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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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Today’s Banned Book Week highlight is MALALA: MY STORY OF STANDING UP FOR GIRLS’ RIGHTS by Malala Yousafzai. On October ...
09/22/2022

Today’s Banned Book Week highlight is MALALA: MY STORY OF STANDING UP FOR GIRLS’ RIGHTS by Malala Yousafzai. On October 9, 2012, then fifteen-year-old Yousafzai was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school because of her active role in the fight for women's education in Taliban-controlled Pakistan. After almost dying, Yousafzai continued the fight for girls’ education louder and stronger than ever. Her work has made her the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Yousafzai then published I AM MALALA, an autobiographical account of her life and activism. MALALA: MY STORY… is an adaptation of this autobiography that tells the same story, but in a chapter book with easier language making it more accessible for younger readers.

Both MALALA: MY STORY OF STANDING UP FOR GIRLS’ RIGHTS and Yousafzai’s other children’s book MALALA’S MAGIC PENCIL have been banned in Pennsylvania’s Central York School District for its inclusion of racial and religious conflicts. Following in this example, this year the Central Bucks School District as enacted an unprecedented book banning policy that enables any district resident to challenge books available in schools, even if they do not have a child attending any Central Bucks District school.

Learn More Here:
https://whyy.org/articles/central-bucks-schools-book-ban-policy

Today is the autumnal equinox, which means it is officially fall!Fall: the bookworm's season of delight where the leaves...
09/22/2022

Today is the autumnal equinox, which means it is officially fall!

Fall: the bookworm's season of delight where the leaves turn golden, the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg fill the coffeeshops, and it finally gets cool enough to read outside without sweating through your shirt. Have a great first day of the season!

Event Alert for folks in the Des Moines area! Beaverdale Books and the Raccoon Reading Series have come together to put ...
09/22/2022

Event Alert for folks in the Des Moines area! Beaverdale Books and the Raccoon Reading Series have come together to put together a THREE author meetup on September 27th! Mark your calendars for 6:30pm to meet Jody Keisner, author of UNDER MY BED, Kristine Langley Mahler, author of CURING SEASON, and our very own John T. Price, author of ALL IS LEAF.

For more information about this event:
https://beaverdalebooks.com/event/meet-the-authors-2/

For more information about ALL IS LEAF:
https://uipress.uiowa.edu/books/all-leaf

Today we highlight MAUS by Art Spiegelman. MAUS is a graphic novelization of the life of Art Speigelman’s father, who wa...
09/21/2022

Today we highlight MAUS by Art Spiegelman. MAUS is a graphic novelization of the life of Art Speigelman’s father, who was held prisoner in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. MAUS is the only graphic novel to ever be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and today it is overwhelmingly lauded as a brutally important recounting of the experiences of those who survived the Holocaust, and is often used as an educational text in schools for this reason.

This year MAUS was banned from curriculums and libraries in all McMinn County Schools in Tennessee. Despite national uproar over the removal of such an impactful and important text, four months later the State of Tennessee passed legislation that gives the State the power to control what books are offered in school libraries, as well as the ability to veto and alter individual teachers’ curriculum decisions, all with no required input from educators or State residents. This is on top of a pre-existing policy that allows any person in the state to challenge a book’s availability in school libraries for any reason - from sexual content, to LGBTQ+ themes, to a child’s skateboard having a ‘Black Lives Matter’ sticker in one illustration of a children’s book.

Learn More Here:
https://tn.chalkbeat.org/2022/4/28/23047535/book-ban-tennessee-textbook-commission-legislation-age-appropriate

Today’s banned book highlight: THIS IS YOUR TIME by Ruby Bridges. Written as a letter from civil rights activist and ico...
09/20/2022

Today’s banned book highlight: THIS IS YOUR TIME by Ruby Bridges. Written as a letter from civil rights activist and icon Ruby Bridges to the reader, THIS IS YOUR TIME is both a recounting of Ruby’s experience as a child who had to be escorted to class by federal marshals when she was chosen to be one of the first black students to integrate into New Orleans’ all-white public school system and an appeal to generations to come to effect change.

THIS IS YOUR TIME is among the 700+ books currently banned, banned pending investigation, or banned pending review in the Texas school systems. A review from PEN America has revealed that the state of Texas has the most banned books in the U.S. This number only continues to rise. In October 2021, Republication State Representative Matt Krause published a list of 850 titles to Texas school districts, asking them to investigate and report on which of the titles they held in libraries or classrooms. All books on the list have been designated to pull for review, making any form of them inaccessible to students until the review is complete, though many Texas school librarians are pushing back against the measure.

Learn More Here:
https://pen.org/banned-in-the-usa/

And for a list of all books challenged in 2021-2022 from PEN America, check out this spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hTs_PB7KuTMBtNMESFEGuK-0abzhNxVv4tgpI5-iKe8/edit#gid=1171606318

It's Banned Books Week! Banned Books Week was created to draw attention to the rapidly growing rate of book censorship i...
09/19/2022

It's Banned Books Week! Banned Books Week was created to draw attention to the rapidly growing rate of book censorship in the United States. Book bans are defined as: legal actions that restrict books from public access - whether that be through public libraries, public school libraries, or use in public school curriculums.

Book bans often target literature that addresses diverse and minority groups across America, such as books about race, religion, and LGBTQ+ identities.

Learn more about the current state of book banning here: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/90366-pen-america-report-shows-rapid-acceleration-of-book-bans-in-schools-nationwide.html

In honor of Banned Books Week, we will be doing a week of Banned Book Highlights. These highlights will feature a book banned in the US, an explanation of why the book is censored, and an update on book banning and its consequences in one of the places where the book has been removed from circulation.

Our week of banned book highlights begins with GENDER Q***R: A MEMOIR by Maia Kobabe (e/em/eir). GENDER Q***R is an autobiographical comic that details Kobabe’s journey of self discovery. The book was started as a way to explain Kobabe’s nonbinary gender identity and asexuality to eir family, and is now heralded as a candid and touching guide to the ups and downs of gender identity exploration. GENDER Q***R was the most banned book in the United States in 2021. It was and is regularly challenged for its discussion of q***r identities and sexuality.

GENDER Q***R was also among the banned books at the Patmos Library in Jamestown Township, Michigan, that has now lost 84% of their operational funding for refusing to pull from their shelves this year. Citizens of Jamestown Township called for a removal of all books containing LGBTQ+ themes - 90 pieces out of 67,000 - from the library. The Patmos Library refused to pull the books, calling the ban proposal unacceptable. Now the only library in Jamestown Township is likely to close, leaving 8,000 citizens without access to any library resources.

Learn More About This Here: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2022/08/17/lgbtq-books-patmos-library-jamestown-twp/10297902002/

There are 11 days left to submit to the Iowa Short Fiction Awards! To celebrate this last month of submissions, we're sp...
09/19/2022

There are 11 days left to submit to the Iowa Short Fiction Awards! To celebrate this last month of submissions, we're spotlighting the works of previous winners. Today we have the honor of showcasing YOU NEVER GET IT BACK by Cara Blue Adams. Witty, insightful, and elegant, YOU NEVER GET IT BACK offers glimpses into the life of Kate, a young woman, as she works to discover what she wants from the world while traveling to every corner of the United States. If you liked OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout, then this collection of stories grappling with social class, gender, ambition, violence, and the distance between longing and having is certain to catch your interest.
https://uipress.uiowa.edu/books/you-never-get-it-back

Remember, submissions must be postmarked by September 30! Winners will be published by the University of Iowa Press. For more details, check out our website:

https://uipress.uiowa.edu/resources/prospective-authors/iowa-short-fiction-award

Explaining the plot of your favorite book? Talking about your latest story idea? Looking at your search history after tr...
09/16/2022

Explaining the plot of your favorite book? Talking about your latest story idea? Looking at your search history after trying to figure out if that offhand comment on page 62 was historically accurate or not? Truly, this line from HAMLET captures exactly what it's like to be a book nerd.

Do you like to collect quotes as much as we do? So did Shakespeare! Shakespeare and other Renaissance readers kept collections of their favorite phrases, meaningful lines, or inspiring plot details in books called commonplace books. These organized notebooks would be with the reader while they read as an annotation tool. Then, when writers like Shakespeare sat down to pen their works, they would go through the commonplace books and use what they had noted from other texts to help them along in their work! This practice is how we got a lot of the famous plays we still quote today—and how Shakespeare only came up with the plot for a handful of them.

Learn more about commonplacing here:
http://www.adamghooks.net/2012/08/how-to-read-like-renaissance-reader.html

Or here:
https://writingcooperative.com/the-lost-art-of-commonplacing-e6049489c6f7

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"Path of Totality", a poem by Michele Glazer | https://poems.com/poem/path-of-totality/ via Poetry Daily and University of Iowa Press
"Path of Totality", a poem by Michele Glazer | https://poems.com/poem/path-of-totality/ via Poetry Daily and University of Iowa Press
"A powerful antidote to loneliness, apathy, and the myth of perfect politics." Elizabeth Hall reviews Arianne Zwartjes's THESE DARK SKIES, a new essay collection from University of Iowa Press: https://www.full-stop.net/2022/08/29/reviews/elizabeth-hall/these-dark-skies-arianne-zwartjes/
"Vacation", a poem by Rita Dove | https://poets.org/poem/vacation via The Academy of American Poets and University of Iowa Press
"Vacation", a poem by Rita Dove | https://poets.org/poem/vacation via The Academy of American Poets and University of Iowa Press
"The collection shows how everyday life can degenerate into disillusionment, leading to a hesitant desire to become someone different." New review of ANTIPODES by Holly Goddard Jones. University of Iowa Press
Happy Pub Day to UNC Greensboro #fiction writer Holly Goddard Jones! ANTIPODES launches today from University of Iowa Press: https://www.scuppernongbooks.com/book/9781609388294
Happy Pub Day to my friend and colleague, Holly Goddard Jones! ANTIPODES launches today from University of Iowa Press:
I super enjoyed Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory, and Family by Madhushree Ghosh, fresh off the press from University of Iowa Press! I hope you will too. :)
University of Iowa Press Spotlight! Carolyn Chalmers's new book tells how, "Decades before the #MeToo movement, Chinese American professor Jean Jew M.D. brought a lawsuit against the University of Iowa, alleging a sexually hostile work environment within the university’s College of Medicine. Carolyn Chalmers was her lawyer. This book tells the inside story of pioneering litigation unfolding during the eight years of a university investigation, a watershed federal trial, and a state court jury trial. They Don’t Want Her There is a brilliant, original work of legal history that is deeply personal and shows today’s professional women just how recently some of our rights have been won—and at what cost." They Don't Want Her There is available now from University of Iowa Press!
I forgot to do #WhatchaReadingWednesday last week because I was traipsing around Chicago bookstores! I went to Uncharted Books, Women & Children First Bookstore, Quimby's Bookstore, Myopic Bookstore, and The Book Cellar––all fantastic! Anyway, share what you're currently reading. :) I just finished Khabaar: An Immigrant Journey of Food, Memory and Family by Madhushree Ghosh, the latest out from University of Iowa Press. It was excellent and I highly recommend! Stay tuned for a full review on Monday.
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT 📣 We are so excited to share more information with our community about the first-ever 📚 Great Bookmarks Challenge 🔖!!! The big event kicks of next Friday, April 8th and runs through May 18th. Scroll through to learn more about how to participate, find out what kind of prizes you could win, and check out this year’s locations. The Great Bookmarks Challenge is a community-wide literary themed scavenger hunt. Participants will learn about our community's rich literary roots and contemporary happenings. Each station contains a unique writing challenge, so get ready to get creative and have fun! By visiting each station and submitting your entry as instructed below, you will have the chance to win all sorts of fun prizes from our generous area business partners. Visit our website to learn more, download your maps 🗺, and set your intention to win all sorts of cool prizes. Huge thanks to our partners, supporters, and friends! All raffle prizes were generously donated by our business and community partners. Huge thanks to Johnson County Conservation, Sidekick Coffee & Books, Iowa Book, Iowa City Parks and Recreation Department, University of Iowa Center for the Book, International Writing Program, Iowa City Public Library, North Liberty Library, Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, Hancher, University of Iowa Press, Basta Pizzeria Ristorante, The Highlander Hotel, RAYGUNshirts, The Englert Theatre, Daydreams Comics, Beadology Iowa, The Iowa Children's Museum, New Pioneer Food Co-op, and others! More info can be found here: https://iywp.org/great-bookmarks-challenge #iowacity #iowa #greatbookmarkschallenge2022 #iywp #scavengerhunt #universityofiowa #gohawks #uofi #unescocityofliterature #writingcommunity #writing #writemore #thingstodoiniowacity #libraries #parks #conservation #optoutside #explore #exploremore #thinkiowacity
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