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As the only university press in the state, Iowa is also dedicated to preserving the literature, history, culture, wildlife, and natural areas of the Midwest. For scholars and students, we publish reference and course books in the areas of archaeology, American studies, American history, literary studies, theatre studies, and the craft of writing. For general readers, we publish the winners of the

As the only university press in the state, Iowa is also dedicated to preserving the literature, history, culture, wildlife, and natural areas of the Midwest. For scholars and students, we publish reference and course books in the areas of archaeology, American studies, American history, literary studies, theatre studies, and the craft of writing. For general readers, we publish the winners of the

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Celebrate Earth Month with us now by perusing our books about the environment and nature!
04/02/2022

Celebrate Earth Month with us now by perusing our books about the environment and nature!

CHALLENGING PREGNANCY is the story of Genevieve Grabman’s harrowing pregnancy and the science and politics of maternal h...
03/31/2022

CHALLENGING PREGNANCY is the story of Genevieve Grabman’s harrowing pregnancy and the science and politics of maternal healthcare in the United States, where every person must self-advocate for the desired outcome of their own pregnancy.

03/30/2022

I have a book of short stories coming out in May, and Jonathan Miles reviewed it in the April/May issue of GARDEN AND GUN. There's no online version for me to link here, unfortunately, and I cherish every word of it, but here's an excerpt:

"Blazingly alive. Jones's characters...have moms and kids and Pinterest accounts and antidepressent prescriptions and husbands who can be sweetly earnest but miss the point all the same. Jones adheres to no privacy policy with her characters, rooting through their psyches, scopping out their secrets, spilling every bean. As a result, her eleven stories crackle with the messy, bristly particulars of modern life, and record, with the fidelity of an ASMR track, what the poet Kat Ryan called 'the small plop ordinary lives make...But what you'll also find is a fresh and invigorating weirdness...She dashes her realism with fabulism, horror, suspense, satire, even an eighth teaspoon of paperback romance. She doesn't limit herself. Jones grabs whatever elements she wants from literature's periodic table to convey--sometimes mournfully, always vibrantly--what it feels like to be alive at this strange and unsteady moment."

It's a special kind of joy to be read with this much specificity and sincerity, by someone who got exactly what I was trying to do and granted me maximum credit for pulling it off. If you come across the issue, you'll find it on page 48.

March is coming to an end as is Women's History Month. But it's never too late to support female authors like Madhushree...
03/30/2022

March is coming to an end as is Women's History Month. But it's never too late to support female authors like Madhushree Ghosh, whose food memoir KHABAAR: AN IMMIGRANT JOURNEY OF FOOD, MEMORY, AND FAMILY, is coming out next week!

https://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/books/9781609388232/khabaar

Check BEHIND THE BIG HOUSE: RECONCILING SLAVERY, RACE, AND HERITAGE IN THE U.S. SOUTH by Jodi Skipper, on sale now!“Skip...
03/29/2022

Check BEHIND THE BIG HOUSE: RECONCILING SLAVERY, RACE, AND HERITAGE IN THE U.S. SOUTH by Jodi Skipper, on sale now!

“Skipper has illuminated for us one of the most pressing issues in American identity—how we reckon with our own original sin of enslavement. More than that, she’s illuminating a path to redemption lit by thoughtful engagement, open eyes, and open hearts. This book is the intersection of mindfulness and hope.”—Michael W. Twitty, James Beard Award–winning author, THE COOKING GENE

https://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/books/9781609388171/behind-the-big-house

The short story is a form uniquely suited to experimentation and play. Five fiction writers discuss innovative approache...
03/25/2022

The short story is a form uniquely suited to experimentation and play. Five fiction writers discuss innovative approaches to the short story in their own work and the work of writers whom they admire, reflecting on what premises and constraints have proved fruitful for them and for others, thinking through the purpose of experimentation—what it makes possible, both for the writer and the reader—and offering exercises to prompt writers who hope to experiment in their own work.

Hot Off the Press: BEHIND THE BIG HOUSE: RECONCILING SLAVERY, RACE, AND HERITAGE IN THE U.S. SOUTH by Jodi Skipper.“Skip...
03/23/2022

Hot Off the Press: BEHIND THE BIG HOUSE: RECONCILING SLAVERY, RACE, AND HERITAGE IN THE U.S. SOUTH by Jodi Skipper.

“Skipper has illuminated for us one of the most pressing issues in American identity—how we reckon with our own original sin of enslavement. More than that, she’s illuminating a path to redemption lit by thoughtful engagement, open eyes, and open hearts. This book is the intersection of mindfulness and hope.”—Michael W. Twitty, James Beard Award–winning author, THE COOKING GENE

https://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/books/9781609388171/behind-the-big-house

Continue celebrating Women's History Month by reading Sufiya Abdur-Rahman's powerful memoir.“It’s a marvel the way Abdur...
03/18/2022

Continue celebrating Women's History Month by reading Sufiya Abdur-Rahman's powerful memoir.

“It’s a marvel the way Abdur-Rahman blends cultural criticisms and reflections on media into a memoir about the stories we inherit and choose to tell. With quick prose and stunning insight, she skillfully widens intimate family portraits into histories of the American Civil Rights movement. She captures the challenges and triumphs of keeping faith in an ideology, keeping faith in our loved ones. HEIR TO THE CRESCENT MOON is a deeply personal account of learning to navigate the limitless possibilities of being Black and Muslim and a woman.”—Donald Edem Quist, author, HARBORS

https://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/books/9781609387822/heir-to-the-crescent-moon

In case you missed yesterday's interview with the wonderful Madhushree Ghosh on WNYC's All Of It, check it out here! KHA...
03/17/2022
'Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family' | All Of It | WNYC

In case you missed yesterday's interview with the wonderful Madhushree Ghosh on WNYC's All Of It, check it out here! KHABAAR's official pub date is April 4th; order your copy today!

Bengali American author Madhushree Ghosh explores concepts such as identity and belonging as a South East Asian immigrant in her new food memoir.

University of Iowa Graduate College students: Like working with books? Consider applying for your Graduate Assistantship...
03/14/2022

University of Iowa Graduate College students: Like working with books? Consider applying for your Graduate Assistantship with the U Iowa Press! We have 2 positions open. See Handshake for full details.

Today for Women's History Month check out KICKING ASS IN A CORSET by @AndreaKayneOfficial! “KICKING ASS IN A CORSET is a...
03/11/2022

Today for Women's History Month check out KICKING ASS IN A CORSET by @AndreaKayneOfficial!

“KICKING ASS IN A CORSET is a practical and insightful guide to finding one’s resolve and agency under great constraint and in trying times. This book is a road map for women leaders who want to tap into their own reserve of power to lead consciously, skillfully, and fearlessly. As someone who believes in the power of cultivating our leadership skills in all areas of life, Kayne’s work is a necessary and supportive addition to my bookshelf.”—Angella M. Nazarian, author, PIONEERS OF THE POSSIBLE: CELEBRATING VISIONARY WOMEN OF THE WORLD

Get your copy of CHALLENGING PREGNANCY on sale today through our website! “A compelling read that educates the reader an...
03/08/2022

Get your copy of CHALLENGING PREGNANCY on sale today through our website!

“A compelling read that educates the reader and exposes the harms caused when our medical system treats women like vessels.”—Julie F. Kay, coauthor, CONTROLLING WOMEN: WHAT WE MUST DO NOW TO SAVE REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM

https://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/books/9781609388157/challenging-pregnancy

Today for Women's History Month check out GREEN CHILI AND OTHER IMPOSTORS by Nina Mukerjee Furstenau! “I was mesmerized ...
03/04/2022

Today for Women's History Month check out GREEN CHILI AND OTHER IMPOSTORS by Nina Mukerjee Furstenau!

“I was mesmerized by this ambitious book—a blend of memoir, research, and food lore—from start to finish. From inside her farmhouse kitchen in Missouri to the home of a traditional cheesemaker outside Kolkata, from the fish pond in her grandmother’s garden to the tea gardens of Makaibari, I walked with the author as she took me to multiple, flavor-rich worlds.”—Sayantani Dasgupta, author, WOMEN WHO MISBEHAVE

Couldn't agree more!
03/04/2022

Couldn't agree more!

Yes!

Hot off the Press: CHALLENGING PREGNANCY: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE POLITICS AND SCIENCE OF HEALTHCARE IN AMERICA by Genevie...
03/01/2022

Hot off the Press: CHALLENGING PREGNANCY: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE POLITICS AND SCIENCE OF HEALTHCARE IN AMERICA by Genevieve Grabman

“A compelling read that educates the reader and exposes the harms caused when our medical system treats women like vessels.”—Julie F. Kay, coauthor, CONTROLLING WOMEN: WHAT WE MUST DO NOW TO SAVE REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM
https://www.uipress.uiowa.edu/books/9781609388157/challenging-pregnancy

Celebrate #womenshistorymonth 2022 with us by taking a look at some of our recent and upcoming books!
03/01/2022

Celebrate #womenshistorymonth 2022 with us by taking a look at some of our recent and upcoming books!

BEHIND THE BIG HOUSE gives readers a candid, behind-the-scenes look at what it really takes to interpret the difficult h...
02/28/2022

BEHIND THE BIG HOUSE gives readers a candid, behind-the-scenes look at what it really takes to interpret the difficult history of slavery in the U.S. South. The book explores Jodi Skipper’s eight-year collaboration with the Behind the Big House program, a community-based model used at local historic sites to address slavery in the collective narrative of U.S. history and culture. In laying out her experiences through an autoethnographic approach, Skipper seeks to help other activist scholars of color negotiate the nuances of place, the academic public sphere, and its ambiguous systems of reward, recognition, and evaluation.

Congratulations to YOU NEVER GET IT BACK for making The Story Prize 2021 longlist!!
02/25/2022

Congratulations to YOU NEVER GET IT BACK for making The Story Prize 2021 longlist!!

In this first book of essays devoted entirely to Nathaniel Mackey’s work, prominent critics respond to a major oeuvre th...
02/25/2022

In this first book of essays devoted entirely to Nathaniel Mackey’s work, prominent critics respond to a major oeuvre that is at once affirmative and utopic, negational and dystopic. Contributors:
Maria Damon, Joseph Donahue, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Norman Finkelstein, Luke Harley, Paul Jaussen, Adalaide Morris, Fred Moten, Peter O’Leary, Anthony Reed

So excited to see this interview with Nina Mukerjee Furstenau about her recently released book GREEN CHILI AND OTHER IMP...
02/23/2022

So excited to see this interview with Nina Mukerjee Furstenau about her recently released book GREEN CHILI AND OTHER IMPOSTERS and Madhushree Ghosh, author of the forthcoming KHABAAR: AN IMMIGRANT JOURNEY OF FOOD, MEMORY, AND FAMILY via @BOMBMagazine!

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Hello, please check out my new vlog, WILDLAND SENTINEL. This video features Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officer, author, and Hikowa artist Erika Billerbeck seeing her printed Hikeowa designs for the first time. A ride-along with Sergeant Billerbeck through Palisades-Kepler State Park in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area in Johnson County, Iowa, as she recalls an incident she wrote about in her book, Wildland Sentinel: Field Notes from an Iowa Conservation Officer. University of Iowa Press, 2020. Band practice with The Complete Disaster and a ruck through South Sycamore in Des Moines, Iowa. Enjoy!
Tomorrow, 2/23/22, Sufiya Abdur-Rahman, discusses and reads from HEIR TO THE CRESCENT MOON, winner of the Iowa Prize in Literary Nonfiction from University of Iowa Press, at 5:30pm on Zoom (RSVP below). #antiracismUMD #CLCS_umd
Upon relocating from California to Iowa last winter, one of the first things I did was bundle up and hit the trails of the state parks and conservation areas. As a lover of the outdoors and hiking, I figured there’s no better way to get to know my new home state than to put miles down on foot. The second thing I did was go on the University of Iowa Press website and buy a stack of books detailing Iowa’s archaeological, political, agricultural, and natural history to read at home while thawing out from my snowbound rambles. It was a great and memorable winter of wandering through the trails and pages of Iowa. One of the many books I purchased and read last winter was Wildland Sentinel: Field Notes from an Iowa Conservation Officer by Erika Billerbeck: Author of Wildland Sentinel. This book stood out as part heartfelt memoir, part thoughtful conservation essay, and a compassionate look into the life of a female law enforcement officer. Filled with humor, adventure, and tragedy, I read through it in a matter of days, often stopping to recount passages to my wife, Ann, and daughter Lucy. I loved the artwork throughout the book, how it complimented and gave an even deeper dimension to the storytelling. It was no surprise then to discover the author herself did the art. This led me to reach out to Erika to see if she might be interested in doing some designs for a hiking brand I had dreamed up: Hikeowa. When she enthusiastically responded that she would, I decided it was time to take the Hikeowa idea from dream to reality. Erika sent me several drawings that would become the foundation for Hikeowa’s identity and our first product offering. This past summer, I joined Sergeant Billerbeck for a couple of ride-alongs on water and land. Beyond the pages of her book, Sergeant Billerbeck gave me the opportunity to observe first-hand the work of an Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer and all that it entails. Out in the field, I learned even more about the job and Billerbeck as an officer and a person, which further strengthened my appreciation for her, her colleagues, and their efforts to protect Iowa’s natural areas. Read the full-length story here: https://www.hikeowa.com/erika-billerbeck Photo: Madison Kim-photographer
“Every sentence in every story is nuanced and complete, creating layers of meaning in which loneliness and longing are palpable, woven into each word — then again, so is determination and fortitude.” New review of Cara Blue Adams’ YOU NEVER GET IT BACK. University of Iowa Press
“Trust yourself and your own vision for your work.” This week’s #TenQuestions features Blake Sanz, whose debut story collection, The Boundaries of Their Dwelling, will be published on October 15 by the University of Iowa Press. #10Q4:
👋 Hello from IWP’s 2021 round of Fall Residents, currently 14 writers from 14 countries, here in #IowaCity! We’re so excited they’ve finally made it to the U.S. 🇺🇸 This year is certainly unusual, but it really is happening! Come along by joining us online for our first reading of the 2021 IWP Fall Residency this Friday: https://fb.me/e/1J4kMz6D0 And get details on future events and opportunities via our email list here! 📨http://eepurl.com/3FSqv *We hope several more writers-in-residence will join the group in Iowa City shortly, once travel challenges subside! C'est la 2021, but we persevere. #ExchangeOurWorld Iowa City Unesco City Of Literature The Writing University at UIOWA University of Iowa Chong Mui Ngam Alexandra Katsarou U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS Εκδόσεις Πατάκη-Patakis Publishers Sarah Blau Fulbright Israel Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State USAinUAE Dominika Slw U.S. Embassy Warsaw Renée Edwige Dro US Embassy Abidjan Gabrielė Labanauskaitė JAV Ambasada Vilniuje / U.S. Embassy Vilnius Imam Baksh - Writer U.S. Embassy Guyana Dominika Slowik Diana del Angel Xosiyat Rustamova U.S. Embassy Tashkent Hena Kim Muthi Nhlema U.S. Embassy Lilongwe Think Iowa City Iowa City Downtown District Iowa City Public Library Coralville Public Library The City of Iowa City Government Press-Citizen Media The Gazette Little Village Mag University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts University of Iowa Department of Dance University of Iowa Press University of Iowa International Programs
I'm thrilled to let you know that my book, Kicking Ass in a Corset: Jane Austen’s Six Principles for Living and Leading from the Inside Out (University of Iowa Press), is available TODAY. Learn how to tune out the external noise and listen to yourself so that you can truly live and lead from the inside out. Links to order the paperback, audiobook, and e-book are HERE: https://andreakayne.com/the-book/ #kickingassinacorset
Chuy Renteria, Hancher's public engagement coordinator, has a book coming out very soon from University of Iowa Press. We're so excited to read "We Heard It When We Were Young." Check out this great interview with Chuy in The Daily Iowan.
In "The Sacred Cause of Union: Iowa and the Civil War," author Thomas R. Baker focuses on Iowa's role in reuniting the United States when the battle over slavery tore it asunder. Join him and Annals of Iowa Editor Andrew Klumpp online when they discuss the book during the next Iowa History Book Club program Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. Register at bit.ly/3hGfdoU. #IowaCulture #IowaHistory #Iowa175 #CivilWar #IowaBooks University of Iowa Press
In "The Sacred Cause of Union: Iowa and the Civil War," author Thomas Baker highlights Iowa's role in reuniting the United States when the battle over slavery tore it asunder. Join Thomas and Annals of Iowa Editor Andrew Klumpp as they discuss the book during the next Iowa History Book Club at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9. Learn more and register in advance at iowaculture.gov/Iowa-History-Book-Club. #IowaCulture #IowaHistory #Iowa175 University of Iowa Press #CivilWar
Honored that Kicking Ass in a Corset (University of Iowa Press pub date: 9/15/21) was included in Society Nineteen's fall 2021 nonfiction previews! http://www.societynineteenjournal.com/2021/06/of-interest-to-nineteenists-fall.html
The next #iowahistorybookclub will take place on September 9 at 7:00 p.m. Our next book club will focus on the book "The Sacred Cause of the Union: Iowa and the Civil War" by Thomas R. Baker. Be sure to register in advance! Learn more and register here: https://iowaculture.gov/Iowa-History-Book-Club #IowaHistory #Iowa175 #IowaCulture University of Iowa Press Beaverdale Books