Promoting the Work of Member Presses

THE BOOK, JACKET, AND JOURNAL SHOW

Honoring the many design and production teams within our community whose work furthers a long tradition of excellence, the AUPresses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show annually recognizes achievement in the design, production, and manufacture of books, book jackets, and journals. Through a traveling exhibit and an acclaimed annual catalog of selected entries, the competition visually teaches the tenets of good design and fulfills its mission to “honor and instruct” while providing a source of discussion and creative and resourceful ideas.

The 2022 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show selections were announced in April 2022 via a virtual display on the AUPresses Design site. The show then debuted live at the AUPresses Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, June 18-20. The show catalog was again available digitally, and the selections were widely promoted on the show’s Instagram account, @AUPressesDesign.

Judging for the 2022 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show returned—in person—to the AUPresses Central Office in New York City in January 2022, with jurors selecting 91 entries from 66 member publishers in 7 categories from among more than 490 entries. 

The Book, Jacket, and Journal Traveling Show also returned after a two-year pandemic hiatus, with the 2022 show appearing on display at 20 university presses across the US from September 2022 through April 2023.

The 2023 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show judging took place in the AUPresses Central Office in New York City on January 26-27. Jurors selected 32 books and journals, and 51 jackets and covers as the very best examples from a large pool of excellent design. The selected entries were announced via the AUPresses Design website on the UP Commons in April 2023.

READUP AND MORE

The Association uses the #ReadUP tag on social media to highlight our members’ publications and stories about the valuable work of university presses. Though this tag originated in University Press Week celebrations, its exhortation is always relevant—just like university presses!

The AUPresses Bookshop.org shopfront continued to support our promotion of member work to readers. Through it, we once again expanded the reach of the UP Week Gallery, this year with the theme What’s #NextUP.

UNIVERSITY PRESS BOOKS FOR PUBLIC AND SECONDARY SCHOOL LIBRARIES

Due to the Central Office staff restructure/reorganization the University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries remains on hiatus. We anticipate that this program will resume when the Central Office staff restructure/reorganization has been completed.

UNIVERSITY PRESS WEEK

University Press Week entered its second decade of celebrating excellence in university press publishing with a bang: an appreciative opinion piece by Margaret Renkl, entitled “University Presses Are Keeping American Literature Alive,” appeared in the New York Times on November 14. 

“University presses understand something that ought to be obvious in a country as sprawling and pluralistic as ours,” Renkl wrote. “The same book doesn’t have to matter to everybody, but everybody ought to have access to books that matter.” Media coverage for the week also included a Publishers Weekly “Soapbox” piece, a New Books Network podcast interview with AUPresses President Charles Watkinson (Michigan), and an illustrated feature about the Next UP Gallery selections in LitHub.

Our theme, Next UP, reflected university presses’ spirit of constant learning, adaptation, and evolution. We enjoyed 75 posts in the Next UP blog tour, 60 presses submitted entries to the Next UP Gallery and Reading List, and 50 books comprised our What’s #NextUP? page on Bookshop.org. New this year: Members of the UP Week Task Force, led by chair Carrie Adams (Chicago), Gigi Lamm (Penn), and Lisa Savage (Duke), created grab-and-go messaging and social media tiles to promote the Gallery. 

Our community of publishers and independent booksellers celebrated the week with a variety of gatherings, including 4 events—in person and virtual—sponsored by the Seminary Co-op Bookstores in Chicago; livestreams of book talks in College Station, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; and New York, NY; and an author panel at The Raven Book Store in Lawrence, Kansas.

University Press Week 2023 is scheduled for November 13-17.

STAND UP AWARD

The 2022 Stand Award was presented to historians Tai Edwards and Farina King, recognizing them for their powerful grassroots advocacy in support of the University Press of Kansas and university press publishing in general. Announced during the AUPresses 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, in June, the recipients were honored in person during a reception at the press’s offices in Lawrence, Kansas, later in the year. Edwards is an associate professor of history and directs the Kansas Studies Institute at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, and is the author of Osage Women and Empire: Gender and Power (University Press of Kansas, 2018); King (Diné) is an associate professor of history at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and the author of The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century (University Press of Kansas, 2018) and coauthor of Returning Home: Diné Creative Works from the Intermountain Indian School (University of Arizona Press, 2021). Through this award, the Association celebrates people who have done extraordinary work in support of university presses, recognizing advocates who are not on staff at a member press but who stand up from within the communities that presses work with, speak to, and serve. 

Tai Edwards
Farina King