetheless managed to continue his career overseas. The Press published two of his books, Hollywood Exile and The Gordon File. Obituary in the Los Angeles Times
May 2007: Dancing at the Dawn of Agriculture, by Yosef Garfinkel, recently received the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines.
May 2007: White Metropolis, by Michael Phillips, recently received the T. R. Fehrenbach Award from the Texas Historical Commission. The award is given to scholarly works based on original research that add to the knowledge of Texas history.
March 2007: The American Society for Environmental History recently awarded the George Perkins Marsh Award for Best Book in Environmental History to John Soluri's Banana Cultures, a history of banana agriculture in Honduras and the banana consumer market in the United States.
The University of Texas School of Law will host a symposium on Friday, March 2, about the 2003 Congressional redistricting in Texas and the new book by Steve Bickerstaff, Lines in the Sand, published this month by UT Press. More about the symposium at the UT Law School site.
February 2007: The Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division (PSP) of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) awarded Andrew Riggsby's Caesar in Gaul and Rome the Excellence Award for outstanding Classics and Ancient History title.
December 2006: The Press recently received a $500,000 donation from Bill and Bettye Nowlin to fund an endowed series that will support the publication of books on Western Hemisphere art, art history, history, photography, and archaeology. We are honored and delighted to receive this generous gift. More about the donation.
December 2006: Four books published or distributed by UT Press were chosen by Texas Monthly as the Best Picture Books of 2006: La Vida Brinca, The Amazing Faith of Texas, Weeping Mary, and Between Heaven and Texas. Read the article.
December 2006: Brown Gumshoes, by Ralph E. Rodriguez, recently won the Modern Language Association Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies.
December 2006: Architect Gustavo Bonevardi was recently featured in a New York Times article about his workspace, formerly his father Marcelo Bonevardi's studio. Gustavo Bonevardi is the coeditor of a forthcoming UT Press book on his father's work, Bonevardi: Chasing Shadows, Constructing Art.
This America of Ours, Gabriela Mistral and Victoria Ocampo, translated by Elizabeth Horan and Doris Meyer
Mayas in the Marketplace by Walter E. Little
The French in Texas by François Legarde
An excerpt from Graciela Iturbide's Eyes to Fly With appeared in the October 2006 issue of Texas Monthly.
The Press was saddened to learn of the death of film production designer Henry Bumstead in May 2006. We were privileged to publish a book on his life and work, Henry Bumstead and the World of Hollywood Art Direction by Andrew Horton. Obituary in the Los Angeles Times.
UT Press authors Julia Guernsey and Stephen Houston were quoted in a May 2006 New York Times article on Maya glyphs. Guernsey is the author of Ritual and Power in Stone; Houston is the coauthor of The Memory of Bones.
The staff of the Press was greatly saddened to learn of the death of author Vine Deloria, Jr., on 13 November 2005. Deloria was a prominent scholar and activist for Native American rights. The Press was privileged to publish four of his books: Behind the Trail of Broken Treaties, American Indians, American Justice (with Clifford M. Lytle), The Nations Within (with Clifford M. Lytle), and Tribes, Treaties, and Constitutional Tribulations (with David E. Wilkins).
"The Bones of Stephen F. Austin: History and Memory in Progressive-Era Texas", by Gregg Cantrell, in Southwestern Historical Quarterly, vol. 108:2, recently received the 2005 Michael P. Malone Award from the Western History Association.
The staff of the Press were saddened to learn of the death of former Congressman J. J. "Jake" Pickle on June 18, 2005. The Press was privileged to publish his memoir, Jake.
Playas of the Great Plains by Loren M. Smith has won the 2005 Texas Tech University President's Book Award.
Bill Crawford, co-author with Gene Fowler of Border Radio, was interviewed about the book and border radio stations on the NPR program Fresh Air. The program aired on Thursday, April 21, 2005; the segment can be heard at NPR.
The Press is pleased to announce two new series to debut this fall.
Voices and Memories™: Oral Histories from the Center for American History showcases oral histories from the archives of the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin; Coach Royal: Conversations with a Texas Football Legend will launch the series in fall 2005.
To identify all the state's natural inhabitants, you need comprehensive field guides dedicated specifically to Texasand Texas Natural History Guides™ provides them. Texas Snakes kicks off the series in fall 2005, followed by a completely updated edition of Campbell and Lynn Loughmiller's classic Texas Wildflowers in spring 2006.
Architect Philip Johnson died on January 26, 2005, at the age of 98. The Press was privileged to publish a work on his Texas projects, Welch's Philip Johnson & Texas.
Three University of Texas Press books have been selected for inclusion in Choice's 41th annual Outstanding Academic Title list: The Global Environment and International Law by Joseph DiMento; The Maya and Teotihuacan, edited by Geoffrey Braswell; and Understanding the Language of Science by Steven Darian. The Outstanding Academic Title list appeared in the January 2005 issue of Choice Magazine.
July 12, 2004, is the 100th birthday of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. The University of Texas Press has published three collections of Neruda's poetry in English translation, including the Press's best-selling title, 100 Love Sonnets.
Read more about Neruda's life. (offsite link)
Ruthe Winegarten, a historian who specialized in Texas women's history, died on 14 June 2004 in Austin, Texas. She was noted for her activist work as well as her historical research.
UT Press books by Ruthe Winegarten:
Alexander Skutch, ornithologist, died on May 12, 2004, at his home in Finca Los Cusingos, Costa Rica. A prolific author, he published over a hundred books on tropical birds and other natural history topics.
UT Press books by Alexander Skutch:
The Dawn At My Back: Memoir of a Black Texas Upbringing, An Interactive Cultural History received the 2004 Sundance Online Film Festival Jury Award, New Forms Gallery. Co-director Carroll Parrott Blue created the DVD to accompany her UT Press book, The Dawn At My Back.
James Evans, author/photographer of Big Bend Pictures, is signing books at various Whole Earth Provision Company locations over the Thanksgiving weekend. On Friday, November 28, he will sign at the Whole Earth Provision Company in San Antonio, 255 East Basse at Quarry Market, at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 29 brings Evans to Austin and the North Lamar location, 1014 North Lamar, at 2:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 30 to Houston, 2934 S. Shepherd, at 2:00 p.m.
Susan Wittig Albert and Pat Flathouse will be appearing on Austin Now to discuss the book With Courage and Common Sense: Memoirs from the Older Women's Legacy Circles. The show will air on Austin public television station KLRU on Friday Dec. 26th at noon and 9:00pm, and on Sunday, Dec. 28th at 5:30 p.m.
Laura Wilson, photographer and author of the new release Avedon at Work: In the American West, will be joined by Richard Avedon for two Texas lectures in November. They will discuss the book, based on their experiences in the early 1980s taking portraits of ordinary people in the American West for the 1985 exhibit commissioned by the Amon Carter Museum of Fort Worth. On Wednesday, November 19, the lecture and booksigning will be in Austin at the Jessen Auditorium, University of Texas, 6 p.m. On Thursday, November 20, it will take place at 6 p.m. at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.
Texas Book Festival Welcomes UT Press Authors