Author Events

The Chicagoan talk and book signing

December 4, 2008
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The Chicagoan talk and book signing

Historian Neil Harris, author of The Chicagoan: A Lost Magazine of the Jazz Age, will speak at the Harold Washington Library Center next Wednesday, December 10. The Chicagoan (“a book you’ll want to own, a coffee-table book nicer and better made than most coffee tables,” said Matt Weiland in the NYTBR) will be available for purchase and signing afterward. The Harold Washington Library Center is at 400 S. State Street in Chicago—right next to the “L” and just a hop, skip, and a jump from commuter train lines. The lecture is in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at 6 PM and is free and open to the public. If you’re interested in Chicago history, the Jazz Age, or need a gift for somebody who is, Harris’s talk is not to be missed! If you’re not in Chicago, you can listen to this interview he did for last week’s installment of the Book Show on Australia’s ABC National Radio. In the interview, Harris joins host Ramona Koval to discuss how he discovered a set of Chicagoan magazines deep in the stacks of the University of Chicago’s Regenstein library, and how the story of the magazine’s rise and fall opens a window into . . .

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Children’s books for adults

October 16, 2008
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Children’s books for adults

Adults looking for something to read during the American Library Association’s Teen Read Week October 12 to 18 should look no further than Seth Lerer’s Children’s Literature: A Reader’s History from Aesop to Harry Potter. Amid other revelations about teen staples from Judy Blume novels to the Harry Potter series, Lerer shows that the category of Young Adult literature was originally created to keep “offensive” materials off the children’s shelves of libraries. His breadth, ecompassing centuries of books for children of all ages, virtually guarantees that you’ll discover something new in Children’s Literature about a book you loved as a kid. Chicagoans can even make those discoveries in person, when Lerer presents his book tonight at the Newberry Library (which, on a related note, currently has a great exhibition featuring its collection of children’s books–700 years worth of them). If you’re not able to make it, you can at least console yourself with this excerpt. . . .

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Tim and Tom wrap it up in Chicago

September 23, 2008
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Tim and Tom wrap it up in Chicago

After a week of radio and TV interviews, public appearances, and book signings in the Windy City, Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen, co-authors with Ron Rapoport of Tim and Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White, are moving on to the Big Apple this week to do it all over again. The comedy duo have events scheduled this week that range from book signings at several local bookstores (see the listings on our author events page) to taping an appearance for tonight’s Late Show with David Letterman. Here’a a wrap-up of some of the Chicago interviews that are available online: Last Wednesday the authors stopped by the WBEZ studios at Navy Pier for an interview with Richard Steele for Chicago Public Radio’s Eight-forty Eight. Last week the authors also made several TV appearances including an interview with Janet Davies for ABC7 Chicago, an interview with Bill Zwecker for CBS2’s Eye on Chicago, and long interview (with some video from their act) for WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. See the Tim and Tom website and read an excerpt from the book. . . .

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Tim and Tom’s Chicago homecoming

September 17, 2008
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Tim and Tom’s Chicago homecoming

Monday night at Gibsons Steakhouse, Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen kicked off a whirlwind week of publicity in the town that gave them their start. As a bevy of Chicago notables—including Mayor Richard M. Daley, actor Dennis Farina, restaurateur Richard Melman, and Chicago Bears Tom Thayer and Tim Wrightman—looked on, Tim and Tom recounted performing at Mr. Kelly’s, the legendary Chicago nightclub that occupied the spot on Rush Street where Gibsons now stands. Taking turns on the mic, they told of the surprise and anger they encountered from audiences in their early days as a duo; the long, hard road they followed to eventual success as solo performers; and the unbreakable bond they forged in their years as a team. To cheers, toasts—and, of course, laughter—Chicago welcomed Tim and Tom home. (For more about the party check out the latest posting on the official Tim and Tom blog.) Yesterday during morning drivetime, Tim and Tom were interviewed on WGN Radio’s Spike O’Dell Show. Both audio and video are available for that interview. In last Sunday’s Chicago Sun-Times, reporter Mike Thomas delivered a nice synopsis of the duo’s groundbreaking career. Nodding to a few other Chicago celebrities, Thomas writes that Tim . . .

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An American Comedy in Black and White

August 27, 2008
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The comedic duo of Tim Reid and Tom Dreesen bear the unique distinction of having been the first—and only—interracial comedy team in the history of show business. Getting their start in Chicago nightclubs during the 1960s, the pair took their show on the road, from the North to the still simmering South, developing routines that helped Americans confront their racial divide: by laughing at it. And in their forthcoming book, Tim and Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White, they tell the fascinating tale of their groundbreaking careers together touring across America, inspiring both laughter and controversy. Tim and Tom will reunite this September to promote the book at various locations across the States. Check our author events page for details. In the meantime, find out more about Tim and Tom by watching our YouTube book-trailer above, or visit the Tim and Tom website. . . .

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Newton Minow signs books virtually this Saturday

June 12, 2008
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Newton Minow signs books virtually this Saturday

Newton Minow will be signing books and answering questions at a virtual booksigning this Saturday, June 14th, at 12 noon CDT. Minow is co-author with Craig L. LaMay of the recently released Inside the Presidential Debates: Their Improbable Past and Promising Future. The booksigning will be webcast from the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop at 357 West Chicago Avenue in Chicago. You may attend in person or online. The webcast will be available from VirtualBookSigning.net. On our own site we revisit some of the memorable moments from presidential debates, supplemented with images and links to online videos where available. Nixon sweating, “I knew Jack Kennedy,” presidential scowls and more. We also have an excerpt about the first televised debate between Nixon and Kennedy. If you’re interested in how a virtual booksigning works, take a look at this program from Book-TV. . . .

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Printers Row Book Fair

June 5, 2008
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Printers Row Book Fair

It’s time for another Printers Row Book Fair! This weekend June 7-8 from 10am until 6 pm the Printers Row Book Fair, the Midwest’s largest literary event, will feature scores of author readings and discussion panels, over one hundred booksellers and exhibitors, and a variety of other fun events for the whole family. Among this year’s lineup of University of Chicago Press authors making appearances at the event are: Richard Cahan and Mark Jacob, authors of Chicago under Glass: Early Photographs from the Chicago Daily News. Erin Hogan, author of Spiral Jetta: A Road Trip through the Land Art of the American West. Joel Greenberg, author of Of Prairie, Woods, and Water: Two Centuries of Chicago Nature Writing. Peggy MacNamara, author and illustrator of Architecture by Birds and Insects: A Natural Art. Newton Minow and Craig LaMay, authors of Inside the Presidential Debates: Their Improbable Past and Promising Future. Jonathan Kern, author of Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production. Anne Whiston Spirn, author of Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange’s Photographs and Reports from the Field. Gerald Rosenberg, author of The Hollow Hope: Can Courts Bring About Social Change? Second Edition. Seth Lerer, author of Children’s Literature: . . .

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Audio: Gabriela Mistral’s mad poems

May 13, 2008
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Audio: Gabriela Mistral’s mad poems

Gabriela Mistral was the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, in 1945. Madwomen: The “Locas mujeres” Poems of Gabriela Mistral is the first appearance in English of all twenty-six poems of the “Locas mujeres” series, including those left unpublished at her death. Randall Couch edited and translated Madwomen and he recently gave a reading of seven poems from the book (together with a reading of the Spanish texts) at the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania. The complete one-hour reading can be downloaded from the Writers House site. . . .

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Festival of Maps exhibition opens tomorrow

November 1, 2007
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Festival of Maps exhibition opens tomorrow

Tomorrow, November 2, as part of the three month long Festival of Maps, the Field Museum will open the exhibit, Maps: Finding Our Place in the World. On display will be some of the most fascinating cartographic artifacts ever shown. And just in time for opening day, the Press has released a companion volume of the same name edited by exhibit curators James R. Akerman and Robert W. Karrow, Jr. Like the exhibit, the book surveys a huge range of cartographic sources to explore the many ways that maps have changed our lives and helped us understand the environment in which we live. From a review in Discover magazine: From religious pilgrimages and vacation road trips to depictions of the ocean floor and the magical landscapes of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, maps chart both physical and imaginary worlds. As geographer Denis Cosgrove explains, “world’ is a social concept … a flexible term, stretching from physical environment to the world of ideas, microbes, of sin. Arguably, all these worlds can be mapped.” And they are in this compelling and very readable companion volume to the current exhibition at the Field Museum in Chicago. To find out more about the . . .

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John Nagl on the Daily Show

August 23, 2007
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John Nagl on the Daily Show

Updated on August 24: The Daily Show interview of Lt. Col. Nagl is viewable on YouTube. It may not be there for long. Making our debut as the inside source for UCP celebrity news, we’re excited to announce that Lt. Col. John Nagl will be appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart tonight at 10:00 PM CST, to discuss The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. The result of unprecedented collaboration among top U.S. military experts, scholars, and practitioners of U.S. counterinsurgency operations, The Manual documents a revolutionary change in U.S. military doctrine. Nagl, who wrote a foreword for the Manual, will presumably be discussing how the document’s emphasis on the importance of decentralized decision-making, the need to understand local politics and customs, and the key role of intelligence in winning the support of the population promises a vast change in U.S. military strategy—but on the Daily Show you never know. Nagl has also recently contributed to the Press’s re-publication of the United States Army’s Instructions for American Servicemen in Iraq during World War II, and released a book, Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam—both offering more relevant and fascinating insights into . . .

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