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Review Copy Requests

If you are a journalist or journal interested in a copy of a book for review, we can supply gratis copies of titles published within the past two years. 

Please include the following in your email:

  • Name of book and author
  • Your media outlet
  • Full contact information (name, mailing address), along with any deadlines
  • Links to your outlet's website

Review copy requests can take up to four weeks to process. Due to the volume of requests, we are unable to provide status updates. Upon publication, please send PDFs and/or links to coverage to uvapressintern@gmail.com.

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2022-05-18
Authors' Corner with Gabriel Paquette and Gonzalo M. Quintero Saravia, editors of SPAIN AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: New Approaches and Perspectives

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Gabriel Paquette and Gonzalo M. Quintero Saravia, editors of SPAIN AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: New Approaches and Perspectives

What inspired you to edit this book? 

As historians of the Spanish Atlantic World, we were aware that Spain's role in the outcome of...

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2022-05-16
Capture the Flag

This is the only surviving British flag of the several captured by Bernardo de Gálvez during the American Revolutionary War. The flag was the only one that he kept for himself and was finally placed in his family’s mausoleum in the church of Macharaviaya, the Gálvez family’s hometown, in Andalusia....

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2022-05-05
Authors' Corner with Douglas Bradburn and Christopher R. Pearl, editors of FROM INDEPENDENCE TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Douglas Bradburn and Christopher R. Pearl, editors of FROM INDEPENDENCE TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION: Reconsidering the Critical Period of American History

What inspired you to write this book? 

We brought scholars together to try to reassess the history of a formative time,...

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2022-04-28
Author's Corner with Jane Turner Censer, author of THE PRINCESS OF ALBEMARLE

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Jane Turner Censer, author of THE PRINCESS OF ALBEMARLE: Amélie Rives, Author and Celebrity at the Fin de Siècle

What inspired you to write this book? 

Some years ago, while researching a book about social and cultural change among privileged white women...

2022-04-26
ROTUNDA Releases First Digitized Collection of Frederick Law Olmsted Papers

University of Virginia Press announces the release of a new digitized version of The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted on the bicentennial of Olmsted’s birth. Through a partnership with the National Association of Olmsted Parks (NAOP) and ROTUNDA, the University of Virginia Press’s digital imprint, the searchable...

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2022-04-21
Author's Corner with Maximilian Miguel Scholz, author of STRANGE BRETHREN

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Maximilian Miguel Scholz, author of STRANGE BRETHREN: Refugees, Religious Bonds, and Reformation in Frankfurt, 1554–1608

What inspired you to write this book? 

I started this book at a time when Germany welcomed hundreds of thousands of refugees from Africa, Asia, and the...

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2022-04-19
Authors' Corner with Elisa Dainese and Aleksandar Staničić, Editors of WAR DIARIES

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Elisa Dainese and Aleksandar Staničić, editors of WAR DIARIES: Design after the Destruction of Art and Architecture.

What inspired you to write this book? 

The book was conceived during our research fellowship with the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University....

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2022-03-30
A Victory for Emmett Till’s Family and Us All

President Biden signed the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Bill into law on March 30, 2022, making lynching a federal hate crime. As I write these words it is hard to believe it would take one hundred years since anti-lynching legislation was first proposed to become the law of the land. The...

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2022-03-29
Author's Corner with David Luis-Brown, Translator and Editor of THE SUN OF JESÚS DEL MONTE

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with David Luis-Brown, translator and editor of THE SUN OF JESÚS DEL MONTE: A Cuban Antislavery Novel, out this week.

What inspired you to write this book? 

Prior to 2007, Orihuela’s novel was virtually unknown; it typically only surfaced in scholarly footnotes in...

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2022-03-24
Author's Corner with Jochen S. Arndt, Author of DIVIDED BY THE WORD

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Jochen S. Arndt, author of DIVIDED BY THE WORD: Colonial Encounters and the Remaking of Zulu and Xhosa Identities, out next week.

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2022-03-22
Author's Corner with Mary Sarah Bilder, Author of FEMALE GENIUS

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Mary Sarah Bilder, Author of FEMALE GENIUS: Eliza Harriot and George Washington at the Dawn of the Constitution, out today!

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2022-03-17
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Below, Patrick Griffin, co-editor, with Francis D. Cogliano, of Ireland and America: Empire, Revolution, and Sovereignty, reflects on the origins and meaning of this celebration.

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St. Patrick’s Day is all about connection. And disconnection.

Although the Irish have been celebrating the day for centuries, often with a great deal of drinking...

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2022-03-09
Author's Corner with Nick Nesbitt, Author of THE PRICE OF SLAVERY

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Nick Nesbitt, author of THE PRICE OF SLAVERY: Capitalism and Revolution in the Caribbean, out this week.

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2022-03-04
Author's Corner with Stewart Davenport, Author of Sex and Sects

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Stewart Davenport, author of SEX & SECTS: The Story of Mormon Polygamy, Shaker Celibacy, and Oneida Complex Marriage (April).

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What inspired you to write this book?

Back in 2008, when I started this project, I had just gotten married myself, so...

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2022-03-02
Author's Corner with Will Visconti, Author of Beyond the Moulin Rouge

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Will Visconti, author of BEYOND THE MOULIN ROUGE: The Life and Legacy of La Goulue.

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What inspired you to write this book?

I had already written about La Goulue as part of my PhD, so this gave me the chance to go...

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2022-02-28
Author's Corner with Jill Desimini, Author of CYCLICAL CITY

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Jill Desimini, author of CYCLICAL CITY: Five Stories of Urban Transformation, out this month.

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2022-02-25
Author's Corner with Daniel B. Thorp, Author of IN THE TRUE BLUE'S WAKE

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Daniel B. Thorp, author of IN THE TRUE BLUE'S WAKE: Slavery and Freedom among the Families of Smithfield Plantation, out this week.

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2022-02-23
Author's Corner with Mark A. Tabbert, Author of A DESERVING BROTHER

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Mark A. Tabbert, author of A DESERVING BROTHER: George Washington and Freemasonry, out this week.

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2022-02-22
Conversation Celebrating William "Bill" Robertson's Memoir LIFTING EVERY VOICE

Today, we celebrate the release of William “Bill” Robertson’s poignant memoir LIFTING EVERY VOICE: My Journey from Segregated Roanoke to the Corridors of Power.

All of us at UVA Press wish that Bill Robertson—who served as the first African American aide to a Virginia governor and subsequently worked in five presidential...

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2022-02-21
Happy Presidents' Day! Celebrate by Reading an Exclusive Preview of FEMALE GENIUS: Eliza Harriot and George Washington at the Dawn of the Constitution by Mary Sarah Bilder

I met Eliza Harriot—I did not know that was her name—many years ago. Over the years as I have studied the convention, one entry in George Washington’s diary from May 1787 nagged at me. The convention was supposed to start on Monday, May 14. Washington arrived in Philadelphia the day...

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2022-02-17
Author's Corner with Kenneth S. Abraham and G. Edward White, Authors of Tort Law and the Construction of Change

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Kenneth S. Abraham and G. Edward White, coauthors of TORT LAW AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF CHANGE: Studies in the Inevitability of History, out this week.

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2022-02-15
Author's Corner with Christopher N. Okonkwo, Author of KINDRED SPIRITS


Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Christopher N. Okonkwo, Author of KINDRED SPIRITS: Chinua Achebe and Toni Morrison, on-sale this week.

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2022-02-08
Stanley Hauerwas, author of Fully Alive, Receives 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Christian Ethics

As Duke Divinity School reports, The Society of Christian Ethics recently announced that Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law and author most recently of FULLY ALIVE: The Apocalyptic Humanism of Karl Barth, has been awarded the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

With permission, we have included...

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2022-02-01
Author's Corner with Marlene L. Daut, Grégory Pierrot, and Marion C. Rohrleitner, Coeditors of HAITIAN REVOLUTIONARY FICTIONS

In celebration of the beginning of Black History Month, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Marlene L. Daut, Grégory Pierrot, and Marion C. Rohrleitner, coeditors of HAITIAN REVOLUTIONARY FICTIONS: An Anthology. Use promo code 10FEB22 through the end of February for a 30% discount on the book.

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2022-01-25
Author's Corner with Stanley Hauerwas, Author of FULLY ALIVE

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Stanley Hauerwas, author of FULLY ALIVE: The Apocalyptic Humanism of Karl Barth, out this week.

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2022-01-19
AUTHOR'S CORNER WITH LYNN PASQUERELLA, AUTHOR OF WHAT WE VALUE

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Lynn Pasquerella, author of WHAT WE VALUE: Public Health, Social Justice, and Educating for Democracy, out this week.

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2022-01-16
Martin Luther King., Jr., Workers' Rights, and Domestic Labor, An Original Post by Emily K. Abel and Margaret K. Nelson, Coauthors of LIMITED CHOICES

We are pleased to offer this original blog post in honor of MLK Day by Emily K. Abel and Margaret K. Nelson, coauthors of LIMITED CHOICES: Mable Jones, a Black Children's Nurse in a Northern White Household, with a foreword by Andrea Douglas.

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In a speech before the Teamsters and Allied...

2022-01-12
In Memoriam: Jennifer Steenshorne

The University of Virginia Press shares in the loss felt by many in the scholarly and documentary editing community at the news of Jennifer Steenshorne’s passing. Many of us were privileged to work with her on several flagship projects, including the select edition of the Papers of John Jay and...

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2022-01-06
AUTHOR'S CORNER WITH ERIN R. MAHAN, COAUTHOR WITH THE LATE PATRICK J. GARRITY OF AVERTING DOOMSDAY

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Erin R. Mahan, coauthor with the late Patrick J. Garrity of AVERTING DOOMSDAY: Arms Control during the Nixon Presidency, which we published in association with the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs.

It’s a bitter sweet book release...

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2021-12-03
Remembering Stephen Sondheim: An Original Post by Sharon Aronofsky Weltman, Author of VICTORIANS ON BROADWAY

Thanks to Sharon Aronofsky Weltman, author of VICTORIANS ON BROADWAY: Literature, Adaptation, and the Modern American Musical, for this original reflection on the life and work of Stephen Sondheim.

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On Friday after Thanksgiving, I never shop. I’ve never been a Black Friday shopper, not even before the pandemic made the...

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2021-11-22
Lessons from Virginia: A New Blog Post by David J. Toscano, author of FIGHTING POLITICAL GRIDLOCK

We are pleased to offer this original blog post by David J. Toscano, author of FIGHTING POLITICAL GRIDLOCK: How States Shape Our Nation and Our Lives with a foreword by Senator Mark R. Warner. You can read more in the Falls Church News-Press here. 

Lessons from Virginia

As the former Democratic leader in the...

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2021-11-16
Author's Corner with Sara Jensen Carr, Author of THE TOPOGRAPHY OF WELLNESS

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Sara Jensen Carr, author of THE TOPOGRAPHY OF WELLNESS: How Health and Disease Shaped the American Landscape.

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What inspired you to write this book?

I started my professional career at an architecture firm in New Orleans working on healthcare facilities, and became very...

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2021-11-10
Author's Corner with Maeve McCusker, Author of FICTIONS OF WHITENESS

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Maeve McCusker, author of FICTIONS OF WHITENESS: Imagining the Planter Caste in the French Caribbean Novel, out later this month.

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What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve worked for many years on ‘black’ Caribbean writers, and more recently on literature by...

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2021-11-09
Celebrating UP Week (#KeepUp) with Grace Mitchell Tada and Walter Hood, Coeditors of BLACK LANDSCAPES MATTER

UVA Press, a longtime member of the Association of University Presses (AUPresses), is proud to celebrate University Press Week (UP Week). The theme for Tuesday is: SURPRISE!

To celebrate, we asked Walter Hood and Grace Mitchell Tada, coeditors of BLACK LANDSCAPES MATTER, to comment on the success of their book. We thank them for...

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2021-11-03
Author's Corner with Jonathan W. White and Lydia J. Davis, Editors of MY WORK AMONG THE FREEDMEN

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Jonathan W. White and Lydia J. Davis, Editors of MY WORK AMONG THE FREEDMEN: The Civil War and Reconstruction Letters of Harriet M. Buss, out this month.

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What inspired you to write this book?

JW: I first came across the Harriet Buss letters at...

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2021-10-29
Honoring Linwood Holton, Virginia's First GOP Governor in the Twentieth Century and Giant of Civil Rights

We share today in mourning the loss of Linwood Holton, Virginia's First GOP Governor in the Twentieth Century and Giant of Civil Rights, who died yesterday at 98.

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

"Linwood Holton, vanguard of two-party competition in once solidly Democratic Virginia as its first Republican governor of the 20th century and whose...

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2021-10-28
Author's Corner with J. Matthew Gallman, author of THE CACOPHONY OF POLITICS: Northern Democrats and the American Civil War

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with J. Matthew Gallman, author of THE CACOPHONY OF POLITICS: Northern Democrats and the American Civil War, out this month.

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What inspired you to write this book?

I have written about the Civil War Era for much of my career, but I...

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2021-10-26
Author's Corner with Emily K. Abel and Margaret K. Nelson, coauthors of LIMITED CHOICES: Mable Jones, a Black Children's Nurse in a Northern White Household

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Emily K. Abel and Margaret K. Nelson, coauthors of LIMITED CHOICES: Mable Jones, a Black Children's Nurse in a Northern White Household, out this week. 

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What inspired you to write this book?

We wanted to honor Mable Jones who had played such an important part...

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2021-10-22
Author's Corner with Keith Beutler, Author of GEORGE WASHINGTON'S HAIR

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Keith Beutler, Author of GEORGE WASHINGTON'S HAIR: How Early Americans Remembered the Founders, out this month. 

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What inspired you to write this book?

Much as I love prior work by other historians on patriotic memory in the early republic, I was never able to...

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2021-10-19
Congratulations to Julie Bargmann, Winner of the Inaugural Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize!

Our heartiest congratulations to Julie Bargmann for being selected as the inaugural winner of the Cornelia Hahn Oberlander International Landscape Architecture Prize for her vision and persistent in reclaiming “fallow” lands—those damaged during the industrial economy and since. “Julie Bargmann is a true pioneer in her field but also has instructed...

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2021-10-18
Why the Filibuster Must Go: Op-Ed by Daniel Wirls, Author of THE SENATE

We are pleased to offer this original op-ed by Daniel Wirls, author of the new book THE SENATE: From White Supremacy to Governmental Gridlock, out this month. 

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Early October’s donnybrook in D.C. over, among other things, raising the debt ceiling, was yet another demonstration of the danger and dysfunction of the Senate filibuster, no...

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2021-10-04
Author's Corner with Sandra Moats, author of NAVIGATING NEUTRALITY

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Sandra Moats, the author of NAVIGATING NEUTRALITY: Early American Governance in the Turbulent Atlantic. Professor Moats’s book is available as an open access eBook here, and we invite you to check it out after you peruse her interview.

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2021-10-01
Author's Corner with Daniel Wirls, author of THE SENATE: From White Supremacy to Governmental Gridlock

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Daniel Wirls, author of THE SENATE: From White Supremacy to Governmental Gridlock (October). 

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What inspired you to write this book?

I have been writing and teaching about the Senate for many years and co-authored a 2004 book titled The Invention of the United States Senate....

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2021-09-30
Author's Corner with Nuno Garoupa, Rebecca D. Gill, and Lydia B. Tiede, editors of HIGH COURTS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Nuno Garoupa, Rebecca D. Gill, and Lydia B. Tiede, editors of HIGH COURTS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: Evidence, Methodologies, and Findings.

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What inspired you to write this book?

The three of us believed that there has been significant scholarly progress in empirical judicial politics outside...

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2021-09-29
Author's Corner with Dr. Andrew J. O'Shaughnessy, author of THE ILLIMITABLE FREEDOM OF THE HUMAN MIND

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Dr. Andrew J. O'Shaughnessy, author of THE ILLIMITABLE FREEDOM OF THE HUMAN MIND: Thomas Jefferson’s Idea of a University, out today!

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What inspired you to write this book?

My interest first began after reading Garry Will’s short book, Mr. Jefferson’s University.  Written primarily...

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2021-09-29
Author's Corner with L. J. Bourgeois III, Serge Eygenson, and Kanokrat Namasondhi, coauthors of THE TAO OF STRATEGY

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with L. J. Bourgeois III, Serge Eygenson, and Kanokrat Namasondhi, coauthors of THE TAO OF STRATEGY How Seven Eastern Philosophies Help Solve Twenty-First-Century Business Challenges (September).

In writing The Tao of Strategy, the authors’ brought together three diverse backgrounds:

  • Raised in South America, Bourgeois is Emeritus Professor at...
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2021-09-28
Author's Corner with David J. Toscano, author of FIGHTING POLITICAL GRIDLOCK

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with David J. Toscano, the author of our newly released - and very timely - title FIGHTING POLITICAL GRIDLOCK: How States Shape Our Nation and Our Lives, with a foreword by Senator Mark R. Warner.

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What inspired you to write this book?

Throughout my fourteen...

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2021-09-28
Author's Corner with Thomas Genova, author of IMPERIAL EDUCACIÓN

Today, we are happy to bring you our conversation with Thomas Genova, author of IMPERIAL EDUCACIÓN: Race and Republican Motherhood in the Nineteenth-Century Americas.

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What inspired you to write this book?

In the last generation, there has been a lot of important scholarship on the afterlives of colonial racial and gender structures in...

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2021-09-24
Behind The Eyes of Tammy Faye: Margaret Grubiak on Heritage USA

We are delighted to offer this blog post by Margaret Grubiak, author of MONUMENTAL JESUS: Landscapes of Faith and Doubt in Modern America, on the new film The Eyes of Tammy Faye and Heritage, USA in Fort Mill, South Carolina. 

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In the new film The Eyes of Tammy Faye, actress Jessica Chastain portrays Tammy Faye Messner...

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2021-09-22
Author's Corner with Mark Osteen, author of FAKE IT: Fictions of Forgery

We're continuing the series with a conversation with Mark Osteen, author of FAKE IT: Fictions of Forgery.

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What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve been thinking and writing about questions of originality for two decades. The seed for Fake It was planted when I explored the links between forging (the kind a...

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2021-09-21
Author's Corner, and much more with Jacques Berlinerblau, author of THE PHILIP ROTH WE DON'T KNOW

We're continuing the series with a conversation with Jacques Berlinerblau, author of THE PHILIP ROTH WE DON'T KNOW: Sex, Race, and Autobiography (September). 

You can also read more from Berlinerblau - and his former student Audrey - at The Philip Roth Society on how a younger woman reader thinks about #PhilipRoth, misogyny, #MeToo and...

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2021-09-10
Virgil, quick, come see, there goes Robert E. Lee!

Virginia’s removal of the Robert E. Lee statue from Monument Avenue in Richmond this week made national newsAdam H. Domby, associate professor of history at Auburn University and author of The False Cause: Fraud, Fabrication, and White Supremacy in Confederate Memory, here offers his take on the monument’s history and...

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2021-08-31
Announcing UVA Press Author's Corner!

Welcome to the UVA Press Author's Corner! Here, we feature conversations with the authors of our latest releases to provide a glimpse into the writer's mind, their book's main lessons, and what’s next for them. We hope you enjoy these inside stories.

We're beginning the series with a conversation with Rex Bowman and...

2021-08-10
David Sewell, Manager of Digital Initiatives at UVA Press, Wins the 2021 ADE Lyman H. Butterfield Award

We are delighted to announce that David Sewell, Manager of Digital Initiatives and the Rotunda Imprint at the University of Virginia Press, has won The Association for Documentary Editing's 2021 Lyman H. Butterfield Award. The award, presented in memory of Lyman Henry Butterfield, whose editing work included contributions to The Papers of Thomas...

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2021-07-15
SHEAR 2021: A Q&A with Frank Cogliano

This month, right in time for SHEAR, UVA Press is proud to release Ireland and America: Empire, Revolution, and Sovereignty, edited by Patrick Griffin and Francis D. Cogliano, and featuring contributions by Rachel Banke, T. H. Breen, Trevor Burnard, Nicholas Canny, Christa Dierksheide, Matthew P. Dziennik, S. Max Edelson, Annette Gordon-Reed,...

2021-07-01
Remembering William B. Robertson, Longtime Black Republican and "Doer of Great Deeds"

We share in mourning the loss of William "Bill" Robertson, the first African American to serve as an aide to a Virginia governor. He subsequently served in five presidential administrations. Before his passing, Robertson also was finishing work on his memoir LIFTING EVERY VOICE: My Journey from Segregated Roanoke to the Corridors of...

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2021-06-15
Celebrating Pride Month: An Essay by Ula Klein, Author of Sapphic Crossings

June is Pride Month, and I’m proud to be a member of the LGBTQ community, working on LGBTQ literary and cultural history. My book, Sapphic Crossings: Cross-Dressing Women in Eighteenth-Century British Literature (UVA Press, 2021), looks at the lesbian, transgender and nonbinary histories that many people today haven’t heard of—yet.

Many people...

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2021-06-11
Hemingway, The Garden of Eden, and Authenticity: A Post by Len Gutkin

“I hate the myth of Hemingway. And the reason I hate the myth of Hemingway: It obscures the man. And the man is much more interesting than the myth.” So says Michael Katakis, the manager of the Hemingway estate, toward the very beginning of Ken Burns’s and Lynn Novick’s (excellent)...

2021-06-09
Rotunda Imprint Seeking User Feedback for its American History Collection

Rotunda, UVA Press's digital imprint, is seeking feedback on the user experience of its American History Collection. If you have used this collection* for research, school, or personal interest, please consider taking a few minutes to fill in this survey, as it will greatly help develop these resources so they...

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2021-05-08
Mourning the Passing of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: A Tribute by Susan Herrington

UVA Press joins the architecture community in mourning the loss of acclaimed landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, who passed away on May 22, 2021. We asked Susan Herrington, a personal friend of Oberlander's and author of the biography Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Making the Modern Landscape to share her remembrances, which we...

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2021-04-19
Join Governor Chuck Robb at Virtual Events in Celebration of His New Memoir In the Arena

UVA Press is proud to be publishing the memoir of one of America's great public servants, former Virginia Governor and Senator Chuck Robb. IN THE ARENA: A Memoir of Love, War, and Politics moves from a White House wedding to the trenches of Vietnam to the halls of power in Washington D.C. to create...

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2021-04-12
In Remembrance of the Firing on Fort Sumter

by Clayton J. Butler, Ph.D., Editorial Fellow at UVA Press

April 12, 2021 marks 160 years to the day since the firing on Fort Sumter, the opening salvo of the Civil War. It can be tempting to think of that stretch of time as a massive gulf, practically unbridgeable—at least in...

2021-02-26
UVA Press Announces New Series "The Black Soldier in War and Society"

February 2021; Charlottesville, VA: The University of Virginia Press is pleased to announce “The Black Soldier in War and Society: New Narratives and Critical Perspectives,” a new series for innovative scholarship on the Black military experience to highlight the diverse and complex experiences of African-descended people and to explore the implications...

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2021-02-12
Interview with Dr. Adrian Brettle, author of COLOSSAL AMBITIONS: Confederate Planning for a Post-Civil War World

In July 2020, UVA Press was proud to publish Dr. Adrian Brettle’s debut book: Colossal Ambitions: Confederate Planning for a Post-Civil War World. Recently, Dr. Brettle’s book was named a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, awarded annually to the best scholarly work in English on Abraham Lincoln, the American...

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2021-02-02
Celebrating Black History Month - An Excerpt from RACISM IN AMERICAN PUBLIC LIFE by Dr. Johnetta Betsch Cole

In celebration of Black History Month, we are pleased to offer this selection from the introduction of Dr. Johnetta Cole's new book RACISM IN AMERICAN PUBLIC LIFE: A Call to Action. 

As I was completing my final revisions for this book, two monumental events occurred in the United States. The first...

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2021-01-21
Rival Visions vs. Insurrections: The Challenge of an Inaugural Address in a Time of Crisis

We are pleased to offer this guest blog post by Dr. Dustin Gish, coeditor with Andrew Bibby of RIVAL VISIONS: How Jefferson and His Contemporaries Defined the Early American Republic to be published in February. 

Rival Visions vs. Insurrections: The Challenge of an Inaugural Address in a Time of Crisis

This past week in America we have...

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2021-01-20
Hopes, Fears, and Prophecies. An Essay for Inauguration Day by Historians Robert M. S. McDonald and Peter S. Onuf

We are pleased to offer this essay for Inauguration Day by Robert M. S. McDonald and Peter S. Onuf, editors of the new book Revolutionary Prophecies: The Founders and America’s Future. Enjoy! 

Hopes, Fears, and Prophecies

Do these seem like extraordinary, unprecedented times?  Did the 2020 election and its seemingly endless aftermath expose and...

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2021-01-18
Honoring Dr. King: Creating the Path to Non-Violence

We join everyone celebrating MLK Day with this blog post from Peter Eisenstadt, author of the new book Against the Hounds of Hell: A Life of Howard Thurman (February 2021).   

Honoring Dr. King: Creating the Path to Non-Violence    

Every four years, the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is celebrated about two...

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2021-01-04
Sandra Rebok on Bringing Enlightenment Science into Practice

Putting Enlightenment Science into Practice: Humboldt, Jefferson, and the Transatlantic Fight against Smallpox

A guest post by Sandra Rebok, author of Humboldt and Jefferson: A Transatlantic Friendship of the Enlightenment.

As 2020 turns into 2021, the role of the sciences in society and the importance of target-oriented scientific progress have been visible...

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2020-12-15
Booker T. Washington Has a New Charlottesville Connection: A Digital Edition of His Papers

Booker T. Washington, who emerged from slavery to become one of the leading African American intellectuals around the turn of the 20th century, had ties to Charlottesville that eventually led to a city park being named after him.

A new connection between Washington and this area will be forged virtually via...

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2020-11-30
Celebrating UP Week with Tom Kapsidelis, author of After Virginia Tech

Last year, UVA Press was proud to publish Tom Kapsidelis’s After Virginia Tech: Guns, Safety, and Healing in the Era of Mass Shootings, which illuminates the experiences of the survivors of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre—then the deadliest to date—and other community members and portrays in depth their advocacy for reforms...

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2020-11-18
LISTEN: "UVA Press Presents" interview with Walter Hood and Grace Mitchell Tada on Black Landscapes Matter

We are delighted to offer the sixth installment in our new podcast series, "UVA Press Presents," via this interview with Walter Hood, MacArthur Fellow and Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley, and Grace Mitchell Tada, independent scholar, writer, and journalist, about their new...

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2020-11-03
Please Vote!

Over 98 million U.S. citizens have already voted in this year’s presidential election. Many millions more will do so today. Voting has been central to U.S. democracy since the country’s inception, and the right to vote has been fought over and suppressed for various groups, most notably Black Americans, for just...

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2020-10-15
What Makes Good Government? A Conversation with History Editor Nadine Zimmerli and Author Christopher Pearl

As the Editor for History, I am always gratified when UVA Press books illuminate the country’s past while also speaking to our present moment. A few months ago, Christopher Pearl’s Conceived in Crisis: The Revolutionary Creation of an American State appeared as part of our Early American Histories series, and his book’s...

2020-10-06
Virtual Launch Event: By Broad Potomac's Shore by Kim Roberts

UVA Press is pleased to invite you to the launch event for BY BROAD POTOMAC'S SHORE: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation's Capital with poet and literary historian Kim Roberts on Thursday, October 8, from 6-7 pm. Order the book at 30% OFF with promo code 10BROAD! UVA Press Editor-in-Chief, Eric Brandt,...

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2020-09-21
Sharon Aronofsky Weltman on Hamilton, The King and I, and Racial Justice

Sharon Aronofsky Weltman, whose book VICTORIANS ON BROADWAY: Literature, Adaptation, and the Modern American Musical was published this July, writes about what the hit Hamilton shares with the classic The...

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2020-09-18
LISTEN: "UVA Press Presents" interview with Daniel Mendelsohn and Jahan Ramazani

We are delighted to offer the fifth installment in our new podcast series, "UVA Press Presents," via this interview with Daniel Mendelsohn, Editor at Large at The New York Review of Books and author of Three Rings: A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate and Jahan Ramazani, University Professor and Edgar F. Shannon Professor...

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2020-09-01
We Have Come to Praise Globalization, Not Bury It

UVA Press author Adrian Brettle, whose book COLOSSAL AMBITIONS: Confederate Planning for a Post–Civil War World was published this July, writes about the history of globalization and the dangers of it being under attack.

We live at a time when globalization is under attack, blamed for both enabling the apparently dangerous...

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2020-08-24
Virtual Book Tour: Daniel Mendelsohn Discusses Three Rings

We are delighted to announce dates for Daniel Mendelsohn's virtual book tour around THREE RINGS: A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate (September 8). Tune in this fall to hear Mendelsohn discuss his new book, of which Kirkus in a starred review said "[a] luminous narrative . . . this slender,...

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2020-08-14
LISTEN: "UVA Press Presents" interview with Assistant Director, Eric Brandt, and Adrienne Munich, author of EMPIRE OF DIAMONDS: Victorian Gems in Imperial Settings

We are delighted to offer the fourth installment in our new podcast series, "UVA Press Presents," via this interview with Eric Brandt, Assistant Director and Editor-in-Chief at UVA Press and Adrienne Munich, Professor of English, Art, Cultural Studies, and Gender Studies, Emerita, at Stony Brook University and author of the new book EMPIRE OF...

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2020-07-22
Echoes from the Revolution: Why the States and How they Govern Matter

Christopher R. Pearl, author of Conceived in Crisisfinds echoes of the past in our current moment. 

I, like many of you, planned to be at SHEAR this year, listening to new ideas shared by colleagues in panels and over a cold pint, but, sadly, we can’t do that. Instead we are home,...

2020-07-17
UVA Press Publishes Brown Library's Digital Publications Initiative's First Born-Digital Scholarly Monograph

**The pathbreaking multimodal digital book—Furnace and Fugue—was developed with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

**July 2020: Charlottesville, VA—**The University of Virginia Press is pleased to announce the publication of Furnace and Fugue: A Digital Edition of Michael Maier’s Atalanta fugiens (1618) with Scholarly Commentary, the first born-digital scholarly monograph developed by the...

2020-07-14
UVA Press Announces New Series "The Revolutionary Age"

The University of Virginia Press is pleased to announce “The Revolutionary Age,” a new series designed to bring a fresh and international perspective to the study of the American Revolution within the broader context of the Age of Revolution.

Frank Cogliano and Patrick Griffin will guide this new publishing venture, which...

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2020-07-13
Announcing UVA Press Reading Club - Virginia Pathways and People

The University of Virginia Press is pleased to announce the new UVA Press Reading Club, which will feature themed books throughout the year at a 40% discounted rate. The 2020 theme, already underway, is Virginia Pathways and People and is geared towards all those interested in the flora, fauna, and people of Virginia....

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2020-07-10
LISTEN: "UVA Press Presents" interview with Howard Rambsy II, author of BAD MEN: Creative Touchstones of Black Writers

We are delighted to offer the third installment in our new podcast series, "UVA Press Presents," via this interview with Howard Rambsy, Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and author of the new book Bad Men: Creative Touchstones of Black Writers. Listen above, and find out what inspired Rambsy to write the...

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2020-06-22
Barbados Diary Joins the Digital Papers of George Washington

We’re pleased to announce the addition of the recently published edition of George Washington’s Barbados Diary, edited by Alicia K. Anderson and Lynn A. Price, to The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition, and to offer this wonderfully annotated text free of charge to interested readers through the middle of August.

George Washington's...

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2020-06-19
So long, Aunt Jemima (1889-2020)

UVA Press author Maurice M. Manring, whose book Slave in a Box: The Strange Career of Aunt Jemima was published in 1998, writes about his experience researching and writing about the figure of Aunt Jemima. You can read more from Manring in this article published in The Associated Press on 6/19/20.

About 25 years...

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2020-06-18
The Need for African American Studies to Make George Floyd a Visible Man

UVA Press author Michael Lackey, whose book The Haverford Discussions: A Black Integrationist Manifesto for Racial Justice was published in 2013, reflects on the murder of George Floyd, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, systemic racism, and massive protests:

Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man has become increasingly more painful to teach. One of the most tragic scenes involves...

2020-06-15
Three New Series Editors Join UVA Press's Longstanding Series on Jeffersonian America

The University of Virginia Press is pleased to announce that Charlene M. Boyer Lewis, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Robert G. Parkinson have joined existing Jeffersonian America series editors Peter S. Onuf and Andrew J. O’Shaughnessy to identify and publish the best new scholarship on the American republic’s formative decades.

Initially overseen by Peter...

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2020-06-12
On Entanglements and Viruses by Shane Graham

We are pleased to offer this blog post from UVA Press author Shane Graham, whose book Cultural Entanglements: **Langston Hughes and the Rise of African and Caribbean Literature was published this May.

The COVID-19 pandemic posed a challenge to my new book’s argument before it was even published, but the worldwide uprising...

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2020-05-22
LISTEN: "UVA Press Presents" interview with Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Helen Horowitz and historian Dan Horowitz around TRACES OF J. B. JACKSON

We are delighted to offer the second installment in our new podcast series, "UVA Press Presents," via this interview with Pulitzer-Prize nominated author Helen Horowitz, author of the new book **TRACES OF J. B. JACKSON: The Man Who Taught Us to See Everyday America, **and Daniel Horowitz, Mary Huggins Gamble Foundation Chair and Professor...

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2020-05-13
LISTEN: "UVA Press Presents" Interview with Carl Rollyson, Author of THE LIFE OF WILLIAM FAULKNER, and Stephen Railton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia and Director of Digital Yoknapatawpha

We are delighted to introduce our new podcast series, "UVA Press Presents," via this interview with literary biographer Carl Rollyson, author of the new two-volume series THE LIFE OF WILLIAM FAULKNER, and Stephen Railton, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Virginia and Director of the Digital Yoknapatawpha project. Listen...

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2020-05-06
Q&A with Winner of the New Academy Prize in Literature, Maryse Condé, and translator Nicole Simek

As The New York Times Book Review writes of Maryse Condé in their review of her newly translated book The Belle Créole, "For the past half century, Condé has been chronicling the black diaspora in novels that are rollicking and scandalous, that examine gender and culture, class and religion, African and Caribbean society. She performs...

2020-05-05
Niccole Leilanionapae'aina Coggins Coauthors Article on Inclusive Scholarly Publishing in the University Press Community

Published this week in UKSG Insights, "Towards inclusive scholarly publishing: developments in the university press community," coauthored by Niccole Leilanionapae‘aina Coggins, UVA Press Editorial, Design, and Production Coordinator and Assistant Project Editor, provides an overview of the ways in which the members of the Association of University Presses are working towards more inclusive practices in scholarly...

2020-04-27
Announcing Institute for Thomas Paine Studies (ITPS) Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Iona College

Thanks to the generous support of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies (ITPS) and the University of Virginia (UVA) Press are collaborating to launch a two-year post-doctoral residential fellowship, in any area of American studies from 1700 to 1900, at Iona College in New...

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2020-04-22
In Honor of Earth Day, A Post From Our Senior Acquiring Editor, Architecture and Environment, Boyd Zenner

As the noted possum-philosopher Pogo bleakly commented from a trash-strewn Okefenokee Swamp on a 1970 poster announcing the first Earth Day, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

Fifty years on, evidence of the damage we humans have wrought upon the environment is everywhere around us: in rising seas,...

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2020-04-09
The Busiest Week That Never Was

By Nadine Zimmerli, editor for history and social sciences

Last week was supposed to be my busiest yet since assuming the mantle of editor of history and social sciences here at UVa Press. I had been looking forward to attending my first Virginia Forum, on “Crafting History,” which—I’m given to understand—would...

2020-04-06
University of Virginia Press Partners with the Darden School of Business on New Imprint

University of Virginia Press and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business have announced a publishing partnership to launch UVA Darden Business Publishing, an imprint of the University of Virginia Press. Through the partnership, UVA Press will publish books in print and digital editions under the auspices and imprint...