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Library Journal recently reviewed Becky Thacker’s new novel, Faithful Unto Death, declaring is to be “a crime story with Midwestern gothic overtones, not unlike Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.” “Authentic atmosphere and a remarkable portrayal of brave children make for a good read… the courtroom scenes are riveting,” reviewer Teresa Jacobsen continues. The book traces the mysterious death of Anna Spencer Thacker in Benzonia, Mich., in 1894. Suicide, accident… or murder?


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A new issue of The Journal of Electronic Publishing is now available online. Guest-edited by Kevin Hawkins, head of digital publishing production here at MPublishing, this issue features seven articles on the theme of standards in the publishing industry. In addition, the issue includes a book review and a detailed follow-up to a widely-read study published in JEP last year, The Short-Term Influence of Free Digital Versions of Books on Print Sales. The contents of the…

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July 29 marked the second MPublishing Copyright Camp – this year with Deborah Wythe of the Brooklyn Museum.  Copyright Camp is MPublishing’s way of making copyright fun, and we’ve had the great benefit of working with the great team at Open.Michigan on these events.  What is Copyright Camp? On the last Friday of July we invite a speaker to discuss some aspect of copyright then break into informal discussion groups that allow copyright experts to mix and…

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Philip Levine, a native Michigander, Detroit poet and author of several University of Michigan Press books, has been named poet laureate of the United States. “How can I put it? It’s like winning the Pulitzer,” he told The New York Times. “If you take it too seriously, you’re an idiot. But if you look at the names of the other poets who have won it, most of them are damn good.” Levine is the author…

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The University of Michigan Press (UM Press), long a provider of books in audio and other alternative formats, has signed a new agreement with Bookshare, a global leader in providing copyrighted, digital accessible books to people with print disabilities. The agreement will increase the number of formats UM Press makes available to the millions of Americans who have print disabilities and give even more people the opportunity to read UM Press books. Under the agreement,…

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Two new books from The University of Michigan Press will be honored by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education on August 11 at their conference in Chicago. Angela C. Pao’s No Safe Spaces: Re-casting Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality in American Theater will receive the ATHE Outstanding Book Award for 2011. The book explores the subject of non-traditional casting prac tices and innovative conceptions of dramatic character in light of theories of cultural identity.  The study is…

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MPublishing is pleased to announce the publication of a new open access journal, Fragments: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Ancient and Medieval Pasts. Fragments will provide a forum for dialogue and exchange between scholars in all fields of the humanities and social sciences who study the premodern world. The journal encourages scholars to pursue subjects of broad interest to colleagues working in other places and times, and to pursue comparative and connective approaches in…

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