Mar 15

Around the Press in 80 Books: Best of LSU Fiction

In celebration of LSUP’s 80th anniversary the staff selected 80 of our most memorable titles. Adding to our “Around the Press in 80 Books” blog series, Associate Director of Development Tori Gill writes about Best of LSU Fiction.

AlexiusBESTFICTION_JktfrontHRThere are two components of Nolde Alexius and Judy Kahn’s, Best of LSU Fiction that drew me in: its collaborative origin and its symbol of LSU’s strong literary presence.  As a relative “newbie” to the world of LSU literature I have found that Nolde and Judy did a fantastic job of revealing to me the treasure of this region’s fictional writing.

Serving in a development role, I find the long list of names acknowledged in the back of the book astounding!  Over seventy people gave generously to support this endeavor.  What an incredible statement and affirmation of Nolde and Judy’s discovery.  LSU’s literary legacy is appreciated far beyond campus lines it is revered by so many.

The twenty authors that are included in the publication collectively, old and new, symbolize LSU’s vast array of talented writers.  I have to admit when I first picked up the book I recognized some authors but not many.  After reading through there is no doubt why the pieces were chosen.  Warren’s depiction of life on a small Tennessee farm, and Bradley’s description of Baton Rouge landmarks make words on paper seem real and relatable.

Thank you to Nolde and Judy for their hard work and commitment in creating a tangible piece of LSU literary history.  Whether you read this book to enjoy pieces of literature you already know as masterful, or in my case as an introduction, you will close the book with the same lasting impression: “wow.”

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Mar 15

Around the Press in 80 Books: Origins of the New South, 1877-1913

In celebration of LSUP’s 80th anniversary the staff selected 80 of our most memorable titles. Adding to our “Around the Press in 80 Books” blog series, Executive Editor Rand Dotson writes about Origins of the New South, 1877-1913.

Origins of the New SouthAt some point in his or her academic career, every southern historian encounters C. Vann Woodward’s Origins of the New South, 1877-1913. It stands sixty-four years after its publication as one of the cornerstones of southern historiography; a book that all scholarship on the modern south addresses in some fashion or another. They all read it, and if they are like me, they leave its 654 pages a little awed by the breadth of Woodward’s accomplishments, not the least of which is his recasting the post-war South as a place that few historians before him would have recognized. It is a book that today is so iconic and influential that no one even feels the need to use its full title, they just call it Origins.

Published in 1951 as volume 9 in LSU Press’s “A History of the South” series, Origins of the New South won the prestigious Bancroft Prize from Columbia University the following year. Reviewers hailed it as one of the finest books on American history that would be published in the twentieth century as well as a work that would force historians to rewrite much of the South’s history, praise that in both cases turned out to be entirely true. In it, Woodward rightfully and trenchantly assails the very notion of a New South, casting the transformations of the period not as progress, but as one of the ultimate swindles in U.S. history. He destroys myths that long needed destroying, and he does so with the sort of verve and wit that makes the book seem ageless. At LSU Press, we consider Origins among the most treasured jewels of our long backlist; a title that is emblematic of why university publishing matters.

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Mar 15

Around the Press in 80 Books: A Confederacy of Dunces

In celebration of LSUP’s 80th anniversary the staff selected 80 of our most memorable titles. Adding to our “Around the Press in 80 Books” blog series, Assistant to the Director Erica Bossier writes about A Confederacy of Dunces.

TooleDUNCES35th_jktfrontI don’t think a week goes by without some type of rights inquiry for A Confederacy of Dunces.  It is amazing how many “bests” lists of 20th century novels this title is on every year and how beloved the characters are all over the world.  It has been translated into over 27 languages and when our copies of the translations are delivered, it is fascinating to see the interpretation of the cover art from other cultures.  The book has never been out of print since its initial publication in 1980.  When I visit New Orleans I see so many things that remind me of reading this novel and it makes me smile and appreciate the book and the city even more.

To work for LSU Press, the publisher of this iconic comic novel , and to look through the files and see the story of how this book was published, and to work with our agents on subsidiary rights for this title is something I will always remember from my time at LSU Press.  We’re all looking forward to the stage version in November!

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Mar 15

Around the Press in 80 Books: The Complete Works of Kate Chopin

In celebration of LSUP’s 80th anniversary the staff selected 80 of our most memorable titles. Adding to our “Around the Press in 80 Books” blog series, Director MaryKatherine Callaway writes about The Complete Works of Kate Chopin.

Academic 0807131512publishers often focus their lists on new scholarship in various fields, bringing into print contributions that offer fresh research, assert a different argument, or ground those findings within a broader context.

Occasionally, however, we also have the opportunity to issue a book containing older work, important writing by authors who for various reasons have dropped out of print and off the syllabus.

One such book is THE COMPLETE WORKS OF KATE CHOPIN, edited by the late Per Seyersted, a professor at the University of Oslo. He succeeded in gathering together all of Chopin’s previously unpublished and published works. Kate Chopin, born in 1850, often used Louisiana as the setting for her work, and she wrote prolifically—some would say frantically—to support herself and her six children after the untimely death of her husband.

First published by LSU Press in the Fall of 1969 in two hardcover volumes with a foreword by the renowned literary critic Edmund Wilson, these 1024 pages contain all of Chopin’s writing: 96 short stories, 20 poems, several essays, and two novels, some in print for the first time.

Seyersted added an appendix with a wealth of invaluable information, including the publication dates, where the works were published, and notes on the changes Chopin made at various stages.

Publication of this edition played a large part in reigniting interest in Chopin’s writing, and today she is one of a handful of nineteenth century American women writers taught and read worldwide.

The Press later combined the two volumes into one hardcover volume, published a paperback edition in 2006, and an ebook in 2012.

We are proud to think of the many thousands of scholars, students, and general readers who have enjoyed Kate Chopin’s writing because they opened this book.

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Mar 15

Around the Press in 80 Books: Talking About Movies with Jesus

In celebration of LSUP’s 80th anniversary the staff selected 80 of our most memorable titles. Adding to our “Around the Press in 80 Books” blog series, Associate Financial Operations Manager Leslie Green writes about LSUP and The Southern Review poet David Kirby and his collection, Talking About Movies with Jesus

One of the thKirbyTALKING_jktfrontHRings about working at LSU Press is not only do we get to work with some of the most brilliant writers but, it turns out, they are all really nice, delightful people. Publishing is akin to a theater production in that there are many people behind the scenes making it all turn into magic. And our writers understand that, especially, David Kirby. He respects the important contributions made by our editorial, design and production, and marketing staff.

David Kirby’s poetry is great in manuscript form, but have you seen the cover art for Talking about Movies with Jesus? It is quintessential David Kirby, all full of cultural references and jokes. Sometimes our writers have art they very much want featured on the covers of their books and that is helpful. But in this case, our designer, Michelle Neustrom, made the image for David. He loved it. And David is symptomatic of all our writers, not only are they passionate about their work, they also understand that the people here at LSU Press truly care about their books.

David has published five collections with LSU Press. To quote Amy Gerstler, “these poems loop and maneuver through the weighty and hilarious with an unerring sense of proportion, studded with delicious tidbits of music, religion, history, wit.” This particular collection is my favorite, so far, from a poet who is prolific, thank goodness.

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Mar 15

Around the Press in 80 Books: Mike the Tiger

In celebration of LSUP’s 80th anniversary the staff selected 80 of our most memorable titles. Kicking off our “Around the Press in 80 Books” blog series, Financial Operations Manager Becky Brown writes about our University’s beloved mascot. 

BakerMIKE(2nd)_covfrontWhen you grow up in Baton Rouge, it’s just a given that you’ve visited Mike the Tiger on the LSU campus at least once in your life—probably multiple times.  It’s a tradition I’ve carried on with my children and hope to do with grandchildren someday.  Working on the LSU campus in the shadow of Tiger Stadium gives me the opportunity to visit Mike often, and I get a wonderful feeling of pride and satisfaction every time, knowing the long history and tradition of having a live Bengal tiger on our campus.  You never meet a stranger when you’re visiting Mike; he’s a conversation-starter for sure!  I’ve talked to numerous people who are passing through Baton Rouge just to visit Mike the Tiger.  And I love being able to share some of the stories, history, and legends of the six tigers who have been beloved Mikes.

Many of the stories in Mike the Tiger: The Roar of LSU are ones I remember from growing up in Baton Rouge and attending LSU. I enjoy flipping through the pages, absorbing the history, seeing the photos, re-living the memories.  Mike holds a special place in my heart and I know I’m not alone.  I’m so glad LSU Press published this book so that future generations know the reasons behind the long-standing traditions, and why Mike is so important to LSU.  It’s one of my absolute favorites and I’m proud to recommend it to anyone—particularly anyone who’s ever said, “meet me at the tiger cage”!

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Feb 15

LSU Press titles receive PROSE Award honorable mentions

Two LSU Press titles, Southern Waters by Craig Colten and In Tune by Ben Wynne, received PROSE Award honorable mentions. Congratulations to both authors!

Full list of 2015 PROSE Award winners

Jan 15

We’re 80!

80th logo_lsup-tsr_BW (1)This year marks LSU Press’s 80th anniversary and to celebrate our continuing contribution to scholarship and culture we will be highlighting select titles from our prestigious (and long) list of books.

As thriving university press for eight decades, LSU Press has been in operation throughout the Great Depression, World War II, and the centennial of the Civil War in the 1960s. The Press rang in the 1970s with poetry collections by Joyce Carol Oates and Miller Williams and was awarded its first Pulitzer Prize in 1980 for A Confederacy of Dunces. In the years following, LSU Press titles by Henry Taylor (1985), Lisel Mueller (1996), and Claudia Emerson (2005) would also win Pulitzer Prizes. As the publisher of historically important work like the classic, annotated edition of Twelve Years a Slave and as well as novels with significant cultural impact like The Lost Get-Back Boogie by James Lee Burke, LSU Press has remained an integral part of our University and its mission to disseminate knowledge and support creativity.

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Jan 15

Disease, Resistance, and Lies: A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

LSU Press is proud to announce that one of our 2014 titles has been selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine: Dale Graden’s Disease, Resistance, and Lies: The Demise of the Transatlantic Slave Trade to Brazil and Cuba.

In the early nineteenth century the major economic players of the Atlantic trade lanes—the United States, Brazil, and Cuba—witnessed explosive commercial growth. Commodities like cotton, coffee, and sugar contributed to the fantastic wealth of an elite few and the enslavement of many. As a result of an increased population and concurrent economic expansion, the United States widened its trade relationship with Cuba and Brazil, importing half of Brazil’s coffee exports and 82 percent of Cuba’s total exports by 1877. Disease, Resistance, and Lies examines the impact of these burgeoning markets on the Atlantic slave trade between these countries from 1808—when the U.S. government outlawed American involvement in the slave trade to Cuba and Brazil—to 1867, when slave traffic to Cuba ceased.

In his comparative study, Dale Graden engages several important historiographic debates, including the extent to which U.S. merchants and capital facilitated the slave trade to Brazil and Cuba, the role of infectious disease in ending the trade to those countries, and the effect of slave revolts in helping to bring the transatlantic slave trade to an end.

Graden situates the transatlantic slave trade within the expanding and rapidly changing international economy of the first half of the nineteenth century, offering a fresh analysis of the “Southern Triangle Trade” that linked Cuba, Brazil, and Africa. Disease, Resistance, and Lies challenges more conservative interpretations of the waning decades of the transatlantic slave trade by arguing that the threats of infectious disease and slave resistance both influenced policymakers to suppress slave traffic to Brazil and Cuba and also made American merchants increasingly unwilling to risk their capital in the transport of slaves.

DALE T. GRADEN is professor of history at the University of Idaho and the author of From Slavery to Freedom in Brazil: Bahia, 1835–1900. You can find out more about his book at our website.

Nov 14

Dr. V. Ray Cardozier (1923–2014)

CardozierLSU Press mourns the passing of Dr. V. Ray Cardozier, professor emeritus of higher education administration at the University of Texas at Austin, who died on November 2.

A native of Louisiana and a 1947 graduate of LSU, Dr. Cardozier served at several universities, authored many books, and honored LSU Press with a most extraordinary gift.

In 1994, Professor Cardozier established an endowed fund to “support the publication of scholarly books of merit that might not otherwise be publishable because of limited markets.” Books could come from a variety of fields, including history, biography, social sciences, public affairs and natural sciences.

The V. Ray Cardozier Fund has supported the publication of over 50 books in the past 20 years. They range in subject matter, but each one has benefitted from the generous gift of one man who wanted to make a difference and to strengthen LSU’s commitment to scholarly publishing.

Cardozier Fund recipients’ comments:

Having my edition of Anthony Benezet’s antislavery writings brought to print by LSU Press was the realization of a 20-year dream. The excellence of the Press’s editing and promotion staff made the resulting book far more satisfying than even I could have hoped.
David Crosby, ed. The Complete Antislavery Writings of Anthony Benezet, 1754-1783: An Annotated Critical Edition

For me, it has meant the satisfaction on seeing my book in print after years of thinking about the subject. And because my book is on Lincoln, it has I hope generated some conversation about the meaning of liberty, equality, and democracy, all things I am sure Mr. Cardozier (whom I never met) valued.
John Barr, Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present

The publication Delta Empire with such a distinguished press exposed the book to a much larger readership than would otherwise have been possible. More importantly, funding from the V. Ray Cardozier fund made it possible to price the book at a rate that would permit teachers to assign it to both undergraduate and graduate classes, extending the book’s readership even more.
Jeannie Whayne, Delta Empire: Lee Wilson and the Transformation of Agriculture in the New South

The publication of my book was the culmination of a several years-long effort to address an important aspect of pre-Civil War U.S. economic history: the role of the federal government in stimulating economic growth and development. My approach was necessarily quantitative, which made the eventual book more of a challenging read than I might have wished and, therefore, not likely to have seen publication without Mr. Cardozier’s endowment of LSU Press. I am profoundly grateful.
Paul Paskoff, Troubled Waters: Steamboat Disasters, River Improvements, and American Public Policy, 1821–1860

I am very grateful to Mr. Cardozier for his generous support of LSU Press. My first book with LSU helped land me a tenure track job, and my second book should help me get tenure. His support of the Press has been instrumental in the advancement of my career.
Jonathan White, Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln and Treason in the Civil War: The Trials of John Merryman

To see the final product, a result of many years of hard work preparing and researching and writing and editing a project of mine, finally in print and with a gorgeous cover, was one of the proudest moments of my life.
Aaron Astor, Rebels on the Border: Civil War, Emancipation, and the Reconstruction of Kentucky and Missouri

Publishing my book with the help of the V. Ray Cardozier Endowment at LSU Press allowed me to present more than ten years of research to a broader public than I ever would have realized through other means. Additionally, publication proved my professional development so that I not only earned a promotion, but also I found that other resources became available to me to help with my future research, as a result of my first publication.
Michael Gagnon, Transition to an Industrial South: Athens, Georgia, 1830–1870