Author Events in May

May is a great month to catch some of our authors discussing their work around the country. Hope you can make it to an event.

LawrenceMay 1: For an evening of conversation and music head to the Jersey City Free Public Library to see Tim Lawrence discuss his book Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983.
6:00pm, 472 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

May 2: See Tim Lawrence again at the University of Massachusetts speaking about his book and New York City party culture from 1980-1983.
3:00pm, Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3540, Boston, MA 02125-3393

May 6: William Brumfield will presentation a photo exhibition of work from his book Architecture at the End of the Earth at the University of Washington.
2:00pm, Odegaard Library, floors 2 & 3; Kane Hall, Walker 978-0-8223-5906-7Ames Room 225

May 11: The Graduate Center at CUNY will host an event with Love, H author Hettie Jones and Claudia Moreno Parsons on Letters, Friendship, & Feminism.
6:00pm, 365 Fifth Avenue, 9100: Skylight Room, New York, NY 10016

May 15: South of Pico author Kellie Jones, will also be at The Graduate Center to discuss her book.
6:30pm, 365 Fifth Avenue, 9100: Skylight Room, New York, NY 10016

May 17: As part of Red May Seattle, catch Jaleh Mansoor discussing her book Marshall Plan Modernism at Glassbox Gallery.
7:00pm 831 Seattle Blvd S, Seattle WA 98134

May 19: In another Red May Seattle event Jaleh Mansoor joins Kathi Weeks, author of The Problem with Work, in conversation with Asad Haider, Jason Read, and Andrew Ryder to discuss (Re)Production Struggles in the Age of Trump.
7:30pm Seattle Labor Temple 2800 1st Ave #140, Seattle, WA 98121

Weeks and Mansoor also have several other events during Red May Seattle. Check them out!

May 31978-0-8223-6349-1: Catch Ilan Stavans and ADÁL at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico where they’ll present their new book I Love My Selfie
6:00pm, 299 Avenida de Diego, Santurce, Puerto Rico 00909

Stock up and Save on Latin American Studies Titles


The annual meeting of the Latin American Studies Association begins tomorrow in Lima, Peru. Because of the distance, this year we will have books and journals on display at the congress but attendees will not be able to purchase them there. Fortunately, we are having a great sale that includes all our in-stock Latin American studies titles and we encourage both attendees and those who weren’t able to make it this year to take advantage of the discounts.

Head to our website and save 30% (our regular conference discount) on one or two books or journal issues, 40% on three or four titles, and 50% on five or more copies. Just enter coupon code SUMMER17 at checkout.

978-0-8223-6348-4_prNew Latin American studies titles include The Lima Reader: History, Culture, Politics, the latest in our Latin America Readers series. Covering more than 500 years of history, culture, and politics, The Lima Reader seeks to capture the many worlds and many peoples of Peru’s capital city, featuring a selection of primary sources that consider the social tensions and cultural heritages of the “City of Kings.” If you fall in love with Lima during LASA, pick up The Lima Reader to learn more about it’s past and present.

decolonizing-dialectics-coverOther titles we’ll be featuring at LASA that you can pick up during our online sale include Decolonizing Dialectics by George Ciccariello-Maher, which brings the work of Georges Sorel, Frantz Fanon, and Enrique Dussel together with contemporary Venezuelan politics to formulate a decolonized dialectics that is suited to the struggle against the legacies of slavery and colonialism while also breaking the impasse between dialectics and postcolonial theory. And An Aqueous Territory: Sailor Geographies and New Granada’s Transimperial Greater Caribbean World by Ernesto Bassi, which examines the lives of those who resided in the Caribbean between 1760 and 1860 to trace the configuration of a dynamic geographic space he calls the transimperial Greater Caribbean, where residents made their own geographies and futures while trade, information, and people circulated freely across borders.

Punk and RevolutionWe are also featuring some music titles including The Great Woman Singer: Gender and Voice in Puerto Rican Music by Licia Fiol-Matta, which traces the careers of four iconic Puerto Rican singers; Musicians in Transit: Argentina and the Globalization of Popular Music by Matthew B. Karush, which examines the transnational careers of seven of the most influential Argentine musicians of the twentieth century; and Shane Greene’s Punk in Revolution: Seven More Interpretations of Peruvian Reality, which radically uproots punk from its iconic place in First World urban culture, Anglo popular music, and the Euro-American avant-garde, situating it instead as a crucial element in Peru’s culture of subversive militancy and political violence.

ddhahr_95_1If you’ve missed any special issues of Hispanic American Historical Review (HAHR), you can order them at the discount, too (but subscriptions are not eligible). Check out recent issues of HAHR including “New Directions in Colonial Latin American History” and “The New Drug History of the Americas.” Special issues of Labor, Public Culture, Radical History Review, and all our other journal issues are also on sale.

This special sale runs through May 10. See the rest of the fine print here. After May 10 you can still order the above titles and other Latin American studies works at a flat 30% discount using coupon code LASA17. Happy shopping!


Poem of the Week

ddmnr_88Our final poem of the week for National Poetry Month, by Cameron Barnett, was published in the latest issue of the minnesota review, number 88. Explore the full table of contents here.

The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water

Remember the strength of chlorine,
the indoor pool, swim class clinging
to the kickboard then jumping from the ledge
into the arms of the smiling white lady,
only mostly sure she would catch you,
mom calling Cameron! Cameron!
to get you to look, then said kick, kick! Remember,
there’s nothing a mother won’t do
for one still shot of your head
above the water. It’s important
to always practice good form: kick your legs. Remember
Tortola, the sea like melted marbles and the sun
at the equator, your brown skin browning; with a stretch
of snorkel between your teeth you jumped in
and chased a sea turtle for the length
of the tiny island’s beach, the pressure
in your ears right when you thought you could catch it,
mom and dad, sighing when you came back
to the surface. Remember your worst fear
is not being able to breathe. Most people who drown
are brown, and eighty percent of people who drown
are male. Don’t forget to kick your legs.
Don’t forget middle school musicals, all the costumes
and makeup, the white boys making jokes
about blackface, the laughter gurgling in their necks,
no one else like you to back you up.
Sometimes you will swallow water. Remember: a throat
is the size of a Skittle or a hole in a hoodie,
and Trayvon’s legs kicked hard against the night. Drowning
isn’t loud or splashy, it’s silent—autonomic,
neck tilt and terror. When you are drowning, feet become rocks,
hands push down water in vain, and the thump
of blood is the only thing that can be heard. It is all, supposedly,
painless. Always remember that. Always remember
your first girlfriend’s grandmother sneering at the sight
of her white arms wrapped up in your hoodie,
how you pretended it was painless, but you couldn’t
help but kick your legs; or how nobody
will save you anymore when you yell I can’t breathe
so just kick your legs; or every sidewalk
where a white girl sees you, pulls her phone up to her face
and crosses the street like she’s guarding
something secret—kick your legs; remember that you have been
a white girl’s secret before—kick your legs.
When you are drowning, don’t forget to practice good form:
float on the surface; part the water with your lips;
only swallow as much as you can hold.

Stock up for Summer at our Big Sale


Get a head start on summer reading, stock up on texts for fall classes, or reward yourself for a semester’s hard work: our spring sale starts today and continues through May 10. Head to our website to save big on all in-stock books and journal issues.

During this sale, the more you buy, the more you save! Buy one or two books or journal issues and you save 30%, buy three or four and save 40%, and buy five or more and save 50%. To claim the discount, just enter coupon SUMMER17 when you check out.

Of course, there is some fine print. The discount does not apply to journals subscriptions or society memberships. You can’t order out-of-stock or not yet published titles at the discount. And you can’t combine multiple orders to maximize the discount. Regular shipping applies and all sales are final.

You’ve only got two weeks to stock up, so start shopping now!

Remembering Craufurd Goodwin

goodwin-cropped.jpgWe are saddened to learn that Craufurd Goodwin, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Economics and the founding editor of History of Political Economy, passed away last week.

He is remembered at Duke University Press for being an incredibly vibrant and larger-than-life person. Goodwin’s editorial term for the journal lasted from 1969 through 2010 and he was a great publishing partner with the Press for many years.

From Duke Today:

“Craufurd was one of a small group of people who started the field of the history of economic thought,” said Paul Dudenhefer, assistant director of the Duke EcoTeach writing program who worked with Goodwin for more than 15 years. “It used to be done as part of economics in general. Through the founding of the journal, he helped make it its own subfield. He institutionalized the subfield of the history of economics.”

Among colleagues, Goodwin made the environment interesting. Dudenhefer said Goodwin “was always eager to talk about the fascinating things he was reading and writing about. Working with him was extremely educational and entertaining. He made me laugh every day.”

A past president and distinguished fellow of the History of Economics Society, Goodwin was instrumental in the construction of the professional community of historians of economics.

Our sincerest condolences go out to Craufurd Goodwin’s family, friends, and colleagues, as well as the Duke community.

Autonomia in the Anthropocene

ddsaq_116_2_coverSouth Atlantic Quarterly’s most recent issue, “Autonomia in the Anthropocene,” explores challenges posed to radical politics by an era of anthropogenic global change. Informed by new sites of struggle around extraction, waste, rising seas and toxic landscapes, and by new indigenous and worker movements, the issue rethinks key concepts in the autonomist lexicon — species being, the common, multitude, potentia, the production of subjectivity—in an effort to generate powerful analytical and political resources for confronting the social and ecological relations of informationalized capitalism. The issue draws together a range of thinkers from inside and outside the autonomist tradition to analyze its strengths and limits in the face of our current social, political and ecological realities.

In “Pipeline Politics,” this issue’s section of “Against the Day,” contributors highlight
the dangers of adding to the ponderous mass of pipelines—or, in some cases, the system of oil transport that arises to make oil invisible again—and the possibilities that open up when we escape the ruts of depending on them.

Read the introduction to this issue by its guest editors, Sara Nelson and Bruce Braun, made freely available online. 

Read to Respond: Environmental Activism and Climate Change

R2R final logoOur “Read to Respond” series addresses the current climate of misinformation by highlighting articles and books that encourage thoughtful, educated debate on today’s most pressing issues. This post focuses on environmentalism and climate change in light of Earth Day and the March For Science, a international series of rallies uniting scientists, science enthusiasts, and concerned citizens against recent anti-environmentalist legislation. Read, reflect, and share these resources in and out of the classroom to keep these important conversations going.

Environmental Activism and Climate Change

Journal articles are freely available until August 15, 2017. To save 30% on the listed books, please use coupon SAVE30 on our website. Follow along with the series over the next several months and share your thoughts with #ReadtoRespond. 

Poem of the Week

978-0-8223-5587-8This week’s poem for National Poetry Month comes from poet-physician Rafael Campo’s most recent collection, Alternative Medicine.


When we were six or seven, Dad would quiz us
on the capitals of the world, me and my kid brothers
who didn’t even know our own address. We lived
in New Jersey, not Cuba, and our ignorance
seemed like the reason we would never,
ever go there. So I tried to memorize the names
of the stars printed on my National Geographic
Map of the World: L-I-M-A was the capital of Peru,
not just a kind of bean I hated; I wondered if Peru
was anything like Cuba. I wondered if I would ever see
what I imagined were the horrible, muddy streets
of Helsinki, which sounded like a place where sinners
like me would be punished, sucked into the earth
for good; even Ottawa, in our nice neighbor Canada,
seemed incomprehensibly far away. It was always
at dinnertime when he’d start in on us: Who knows
the capital of Burma?
I stared into my succotash,
pushing it around and around with my fork,
sure that children there were starving, dying
of starvation in a city whose name I didn’t even know.
One night, with the distant stars flickering outside
the steamed-up kitchen windows, he asked,
Does anyone here know the capital of Cuba?
Every bone in my body ached with the answer,
the one place in the world I most wanted to visit,
the one place in the world whose name
was always impossible for me to remember.

Learn more about Alternative Medicine or browse Rafael Campo’s works.

Bad Object

dddif_28_1_cover.jpgThe most recent issue of differences, “Bad Object,” returns to the work of the journal’s founding co-editor Naomi Schor, a leading scholar in feminist and critical theory. This issue takes as its starting point Schor’s book Bad Objects: Essays Popular and Unpopular (1995), in which she discussed her attraction to the “bad objects” the academy had overlooked or ignored: universalism, essentialism, and feminism. Underpinning these bad objects was her mourning of the literary, a sense that her work—and feminist theory more generally—had departed from the textual readings in which they were grounded.  

Schor’s question at the time was “Will a new feminist literary criticism arise that will take literariness seriously while maintaining its vital ideological edge?” The contributors to this issue take that literariness—the “bad object”— and her question seriously.

From the editor’s note:

“This is not a thematic issue; we did not ask contributors to address the question of language, or the new formalism, or debates about reading, nor to engage literary texts—though all those things were welcome. Our wager was that the essays, collected as a “Bad Object,” would be at once an invigorating and unsettling reading experience and would thus “speak for themselves.”

Read an essay from the issue, made freely available, and revisit Schor’s original book.

Read to Respond: Articles for Student Activists

R2R final logoOur “Read to Respond” series addresses the current climate of misinformation by highlighting articles and books that encourage thoughtful, educated debate on today’s most pressing issues. Read, reflect, and share these resources in and out of the classroom to keep these important conversations going.

Articles for Student Activists:

These articles are freely available until August 15, 2017. Follow along with the series over the next several months and share your thoughts with #ReadtoRespond.