Thursday, April 14, 2016

UPM Staff Pick: Things like the Truth


UPM Marketing Director Steve Yates chooses Ellen Gilchrist's new episodic memoir as his recommendation from our Spring Catalog. Below he explains why.


Things like the Truth: Out of My Later Years is all about connections, aging, family, hopes and dreams, and since it is by Ellen Gilchrist, all those themes burn like star fire.

My father was in love with Ellen Gilchrist’s radio voice and her moving vignettes broadcast on National Public Radio. When it came time for graduate school, I had two fellowship choices—Dad and Mom’s alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis, or the University of Arkansas. We all sat down at the kitchen table and after much intense talking, Dad said with finality, “I want you to study where someone like Ellen Gilchrist studied and where there’s a university press to publish her book of stories. You need to go where something amazing is happening.”
Steve Yates and Ellen Gilchrist
at Lemuria Books in Jackson

After I worked at University of Arkansas Press, the first publisher of In the Land of Dreamy Dreams, I have now at University Press of Mississippi been honored to work on three new Ellen Gilchrist books, and sell one, the novel Anabasis, on our backlist. Connections, aging, family, hopes and dreams. And always go to school where there is a university press.

Things like the Truth is now available from UPM. Meet Ellen and get a signed copy at the following times and locations:

Monday, May 16, 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books in Jackson

Tuesday, May 17, 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Garden District Books in New Orleans

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