Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Releases: July

This month UPM introduces two new volumes in our celebrated Caribbean Studies Series, a new film history from Anthony Slide, a Conversations with Filmmakers title, and two comics studies book available for the first time in English.

This book offers not only a historical overview of the British in Hollywood, but also a detailed study of the contributions made by American individuals and companies to British cinema from the beginning of the twentieth century onwards. Chapters discuss American cinematographers at work in Britain in the 1920s and 1930s and the introduction of Technicolor to British films. Diversity is represented by African American performers (most notably Paul Robeson), the Chinese American star Anna May Wong, along with female filmmakers from Hollywood. 

Barbara Kopple: Interviews, edited by Gregory Brown

A collection of interviews that spans the career of one of the most prolific and award-winning American filmmakers of her generation. Kopple’s projects have ranged from labor union documentaries to fictional feature films to an educational series for kids on the Disney Channel.
Beyond Windrush: Rethinking Postwar Anglophone Caribbean Literature, edited by J. Dillon Brown and Leah Reade Rosenberg

This book reexamines and redefines the writes of the “Windrush” era. Fourteen original essays here make clear that in the 1950s there was already a wide spectrum of West Indian men and women--Afro-Caribbean, Indo-Caribbean, and white-creole--who were writing, publishing, and even painting. Offers new readings of canonical authors (Lamming, Roger Mais, and Andrew Salkey); hitherto marginalized authors (Ismith Khan, Elma Napier, and John Hearne); and commonly ignored genres (memoir, short stories, and journalism).

In this book, Bodenheimer argues that it is not only the recognition of racial difference that threatens to divide contemporary Cuba, but that popular regional sentiment further contests the hegemonic national discourse. Given that the music is a prominent symbol of Cubanidad, musical practices play an important role in constructing regional, local, and national identities. Bodenheimer explores the various ways that race and place are entangled in contemporary Cuban music.

Gustave Doré: Twelve Comic Strips, introduced and translated by David Kunzle

Among the masters of the nineteenth-century comic strip, Gustave Doré has been much neglected. This book establishes Doré’s key role in the early history of comic strips and provides the first translation into English of any of this work. It is also the the first reproduction or critical edition in any language of his 12 strips.

On the Graphic Novel by Santiago García; translated by Bruce Campbell

Available for the first time in English, this volume traces the history of the graphic novel’s recent emergence as prominent cultural form with a global 
audience. A practitioner of the art himself, García follows the history of the graphic novel from early nineteenth-century European sequential art, through the emergence of newspaper strips in the United States, to the development of the twentieth-century comic book and its subsequent crisis. Embellished with over an hundred illustrations as well as by a new author’s preface, this translation will bring García’s significant, international study to English readers. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

UPM in Search of Interns

UPM is looking for intern workers to fill at least two positions including the McRae Publishing Internship, a position generously supported by the Richard and Selby McRae Foundation.

The McRae Publishing Internship offers a singular educational opportunity to young men and women interested in book publishing to start their careers as interns and gain valuable practical knowledge about the publishing industry. Interns will learn about publishing while providing assistance to and working under the supervision of the Press’s full-time staff in a variety of tasks.

Interns will assist in proofreading manuscripts, checking permissions, assisting in the creation of a book’s descriptions, captions, and indexes, among many other things. Previous UPM interns have gone on to jobs in publishing or related fields or continued their education by attending university-affiliated publishing programs.

The position requires a minimum of 25 hours per week during the fall semester with a preference for more hours if possible. The monthly stipend will vary based on the amount of time worked. The application deadline is July 10.

The other position available this spring is a student internship. The student intern should be available to work 8-15 hours per week (between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.), and will assist with a variety of editorial tasks including the following:

  • proofreading book descriptions, captions, and indexes
  • preparing letters, reports, and checklists
  • checking permissions
  • filing and copying

UPM is happy to work with the student so that s/he could receive college credit for work done at the Press.

To apply for either position, please send a cover letter and resume to Editorial Assistant Katie Keene at kkeene@mississippi.edu. Please indicate in your cover letter for which position you are applying.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New Book: Troutmouth

Troutmouth: The Two Careers of Hugh Clegg by Ronald F. Borne is the remarkable story of a top man in Hoover's FBI who also played a significant role at Ole Miss before and during the Civil Rights era.

Hugh H. Clegg was among the most notable non-elected Mississippi historical figures during the period of the 1920s through the 1960s. Born in Mathiston, Mississippi, he was a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1926 to 1954, during which time he rose to the number three leadership position behind Director J. Edgar Hoover and Associate Director Clyde Tolson. 

In his second career, as executive assistant to Chancellor J. D. Williams at the University of Mississippi from 1954 to 1969, he was de facto non-academic second-in-command before and during civil rights crises in the State of Mississippi and the university. Clegg served as a liaison between the university and the federal government during those troubled times. He was a close friend of many of the leading federal and state elected officials as well as members of the U.S. Supreme Court and was therefore well known to those with whom he had contact.

Through a Freedom of Information request from the FBI, author Ron Borne obtained approximately two thousand documents involving Clegg. In addition, Borne mined Clegg’s oral history at the University of Southern Mississippi and his unpublished manuscript, “Somebody Jumped the Gun.” Borne has interviewed Clegg’s surviving friends, his daughter, his nephew, and other people who knew him to reveal a portrait of a distinguished and loyal man who significantly shaped the training procedures for the FBI and then served the University of Mississippi during its conflicts with federal and state governments

This week Ronald Borne begins a book tour of Mississippi. He will be signing and talking about Troutmouth at the following times and locations:

Tuesday, June 9, 5:00 p.m.
Square Books
160 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655

Thursday, June 11, Noon
Reed’s Gum Tree Bookstore
111 South Spring Street
Tupelo, MS 38801

Tuesday, June 16, 5:00 p.m.
Lemuria Bookstore
202 Banner Hall
4465 I-55 North
Jackson, MS 39206

Wednesday, June 17, Noon
History is Lunch at The Winter Archives
200 North Street
Jackson, MS 39205-0571

Wednesday, June 17, 5:00 p.m.
Turnrow Book Company
304 Howard Street
Greenwood, MS 38930

Ronald Borne

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Conversation about The Architecture of William Nichols

The Architecture of William Nichols: Building the Antebellum South in North Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi is the first comprehensive biography and monograph of a significant yet overlooked architect in the American South. William Nichols designed three major university campuses--the University of North Carolina, the University of Alabama, and the University of Mississippi. He also designed the first state capitols of North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Nichols's architecture profoundly influenced the built landscape of the South but due to fire, neglect, and demolition, much of his work was lost and history has nearly forgotten his tremendous legacy. The Charlotte Observer called Paul Hardin Kapp's book "a must-read for neoclassical architecture fans in North Carolina and points farther south."

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 27, Kapp and contributor to the volume, Todd Sanders, will be the featured speakers at History is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson.

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/books/article17298098.html#storylinkA conversation with Paul Hardin Kapp, author, and Todd Sanders, contributor, of The Architecure
Below Kapp and Sanders speak about their interest in Nichols, favorite buildings, and things they discovered during the on-site research.

How did you learn about William Nichols and his architecture?

Paul Hardin Kapp: Having grown up in Jackson, Mississippi, I knew about William Nichols long before I actually learned who William Nichols was. Like so many people who live and work in Jackson or Oxford or Chapel Hill or Tuscaloosa, I walked around and gazed at his buildings and then I took his buildings for granted. As a teenager, I always liked them but I never actually thought about who built them and the reasons why they were built in a particular style. Much later on, when I was a practicing architect, during my interview to be the campus historic preservation manager, then Chancellor, James Moeser, took me to a rather plain building on the campus of the University of North Carolina and told me that it had once had an impressive portico on it. He then suggested that it should be reconstructed. Wanting the job, I heartily agreed. The building was Gerrard Hall. When I researched it, I learned that William Nichols had designed it and that he had also designed the Old Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion in Jackson and the Lyceum at Ole Miss. I was floored.   

Todd SandersI’m not sure when I first learned about Nichols and his architecture.  I've always been interested in architectural history, especially Mississippi’s, so I've known about the Old Capitol and the Governor’s mansion for a long time.  Not sure when I began to wonder about Nichols and his other work.  The Old Capitol has long been one of my favorite buildings and being an employee of the Department of Archives and History I've been fortunate to spend a lot of time there, and at the Governor’s mansion as well.  Just being interested in and curious about historic architecture, I slowly learned more about Nichols and what else he did.   His is an amazing story that has finally been told in a way he deserves.

What was it about William Nichols that convinced you he’d be a good subject for a biography and a monograph?

PHK: In 2003, I was back in Jackson, visiting an old friend and his family, and I toured the Old Capitol. Upon admiring it from across State Street, I decided that I wanted to write about William Nichols. The fact that he was a native of Bath, England who went on to design three state capitols, three university campuses, and was buried in Lexington, Mississippi convinced me that he had a compelling story that needed to be told.

TS: Great buildings like the Old Capitol and the Governor’s mansion don’t just appear.  They are great monuments designed and built by very talented men.  The designer of these buildings had to have a very interesting story.  And indeed he does.

What’s your favorite building that Nichols designed?

PHK: I have to say that the house he designed for James Johnston at Hayes Plantation outside of Edenton, North Carolina is my favorite Nichols’s work. I have never experienced a building quite like Hayes. Approaching the house is memorable enough; you are only a few hundred yards from the Colonial Avenue and the center of Edenton, yet, when you cross a simple wooden bridge, spanning across Queen Anne’s Creek, you are immediately placed in another world that is both rural and orderly. The house itself has a commanding presence over Edenton Bay and the Gothic Library that he designed is one of the most beautiful rooms in the South. I would not be surprised if Johnston was distracted by the beautiful architecture of the library and breathtaking views of the Albemarle Sound. I was when I visited it.

TS: It’s hard to choose between the Old Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion.  However, I would have to say that my favorite Nichols building is the Governor’s Mansion.  Not only is it a grand example of the Greek Revival style, my favorite, it is also tells so much of the history of the state of Mississippi and of Jackson.  It also shows how Nichols, late in life in his 60s, transformed from a decent, competent designer working in the somewhat dated Federal style, to an architect producing buildings that were on a par with contemporary buildings in New York or Philadelphia.  And this in the small, frontier capital city of Jackson.  The Governor’s mansion was one of the largest houses in the entire state when it was completed.  Architecturally it was more sophisticated than anything contemporary with it in Natchez or Vicksburg, two of the state’s largest towns at the time.  His transformation occurred during his brief sojourn in New Orleans where he was exposed to some of the greatest architecture in the United States at the time.  While there he also acquired a new book by Minard Lafever, a prominent New York architect, showcasing the grandeur of the Greek Revival style as it was built in New York.  Nichols incorporated these details in the Governor’s Mansion in the same ten year span that these details were being used in New York. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

McRae Intern says UPM's "fast-paced environment" will prove useful in future

The following is a guest post from Kristi Ezernack. Kristi worked at UPM as editorial intern and then this spring as the McRae publishing intern. The McRae Publishing Internship, supported by the Richard and Selby McRae Foundation, offers a singular educational opportunity to young men and women interested in book publishing to start their careers as interns and gain valuable practical knowledge about the publishing industry.

Below Kristi talks about her interest in publishing and her experiences at UPM.

Long before graduating from the Mississippi University for Women with an English degree last May, there was a lot I didn't know about what career I wanted to pursue or where to begin after college. When I entered my senior year, I unfortunately still hadn't figured it out. As graduation approached, it felt more and more like I was about to be shoved off an impossibly high cliff. Luckily, however,  it was then that the opportunity to apply for this internship came around.

I soon realized publishing was the only direction that made sense for me. I first started at UPM as an editorial intern last summer, and I will be forever glad that I did. Because of this, I was able to hit the ground running as the McRae intern. I already had a sense of the kind of work I would be doing and the people that I would be working with, which made the transition and the job that much easier.

I've had experience as an editor and reviewer for both my high school and college literary magazines, most recently I was co-editor of MUW's The Dilettanti, and I enjoyed it very much. I took a lot of joy out of working deeply with the material that was going into the magazines, doing things such as proofreading and copy editing.

While my responsibilities as McRae intern didn't include a lot of proofreading or copy editing, I got to see how a book is made on a variety of different levels. Some days I would be contacting readers for manuscripts, reading indexes, creating cost estimates, and preparing contracts for readers and authors. Other days I would be preparing materials for launch and board meetings.

The main thing that I've learned during my internship is that in this business, hand-holding is not an option. I had to learn not only how to do things quickly, but effectively. I think learning how to deal with this kind of fast-paced environment will help me in any job that I will have in the future.

I mostly worked with the Editorial Associate, Katie Keene, and the Assistant Director/Editor-in-Chief, Craig Gill. I also worked with the Production Manager, Shane Gong-Stewart and the Acquisitions Editor, Vijay Shah. The staff here  made sure that I knew not only how to do something, but why I was doing it.  This willingness by the staff to guide me through the process made my time as the McRae intern one of the most valuable experiences I will have in my career.

One other major thing that I have learned during my time at UPM is that publishing is a business that involves working with an assortment of people, all of whom need, want, and demand different things. Not knowing how to do everything comes along with the job, but it’s also one of the reasons why this business is so exciting. It was interesting to see that even people that have been working here for decades still faced new problems all the time. All in all, I am walking away from this experience with a lot more confidence and certainty about where I’ll be going in the future.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Two UPM Titles Nominated for Eisner Awards

Nominations for the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been announced and two UPM titles are being considered in the category of Best Educational/Academic Work. The nominated titles from UPM are The Origins of Comics: From William Hogarth to Winsor McCay, by Thierry Smolderen, tr. by Bart Beaty and Nick Nguyen and Wide Awake in Slumberland: Fantasy, Mass Culture, and Modernism in the Art of Winsor McCay, by Katherine Roeder

Richly illustrated with over 150 color and black and white images, The Origins of Comics remaps the history of this influential art form. In English for the first time, Smolderen engages with processes that led to the 20th century comic strip—the highly recognizable species of picture stories that began crystallizing around 1900 in the US and that has stayed relatively stable to the present day.

Wide Awake in Slumberland: Fantasy, Mass Culture, and Modernism in the Art of Winsor McCay is the first study to explores McCay’s interest in dream imagery in relation to the larger societal preoccupation with fantasy that dominated the popular culture of early twentieth century urban America. Roeder gives close readings of individual artworks while situating him with regard to the larger visual culture and the rise of modernism

This is the fourth straight year that UPM has seen multiple nominees in the Educational/Academic category. Other nominees in the category Considering Watchmen: Poetics, Property, Politics, by Andrew Hoberek (Rutgers University Press) and Funnybooks: The Improbable Glories of the Best American Comic Books, by Michael Barrier (University of California Press). A full list of nominees can be seen here.

The nominees, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, reflect the wide range of material being published in comics and graphic novel form today, from crime noire to autobiographical works to cartoon adventures. The 2015 Eisner Awards judging panel consists of comics retailer Carr DeAngelo (Earth-2 Comics, Los Angeles, CA), librarian/educator Richard Graham (University of Nebraska–Lincoln), Eisner Award–winning author Sean Howe (Marvel Comics: The Untold Story), educator/author Susan Kirtley (Portland State University), Comic-Con International committee member Ron McFee, and writer/editor Maggie Thompson (Comic-Con’s Toucan blog, Diamond’s Scoop newsletter). Because of a health issue, Howe was actually a “virtual” participant in the onsite portion of the judging held in San Diego, communicating via Skype and email. - 

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comics world. Named for acclaimed comics creator the Will Eisner, the awards are celebrating their 25th year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels.The results of the voting will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday July 10 at Comic-Con International in San Diego. A full list of nominees can be seen:

Friday, March 27, 2015

Scully, Mulder, and the Other Great Love of The X-Files

The following is a guest post from Thomas Fahy, author of The Writing Dead: Talking Terror with TV’s Top Horror Writers. His book contains thirteen thought-provoking, original interviews with these top writers and gives readers the opportunity to delve deeper into horror TV than anything found online. Fahy takes readers into the writing room, onto the set, and behind the scenes, as the writers of today’s top horror shows reveal private conversations with actors, discuss filming and directorial decisions, and talk about the challenges of writing these shows.

Below he shares his initial thoughts and some questions on the announced return of the X-Files.

When FOX announced that The X-Files would return for a six-episode miniseries, one question popped to mind: where? Where would they film it?

This might seem like an odd question. Sure, it will be great seeing Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reprise their roles as Scully and Mulder. There is no show without them, but let’s not forget the other star of the show—Vancouver.

In my recent interview with X-Files writer and producer Frank Spotnitz, I asked him about the inspiration behind some of his writing for the show. He certainly saw his fair share of scary movies and horror television as a kid. When faced with writing a new episode, though, he often started with a simple question: “What is the scariest thing to me?” The idea for “Detour”—one of the great “monster-of-the-week” episodes about a pair of Mothman-like creatures that have learned to camouflage themselves almost perfectly after hundreds of years of surviving in the woods—was twofold. As he explained, “the show was hugely expensive, and I was trying to think of an episode we could do where there would be no sets. And one of the questions that always occurred to me when I was in the woods was: ‘What are all those sounds?’”

There are plenty of scary sounds in the woods, and Spotnitz makes expert use of them in the episode. But the budgetary consideration about filming outdoors reminded me of the other great love of The X-Files—the place it was originally filmed.

Next to Scully and Mulder, I think the most important character in the show was Vancouver. No offense to Skinner, Cancer Man, and those inbred brothers, but its gray skies, rainy forests, knotted trees, misty hillsides, muddy fields, gusty winds, damp streets, and cold air were integral to what made The X-Files so captivating and downright scary.  At the time, very few shows on television made the landscape as central to its cinematic vision and atmosphere. But The X-Files transported us to creepy towns, vile sewers, lakeside cabins, remote outposts, and an array of places where the setting announced imminent danger. And when those dark skies lingered at the end of the episode, you were reminded that evil isn’t so easy to vanquish.

Sure, there are plenty of scary things about Los Angeles—like the traffic, the earthquakes, and the fact that everyone talks as if they’re on a first-name basis with movie stars—but The X-Files lost something vital after moving to L.A. Despite the momentum generated by the first film (which was released the summer after Season Five) and the exceptional writing of Season Six, the sunshine and blue skies of Southern California felt like an uninvited guest, like someone who wears a suit to the beach. The truth is that the move killed off one of the show’s great characters and one of the great loves that drew people to it—Vancouver.

So I hope Chris Cater will return to the place where it all started. It will make a fitting conclusion to his defining contribution to television, and it will remind us of the other reason why we fell in love with The X-Files to begin with.


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