December 2015 News, Reviews, and Events


HolidaySale2015With the holiday shopping season upon us, we are happy to announce our Holiday Sale 2015! From now until December 31, 2015, visit our site to save 40% off hundreds of titles in Art, Asian Studies, Native American Studies, Western and Environmental History, Fiction, Poetry, and more! Use code WHLD at checkout.

Questions? Contact Rachael Levay at remann [at] uw [dot] edu.

Stay tuned for our next post which will feature gift ideas (with pairings) for the book lovers in your life!

Reviews and Interviews

Ellen Emry Heltzel reviews Classical Seattle by Melinda Bargreen in the Seattle Times: “Melinda Bargreen’s Classical Seattle is a who’s who of the city’s classical-music scene over the past half-century, an entertaining recapitulation of interviews she did while serving as the music critic for The Seattle Times and writing for other publications.”

Peter Kelley of UW Today has a Q&A with the author.

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Q&A with ‘Enduring Conviction’ author Lorraine K. Bannai

In her new book Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice, Lorraine K. Bannai brings an insider’s knowledge to the famous legal case of Fred T. Korematsu, a young man who decided to resist F.D.R.’s Executive Order 9066, which provided authority for the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. His was initially the case of a young man following his heart: he wanted to remain in California with his Italian American fiancée. However, he quickly came to realize that it was more than just a personal choice; it was a matter of basic human rights.

After refusing to leave for incarceration when ordered, Korematsu was eventually arrested and convicted of a federal crime before being confined at Topaz, Utah.

He appealed his conviction to the Supreme Court, which upheld the wartime orders in 1944. Forty years later, a team of young attorneys resurrected Korematsu’s case. This time, Korematsu prevailed and his conviction was overturned, helping to pave the way for Japanese American redress.

Bannai, who was a young attorney on the legal team that represented Korematsu in reopening his case in the 1980s, combines her experiences of working on the case with extensive archival research and first-person interviews. She uncovers the inspiring story of a humble, soft-spoken man who fought tirelessly against human rights abuses long after he was exonerated. In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded Korematsu the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

We spoke with Bannai about her book, published this fall.

Join us for the launch event with Lorraine K. Bannai, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, and Karen Korematsu:

Thursday, November 19, 4:30-6:30 p.m. // Seattle University, Sullivan Hall, Room C-5

Why did you want to put together this book?

Lorraine K. Bannai: There are several reasons. First and foremost, I wanted others to know Fred’s story. Fred was a 22-year-old welder in Oakland, California, at the time the government ordered Japanese Americans removed from the West Coast. He chose not to obey and chose instead to remain with the woman he loved in the area that was, and had always been, his home. For that, he was convicted of a federal crime. In 1944, in one the most infamous cases in its history, the Supreme Court upheld his conviction and, in doing so, the removal of over 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry to desolate camps in the interior United States. Forty years later, on proof that the wartime government had lied to the Supreme Court, Fred reopened his case and gained vacation of his conviction; in related proceedings, two other wartime resisters, Gordon Hirabayashi and Minoru Yasui, gained vacation of their convictions, as well. Fred then went on to speak nationally about the constant need to be vigilant to protect civil rights, especially during times of fear. Many people know of Fred’s case; it’s taught in most every law school Constitutional Law class in the country. I wanted to share the story of the good man behind the case and his commitment to protecting others from the type of ignorance and scapegoating that resulted in the wartime Japanese American incarceration.

Further, I wanted to use Fred’s story to illuminate other themes. Fred’s story is also one about the Japanese American community, or at least my experience of the community. I am a third generation Japanese American—a sansei. My grandparents, parents, aunts, and uncles were incarcerated at Manzanar in the Mojave Desert. In examining Fred’s life, I hoped to share the experience of this community, an experience unfortunately not unlike the experience of many immigrant communities of color—met by hostility, treated as suspicious and forever foreign. And I hoped to show that, while Japanese Americans share, in many respects, a common culture and historical experience, they are a community of diverse individuals who had multiple different responses to their incarceration—obedience, fear, hurt, anger, defiance—each response unique and understandable.

In addition, as a lawyer, I wanted to use Fred’s story as a case study about the law and legal system—how oftentimes law and justice aren’t the same thing; the need for government officials and the courts to protect the most vulnerable among us; our own roles and responsibilities as citizens to speak out against injustice; and what happens when we fail to live up to our national ideals. The incarceration of Japanese Americans was called for by civic organizations, officials at every level of government, and the popular media. Few spoke out against it. Most who called for the incarceration believed they were acting the best interests of the country. But we now know that the incarceration was an egregious violation of civil liberties.

At the same time Fred’s case can teach us about the ways in which the legal system and its actors can fail us, it also shows examples of ways in which they can be instruments of justice and the promotion of healing. I was privileged to serve on Fred’s legal team in reopening his case. Working with that team of committed, talented lawyers was one of the most rewarding and inspiring experiences I’ve had in my career.

Q: Describe the process of putting together Enduring Conviction.

LKB: It was a long process. I don’t know if it was unusually long, but it certainly seems like it was! It had been simmering in my mind for a number of years, but did not have room to grow until my home institution, Seattle University School of Law, provided me sabbatical time to really dig in. Much of the work involved research in various depositories, including the national archives, libraries, museums, and the like. For example, it was amazing to see the 1942 handwritten entry checking Fred into the San Leandro Jail, in a log now kept by the San Leandro History Museum, as well as the photos of Fred’s parents in his mother’s immigration file at the National Archives in San Bruno. And it was moving to see the wartime letters between Fred and his ACLU legal advocate Ernest Besig at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. But most meaningful were the dozens of interviews I was able to conduct with people who knew Fred—his wife, Kathryn; his children, Karen and Ken; and other members of his family, his friends and acquaintances, and members of his legal team. There were a lot of trips to the Bay Area to do this work. And there were lots of hours at my dining table surrounded by books and papers. It’s nice to now have use of my dining table again.

Q: Who do you see as the audience for your book?

LKB: There are a number of books about Fred for younger audiences. I wrote this book for a college-age/adult audience. I hope that this book will reach readers interested in the Japanese American incarceration, American history, American ethnic studies, Asian American studies, civil rights, race and the law, constitutional law, and legal history. I am most hopeful, however, that this book reaches a general audience interested in the story of someone who simply took a stand against injustice, despite what others thought. In the end, I think that Fred speaks to each us and tells us that we each have both the responsibility and ability to help this country live up to its ideals, which includes vigilance in protecting the marginalized.

Q: Your book tells such a powerful and important story. How did you come up with the title?

LKB: Perhaps like many authors, I struggled to come up with a title that I felt really captured what this book was about (see above—I was trying to do a lot with this book). I spoke with friends and colleagues and just couldn’t seem to come up with anything that seemed quite right. For example, I didn’t want anything along the lines of “Justice Won,” because, while Fred won the vacation of his conviction, we, as a nation, are a long way from achieving justice of the type Fred sought, particularly racial justice.

I was very lucky to have a small, trusted group who read the manuscript (numerous times) and gave me great feedback from diverse points of view. One of these individuals was Uncle Sam Eng, a very wise, very smart, very well-read, and very exacting 80-year-old. He called me one day and said, “I have a title.” And it’s a great one, I think. I’m eternally grateful to Uncle Sam.

Throwback Thursday: Exploring 100 Years of UW Press History

UPW-Logo-2015It’s Throwback Thursday (#TBT) on the University Press Week blog tour. The fourth annual University Press Week of the American Association of University Presses (AAUP) continues all week (November 8-14, 2015). The University of Washington Press and more than forty other presses are participating in this year’s blog tour, which highlights the continuing value and relevance of university presses in academia and the world at large: Project MUSE celebrates its 20th anniversary. University of Minnesota Press highlights materials for its 90th birthday. University of Chicago Press throws back with a letter from 1991, the year the PDF was founded. University of Manitoba Press pulls from their 48 years of publishing. Duke University Press showcases surprising journal covers. University of Texas Press looks back through the lens of street photographer Mark Cohen. University of Michigan Press explores the evolution of their book Michigan Trees. University Press of Kansas ties in relevant books with “Today in History.” Minnesota Historical Society Press features Mike Evangelist’s Downtown: Minneapolis in the 1970s. University of California Press reflects on the 2010 publication of Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1. University of Toronto Press Journals looks at cover designs over the years. Fordham University Press takes a trip through NYC’s unbuilt subway system.

Since 2015 marks the kickoff of our centenary celebrations, our Throwback Thursday (#TBT) contribution to the #UPWeek blog tour offers a brief history of the University of Washington Press through highlights from each decade. Happy 100 years, UW Press!


The University of Washington Press traces its origins to the first book published by the university, Edmund Meany’s Governors of Washington, Territorial and State in 1915. Five years later, the University of Washington Press publishes The Poems of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, edited by Frederick M. Padelford, under its own imprint.

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National Women’s Studies Association Conference Preview

UW Press is excited to attend the upcoming 2015 National Women’s Studies Association annual conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from November 12-15, 2015 and to celebrate the publication of the first book in the Decolonizing Feminisms series, Humanizing the Sacred: Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia, with a book signing with author Azza Basarudin.

Edited by Piya Chatterjee, Decolonizing Feminisms: Antiracist and Transnational Praxis seeks exemplary progressive and radical feminist writing and scholarship that privileges the integral connections between theory, activism, policy making, and other forms of social action. The series is particularly interested in interdisciplinary writing that that considers the ways in which historical and contemporary forms of colonization, occupation, and imperialism compel critical and imaginative frameworks for political resistance and progressive social change. Learn more in the series flyer.

UW Press Editor in Chief Larin McLaughlin will be representing the Press at booth #210. If you are attending the meeting, please come by to learn more about our new and forthcoming titles in women’s and gender studies and beyond. Use the #ReadUP and #nwsa2015 hashtags to follow along with the conference on social media.

Check out more information about the scheduled book signing and select featured titles below.


Friday, November 13 at 2:45 p.m., Booth #210

Humanizing the Sacred: Sisters in Islam and the Struggle for Gender Justice in Malaysia
By Azza Basarudin

This first book in the Decolonizing Feminisms series examines how Sunni women activists in Malaysia are fracturing institutionalized Islamic authority by generating new understandings of rights and redefining the moral obligations of their community. Based on ethnographic research of Sisters of Islam (SIS), a nongovernmental organization of professional women promoting justice and equality, Basarudin examines how women “live” Islam through the integration of piety and reason and the implications of women’s political activism for the transformation of Islamic tradition itself.

Black Women in Sequence: Re-inking Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime
By Deborah Elizabeth Whaley

This study of Black women’s participation in comic art takes readers on a search for women of African descent in comics subculture from the 1971 appearance of the Skywald Publications character “the Butterfly”—the first Black female superheroine in a comic book—to contemporary comic books, graphic novels, film, manga, and video gaming. Whaley includes interviews with artists and writers and suggests that the treatment of the Black female subject in sequential art says much about the place of people of African descent in national ideology in the United States and abroad.

Living Together, Living Apart: Mixed Status Families and US Immigration Policy
Edited by April Schueths and Jodie Lawston
Foreword by Mary Romero 

This collection of personal narratives and academic essays focuses on the daily lives and experiences, as well as the broader social contexts, for mixed status families—families that include both citizens and noncitizens—in the United States. Immigration reform remains one of the most contentious issues in the United States today and for these families it is more than a political issue: it’s a deeply personal one. Undocumented family members and legal residents lack the rights and benefits of their family members who are US citizens, while family members and legal residents sometimes have their rights compromised by punitive immigration policies based on a strict “citizen/noncitizen” dichotomy.

Read a Q&A with coeditor April Schueths

November 2015 News, Reviews, and Events


We’re getting ready for the fourth annual University Press Week from November 8-14, 2015! Since the inaugural 2012 event around the 75th anniversary of the American Association of University Presses (AAUP), member presses including UW Press have been celebrating University Press Week and the local and global contributions of scholarly publishers both within academia and the world at large.

UW Press is once again participating in the 2015 Blog Tour, so watch this space. The AAUP is hosting several online events and features an online gallery highlighting some of the most surprising ideas and scholarship to come from member presses.

Follow the #UPWeek and #ReadUP hashtags on social media for the best of what UPs are doing during University Press Week and all year long. UW Press will highlight contributions from our and other member presses on our Twitter feed.

Reviews and Interviews

Reclaimers-SpagnaReclaimers by Ana Maria Spagna is reviewed by Heather Houser in the Los Angeles Review of Books: “Deftly deflating simple notions of pristine states, Reclaimers deserves to be read alongside Rambunctious Garden… Reclaimers ultimately serves as a compendium of the kinds of knowledge that we must bring to bear on environmental dilemmas of all kinds…. Reclaimers leaves us with its author’s spirit of curiosity that’s powered by affection for a place, but encompasses an entire region in flux.”

TooHigh-WilliamsDavid B. Williams speaks with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds and KING 5 News about Too High and Too Steep. Daniel DeMay writes a feature at and Knute Berger reviews the book at Crosscut: “Williams is a brilliant writer who combines an intense and scholarly curiosity with in-the-field research, and has a gift for explaining… Imagine if Murray Morgan’s Skid Road had been written by a geologist. Williams offers a detailed yet sweeping overview of the way Seattle’s landscape has literally been reshaped.”

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From the Desk of Puja Boyd: The Frankfurt Book Fair

UW Press Intellectual Property Manager Puja Boyd

UW Press Intellectual Property Manager Puja Boyd.

As part of a series of guest posts from the desks of UW Press staffers, Intellectual Property Manager Puja Boyd walks us through her recent trip to the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from October 14-18, 2015:

Every October, as the weather cools and the leaves fall, my inbox goes through its typical seasonal swell. Invitations to cocktail receptions. Solutions to technology problems. Requests for rights sheets. Reminders to check in for that cozy 10-hour flight to Amsterdam. As the days number down to the world’s largest gathering of publishing professionals, rights managers around the globe spruce up their uniforms (and most comfortable shoes) for the endurance event of the year: The Frankfurt Book Fair.

This was my fifth ‘Messe’ and my first with the new orientation for US publishers. In years past, most US publisher booths were laid out in Hall 8 of the sprawling 11-building messe complex, allowing us sprinting distance (via moving walkways) to our colleagues in Halls 4-6 and a slightly longer commute to the festivities that honor each year’s international guest. We had the luxury of being placed closer to the action this year, and the challenge of re-learning our well-worn pathways to the S-Bahn, to the café, and of course, to the nearest bathrooms.

The entrance to Hall 4 on opening day.

The entrance to Hall 4 on opening day.

As with any large gathering, the book fair offers publishers the unique opportunity to connect with colleagues across the full spectrum of the book world. Everyone from authors to publicists, printers to metadata experts, literary agents to proofreaders have a temporary place to call home at Frankfurt, and we keep busy in the hive of activity for the first three days of the event. By Saturday, the doors to the Messe open to the public and we, jetlagged and a little tired, are greeted by hordes of young readers who ambush the stalls dressed as their favorite literary characters. This has the emotional equivalent of a stranger handing you an ice-cold lemonade on the 20th mile of a hot, desert marathon.

After three days of meetings and dinners, the publishing community gets to witness the sheer aliveness of its supporters, and it’s that kind of energy that jolts us into planning the next year’s schedule. Surrounded by so many beautiful books, in so many languages, I am reminded of how great it feels to be a reader.

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Highlights from the UWP booth include sharing forthcoming titles with agents based in China, Taiwan, and Korea; introducing a new mountaineering book to a Canadian publisher, and participating in the International Convention of University Presses in addition to the usual smattering of technology meetings, trading notes with colleagues, and the lucky happenstance conversations that seem to only occur at the Messe.

Publishers around the world seem to be facing the same struggles—online sales, international distribution, the loss of bookstores—but remain optimistic about new opportunities including micro-fiction (writing designed to be read on a smartphone) and cultivating collaborative partnerships to increase reach overseas.

I came away from this year’s meeting with a suitcase full of new business cards, a new favorite restaurant in Römerplatz, and the insatiable desire to be in a bookstore. Lucky for me, a new colleague had already suggested the perfect read for the long trip home.

Exhibitions on View: ‘Art AIDS America,’ and ‘Arctic Ambitions’

This fall, the UW Press is proud to co-publish a number of catalogs in conjunction with key exhibitions at museums currently on view throughout the Pacific Northwest and country.

We are pleased to share tour and additional program information for the namesake exhibitions connected to two recent releases, Art AIDS America and Arctic Ambitions.

We hope you will be able to see these powerful exhibitions in person and that the armchair art lovers among you will find much to appreciate in the accompanying books:

Art AIDS America
By Jonathan David Katz and Rock Hushka

Co-published with Tacoma Art Museum, Art AIDS America is the first comprehensive overview and reconsideration of 30 years of art made in response to the AIDS epidemic in the United States. This book foregrounds the role of HIV/AIDS in shifting the development of American art away from the cool conceptual foundations of postmodernism and toward a new, more insistently political and autobiographical voice. Art AIDS America surveys more than 100 works of American art from the early 1980s to the present, reintroducing and exploring the whole spectrum of artistic responses to HIV/AIDS, from in-your-face activism to quiet elegy.

The exhibition is organized by Tacoma Art Museum in partnership with the Bronx Museum of the Arts and co-curated by Dr. Jonathan David Katz, director of the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), and Rock Hushka, chief curator and curator of contemporary and Northwest art at Tacoma Art Museum.

For more on this groundbreaking show, including details on the exhibition and artists, an audio tour, and other media coverage, visit Tacoma Art Museum’s On View page.

Exhibition Tour

Tacoma Art Museum, WA / October 3, 2015 – January 10, 2016

Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, GA / February 20 – May 22, 2016

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY / June 23 – September 11, 2016

View this and other videos about the exhibition on the Tacoma Art Museum Vimeo channel:

Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage
Edited by James K. Barnett and David L. Nicandri
Preface by Robin Inglis

Co-published with the Anchorage Museum, the Cook Inlet Historical Society, and the Washington State History Museum and accompanying the namesake exhibition, this collection of essays from international scholars uses artifacts, charts, and records of the encounters with Native peoples to tell the story of this remarkable voyage. The collection also uses Cook’s voyage as a springboard to consider the promise and challenge of the North today as an unique meeting place of powerful forces.

For more details including the full program schedule, visit the Washington State History Museum site.

Program Schedule

Washington State History Museum, WA / October 17, 2015 – March 6, 2016

History Speaks, October 22 at 12 p.m.: “Correcting Cook? The Origins of the Vancouver Expedition and the Evolution of the Northwest Passage” with historian Dave Nicandri

Gallery Talk, November 6 at 3 p.m.: Redmond Barnett, Head of Exhibits

History Speaks, November 24 at 12 p.m.: “The Naval Heritage of Tattoos” with Megan Churchwell, Curator at the Puget Sound Naval Museum

Gallery Talk, December 4 at 3 p.m.