Sep 12

LSU Museum of Art and LSU Press Celebrate Artist Clementine Hunter

LSU Press and the LSU MOA recognize the life and work of artist Clementine Hunter through a stunning new exhibit and the release of the first comprehensive biography on the artist. On September 13, 5:30 p.m.–8 :30 p.m. at the LSU Museum of Art, authors Art Shiver and Tom Whitehead will be signing copies of Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art in conjunction with the opening reception of the exhibit, Louisiana’s Artist: Clementine Hunter.

Art historians have noted that Clementine Hunter is one of the most important African American artists in recent history. The exhibition, Louisiana’s Artist: Clementine Hunter, along with the release of the LSU Press book Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art by Art Shiver and Tom Whitehead, provide a retrospective of the self-taught artist’s life and work. The exhibition visually highlights the range and passion of an artist who, in depicting the activities of her daily life, unknowingly documented one of the most significant times in history for Louisiana’s African American communities. The exhibit includes some never-before-seen paintings, as well as quilts, glass bottles, and the artist’s palette on loan from the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Louisiana State Library, Louisiana State Museum, and Tom Whitehead’s personal collection.

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Mar 12

Louisiana Bound in Lake Charles

Please join LSU Press and The Southern Review in Lake Charles, LA for Louisiana Bound (6-8 p.m., Thurs., April 5) featuring speakers MaryKatherine Callaway, Director of LSU Press, and Judy Kahn and Nolde Alexius, co-editors of Best of LSU Fiction, at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center (809 Kirby Street, Lake Charles, LA). Reception to follow | RSVP to pblevasseur@lsu.edu. Special thanks to Donna & Rick Richard, III / Empire of the Seed Historic Properties and The Arts and Humanities Council for SWLA.


Mar 12

Designing in Ivory & White Book Launch

Perron Book Launch, March 14, Old Governor's Mansion, Baton Rouge

Admission $10 

Cocktail attire. Refreshments provided.

Ticket sales will benefit LSU Press, a non-profit organization serving as the state’s premier academic publisher. Guests may buy a ticket at the door, or purchase online (BUY TICKET). You can also share this event on Facebook.

Jan 12

Second Annual “Evening with Great Authors”

We’re looking forward to the Second Annual Evening with Great Authors, hosted by the LSU Chapters of  Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Sigma Delta!  This event will be held on February 2 from 7-8:30 p.m. and benefits  Adult Literacy Advocates of Greater Baton Rouge (ALA), a nonprofit United Way volunteer organization. LSU Press is proud to support another local nonprofit organization dedicated to the value of reading as a way to celebrate Louisiana’s vibrant literary community.

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Jan 12

ART UNBOUND: URBANATURE Opening Event February 3, 2012, 6-8 p.m.

LSU Press and the LSU School of Art have partnered to present ART UNBOUND: URBANATURE, a juried student art competition and exhibition. The aim of this cross departmental, university-wide project is to encourage students to explore and express the deep relationship between visual arts and the written word. The competition challenges student participants to use books as the subject, medium, or inspiration and apply the 2012 School of Art theme of “URBANATURE.” The first of its kind, this collaborative opportunity seeks artwork that focuses on the interplay between the visual arts and literature within the setting of cityscapes and natural environments. Entrants were encouraged to interpret this statement with creativity, paying special attention to the LSU Press’s mission to disseminate knowledge and culture through books of the highest academic and cultural merit.

Opening reception and award presentations will be held at LSU Foster Gallery on Friday, February 3, from 6-8 p.m. and the exhibition will be on display from February 3-17, 2012.

Jurors for the competition include Dan Cameron, Founding & Artistic Director of Prospect New Orleans; Jacqueline Dee Parker Artist, Poet, and LSU College of Art and Design Instructor; and Thomas N. Whitehead, Professor Emeritus Journalism, Northwestern State University, and LSU Press author of Clementine Hunter: Cane River Artist (fall 2012).

Winning artists will receive cash prizes, made possible with the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Galantucci and Donna and Rick Richard, III.  Entry to this competition was free and open to all LSU students. For complete information and prospectus, visit http://design.lsu.edu/art/competition.

Nov 11

LSU Press Kindle Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to TERRY LOCKHART, winner of the 2011 Louisiana Book Festival LSU Press Kindle giveaway! Lockhart will enjoy a Kindle that has been preloaded with several great LSU Press titles including Robert Mann’s latest, Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds, and Cyril Vetter’s Dirtdobber Blues.

Dozens of other LSU Press titles are available as ebooks for your Kindle, Nook, and other e-reading devices.

Nov 11

Make a Local Impact with Holiday Gift Giving

Meet local authors, buy books that matter, and support the LSU Press
December 2, 2011 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lod Cook Alumni Center

Music fans, green thumbs, art aficionados, architecture lovers, history buffs, sports fans— regardless of who you have on your holiday shopping list we have the gift. Check off your entire holiday shopping list in one evening at the LSU Press holiday book sale. This year’s Season’s Readings at the Lod Cook Alumni Center, Friday, December 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., boasts a wide array of great titles, a dozen local authors, a 30 percent discount, free gift wrapping, and the opportunity to support local, non-profit business.

Join Preservation Hall photographer Shannon Brinkman, Public Spaces, Private Gardens author Lake Douglas, Acadiana’s Philip Gould and Carl Brasseaux, Bayou-Diversity author Kelby Ouchley, Dirtdobber Blues author Cyril Vetter, Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds author Bob Mann, Cruise of the Pintail’s Robert L. Winans and James Turner, A More Noble Cause author Rachel Emanuel, Robert W. Tebbs: Photographer to Architects author Anthony Lewis, Treasures of LSU editor Laura Lindsay, as well as Ava HaymonCC Lockwood and Hans Sternberg. In addition, The Southern Review will be offering discounted subscriptions and selling copies of their journal as well as the acclaimed collection, Best of LSU Fiction.

LSU Press’s Season’s Readings not only offers a convenient way to buy gifts, far away from the mall traffic with a variety of titles in one place, it provides a culturally rewarding holiday shopping experience.

Many other LSU Press titles will be available for sale, all at a significant discount. Every book including classics like A Confederacy of Dunces and Fonville Winans’ Louisiana, as well as new releases like Crash & Tell and Look Away Dixieland receive a 30 percent discount and free gift-wrap.

The Lod Cook Alumni Center is located at 3838 West Lakeshore Drive, and the event will be in the Noland Room. Parking is ample and free.

Oct 11

Enter to Win a Kindle Loaded with LSU Press Books!

Make sure to stop by the LSU Press and TSR tent at the Louisiana Book Festival on October 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and enter to win a Kindle loaded with a selection of LSU Press books!

While you’re there browse new titles like Bob Mann’s Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds, Kelby Ouchley’s Bayou-Diversity, and Robert Winan’s Cruise of the Pintail and the latest issue of The Southern Review. Many LSU Press and TSR authors will be in discussion panels and signings throughout the day.

Check the Louisiana Book Festival website to get the latest on times and locations.

Oct 11

LSU Press Sponsors Louisiana Book Festival Musical Performances by Preservation Hall, John Lisi, and Rio Luminoso, Highlights Publications

On October 29, 2011, The Louisiana Book Festival will host more than thirty authors published by LSU Press and The Southern Review (TSR). In addition to this amazing lineup of writers, LSU Press has proudly agreed to sponsor performances during the festival by the world renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Trio, John Lisi’s tribute to Butch Hornsby, and Philip Gould’s band Rio Luminoso.

These performances will showcase the synergy between books and music, as they connect to three new LSU Press titles: Preservation Hall by Shannon Brinkman and Eve Abrams, Dirtdobber Blues by Cyril Vetter, and Acadiana by Gould and Carl Brasseaux.

Led by Tom Sancton, the Preservation Hall Jazz Trio will play at 1:30 p.m. The traditional New Orleans jazz band will pay homage to a venue that has kept this distinctive sound alive for over forty years. The book, Preservation Hall, available at the LSU Press tent, captures the rhythm and cool of this historic club with a pulsating array of images and the heartfelt words of current and former band members.

Slim Harpo Award-winner John Lisi takes the stage at noon with the songbook of the late Butch Hornsby, one of the most versatile artists to emerge from South Louisiana. Dirtdobber Blues, released by LSU Press last spring, offers a fictionalized account of Hornsby’s life by his close friend Cyril Vetter. This gritty but engrossing story of a musician, his demons, and his art will be the focus of a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. in the House Committee Room of the Capitol.

Photographer Philip Gould puts down his camera and picks up his accordion to perform with Rio Luminoso at 10:30 a.m. Inspired by musical styles from around the globe, Rio Luminoso infuses Zydeco with a world sound. In this celebration of cultural mélange, the musicians reference both the future and the past of their home city of Lafayette. Coming from the heart of Cajun country, Gould and his fellow musicians represent the vibrant culture reflected in LSU Press’s Acadiana. Gould and co-author Carl Brasseaux will take part in a panel in the House Chamber of the Capitol at 1 p.m.

Additional authors featured at the day-long festival on October 29 include: Kelby Ouchley, Bob Mann, Seymour Topping, Mark Richard, A.P. Tureaud, Rachel Emanuel, James Wilcox, Robert Winans, James Turner, Sally Wolff-King, Thomas Aiello, Nolde Alexius, Marcelle Bienvenu, Brannon W. Costello, Ann B. Dobie, Shannon Frystak, Minrose Gwin, Judy Kahn, Tony Lewis, David Madden, and many more. LSU Press Director MaryKatherine Callaway and TSR editors Cara Blue Adams and Jessica Faust will also participate in panel discussions.

Jun 11

LSU Press Director Callaway Inaugurated as President of AAUP

On June 2-5, 2011, more than 730 publishing professionals set an attendance record in Baltimore as they gathered for the annual meeting of the Association of American University Presses. The primary focus of this year’s meeting was on digital publishing—how to acquire, produce, and market scholarly e-books and journals, in addition to the traditional print publications that have long been the standard for scholarly presses.

Other topics of interest were the protection of intellectual property in a digital age. As keynote speaker David Simon (creator of  the HBO television series The Wire) told the opening-night audience in Baltimore, “Intellectual property needs to be fought for. Copyright matters.”

Subsequent speakers and panels focused on changes in the academy, new publishing partnerships, and changing business models for university press publishing. Smaller nuts-and-bolts sessions addressed topics like the mechanics of selling aggregations of university press projects to libraries, the problems of pricing e-books or developing aps, how to create products with rich metadata and multimedia features, and the threat of e-book piracy.

A larger theme of the three days of events, workshops, and sessions was collaboration—among publishers, libraries, universities, and publishing partnerships.

In a final banquet luncheon on Saturday, June 4, LSU Press Director MaryKatherine Callaway took office as the Association’s President for the upcoming year. Callaway’s inaugural address picked up on the idea of “collaboration,” stressing the importance of collaboration with parent institutions. Advising university presses to develop fuller, closer relationships with their campuses, Callaway cautioned that “Like any relationship, it will take time and commitment to build—and ongoing, relevant communication to keep—these essential connections strong.” The new president announced the creation of an AAUP task force specifically devoted to publisher-university relations. Callaway also recognized that the members of AAUP themselves were a source of strength and collaborative possibilities as they “figure things out with each other, which is one reason AAUP is so important: our collegiality and willingness to shape our future together.”