It’s exciting times at AU Press these days. Not only have we updated our look with our new and dazzling blog, but this week through November 14, we’re joining our many scholarly colleagues around the world to celebrate University Press Week .
And you can join in the festivities, too!
Getting involved in the celebration is easy. Search the hashtag #UPWeek or #ReadUP to find out the latest from global university presses; or visit the University Press Week’s online gallery to learn about featured cultural and scholarly projects.
What will you find if you get involved?
The offerings of university presses are wide and varied, wry and serious, rich and detailed. Go on your #UPWeek press tour and you might just find:
- an edition of Alice in Wonderland illustrated by Salvador Dalí;
- a book about letters to Santa Claus that was authored by “the elves”;
- the book every student writing a thesis should read; and
- AU Press’ newest scholarly exposé: Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada
University presses are an integral piece of the scholarly tool kit. AU Press, for example, provides a platform for many academics and researchers who would not otherwise have a channel to showcase their work.
Niko Pfund, president of Oxford University Press (U. S.), concurs.
In a recent article posted on The Scholarly Kitchen, Pfund writes: “a cross-section of university press books serves as an important translational bullhorn for the academy, injecting its research and ideas into the public arena.
“At a time when the amount of unhelpful white noise around important issues of the day seems ever louder, university presses—and, more to the point, their authors—anchor these conversations in empiricism and substance.”
Hard to argue with that.
You will be surprised and inspired!