New Titles in Geography

Text: Association for American Geographers 2021 Virtual Conference Exhibit. Use code AAG21 for 40% off when you order from Background: Assorted covers, arranged in columns.

We wish we could be meeting authors and readers in-person at the Association for American Geographers Annual Conference. We know that many of you look forward to stocking up on new titles at special discounts at our conferences, so we are pleased to offer a 40% discount on all in-stock books and journal issues with coupon code AAG21 until May 31, 2021.

Check out the latest geography titles in our virtual catalog, below. And explore all of our books and journals in geography at Since we cannot take photos of authors with their new books in our booth, this year, we instead offer an album of book selfies they have taken from home.

Executive Editor Courtney Berger has a welcome message for AAG attendees.

Executive Editor Courtney Berger

While I’ve been attending the AAG conference for quite a few years now, it was only in 2019 that the press set up a full book exhibit at the conference. And AAG-ers, you welcomed us with open arms. It was exciting to witness in person the enthusiasm for Duke’s books and the wide-ranging and interdisciplinary interests of the scholars who visited our booth. We haven’t been able to gather in person since then, but we still have plenty of new and important books for you to browse on our website. I’m especially excited about recent books from Katherine McKittrick, Louise Amoore, Rosemary-Claire Collard, Christopher Harker, Hagar Kotef, Candace Fujikane, and Thea Riofrancos. Katherine McKittrick’s book, Dear Science and Other Stories, kicks off the Errantries book series, edited by Simone Browne, Deborah Cowen, and Katherine McKittrick. Keep an eye on this series, which features “radical, interdisciplinary, and theoretically rigorous scholarship that explores geographies of race, anticolonial thought, and rebellious methodologies.” More groundbreaking and rebellious work is coming!

I hope that next year I will be seeing you all in person and showing off our new books in the booth. Until then, please feel free to contact me directly or you can submit a proposal to me through our online submissions portal

Registered AAS attendees can join Tiffany Lethobo King for an author-meets-critic panel about The Black Shoals, Saturday, April 10, 12:35-1:50PM EST/9:35-10:50 AM PDT.

This year Katherine McKittrick will deliver the 2021 Antipode AAG Lecture, “Dear April: The Aesthetics of Black Miscellanea,” Thursday, April 8, 6:05-7:20PM EST/3:05-4:20PM PDT.

If you were hoping to connect with Courtney Berger or one of our other editors about your book project at AAG, please reach out to them by email. See our editors’ specialties and contact information here and our online submissions guidelines here.

April Events

April will be a busy month for Duke authors. You’ll have several chances to get out and see some of them.

April 6th: Esther Newton, author of Cherry Grove, Fire Island and Margaret Mead Made Me Gay gives the Distinguished Alumni Lecture at the University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. She draws on work from her forthcoming memoir My Butch Career, expected in 2017.

Sublime Perversion of CapitalApril 8th: Drawn & Quarterly hosts a book launch for Gavin Walker’s new The Sublime Perversion of Capital.
7:00pm, 211 Rue Bernard O, Montréal, QC H2T 2K5, Canada

April 11th: Duke University Press Editorial Director Ken Wissoker discusses the process of turning a Ph.D. dissertation into a first book.
6:30pm, Skylight Room, CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

978-0-8223-6123-7_prApril 13th: Charles E. Cobb Jr. reads from his latest This Nonviolent Stuff′ll Get You Killed at The Regulator bookstore.
7:00pm, 720 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

April 13th: Jyoti Puri will be at MIT to celebrate recently published works on topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, including her book Sexual States.
sexual states5:30pm, The Moore Room, Building 6 Room 321
77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

April 14th: Kristen Hogan at Charis Books for The Feminist Bookstore Movement.
7:30pm, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30317

April 20th: Kristen Hogan also speaks at the University of 978-0-8223-6129-9Texas at Austin.
3:00pm, Multicultural Engagement Center
1oo West Dean Keeton Street Stop A5600, Austin, TX, 78712

April 14th: Homay King discusses her book Virtual Memory at the Institute of Contemporary Art
6:30pm, 118 S 36th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

April 16th: Polished Pebbles presents Marcia Chatelain speaking about her book South Side Girls.
10:00am, Chicago Urban League
4510 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60653

April 26th: Catherine Besteman reads from Making Refuge at the Lewiston Public Library.
6:30pm, 200 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME 04240

June Events

To beat the heat slip into your local bookstore and see some Duke University Press authors this summer. It’s the perfect time pick up a new book. Come see our authors discuss their latest books at the following events:

Lion Songs

You have four chances to see Afropop Worldwide producer, writer, and musician Banning Eyre this month, on both coasts!

June 12th: See Banning Eyre promote his new book Lion Songs and play some music along with author Ron Singer (Uhuru Revisited) at Porter Square Books.

7pm, Porter Square Books
25 White Street, Cambridge, MA 02140

June 14th: What’s summer without live music? Swing by Amoeba Records to see Banning Eyre perform and sign copies of Lion Songs.

2pm, Amoeba Records Hollywood
6400 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028

June 23rd: If you missed Banning Eyre in Hollywood, don’t to worry, he’s not far away. Catch him again at City Lights.

7pm, City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

Ordinary MedicineJune 13th: Join Sharon Kaufman at her local bookstore Book Passage to discuss her book Ordinary Medicine.

1pm, Book Passage
51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, CA 94925

Its Been Beautiful

June 28th: Need some soul? Gayle Wald will be discussing her latest It’s Been Beautiful at Politics and Prose.

5pm, Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008

Events for Amitava Kumar’s Lunch with a Bigot

Lunch with a BigotIf you’re in the New York area this month there are several chances to catch Amitava Kumar discuss his new book, Lunch with a Bigot: The Writer in the World. In essays that are a mix of memoir, reportage, and criticism, Kumar tells a broader story of immigration, change, and a shift to a more globalized existence, all the while demonstrating how he practices being a writer in the world.

To see Kumar discuss his book, which author Geoff Dyer (author of But Beautiful: A Book kumarabout Jazz) called “exactly what one wants from a book of essays,” check out his upcoming events:

May 7th: Amitava Kumar and Akhil Sharma discuss their books and life experiences as Indian-Americans. Moderated by Andy Tepper.
7:00 pm, Tsion Cafe & Bakery
763 St Nicholas Ave, New York, New York 10031

May 9th: See Kumar read from his new book and get your copy signed at Oblong Books!

7:00pm, Oblong Books & Music
6422 Montogomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572

May 12th: Enjoy a gin and tonic while enjoying Kumar and Dani Shapiro in conversation at Community Bookstore!
7:00pm, Community Bookstore
143 7th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215

May 15th: Not in the city? No problem. Check out Kumar at a reading in New Paltz at Inquiring Minds Bookstore!
7:00pm, Inquiring Minds Bookstore
6 Church St, New Paltz, NY 12561

If you can’t make it to these events, you can still buy Lunch with a Bigot at 30% off. Simply call our customer service department at 888-651-0122 and mention the code E15KUMAR. Or order the book from your favorite local or online bookstore!