University Press Week

Jess Kaplan , News Editor

The Bucknell University Press, along with the Association of University Presses, will be hosting University Press Week from Nov. 3-9 to encourage the reading of university press books and the important topics that they cover and encourage discussion about.

The Bucknell University Press, partnered with Rutgers University, is an internationally renowned press that publishes arts, humanities and social science work with a focus on long 18th-century, Iberian studies, Latin American studies and memoirs, as well as the Griot Project Book Series with the Griot Institute for the Study of Black Lives and Cultures. On average, the press publishes 25 books each year.

“Bucknell University Press is proud to participate in University Press Week — an opportunity to highlight our books and authors and celebrate the work university presses nationwide do to disseminate scholarship,” Suzanne Guiod, the director of the Press, said.

As a member of the Association of University Presses, a community of publishing professionals committed to quality scholarly work, they were invited to participate in University Press Week. University Press Week honors the extraordinary work of scholars and their contributions to culture, the academy and an informed society. Each year the association picks a theme for University Press Week that reflects literature’s central role in national and international issues. This year’s theme is “Read. Think. Act.” The event encourages readers to explore research on problems that plague everyone to stimulate positive and productive conversations. The books on this year’s reading list are built on works of climate change, opioid addiction, technology, race relations, ethics and the nature of democracy.

While there are not necessarily unifying physical events for University Press week, individual university presses will hold local events to promote their own presses. The Bucknell University Press will feature an author and have a giveaway book on their blog each day.

“University Press Week is an effort to get people interested in and aware of the books that various university presses publish, as well as some of the topics the books cover,” University Press intern Nate Freed ’21 said.

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