Events

Author Events in December

During the first half of December, you can catch your favorite Duke University Press author at various locales across the US and Australia. And since books make great gifts, you can pick up signed copies at these events.

December 1: Marsha Gordon, co-editor of Screening Race in American Nontheatrical Film presents a selection of short 16mm films from the 1960s and ʼ70s engaged with the topic of race at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
2:00pm, East Building, SECU Auditorium, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

December 3: Grand Central Library will host a book talk with Robert Christgau, author of Book Reports.
6:00pm, 135 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017

December 4: Nicholas Boggs will read from James Baldwin’s Little Man, Little Man, which he edited, at The Studios of Key West.
6:00pm, 533 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040

December 5: Sacred Men author Keith L. Camacho will talk about his book at Asian/Pacific/American Institute moderated by fellow Duke University Press author Dean Saranillio.
6:30pm, 8 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003

December 5: See E. Patrick Johnson present his latest book Honeypot at Women and Children First.
7:00pm, 5233 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

December 5: Australian National University will host a keynote lecture from What’s the Use? author Sara Ahmed.
5:30pm, Bldg 188, Fellows Lane, Australian Centre on China in the World, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

December 7: Honeypot author E. Patrick Johnson will discuss his new book in conversation with Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall at Charis Books.
7:30pm, 184 S. Candler St, Decatur, GA 30030

December 10: Love, H. author Hettie Jones will give a lecture at The Cooper Union.
7:00pm, Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Ave. between 6th and 7th Streets) New York, NY 10008

December 12: Allan Gurganus will read his beloved story “A Fool for Christmas” at The Regulator Bookshop. We are distributing a new limited edition of the story with Horse & Buggy Press and the Duke University Libraries.
7:00pm, 720 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

We look forward to seeing you at these exciting events taking place throughout December!

E. Patrick Johnson’s Fall Tour for Honeypot

E. Patrick Johnson, author of Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women (Duke University Press), will be reading and discussing his new book at various locations throughout the US this fall and into the beginning of next year. At one of these events in Chicago, he will be in conversation with Honeypot contributor Alexis Pauline Gumbs, author of M Archive and Spill, both also published by Duke University Press.

Reading and Discussion
Monday, November 11 at 6:00 pm
Busboys and Poets
2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Reading and Discussion
Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm
Amherst Books
8 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002

Reading and Discussion
Thursday, December 5
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Reading and Discussion
Saturday, December 7
Charis Books & More
184 S. Candler St, Decatur, GA 30030

Reading and Discussion with Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Sunday, January 12 at 3:00 pm
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Reading and Discussion
Wednesday, January 22 at 7:00 pm
The Regulator Bookshop
720 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

Reading and Discussion
Thursday, January 23
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe
55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801

Reading and Discussion
Wednesday, January 29
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Reading and Discussion
Friday, February 7
Skylight Books
1814 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Combining oral history with magical realism and poetry, Honeypot is an engaging and moving book that reveals the complexity of identity while offering a creative method for scholarship to represent the lives of other people in a rich and dynamic way.

University Press Week 2019: Read. Think. Act.

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It’s University Press Week! University Press Week highlights the extraordinary work of nonprofit scholarly publishers and their many contributions to culture, the academy, and an informed society. We’ll be celebrating with displays at the Durham County Library’s South Regional branch, the LGBTQ Center of DurhamNorth Carolina Central University, Durham’s Riverside High School library, and around Duke University’s campus at the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, the Music Library, the Office for Faculty Advancement, the John Hope Franklin Center, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Rubenstein Arts Center, the Center for Muslim Life,  the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. If you’re in Durham please stop by and check out some of our recent titles and pick up a bookmark.

This year’s University Press Week theme is “Read. Think. Act.” It’s is a particularly apt theme as many citizens around the globe continue to engage in important debates that will influence vital decision-making in the months ahead; in fact, this year’s UP Week will begin exactly one year to the day before the 2020 Election Day in the U.S. Through this positive theme AUPresses members worldwide seek to encourage people to read the latest peer-reviewed publications about issues that affect our present and future—from politics to economics to climate change to race relations and more—and to better understand academic presses’ important contribution to these vital areas of concern. To that end, AUPresses members have suggested a “Read. Think. Act. Reading List” that can serve as a starting place for any reader who wants to learn more. Our contribution to that list is Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsumani on America’s Shores, by Orrin H. Pilkey and Keith C. Pilkey, who argue that the only feasible response to climate change along much of the US shoreline is an immediate and managed retreat.

A blog tour has been set up to highlight university press books, authors, and editors that fit the “Read. Think. Act.” theme. Today’s tour features presses blogging about “how to be a better (global) citizen.” Participating presses are University of California Press, University of Virginia Press, Purdue University Press, Georgetown University Press, University of Wisconsin Press, Manchester University Press, University Press of Florida, and University of Minnesota Press. Check out their posts today and come back here Wednesday, when several of our authors and editors will be participating in a roundtable about the global climate crisis.

Please share your love for university presses and all they do for scholarship on social media this week with the hashtag #ReadUP.

Author Events in November

978-1-4780-0401-1.jpgCome in from the chilly weather and to see one of our authors at events throughout the month. November is also our busiest conference month of the year. If you’re attending the American Studies Association, the African Studies Association, the American Anthropological Association, the National Women’s Studies Association, or the American Academy of Religion conferences, be sure to stop by our booths and pick up copies of our latest titles at great conference prices.

November 1: The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU will celebrate the release of A Nation on the Line by Jan Padios and Insurgent Aesthetics by Ronak K. Kapadia.
5:00pm, 20 Cooper Square, 4th floor, New York, NY 10003

November 1: Leo Ching will speak at the Franklin Humanities Institute about his book Anti-Japan.
9:30am, 114 South Buchanan Blvd, Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C105, Durham, NC 27708

November 1: Written in Stone author Sanford Levinson will give a keynote at the Kentucky Law Journal Annual Symposium.
8:00am, University of Kentucky College of Law, 620 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508

November 2: The Louisiana Book Festival will host a book talk for Matt Sakakeeny’s Remaking New Orleans.
12:00pm, State Capitol Building, House Committee Rm 4701, 900 North 3rd St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802

November 4: How Art Can Be Thought author Allan DeSouza will be in conversation with Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi at CUNY The Graduate Center.
6:30pm, 365 Fifth Avenue, 9100: Skylight Room, New York, NY 10016

November 4: Alex Blanchette discusses his forthcoming book Porkopolis (May 2020) at Duke University’s Cultural Anthropology department.
1:30pm, Friedl Building 225, Durham, NC 27708

November 5: Alexis Pauline Gumbs, author of the poetry trilogy composed of Spill, M Archive, and Dub (out in January) will give a lecture at The Cooper Union.
7:00pm, Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets), New York, NY 10003

November 8: Gay’s The Word will host a book launch for Sara Ahmed’s new book What’s the Use?
7:00pm, 66 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB London, United Kingdom

November 11: E. Patrick Johnson will discuss his new book Honeypot at Busboys and Poets. Look for a post about all Johnson’s upcoming events next week on the blog.
6:00pm, 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20009

November 15: Les Créatives will host What’s the Use? author Sara Ahmed and French writer Rebecca Amsellem.
6:30pm, Rue des Savoises 15, 1205 Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

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November 18: Insurgent Aesthetics author Ronak Kapadia will speak at the Berkeley Center for New Media.
12:30pm, UC Berkeley, 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

November 19: See Progressive Dystopia author Savannah Shange in conversation with Patrick Camangian at City Lights Bookstore.
7:00pm, 261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

November 19: Amherst Books will host a book talk with Honeypot author E. Patrick Johnson.
7:00pm, 8 Main Street Amherst, MA 01002

November 19: The Franklin Humanities Institute will host a panel on Charles Piot’s The Fixer.
10:00am, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27708

November 20: See Ana María Reyes discuss her new book The Politics of Taste at The Block Museum.
7:00pm, 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL 60208

November 21: Eliza Steinbock speaks about their new book Shimmering Images at Oxford University.
11:00am, Mure Room, Merton College, Merton Street, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK

November 23: Bureau of General Services Queer Division will host a book talk with Queering Black Atlantic Religions author Roberto Strongman.
7:00pm, 208 W 13th St #210, New York, NY 10011

Author Events in October

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Fall is finally here and many of our authors are on the road. Whether you’re in the U.S., Canada, or Euope there are many opportunities to see your favorite DUP author.

October 1: See Fugitive Modernities author Jessica Krug will participate in the IDS Public Lecture Series.
7:00pm, Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

October 2: Pop América, 1965–1975 curator Esther Gabara will be in conversation at The Block Museum of Art.
6:00pm, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208

October 2: What’s the Use? author Sara Ahmed will lecture at the West End Cultural Centre.
5:00pm, 586 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 1Z8

October 3: Book Culture will host a book talk with Angelo Restivo for her book Breaking Bad and Cinematic Television.
7:00pm, 536 West 112th Street, New York, NY 10025

October 3: There will be a launch party for Rebecca Zorach’s book Art for People’s Sake at Sandmeyer’s Bookstore.
6:00pm, 714 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605

October 3: University of the Witwatersrand will host a lecture with Critique of Black Reason author Achille Mbembe.
5:30pm, 1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein 2000, Johannesburg, South Africa

October 4: What’s the Use? author Sara Ahmed will lecture at McGill University.
6:00pm, McIntyre Medical Bldg, Rm 522, 3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler, Montreal, QC H3G 1Y6 Canada

October4: Join Savage Ecology author Jairus Grove and his colleagues at the University of Hawai’i Manoa Department of Political Science for a book launch.
2:30pm, Saunders 624, 2424 Maile Way, Honolulu, HI 96822

October 8: Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU will host a roundtable with Duke University Press authors Kandice Chuh, Allan deSouza, and Gayatri Gopinath.
6:00pm, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, 285 Mercer St, 4th Flr, New York, NY 10003

October 9: Rachel Douglas will be at the University of Glasgow‘s Hunterian Museum to discuss her latest book Making The Black Jacobins.
2:00pm, Gilbert Scott Building, University Ave, Glasgow G12 8QQ United Kingdom

October 10: The Hagley Library will host a book talk for Bright Signals author Susan Murray.
7:00pm, 298 Buck Road, Wilmington, DE 19807

October 11: Celebrate the release of Benjamin Piekut’s book Henry Cow at the Emily Harvey Foundation hosted by Blank Forms.
6:30pm, 537 Broadway, New York, New York 10012

978-1-4780-0466-0October 11: The University of Alberta will host a lecture with Animate Literacies author Nathan Snaza.
12:00pm, 11210 87 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2T9 Canada

October 13: Benjamin Piekut will discuss his new book Henry Cow at Cafe Oto.
2:30pm, 18–22 Ashwin street, Dalston, London E8 3DL United Kingdom

October 15: The Humanities Institute will have Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation coauthor David L. Eng.
4:00pm, UC Santa Cruz, Humanities 1, Rm 202, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

October 16: See Henry Cow author Benjamin Piekut at Bluetopia in Rome.
TBD, Via del Pigneto, 116, 00176 Roma RM, Italy

October 17: Benjamin Piekut will have a book event at a-Musik for his book Henry Cow.
7:30pm, Kleiner Griechenmarkt 28-30, 50676 Cologne, Germany

October 17: Bookworks will host a book talk with The Chasers author Renato Rosaldo.
6:00pm, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

October 18: Malmö University will host a lecture by What’s the Use? author Sara Ahmed.
3:15pm, Nordenskiöldsgatan 10, 211 19 Malmö

October 18: Avant-Garde Fascism author Mark Antliff will speak at The John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.
9:30am, 114 South Buchanan Blvd, Smith Warehouse, Durham, NC 27708

October 20: New York City’s Bluestockings bookstore hosts a book launch for Queering Black Atlantic Religions by Roberto Strongman.
7:00pm, Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center, 172 Allen St, New York, New York 10002

October 21: Book launch for Gökçe Günel’s Spaceship in the Desert hosted by LSE Middle East Centre and Social Life of Climate Change.
6:00pm, NAB.104, London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE

October 25: The John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute will also feature Black Performance Theory editor Thomas DeFrantz.
9:30am, 114 South Buchanan Blvd, Smith Warehouse, Durham, NC 27708

Author Events in September

As we start a new semester, we have a lot of great events where you can catch one of our authors reading and signing their recent titles.

The ChasersSeptember 10: NYU’s The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center will host a reading with The Chasers author Renato Rosaldo.
6:00pm, 53 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012

September 11: Savage Ecology author Jairus Grove will discuss his new book with David Goldberg at City Lights.
7:00pm, 261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

September 12: Catch Nathan Snaza discussing his new book Animate Literacies with Duke University Press editor Elizabeth Ault at Chop Suey Books.
6:00pm, 2913 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

September 16: Renato Rosaldo presents The Chasers in conversation with Alyshia Gálvez with a musical performance by Gustavo Aguilar at Greenlight Bookstore.
7:30pm, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

September 18: Word Up Community Bookshop will host a book talk with Renato Rosaldo on The Chasers.
6:30pm, 2113 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10032

September 21: The Voice in the Headphones and Now that the audience is assembled author David Grubbs will have a discussion with Anthony McCall at the NY Art Book Fair.
7:00pm, MOMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

978-1-4780-0637-4September 23: Orrin H. Pilkey, co-author of Sea Level Rise, begins his “The Old Men and the Sea” tour with Gilbert M. Gaul, author of The Geography of Risk, at the College of Charleston.
6:00pm, 66 George St, Charleston, SC 29424

September 24: Matt Sakakeeny will celebrate his new book Remaking New Orleans at Mimi’s In The Marigny.
6:00pm, 2601 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

September 24: Orrin Pilkey and Giblert M. Gaul continue “The Old Men and the Sea” tour at the North Carolina Coastal Federation.
5:30pm, 309 W. Salisbury St., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

September 25: The last stop on “The Old Men and the Sea” tour with Sea Level Rise co-author Orrin H. Pilkey and Gilbert M. Gaul at Pine Valley Library.
7:00pm, Osprey Room, 3802 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28412

September 25: Join Elspeth H. Brown for a presentation of her book Work! at Fashion Institute of Technology.
6:00pm, Pomerantz Art and Design Center, 227 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

September 26: Sea Level Rise author Orrin H. Pilkey will be at The Regulator Bookshop to talk about his new book.
7:00pm, 720 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

September 30: The University of Alberta will host a lecture with What’s the Use? author Sara Ahmed.
3:30pm, 11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E9

Orrin H. Pilkey’s Fall Tour for Sea Level Rise

Orrin H. Pilkey, co-author of Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsunami on America’s Shores (Duke University Press), will be reading and discussing his new book at various locations throughout the Carolinas this September. For some of these events, he will be in conversation with Gilbert M. Gaul, author of The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas and the Costs of America’s Coasts (Farrar Straus and Giroux). They’re calling it the “Old Men and the Sea Tour,” and we hope you can make it to one of the events.

Reading and Discussion
Tuesday, September 10
Croasdaile Village
2600 Croasdaile Farm Pkwy, Durham, NC 27705

Reading and Discussion with Gilbert M. Gaul
Monday, September 23 at 6:00 pm
College of Charleston
66 George St, Charleston, SC 29424

978-1-4780-0637-4Reading and Discussion with Gilbert M. Gaul
Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30 pm
North Carolina Coastal Federation
309 W Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Reading and Discussion with Gilbert M. Gaul
Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00 pm
New Hanover County Public Library – Pine Valley Branch
3802 S College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28412

Reading and Discussion (Community & Scholars Series)
Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 pm
The Regulator Bookshop
720 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

Reading and Discussion
Thursday, October 3
Flyleaf Books
752 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Acknowledging the impending worldwide catastrophe of rising seas in the twenty-first century, Sea Level Rise outline the impacts on the United States’ shoreline and argue that the only feasible response along much of the U.S. shoreline is an immediate and managed retreat. It’s a must-read for anyone who lives or works near the coast and who cares about the future of our beaches and coastal communities.

 

 

Author Events in June

Get your summer off to a great start with one of our author events around the US and UK.

978-1-4780-0390-8June 2: Vroman’s Bookstore will host an event with Beth C. Caldwell where she’ll discuss her new book Deported Americans.
5:00pm, 695 E. Colorado Boulevard, PasadenaCA 91101

June 5: The Stuart Hall Foundation and the ICA present a discussion celebrating the work of Jamaican-British academic, writer and political activist Stuart Hall.
6:30pm, 12 Carlton House Terrace, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

June 11: The Centre for Global Knowledge Studies at Cambridge University hosts a book launch for Isaac A. Kamola’s Making the World Global.
3:00pm, Room SG1, Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

978-1-4780-0308-3June 13: See Angelo Restivo discuss his new book Breaking Bad and Cinematic Television in-conversation with Jennifer Wild at Seminary Co-op Bookstore.
6:00pm, 5751 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

June 14: Living a Feminist Life author Sara Ahmed will give the keynote lecture at Birkbeck Student Union‘s panel on Race, Gender and Scrutiny.
6:00pm, Birkbeck University of London, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HX

June 17: Worldmaking author Dorinne Kondo will discuss her new book with Viet Thanh Nguyen at Vroman’s Bookstore.
7:00pm, 695 E. Colorado Boulevard, PasadenaCA 91101

June 22: City Lights Bookstore will host an in-conversation with Deported Americans author Beth C. Caldwell and Ana Raquel Minian.
1:30pm, Woman’s Building, 3543 18th St #8, San Francisco, CA 94110

June 26: Amy Laura Hall will talk about and sign her recent book Laughing at the Devil at the Chautauqua Institution.
2:00pm, Hall of Philosophy, One Ames Ave. Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722

The Chasers Reunite for Book Launch

Recently a group of friends who attended Tucson High School in the 1950s gathered to launch the book of prose poetry inspired by their experiences, Renato Rosaldo’s The Chasers. Rosaldo writes about the gathering in this guest post.

On May 11, 2019, I went to Tucson with my son, Sam, and his son, Micah. I handed books to the Chasers as they arrived at the party. After a short while the Chasers slowly opened their books, They took their time. It was a lot to absorb, their joy and the realization that this was their/our book.  Once all had arrived, Louie then asked me to sign his copy. I did so slowly, keeping the ceremonial rhythm. It gave me time to find a personal dedication for each one. I followed suit for each of the others as they asked me to sign.

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Renato Rosaldo signing a copy of The Chasers. Photo by Daniel Chavez.

The afternoon was cool for Tucson in May. The moment we finished eating a thunderstorm, with heavy wind and lightening abruptly came up. A door slammed loudly. We laughed and said Rocha must have slammed the door because he was pissed that we didn’t invite him. He passed away a couple of months ago.

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L-R, Rich Koenig, Louie Dancil, and Dickie Delahanty. Photo by Daniel Chavez.

We went indoors and Angie, then Patti asked me to read from the book. Bobby was on speaker phone and he punctuated the reading with his moments of recognition, bellowing, “Oh, my God.” We laughed and kept a silence and sense of awe. The book and the evening left me with a feeling of having experienced deep meaning. Thank you Chasers. Thank you book-makers. I am still in awe.

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The Chasers at a reunion in 2018. Photo by Daniel Chavez.

You can save 40% on The Chasers during our Spring Sale with coupon code SPRING40. Read an excerpt here and watch the trailer here.

Happy 150th Birthday to Durham!

durham150_cobrand_example_3-300x3002019 marks the sesquicentennial of Durham, North Carolina, which Duke University Press calls home. We’re excited to celebrate along with Durham by showcasing some of our local history titles.

978-0-8223-4983-9_pr.jpgWe’re especially proud to publish the definitive history of Durham, Durham County by Jean Bradley Anderson. Revised and expanded in 2011, it is a sweeping history of Durham from the seventeenth century to the end of the twentieth. Moving beyond traditional local histories, which tend to focus on powerful families, Anderson integrates the stories of well-known figures with those of ordinary men and women, blacks and whites, to create a complex and fascinating portrait of Durham’s economic, political, social, and labor history. Drawing on extensive primary research, she examines the origins of the town of Durham and recounts the growth of communities around mills, stores, taverns, and churches in the century before the rise of tobacco manufacturing. She writes about the coming of the railroad; the connection between the Civil War and the rise of the tobacco industry; the Confederate surrender at Bennett Place; the relocation of Trinity College to Durham and, later, its renaming as Duke University; and the growth of health-service and high-technology industries in the decades after the development of Research Triangle Park.

Lending PowerIn Lending Power, Howard E. Covington Jr. examines the history of a Durham institution, the Self-Help Credit Union. First established to assist workers displaced by closed furniture and textile mills, Self-Help created a credit union that expanded into providing home loans for those on the margins of the financial market, especially people of color and single mothers. Using its own lending record, Self-Help convinced commercial banks to follow suit, extending its influence well beyond North Carolina. In 1999 its efforts led to the first state law against predatory lending. A decade later, as the Great Recession ravaged the nation’s economy, its legislative victories helped influence the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Covington is also the author of Terry Sanford: Politics, Progress, and Outrageous Ambitions. Sanford was a U.S. Senator, Governor of North Carolina, and then President of Duke University.

978-0-8223-0743-3_prThe Dukes of Durham, 1865-1929 by Robert F. Durden looks at the history of several towering Durham figures: industrialist and philanthropist Washington Duke and two of his sons, Benjamin Newton Duke and James Buchanan Duke. Lasting Legacy to the Carolinas, also by Durden, tells about the James B. Duke’s founding of the Duke Endowment, which funded Trinity College in Durham and led it to change its name to Duke University in 1924. Robert F. Durden was an important Durham figure in his own right; when he died in 2016, Duke lowered their flags to half-mast in honor of his contributions chronicling the history of the university and the region.

To celebrate Durham’s birthday, we are offering all these titles for 50% off throughout 2019. Use the coupon code DURHAM when ordering from our site.

Learn more about Durham’s history and all the celebrations this year at the Durham 150 site. Visit the Museum of Durham History for special exhibitions all year. And check out Preservation Durham for fascinating pictures of historic locations around the city as well as schedules for their great walking tours. Happy Birthday, Durham!