Author: Laura Sell

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January Events

Our presence at the American Historical Association and the Modern Language Association conferences will be virtual. We can’t make it to the in-person conferences, but you’ll still be able to order at the 40% conference discount on our website.

January 7, 3:30pm-4:45pm EST: If you are at the MLA meeting, be sure to attend the book launch panel for Tani Barlow’s In the Event of Women, featuring Ping Zhu, Ruri Ito, Rebecca Karl, Suzy Kim, Nicola Spakowski, Sharon Wesoky, and Xueping Zhong. [This event has gone virtual. A Zoom recording of the event will be available on YouTube.]

January 8, 2pm EST: Mark Jay and Philip Conklin, authors of A People’s History of Detroit, give a virtual talk hosted by the Marxist Education Project.

January 14, 2:30 pm CEST: Jennifer Morgan, author of Reckoning with Slavery, will lecture in-person at the Centre for Modern European Studies at the University of Copenhagen.

January 24, 1pm EST: Kareem Rabie, author of Palestine Is Throwing a Party and the Whole World Is Invited, is joined by Wassim Ghantous to discuss the book in a webinar sponsored by Columbia University Center for Palestine Studies.

January 28, 1pm CST: David Grubbs, author of Now that the audience is assembled, The Voice in the Headphones, and the forthcoming Good night the pleasure was ours will speak at Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts about his trilogy in a talk entitled  “Three Experiments in Music Writing.” He will also give a concert later that evening at Sicardi Ayers Bacino Gallery.

We hope to see you at a conference this month or at an online or in-person event!

Best Books of 2021

We’re always pleased to see our books land on various best of the year lists. Check out some of the great titles that were featured in 2021’s lists.

Pitchfork named Joshua Clover’s Roadrunner to their Best Music Books of 2021 list, calling it “as ecstatic as the music it celebrates.” 

On the International Center of Photography blog, Vince Aletti included A Time of Youth by William Gedney in his list of the top ten photobooks of the year, writing that Gedney’s “queer eye never misses the shaggy-haired beauties and the tender, erotic undercurrent here is Gedney’s signature.” 

The New York Times’s Holland Cotter put the Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s The Dirty South on his list of the best art exhibitions of the year, and the catalog, which we distribute, on his list of the best art books of the year. He says, “The book vividly illustrates and deepens the show’s powerful argument.” Cotter also named Lorraine O’Grady’s Brooklyn Museum retrospective, Both/And as one of the year’s best exhibitions, and said her 2020 book Writing in Space, 1973-2019 was “a vital supplement to the show.” You can catch The Dirty South at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston through February 6 and Both/And at Greensboro’s Weatherspoon Art Museum from January 4-April 30, 2022.

Writing in Bookforum’s Best Books of 2021 feature, Elias Rodriques said The Long Emancipation by Rinaldo Walcott “gave [him] new tools to think with in Black studies.”

Smithsonian Magazine asked contributors to name their best books of 2021 and Joshua Bell, curator of globalization recommended Max Liboiron’s Pollution Is Colonialism, calling it “a beautifully written text that is both a handbook on method and a call to rethink how we live our lives on occupied land.”

Entropy put Alexis Pauline Gumbs’s Dub: Finding Ceremony on its list of 2020 and 2021’s best poetry books. And Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries, told The Art Newspaper that her trilogy, including Spill, M Archive, and Dub, was his best read of the year. He said, “This trilogy, as well as Gumbs’s most recent work, Undrowned, offers fascinating insights into new forms of togetherness—among ourselves and our environment.”

Christianity Today selected Chosen Peoples by Christopher Tounsel as a finalist for its best History and Biography book of the year.

On the Verso books blog, Mark Neocleous selected Christopher Chitty’s Sexual Hegemony as his best book of the year, saying it was “a nuanced rethinking of Foucault’s relation to Marx and Marxism.”

Writing in The Millions about the best books she read this year, Arianna Rebolini said Magical Habits by Monica Huerta was “much-needed reminder that there are countless ways to tell a story, and that a book can be whatever you want it to be.”

If you haven’t already, we hope you will seek out some of these highly recommended books!

Farewell to Greg Tate

Photo by Nisha Sondhe

We were deeply saddened to learn yesterday of the death of music and cultural critic Greg Tate, author of Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader (2016). He was 64. 

After attending Howard University, Tate launched his career at the Village Voice in 1987 and went on to write for many publications, including Vibe, Spin, The Wire, ARTNews, and Downbeat. He is the author of Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America and Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience and the editor of Everything but the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture. In 2016 we collected many of his writings in Flyboy 2, which features interviews, reviews, and art, book, and music criticism.

Tate was also a musician who led the conducted improvisation ensemble Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber. He served as a visiting professor at Yale, Columbia, Brown and Williams. In 2020 he co-curated the exhibition Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

His editor, Ken Wissoker, says, “Greg Tate’s Voice essays invented a whole new critical language — both a new form of critical writing and a theoretical approach. It would be hard to underestimate how much a whole generation learned from him.  It was a privilege to know him and a dream and an honor to work with him on Flyboy 2.  An incalculable loss, far too soon.”

Duke University Press has a final book with Greg Tate under contract, to be published sometime in the next few years. Titled White Cube Fever: Hella Conjure and Writing on the Black Arts, it is a collection of his writing on Black arts, including essays on Carrie Mae Weems, Basquiat, Arthur Jafa, Kerry James Marshall, Sanford Biggers, Lonnie Holley, Ellen Gallagher, and Theaster Gates. It will be a bittersweet pleasure for our staff to work on this posthumous project.

Read more about Tate and his work in obituaries in NPR, Rolling Stone, and ARTNews.

Our condolences go out to Tate’s family, friends, and legions of fans. 

December Events

Check out our authors online and in person at events in December.

December 1, 3pm EST: Christina Sharpe, author of In the Wake, delivers an online lecture entitled “Ordinary Notes: On the (Un)Making of Black Meanings,” sponsored by Syracuse University Humanities Center.

December 2, 12pm EST: The Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University presents an online talk by Kareem Rabie, author of Palestine Is Throwing a Party and the Whole World Is Invited.

December 2, 3pm EST: Arlene Dávila, author of Latinx Art, is joined by María Elena Ortiz, Karen Vidangos, and Nicole Calderón for an in-person conversation entitled “Latinx Art, and The Artists Everyone Should Know.” It is sponsored by Untitled Miami Beach.

December 6, 1pm EST: Editors of Cocaine Thomas Grisaffi and Enrique Desmond Arias join contributors Philippe Bourgois and Taniele Rui for a discussion about cocaine value chains and their implications for communities in different parts of the Americas.

December 8, 6pm EST: Monica Huerta, author of Magical Habits, continues her virtual series “Personal Habits,” with a conversation with Dan-El Padilla Peralta. 

December 9, 3:30pm EST: The Center for Research in Feminist, Queer, and Transgender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania hosts 40 Years of Queer BIPOC Feminism with Jennifer Nash, author of Birthing Black Mothers and Black Feminism Reimagined, and Jasbir Puar, author of The Right to Maim and Terrorist Assemblages.

December 12, 12 pm CST: Lace up your sneakers and join the Chicago Read and Run as they run to some of the locations featured in South Side Girls by Marcia Chatelain.

December 13: 5:30 pm GMT: UCL sponsors a virtual book launch for Xine Yao’s Disaffected. Panelists are Jade Bentil, Lara Choksey, Lucia Lorenzi, Kerry Mackereth, Christine Okoth and Rianna Walcott, and the event will be chaired by Christine Okoth.

December 13, 6:00 pm EST: Intellectual Publics presents an online conversation between McKenzie Wark, author of Philosophy for Spiders, and Sophie Lewis.

December 16, 7pm EST: Elizabeth Sine, author of Rebel Imaginaries, gives a LAWCHA Book Talk

Introducing Our Spring 2022 Catalog

We’re excited to unveil our Spring 2022 catalog. Check out some highlights below and then download a copy for a closer look. These titles will be published between January 2022 and August 2022. Publication dates are subject to change.

The cover of the catalog features a painting by Zhong Biao that will appear on the cover of Yan Lianke’s book Discovering Fiction. Yan is best known as an award-winning novelist, but we are honored to now publish his first work of literary criticism in English. Yan offers insights into his views on literature and realism, the major works that inspired him, and his theories of writing. The book is translated by Carlos Rojas.

Opening the catalog is The Emancipation Circuit by Thulani Davis. A poet and longtime writer for theater, film, and journalism, this is Davis’s first academic book, an interdisciplinary history that provides a sweeping rethinking of Reconstruction by tracing how the four million people newly freed from bondage created political organizations and connections that mobilized communities across the South.

We also have history from Penny M. Von Eschen, whose Paradoxes of Nostalgia examines the Cold War’s afterlife and the lingering shadows it casts over geopolitics, journalism, and popular culture; and The Doctor Who Would Be King, by Guillaume Lachenal, which tells the extraordinary story of Dr. Jean Joseph David, a French colonial army doctor who governed an entire region of French Cameroon during World War II. You’ll also want to check out Shannen Dee Wiliams’s book on the history of Black Catholic nuns, Subversive Habits. And teachers of history will be pleased to see the latest title in our Design Principles for Teaching History series, A Primer for Teaching Digital History by Jennifer Guiliano.

For poetry fans, we are publishing poet Nathaniel Tarn’s memoir, Atlantis, as well as the final book in David Grubbs’s trilogy about performing, Good night the pleasure was ours. We are also bringing Dionne Brand’s highly praised book The Blue Clerk into paperback.

We are excited to feature a novel in this season, LOTE by Shola von Reinhold, which was published in the UK in 2020. It won the 2021 Republic of Consciousness Prize and the 2021 James Tait Black Prize. It’s a decadent queer literary debut that immerses readers in the pursuit of aesthetics and beauty, while interrogating the removal and obscuring of Black figures from history. 

Those interested in queer theory and gay, lesbian, and transgender studies will want to check out Black Trans Feminism by Marquis Bey, which offers a meditation on blackness and gender nonnormativity in ways that recalibrate traditional understandings of each, conceiving of black trans feminism as a politics grounded in fugitivity and the subversion of power. In Sissy Insurgencies, Marlon B. Ross explores the figure of the sissy as central to how Americans have imagined, articulated, and negotiated black masculinity from the 1880s to the present. We’re also excited to be publishing the first English translation of Guy Hocquenghem’s Gay Liberation after May ′68, which situates his theories of homosexual desire in the realm of revolutionary practice. “The t4t Issue,” forthcoming from TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, investigates the multiple meanings associated with t4t, and “Queer Fire: Liberation and Abolition” from GLQ considers prison abolition as a project of queer liberation and vice versa. Also check out Selfie Aesthetics by Nicole Erin Morse, The Lives of Jessie Sampter by Sarah Imhoff, and Lesbian Potentiality and Feminist Media in the 1970s by Rox Samer.

The Mexico Reader, originally published in 2003, is one of our bestselling books of all time, and we’re thrilled to announce a new edition, fully revised and updated. This edition features new selections that address twenty-first century developments, including the rise of narcopolitics, the economic and personal costs of the United States’ mass deportation programs, the political activism of indigenous healers and manufacturing workers, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s edited by Gilbert M. Joseph and Timothy J. Henderson. Other Latin American studies offerings include The Small Matter of Suing Chevron by Suzana Sawyer, Workers Like All the Rest of Them by Elizabeth Quay Hutchison and The Impasse of the Latin American Left by Franck Gaudichaud, Massimo Modonesi, and Jeffery R. Webber.

Several new books and journals explore issues of climate change and the anthropocene. Climate Lyricism by Min Hyoung Song shows how literature, poetry, and essays by a variety of contemporary authors help us to better grapple with our everyday encounters with climate change and its disastrous effects, which are inextricably linked to the legacies of racism, colonialism, and extraction. Yuriko Furuhata’s Climatic Media traces climate engineering from the early twentieth century to the present, emphasizing the legacies of Japan’s empire-building and its Cold War alliance with the United States. In Plastic Matter, Heather Davis traces plastic’s relations to geology, media, biology, and race to show how matter itself has come to be understood as pliable, disposable, and consumable. Tracing colonialism alongside the history of anticolonial struggles in the Americas, in Planetary Longings, Mary Louise Pratt shows how the turn of the twenty-first century marks a catastrophic turning point in the human and planetary condition. The contributors to Kin, edited by Thom van Dooren and Matthew Chrulew, draw on the work of anthropologist Deborah Bird Rose (1946–2018), a foundational voice in environmental humanities, to examine the relationships of interdependence and obligation between human and nonhuman lives. And “The Urban Climate Insurgency,” an issue of Social Text, explores grassroots movements that advocate for radical climate change politics and justice in cities.

Also look for social and cultural theory from AbdouMaliq Simone, Elisabeth R. Anker, and Neferti X. M. Tadiar; media studies titles from Lynn Spigel, Shani Orgad and Rosalind Gill, Mila Zuo, Jennifer Petersen, Henning Schmidgen, Kelli Moore and Eldritch Priest; anthropology from Todd Meyers, Thomas Hendriks, Omar Kasmani, Sarah E. Vaughn, Kimberly Theidon, and Stefan Ecks; and Asian studies from Vicente L. Rafael, Eleana J. Kim, Sophie Chao, Fran Martin, Naoki Sakai, Ban Wang, and Charlie Yi Zhang.

There’s so much more in this great new catalog, so download it now! And be sure to sign up for our email alerts so you’ll know when titles you’re interested in are available.

A Decade of Influential Texts

upw-logo-2021-purple2022 is the tenth anniversary of the Association of University Presses’ annual celebration of University Press Week, which recognizes the global impact of university presses. In the past decade, we’ve published more than 1000 books and 21 new journals have joined our publishing program. Today we are highlighting ten publications that best represent Duke University Press over the past decade and reflect where we are going in the next ten years.

Essential Essays 2 Volume SetEssential Essays by Stuart Hall (2019). This twovolume set, edited by David Morely, is part of our series Stuart Hall: Selected Writings, which we launched in 2016. Hall (1932-2014) did not publish his scholarship in book form during his lifetime, so his seminal essays are widely dispersed, with many pieces out of print or difficult to find. The books in the series, including Essential Essays, have changed that and made Hall’s scholarship easily available to students and scholars. We are extremely proud to be Stuart Hall’s publishing home and are grateful to the series editors Bill Schwarz and Catherine Hall for continuing to bring in new collections.

Designs for the PluriverseDesigns for the Pluriverse by Arturo Escobar (2018). In this book Arturo Escobar took his concept of the pluriverse out of the fields of anthropology and geography where he is best known and offered it and the decolonial work it does to the field of design. Escobar’s work, along with that of Walter Mignolo, is the centerpiece of our list in decolonial studies. Editorial Director Gisela Fosado says that “our list in decolonial theory does the important work of decentering Western/modern ways of being and thinking. In Designs for the Pluriverse, Escobar brilliantly bridges the theoretical worlds of decolonial theory and design theory, developing a framework for ‘autonomous design’ which reorients design thinking towards a different goal – one that is in tune with the radical interdependence of all life as well as with activist struggles for social and ecological sustainability.”  

In the WakeIn the Wake by Christina Sharpe (2016). In the Wake quickly became one of our bestselling books of all time and is surely one of the most influential as well, inspiring not only academic citation but also the work of artists and poets. Senior Executive Editor Ken Wissoker says, “Christina Sharpe’s narrating of the wake, the ship, the hold, and the weather — along with the idea of wake work itself — has been taken up by writers, critics, activists and readers, who felt Sharpe had named something for their lives. This quick recognition —the sense of being recognized, seen, or heard — is unusual and deeply special.  The book is an extraordinary gift to our ongoing political moment, one that will resonate for many years to come.”

TSQ_new_prTSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, edited by Susan Stryker, Francisco J. Galarte, Jules Gill-Peterson, Grace Lavery, and Abraham B. Weil. We are proud to publish this groundbreaking journal, which houses interdisciplinary work that explores the diversity of gender, sex, sexuality, embodiment, and identity in ways that have not been adequately addressed by feminist and queer scholarship. Like so many of our journals, TSQ dovetails with our books program by publishing bold, progressive scholarship in an emergent field.

The Problem with WorkThe Problem with Work by Kathi Weeks (2011). The Problem with Work has become even more relevant ten years after publication than when it first appeared. This fall alone, with media outlets covering “The Great Resignation,” the book has been discussed in the New York Times, the Boston Review, Rolling Stone, and The Independent. In January 2021, The New Republic revisited the book at its tenth anniversary, saying it can be “read as a deep retort to the corporate feminist valorization of work as a pathway to empowerment and equality.” Executive Editor Courtney Berger says, “The Problem with Work is the kind of theoretically sophisticated and politically relevant scholarship that university presses are ideally positioned to bring to a broader readership. Drawing from feminist and Marxist theory, Kathi Weeks questions the contemporary capitalist presumption that waged labor is both necessary and good, and she urges us towards a future where our lives and social and political obligations could be conceived of outside of work. Essential reading when it came out, The Problem with Work has become even more urgent today, as we collectively grapple with the economic, racialized, and gendered disparities of waged labor and the crushing impact that the material and moral imperative to work has had on so many during the pandemic.“

Black and BlurThe consent not to be a single being trilogy by Fred Moten (2017, 2018). Black and Blur, Stolen Life, and The Universal Machine make up Moten’s trilogy, which Brent Hayes Edwards calls “a  monumental accomplishment: a brilliant theoretical intervention that might be best described as a powerful case for blackness as a category of analysis.” In 2020 Moten received a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and we modestly submit that this trilogy helped him earn that honor. Here it represents our strong list in Black studies and wide-ranging cultural theory.

South of PicoSouth of Pico by Kellie Jones (2017). Jones is another MacArthur “Genius” Grant winner. South of Pico was named to best-of-the-year lists by Artforum, ARTNews, and the New York Times. Ken Wissoker says, “Kellie Jones has been showing the way forward in Black thought and art criticism for decades, writing incisively on now canonical artists before they were widely known, while thinking transnationally from the start. In her books South of Pico and EyeMinded and in The Visual Arts of Africa and its Diasporas series she edits with Steven Nelson, she has truly remade the field.” The last decade has seen our collection of art titles grow to include works by Black artists Lorraine O’Grady, Wadsworth A. Jarrell, and Maya Stovall as well as art history such as Rebecca Zorach’s Art for People’s Sake and The Romare Bearden Reader, all work Kellie Jones paved the way for. 

Brilliant ImperfectionBrilliant Imperfection by Eli Clare (2017). Our publishing relationship with Eli Clare began when we reissued his 1999 book Exile and Pride, which had been originally published by South End Press. When South End went out of business in 2014, we brought a number of their classic titles back into print. We were thrilled that Clare then brought Brilliant Imperfection to us. Clare’s work is a centerpiece of our disability studies list, which has grown tremendously over the past decade.

DEM_new_prDemography, edited by Mark D. Hayward. Demography, the flagship journal of the Population Association of America and the most cited journal in its field, became open access when it joined Duke University Press earlier this year. The journal’s funding model relies entirely on financial support from libraries and other institutions. Our conversion of Demography to open access represents our commitment to make high-quality scholarship available to as wide an audience as possible and to experiment with new models to sustain that access.

Living a Feminist LifeLiving a Feminist Life (2019) by Sara Ahmed. Our fifth book with Sara Ahmed, Living a Feminist Life rocketed to the top of our bestseller list in 2019 and has stayed there ever since. The book introduced Ahmed’s important activist work and the concept of the feminist killjoy to a wide audience both inside and outside academe. Endorser bell hooks wrote, “I couldn’t put it down. It’s such a brilliant, witty, visionary new way to think about feminist theory. Everyone should read this book.” Since 2019 we’ve published two more books by Ahmed, including this year’s Complaint!

We invite you to check out what other university presses consider their most influential books of the past decade on the University Press Week blog tour. Presses participating are Temple University Press, University Press of Florida, University of Chicago Press, University of Alberta Press, Johns Hopkins University Press, UBC Press, Central European University Press, Harvard University Press, Fordham University Press, University of Washington Press, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, University of Illinois Press, University Press of Mississippi, University of Toronto Press, University of Manitoba Press, University of Georgia Press, University Press of Kentucky, and Catholic University of American Press.    

University Press Week 2021

It’s University Press Week! In the summer of 1978, US President Jimmy Carter proclaimed a University Press Week “in recognition of the impact, both here and abroad, of American university presses on culture and scholarship.”

In 2012, the Association of University Presses revived the idea of this celebration to recognize the impact that a global community of university presses has on every one of us. We mark University Press Week each November with a new theme, events, featured UP work, blog tours, and more.

This year’s University Press Week theme is #KeepUP. “Keep UP” is significant in a time when great change has come to all quarters of book publishing and the media. For university presses, the past decade has presented opportunities that have allowed these nonprofit publishers  to explore new ways to reach readers, amplify ideas, and sustain scholarly communities while remaining steadfast in their commitment to advancing knowledge. To mark a momentous and eventful decade of university press publishing and UP Weeks, this year AUPresses members have suggested a “Keep UP Gallery” and Reading List that showcase books, journals, open access reading platforms, podcasts, and other efforts that put member UPs at the forefront of today’s issues and ideas.

Our contribution to the Keep UP Gallery is one of our newest ventures, the Scholarly Publishing Collective, a partnership with nonprofit scholarly journal publishers and societies to provide journal services including subscription management, fulfillment, hosting, and institutional marketing and sales.

Through the Collective, publishers have access to resources that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive, such as a best-in-class web platform, proven customer relations and library relations teams, and a network of global sales agents with insight into university press content. 

On Wednesday, we invite you to check back here for an interview about the Scholarly Publishing Collective with Allison Belan, Director for Strategic Innovation and Services. That post will be part of the annual University Press Week blog tour.

Each day this week you can visit university press blogs for #KeepUp posts. Today Temple University Press shares how they have evolved over their history; MIT Press staffers pick their favorite university press books; Manchester University Press staff share what university presses mean to them; University of Toronto Press features a conversation on the future of scholarly publishing; and Bucknell University Press features a guest post by their author Manu Chander.

And on Friday at noon ET, we invite you to an online event featuring authors and editors from the Black Outdoors series. Series editors Sarah Jane Cervanak and J. Cameron Carter join authors Rachel Zolf, Mercy Romero, fahma ife, An Yountae, Eleanor Craig, and Marquis Bey for a conversation and Q&A. Register for the event here.

We hope you’ll share your love for university presses this week on social media with the hashtags #KeepUP and #ReadUP.

Author Events in November

You’ve got lots of chances to catch our authors both in-person and online at events in November.

November 1, 4pm CET: The Greenhouse at the University of Stavenger sponsors an online book talk by Max Liboiron, author of Pollution Is Colonialism.

Journeys Through the Russian EmpireNovember 1, 8, 15, and 22, 3pm ET: William Craft Brumfield, author of Journeys through the Russian Empire and Architecture at the End of the Earth, continues a five-lecture series sponsored by the 92nd Street Y. The series is entitled “20th Century Russia: The Land and History of the Empire and Soviet Union Through Photography,” and will be presented weekly through November 22.

November 1, 12pm PDT: Melody Jue, author of Wild Blue Media, gives a digital humanities online book talk, sponsored by San Diego State University.

November 2, 5pm PDT: UC Berkeley sponsors an online book launch for Eric Stanley’s Atmospheres of Violence, featuring speakers Angela Y. Davis, Dean Spade, Jules Gill-Peterson, and LaVelle Ridley and moderated by Courtney Desiree Morris.

November 3, 1:30 pm PDT: Vernadette Vicuña Gonzalez, author of Empire’s Mistress, Starring Isabel Rosario Cooper, reflects on the methodological challenges and innovations that shaped her book, in an online event sponsored by Simon Fraser University’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies department.

November 3, 6pm GMT: Penn in London presents a virtual talk on unfeeling in the workplace with Xine Yao, author of Disaffected

November 4, 6:30 pm EDT: William Craft Brumfield speaks virtually about Journeys through the Russian Empire at an event sponsored by Seton Hall’s Russian and East European Studies Program, the Slavic Club, and the Department of History.

how-to-go-mad-without-losing-your-mindNovember 4, 6:30pm EDT: La Marr Jurelle Bruce, author of How to Go Mad Without Losing Your Mind, is in conversation with Farah Jasmine Griffin in an event sponsored by the Barnard Center for Research on Women.

November 4, 8pm EDT: The Poetry Project presents a lecture by Alexis Pauline Gumbs entitled “‘A Homemade Field of Love’: Fannie Lou Hamer and Ecologies of Care.” Gumbs is the author of Dub, M Archive, and Spill.

November 5, 3:00 pm CDT: The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago sponsors a virtual symposium to honor the life and work of Lauren Berlant (1957-2021). Panelists are Romi Crawford, Sianne Ngai, and Katie Stewart.

November 8, 7:30pm CET: Martin Savaransky is joined by Melanie Sehgal and Peter Skafish for an in-person discussion of his book Around the Day in Eighty Worlds at the Zentrum für Theoretische Peripherie, Crellestraße 22, Berlin.

November 9, 5:00pm EST: José Carlos Agüero and editor Charles Walker are joined by Deborah J. Yashar, Renzo Aroni, and moderator Tony Wood for an online conversation about Agüero’s recent book The Surrendered.

November 11, 4:00pm GMT: Join a virtual book launch for Kareem Rabie’s Palestine Is Throwing a Party and the Whole World Is Invited, featuring panelists Gökçe Günel, Lucy Garbett, Deen Sharp, and Sara Salem. Sponsored by the London School of Economics Department of Sociology.

November 11, 5pm EST: Noah Tamarkin, author of Genetic Afterlives, gives an in-person and streamed talk entitled “Troubling the Jewish Body: African Semites, Jewish Genetics, and the Emergence of Black Jewish Indigeneity.” The in-person event takes place at the University of Rochester Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Room, 755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626.

November 11, 5pm EST: Sophie Chao, author of the forthcoming book In the Shadow of the Palms, joins the NYU Anthropology Fall Colloquium with an online talk entitled “Multispecies Mourning.”

INDIVIDUAL_EVENTS_LILI - Purple - Orange - TanNovember 11, 6pm EST: Monica Huerta, author of Magical Habits, continues her monthly virtual conversation series “Personal Limits,” this time in conversation with Lili Loofbourow. The event is sponsored by Labyrinth Books, the Princeton Public Library, and Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, Humanities Council, and English Department

November 12, 12:00pm EST: Editors Sarah Jane Cervenak and J Kameron Carter host the second virtual reading with authors Rachel Zolf, Mercy Romero, fahima ife, An Yountae, Eleanor Craig, and Marquis Bey, concluding with a brief Q&A.

November 23, 10am EST: Walter Mignolo, author of The Politics of Decolonial Investigations, gives an online lecture as part of the Decolonial Research Methods webinar series, sponsored by the National Centre for Research Methods at the University of Liverpool.

November 24, 6:00 pm CET: Kareem Rabie, author of Palestine Is Throwing a Party and the Whole World Is Invited, is in conversation with Faiq Mari at a virtual event sponsored by ETH Zurich Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (GTA).

November 30, 4:30 pm EST: Julia Adeney Thomas and Geoff Eley, editors of Visualizing Fascism, speak at a virtual event sponsored by Middlebury College, entitled “What Is Fascism and Where Does It Come From?”

How Global Supply Chain Issues Are Affecting Duke University Press

Wherever you turn these days, people are talking about global supply chains. Shortages of everything from toilet paper to appliances to automobiles are vexing consumers and retailers alike. Unfortunately, publishing and bookselling are no different. The New York Times and Vox have both reported on how paper shortages, ink shortages, the closure of printing plants, and snarls in the global shipping industry have affected the publishing industry. 

Here at Duke University Press we are feeling the effects of these issues as well. For the past few months, we have experienced delays at our printers that have led us to lengthen production schedules on all our Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 titles, adding four weeks on average to each schedule. We are also finding that it takes longer for books to ship from the printer to our warehouse, causing further delays. Reprints ordered when a book sells out of its initial printing are also delayed along with new books.

Global shipping delays are causing orders placed on our website to take longer to reach our customers. The US Postal Service has experienced delays and is officially lengthening their expected service times this month. Carriers like UPS and Federal Express also have driver shortages that increase domestic shipping times. International shipping is especially slow due to pile-ups at US ports and a decreased reliance on air shipments for packages. CBS Sunday Morning covered these issues earlier this month and the New York Times recently wrote about the backlog at ports. 

We initially set schedules for books about 11-12 months from publication. Some authors and customers who have been tracking the schedule of a Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 title may have seen one publication date a few months ago, and a new one this fall. We know this change is frustrating. It’s frustrating to the media as well, who count on knowing a pub date at least six months out to plan their coverage. And it’s frustrating for our staff, planning their work. 

Director of Editing, Design, and Production Amy Ruth Buchanan says, “In my 26 years in publishing, this supply chain crisis is one of the worst disruptions we have ever had to navigate. Understaffed printing plants, paper shortages, and freight challenges are converging to make this season extraordinarily difficult to manage. Every time an advance arrives in my mailbox I celebrate!”

E-book links on our website

One side effect of the delays has been that our e-books are now available several weeks before our print books. Customers who are especially eager to read a book that has been delayed can purchase the e-book or get it through their library while they wait for the print. We hope this will be helpful if a book has already been scheduled for a syllabus or an event was planned months ago. If the e-book is available for a title, you’ll see a list of links to the various retailers beneath the price on our website. 

As we navigate these delays, we ask for your patience. If you would like to order books for the holidays, we suggest you shop now. If you wish to have a book shipped outside of North and South America, we encourage you to order from our UK-based distributor, Combined Academic Publishers. They will often honor our coupon codes. Canadian customers can consider ordering from their favorite local bookstore, who may be able to get stock directly from our Canadian distributor and avoid border delays.

If you are serving on an awards committee and a book you’re expecting to be submitted hasn’t arrived, please reach out to us and ask about it. It may be stuck in transit. Similarly, let us know if a review copy hasn’t reached you.

We’re doing our best to keep our authors updated as soon as we know of any schedule delay. We suggest that authors not schedule any events or book launches until at least six weeks after your project editor tells you your book will be in our warehouse. If you have questions about your book’s schedule you can contact either your project editor or your publicist. 

We see these disruptions lasting at least through fall 2022 and again ask for your patience as an author, customer, bookseller, or reviewer. 

Final Day of our Fall Sale

Today is the final day to save 50% on in-stock books and journal issues during our Fall Sale. Use coupon FALL21 and be sure to shop before 11:59 pm EDT.

Customers outside North and South America can use the FALL21 coupon through today at our UK-based distributor Combined Academic Publishers to save on shipping, particularly in Europe.

If you shopped early in the sale, check out our post on new books that came out in early October. And also consider our latest releases, Saturation, a collection edited by Melanie Jue and Rafico Ruiz; The Work of Rape by Rana M. Jaleel; Decay, a collection edited by Ghassan Hage; See How We Roll by Melinda Hinkson; Indirect Subjects by Matthew H. Brown; and The Deconstruction of Sex, the late philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy’s final book, a collaboration with Irving Goh.

See the fine print and FAQs here. Don’t delay, shop now!