🌵Yellow Rowley 🤣
🌵Yellow Rowley 🤣
Got this signed copy of KNOW THE MOTHER at the annual meeting of the Association of University Presses. Desiree Cooper was the *phenomenal* opening plenary speaker. Thank you for the copy, Wayne State University Press! Also, this view down is from the 52nd floor of the hotel. #ReadUP
This week, NPR Illinois reported that a local prison removed over 200 books from its library prison. The majority of the banned books were about race, and included the book picture here, which is a academic, peer reviewed book of the Works Progress Administration about the African American experience in Illinois.
article link: https://www.nprillinois.org/post/illinois-prison-removes-more-200-books-prison-l...
I really enjoyed this book. It has snappy chapters, making for a good momentum through the book. It is about family, generational violence, loyalty (or enabling), and includes characters with an array of personalities. I loved feeling like I was getting a glimpse into Lagos fashion and lifestyle. Also, my first book with the Libby app—I‘m definitely a convert!
I searched my name for funsies in Litsy, and these are some of the books that came up. As an editor, I could not be more freaking proud!
The essayists in BUILDING WOMANIST COALITIONS have come together to promote an unwavering vein of activist comradeship capable of building political alliances dedicated to liberty and social justice.
I just couldn‘t personally do this book. I think it is really important for literature to grapple with issues of sexual assault and gendered violence, but the opening of this book was not something I could get through, and I think could be a serious trigger for some readers.
Oh man, this book got me in ways I didn‘t expect. Adoration for Zelda and her talents, anger for a society set against women, sadness for what we missed out on from all that Zelda wanted to do but was held back from doing. I thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated this audiobook.
I‘ve been rereading JANE EYRE, and I am just so into it! I didn‘t anticipate how much I‘d enjoy returning to this classic. The last time I read it was in high school with a fantastic teacher. Mr. Diana, wherever you are now, thanks for being such a great instructor to a bunch of hyper, book-loving freshman.
I am really proud to have been a part of publishing this collection, which explores how policing, incarceration, and capital punishment were historically used as tools of white supremacy in the Jim Crow South. Editors Amy Louise Wood and Natalie J. Ring have curated an exceptional volume that shows the roots of our contemporary carceral system.
I just went to The Dial Bookshop in Chicago and it was GORGEOUS! I found these two used books in pristine condition. I am in love. 🥰
TIES is a short, well-paced, eloquent book. Structured in three parts, each from a different family member‘s perspective, it tells the story of family dynamics through the ties that bind families together and what it means when those ties are broken. Though the symbolism was too literal for me to feel this is a literary “pick”, it was at times moving and insightful.
1. Yes, unfortunately.
2. Actually, Litsy. The reading community here is so inspiring!
3. Any dystopian community.
4. I love the title and cover of THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS (which is an amazing book and you should read it if you haven‘t)!
5. @stacybmartin @whatshesreadingnow @derr.liz
In BUILDING THE BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT: HOYT FULLER AND THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF THE 1960s, Jonathan Fenderson provides an important historical perspective on the literary and cultural Black Arts Movement by looking at the life and work of Hoyt Fuller as the movement‘s architect. This book‘s compelling narrative uncovers important historic dimensions of Fuller and the BAM!
It was such an honor to work with José Ángel N. on the FIRST EVER Spanish book published by University of Illinois Press. I am such a lucky acquisitions editor! Also, some other books I‘ve been working on:
✨CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN THE JIM CROW SOUTH edited by Amy Louise Wood and Natalie J. Ring
✨HOMELAND MATERNITY by Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz
✨BUILDING THE BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT by Jonathan Fenderson
✨BUILDING WOMANIST COALITIONS edited by Gary L. Lemons
I realize most people loved this book, and perhaps I will try the highly-recommended audiobook, but I am not sure this book is for me. I found it amusing at times and an, errrr, interesting device for constructing a book, but I had really expected it to love it after all its accolades and I did not. That is okay! Not every book is for everyone. 🤓
Note to self: Find this book about Lumumba and the Cold War when it is out!
Can‘t sleep, so I‘m starting a new read. Thank you, modern marvels of technology, by which I can check out an ebook from the library from my bed and read on a backlit screen instead of turning on a light and risk waking my husband up! As for the book, I‘m interested in seeing how this portrays a woman archaeologist and alternates the narrative between pre-history and now.
Learned about this book today. Seems like a good title to add to the professional development collection!
Buckle up, because this book is amazing! TO TURN THE WHOLE WORLD OVER: BLACK WOMEN AND INTERNATIONALISM is edited by Keisha N. Blain and Tiffany Gill and includes an amazing lineup of contributors exploring various dimensions of Black women‘s international work and activism.
#womenshistorymonth #blackinternationalism #readUP
ALL OUR TRIALS: PRISONS, POLICING, AND THE FEMINIST FIGHT TO END VIOLENCE by Emily L. Thuma is a powerful history of grassroots activism against gender violence and the carceral state. I am obsessed with this book.
Also, Angela Davis endorsed it. Angela Davis endorses a book *I* acquired. I can retire now, right?
Fitting in a little Sunday night reading time after a weekend of friends, work, and errands. I can‘t believe tomorrow is already Monday. 😐
In DISRUPTING KINSHIP: TRANSNATIONAL POLITICS OF KOREAN ADOPTION IN THE UNITED STATES, Dr. Kimberly McKee explores the transnational adoption industrial complex and legacies of gratitude among adoptees.
SOOOO excited to finally start this book. Happy Saturday!
I got to do something really cool yesterday at work: announce a fund honoring the incredible Darlene Clark Hine, a leading historian of African American history. Contributions to the fund will help support the Press‘ continued mission to publish Black studies books. I am so honored to be a part of this. An especially exciting way to celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth!
I was interested in this book because feminist dystopian fiction is one of my favorite genres. I was also really fascinated by the fact that the author is a trained linguist and this expertise certainly influenced the accuracy and shape of her story. I think this is a must-read for anyone who is working through the current political climate. It is a quick read, and makes you think about how quickly injustice gains power.
Super Bowl Shmuper Bowl. This book is awesome. #LitsyPartyofOne