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ALI Publishes Book #100

ALI LogoRegular visitors to our web site have seen its logo on our home page but may not know what the American Literatures Initiative actually is. The University of Virginia Press is proud to take part in this Mellon-funded program with the goal of publishing books by first-time authors in the field of literary studies.

Recently the 100th title in the ALI imprint was published, so this seems like a good time to reflect on this unique, award-winning project. In a time when an alarming  number of publishers are no longer publishing in literary studies, the publication of the ALI books is a significant infusion to this important field. In addition to Virginia, the ALI participants include NYU, Rutgers, Fordham, and Temple, and the imprint has resulted in an unprecedented level of collaboration among presses, beginning with submission and carrying on through production and marketing. The imprint has also served as a sort of laboratory for exploring more cost-effective ways to produce monographs, consistently bringing books in under budget and under schedule while maintaining the highest editorial standards. We invite you to visit the ALI web site and read about this valuable initiative, and to explore the results of its efforts—namely its great books.