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 Gaylord Nelson, the former Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senator, died Sunday, July 3rd, 2005. He was an eloquent defender of the natural world, and a man who brought skill and integrity to politics. He will always be known as the founder of Earth Day. Here are some related links that speak to his life and work: Visit and search for Ron Seely's story and John Nichols's column, "Nature nurtured Nelson: His Clear Lake roots inspired a movement," July 5, 2005.
See The Washington Post, and The New York Times
To find out more about Gaylord Nelson and his book Beyond Earth Day, follow this link to

The Mosse Program in History has many programs honoring Professor George L. Mosse, the late UW—Madison history professor, scholar and mentor. The University of Wisconsin Press has a new series, the George L. Mosse Series in Modern European Cultural and Intellectual History, which is supported by a bequest in connection with this program.

Study of Brazilian Theater and AIDS wins Steinberg Book Prize
Tentative Transgressions: Homosexuality, AIDS, and the Theater in Brazil, authored by Severino J. Albuquerque, has won the 2008 Elizabeth A. Steinberg Prize for a book that has brought great distinction to the University of Wisconsin Press. more

Bill Lueders's Cry Rape was an "Editor's Pick" in the April 2007 issue of the popular lesbian/women's magazine, Curve: "Very rarely do true crime books tackle women's victimization in such a strikingly feminist way".

Bill Christofferson appeared on the nationally syndicated public radio program, Earthbeat Radio, on April 17, 2007to discuss Gaylord Nelson and The Man from Clear Lake.

The New York Times did a very large writeup on performance artist Tim Miller and his book 1001 Beds. Tim Miller was also on the nationally syndicated public radio show, To the Best of Our Knowledge.

There was also a New York Times feature on the new original version of Boris Godunov by Alexander Pushkin, which we published as The Uncensored Boris Godunov.  

Cafe Wisconsin Cookbook was written up in Bon Appetit magazine— "delightfully unpretentious." 
The book's inclusion of a Snickers salad recipe got the attention of a Chicago Tribune food writer, who blogged it:

Marc Galanter (Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture, 0299213501 cloth / 0299213544 forthcoming paper) was interviewed on Court TV Radio, a satellite radio service. The interview ran twice on 6/21/06.

John Roosa's Pretext for Mass Murder: The September 30th Movement and Suharto's Coup d'État in Indonesia (0299220346 paper / 0299220303 cloth) will be reviewed in Publishers Weekly on 6/26/06.

Woodland Reflections: The Art of Truman Lowe is a Fall 2003 title that explores the art and influences of Truman Lowe, a sculptor whose large abstract works in wood and metal are inspired by many elements of the natural world, river eddies, willows, waterfalls, bluffs and dunes, and the architecture of the handmade canoe. An internationally acclaimed artist whose works are displayed in major museums, Lowe grew up on the banks of Wisconsin's Black River, where his parents were skilled craftsmen in their Ho-Chunk tradition. A search of the UW–Madison web universe will yield more information about Truman Lowe.

Alan Cheuse, the NPR reviewer who recommended Plum Wine for "Summer Reading," also wrote a print review of the book for the Chicago Tribune. It ran on June 11, 2006, and was picked up the same day by the Baltimore Sun. The opening sentence: "Angela Davis-Gardner's Plum Wine is a wonderfully romantic and well-composed novel." And the closing words: ". . . a novel that starts out in what appears to be a post-mortem mood opens itself, and the sensitive reader, to life rather than death."

Tim Miller got a great review in the L.A. Times of 1001 Beds (0299216942 paper / 029921690X cloth), and got a feature in an important weekly, L.A. City Beat.

The Palm Beach Post has given Edward Field's The Man Who Would Marry Susan Sontag: And Other Intimate Portraits of the Literary Era (029921320X) a review.

Marc Galanter's Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture (0299213501 cloth / 0299213544 paper, forthcoming) was the focus of an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 19. It was picked up by the Cox News Service and has so far appeared in at least one smaller paper (the Oxford Press in Oxford, Ohio).

We recently learned that the major French journal L'Homme reviewed Spirit Possession (ISBN-10: 0299166341 paper / ISBN-10: 0299166309 cloth) in a 2001 issue.

Helen Laird was interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio this week about her book, A Mind of Her Own: Helen Connor Laird and Family, 1888-1982 (0299214508). The interview is archived at

Outlook, a Jewish magazine from Vancouver, has reviewed Book Two of Chava Rosefarb's The Tree of Life in the Lodz Ghetto trilogy, From the Depths I Call You, 1940-1942 (0299209245), "[The] elegant orchestration of . . . voices that instills in the reader the type of admiration that guarantees Rosenfarb's characters and her work a significant afterlife."

The Chronicle of Higher Education usually lists one to three of our titles in its listings of new scholarly books. The May 12 issue listed  Transformations: Thinking after Heidegger (029921544X paper / 0299215407 cloth).

IMDb ( the extensive on-line movie database, now lists Marilyn Ann Moss's Giant (0299204308) on the George Stevens page, an appropriate nod for this definitive work.

The L.A. Times feature on Marc Galanter's Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture was picked up by the L.A. Times/Washington Post News Service, and ran in Portland's daily, the Oregonian, on Jan. 10.

Publishers Weekly's review of Kaiso: Writings by and About Katherine Dunham, VèVè A. Clark and Sara E. Johnson, eds., is coming out on 1/30/06.
Merrill Joan Gerber's Glimmering Girls: A Novel of the Fifties was reviewed in the L.A. Times. The review ran Saturday 1/28/06.

Daniel Kleinman's Controversies in Science and Technology, vol.1. The book is featured in Madison Magazine.

The Jerusalem Report will review Proletpen: America's Rebel Yiddish Poets, edited by Amelia Glaser and David Weintraub.

Susan Krieger's had an interview on To the Best of Our Knowledge about Things No Longer There: A Memoir of Losing Sight and Finding Vision.

Dance Teacher magazine is reviewing Kaiso!: Writings by and about Katherine Dunham, edited by VèVè A. Clark and Sara E. Johnson.

The Montreal Gazette recently ran a nice review of Tree of Life in the Lodz Ghetto. This trilogy won two major awards in its original Yiddish.

Doug Moe of The Capital Times has featured the Rideout book Sherwood Anderson: A Writer in America, Vol. 1. Both Moe and fellow Capital Times columnist Heather Lee Schroeder mentioned Farm Boys and Brokeback Mountain in recent columns.

Choice Magazine's Feb. 2006 Issue mentions the upcoming Ulysses in Black in the African American Studies listings; and reviews two "recommended" recent books: Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture, saying Marc Galanter was one of the best-qualified authors imaginable to write the book; and Elizabeth J. Czarapata's Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest, which it recommended for "all libraries in the Upper Midwest" as well as agricultural, horticultural, and forestry libraries elsewhere.

Betty Berzon, author of Surviving Madness, died of cancer 1/24/06. An obituary from the Associated Press pays her tribute.

The new paperback edition of Larry Stillman's A Match Made in Hell: The Jewish Boy and the Polish Outlaw Who Defied the Nazis got a great review in Kliatt, the magazine for librarians serving young adult audiences. Although the book was not explicitly intended as a young adult title, it certainly is an accessible and "hard-to-put-down" way to learn about the Holocaust.

Two very good reviews came in ForeWord magazine's Jan/Feb issue, for Djuna Barnes's Collected Poems: With Notes Toward the Memoirs ("Her reflections on expatriate life equal anything by the better-known memoirists of Paris between the wars.") and Marc Galanter's Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture (an "excellent compendium of lawyer jokes and their historical and sociological niche in society," "brilliant and comical").

The January 2006 issue of Choice Magazine calls Olga Matich's Erotic Utopia: The Decadent Imagination in Russia's Fin de Siècle "essential" for college and university libraries, recommends Jan Coombs's The Rise and Fall of HMOs: An American Health Care Revolution for general readers and university libraries, and recommends Eran Kaplan's The Jewish Radical Right: Revisionist Zionism and Its Ideological Legacy for "general libraries and up."

Because of a story involving disappeared honeymooners who, it turns out, were drinking absinthe, Jad Adams (author of Hideous Absinthe: A History of the Devil in a Bottle), was interviewed on MSNBC, Monday, 1/23/06. He was also interviewed by Associated Press, with the story already appearing in at least two major papers (Hartford Courant, and the Sydney Morning Herald, in Australia).

Walter Rideout's Sherwood Anderson: A Writer in America, Vol. 1, has received rave reviews from the Chicago Sun-Times and the Denver Post. More reviews are expected at papers including the Philadelphia Inquirer, closer to the official publication date (but the book is already available for order). "This book is not just praiseworthy as a superb portrayal of its subject. It is a testament—even a throwback—to the sort of dedicated, painstaking literary scholarship that is rarely seen anymore in our technophilic age."

Edward Field's The Man Who Would Marry Susan Sontag: And Other Intimate Literary Portraits of the Bohemian Era was called "wonderfully entertaining" (if "gossipy!") in very good review in the San Francisco Chronicle.  

Will Fellows's Farm Boys: Lives of Gay Men from the Rural Midwest continues to get great coverage thanks to it being used as background and inspiration reading for the co-stars of Brokeback Mountain. The latest is a mention on the website of the Chicago's ABC7 TV station; the story came from the Associated Press. 

The L.A. Times expects to run their review of Merrill Joan Gerber's Glimmering Girls: A Novel of the Fifties soon. Glimmering Girls was also featured recently on Connie Martinson Talks Books, a book show that airs in L.A. and New York.

Publishers Weekly is running a review of Kaiso!: Writings by and about Katherine Dunham, VéVé Clark and Sara E. Johnson, editors.

The National Review has commissioned a review of Walter B. Rideout's Sherwood Anderson: A Writer in America, Vol. 1,

Library Journal has featured Janet Burstein's Telling the Little Secrets: American Jewish Writing since the 1980s, in a positive review that recommends the book for Jewish studies collections.

The NYC Irish newspaper, The Irish Echo, is featuring Irene Whelan's The Bible War in Ireland: The "Second Reformation" and the Polarization of Protestant-Catholic Relations, 1800–1840.

Will Fellows's Farm Boys and its connection to the film Brokeback Mountain have been featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, on numerous websites (including the website for GLAAD as well as Gay and film blogs).

The next MLA International Bibliography will include our Towards a Rhetoric of Everyday Life: New Directions in Research on Writing, Text, and Discourse, Martin Nystrand and John Duffy, editors.

A poem by Jim Daniels—whose book, Show and Tell, the UW Press published in 2004—was offered to newspapers around the country in late November as part of the U.S. Poet Laureate's column, "American Life in Poetry." Show and Tell was mentioned in his bio. So far five papers in small to medium markets have printed the poem (Duluth, MN; Grinnell, IA; Rapid City, SD; Yankton, SD; and Victoria, TX)

Will Fellows
's A Passion to Preserve got a terrific mention in the New York Times Magazine this past Sunday, in the second paragraph of a feature on the gay role in urban renewal.

Meanwhile, the connection of Fellows's earlier book, Farm Boys, to the movie Brokeback Mountain has already garnered two nice pieces of media: a item on Out magazine's website and a mention in a feature in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Locally, Fellows also was invited to be interviewed on WIBA and for a Wisconsin Public Radio spot.

A column on the American Bar Association's website featured the Marc Galanter book.

The L.A. Times ran their feature on Marc Galanter's Lowering the Bar: Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture on 1/9/06. You can find it on-line at
L.A.Times Galanter feature

On Sunday, January 29, 2006, the Public Radio International show, To the Best of Our Knowledge, will interview Susan Krieger (author of Things No Longer There). To the Best of Our Knowledge airs in Madison on WERN 88.7 FM from 9:00–11:00 a.m. and WHA 970 a.m. from 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Two UW Press books made "best of 2005" lists: Douglas Martin's They Change the Subject was recommended by Richard Labonte of the gay and lesbian book review Books to Watch Out For, and Galanter's
Lowering the Bar was recommended by Carlin Romano in Philadelphia's daily, The Inquirer.
cover of Funny is blue-green with a photo illustration of a bowl of soup.Publishers Weekly gave a starred review to
Jennifer Michael Hecht's Funny

Hecht, Jennifer Michael (Author)
ISBN: 0299214044
University of Wisconsin Press
Published 2005-11
Paperback, $14.95 (88p)
Poetry | American | General

"Hecht's sophomore effort is one of the most entertaining, and most original, books of the year. Its conceit, barring a few introductory sonnets, is to riff on jokes-become-aphorisms, dismantling assumptions as quickly as she dishes punch lines. "What did the sadist do to the masochist?/ Nothing" generates a brisk, hyperintelligent lyric about the ideas of need and mastery, studded by frequent half-rhymes and internal rhymes. "How many gorillas does it take/ to screw in a lightbulb?" prompts three pages of subtle, wise meditation on human evolution and human error. "Are You Not Glad?" turns a knock-knock joke into smart couplets about regret and love: "Orange you glad? No, I'm not. I ate the berries./ I was hungry. I was young." Switching deftly between the caricatured protagonists of the jokes themselves and more nuanced memories from real lives, Hecht sees how many jokes depend on familiarity and surprise, and how many highlight the disappointments ordinary experience can provide: "One way or another we all become/ the other." The New York-based Hecht (The Next Ancient World ), who also writes books of popular philosophy (Doubt: A History ), appends a neat 11-page prose essay about the relations between jokes and poems: even without the essay, this book brings the two forms tantalizingly close." —Reviewed 2005-10-24, Publishers Weekly

Information about UW Press authors who were presenters at the 2005 Wisconsin Book Festival is still available on the Festival Web site at Wisconsin Book Festival.

Leary selected as interim director of UW Press

Sheila Leary, a 22-year veteran of university press book publishing, has been selected as interim director of the University of Wisconsin Press, effective Aug. 22, 2005. more

cover of Beyond Earth Day is illustrated with a photo of Gaylord Nelson, with a photo of the Earth from space behind him.Gaylord Nelson, the former Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senator, died Sunday, July 3rd, 2005. He was an eloquent defender of the natural world, and a man who brought skill and integrity to politics. For more, see news archives.

Nelson's Beyond Earth Day and a biography, A Man from Clear Lake, are available from the UW Press. See related links for recent articles about his life and work.Gaylord Nelson, the former Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senator, died Sunday, July 3rd, 2005. He was an eloquent defender of the natural world, and a man who brought skill and integrity to politics. For more, see news archives.

He will always be known as the founder of Earth Day. On April 22, 1970, an estimated 20 million people responded to his call for a day devoted to working on behalf of the environment.

cover of Christopherson's bio of Gaylord Nelson is illustrated with Gaylord's photo, leaning against a treeAfter leaving the Senate, Nelson began work with the Wilderness Society. He made pre-election headlines last year when he called the Bush administration to task for its poor record on the environment.

Nelson's Beyond Earth Day and a biography,
A Man from Clear Lake, are available from the UW Press. See related links for recent articles about his life and work.

Raphael Kadushin, of the UW Press, received a 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association's GLBT Alumni Council on July 17, 2005.

As senior humanities editor, award recipient Raphael Kadushin has established the University of Wisconsin Press as one of the nation's leading
publishers of books on GLBT issues. He launched the press's "Living Out" series, America's only book series devoted solely to gay and lesbian autobiographies.

cover of Cohen's book shows rumpled bedsheets and russian steeplesLying Together: My Russian Affair by Jennifer Cohen received a good review by The New York Times on 9/26/04. Go to review.
Numerous books published and distributed by UW Press were among those celebrated at an event the week of May 2, 2005, sponsored by the UW–Madison Center for the Humanities. Our titles to be represented there included Barnstorm and the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution, both edited by academic staff.

Emily Auerbach, Searching for Jane Austen
Daniel Kleinman, Controversies in Science and Technology (vol. 1)
Jonathan Schofer, The Making of a Sage: A Study in Rabbinic Ethics
Harold Scheub, African Tales
Marc Silberman, The Brecht Yearbook 29 /
Gwen Schulz, Wisconsin's Foundations
Raphael Kadushin & faculty contributors, Barnstorm
Jerry Apps, Ringlingville USA
John P. Kaminski, Gaspare J. Saladino, Richard Leffler,
and Charles H. Schoenleber, The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution, Volume XXI

Kemal H. Karpat and Markus Koller, editors of Ottoman Bosnia: A History in Peril
cover of Birmingham is dark green with an illustration of an Indian mound under a purpling skyIndian Mounds of Wisconsin, authored by Robert A. Birmingham and Leslie E. Eisenberg, has won the 2005 Elizabeth A. Steinberg Prize. The annual prize is awarded by the University of Wisconsin Press to honor top-quality books with Wisconsin connections. Follow this link for details:
Elizabeth A. Steinberg Prize
cover of Lelchuk's book is an illustration of a burning bookAlan Lelchuk's Brooklyn Boy received a California stage treatment which is now Broadway-bound. See the Playbill site page for more information. UW Press is reprinting Lelchuk's controversial classic about life in the halls of academe in the sexually charged 1960s, American Mischief.
Hideous Absinthe
by Jad Adams, one of the titles on our 2004 list, was chosen as one of the "Outstanding University Press Books Big Ten" by ForeWord magazine.

Rochelle Saidel's book The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp was a finalist for the JBC National Jewish Book Award in Holocaust category.
The New York Times on 9/10/04 reviewed a photo exhibit featuring the work of Bruce Davidson documenting the life of Isaac Bashevis Singer. This exhibition has been organized by the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College with whom UW Press has collaborated on a companion book to be released in October, Isaac Bashevis Singer and the Lower East Side, photographs by Bruce Davidson, with contributions by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Ilan Stavans, Jill Meredith, and Gabriele Werffeli.The photo exhibition will be traveling to cities across the country in celebration of Singer's Centenary.

Publishers Weekly reviewed Marie Béatrice Umutesi's Surviving the Slaughter: The Ordeal of a Rwandan Refuge in Zaïre. In the same issue of Publishers Weekly, you'll also find major coverage of the University of Wisconsin Press's commitment to GLBT publishing, featuring Wonderlands: Good Gay Travel Writing, edited by Raphael Kadushin; Just Married: Gay Marriage and the Expansion of Human Rights by Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell ; Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition by Rabbi Steve Greenburg; and A Passion to Preserve: Gay Men as Keepers of Culture by Will Fellows.

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