UW Press News, Reviews, and Events

Thanks to all who made our blog launch a success last week! We appreciated all the retweets, follows, and this mention in Columbia University Press’s weekly round-up of highlights from academic publishing blogs.


Taipei: City of Displacements by Joseph Allen, was just named the winner of the Joseph Levenson Post-1900 Book Prize by the Association for Asian Studies. We look forward to celebrating the receipt of this distinguished award next month at the annual meeting of the AAS.

P. Dee Boersma, world-renowned biologist and coeditor of Penguins: Natural History and Conservation, has made a number of media appearances in the past weeks. Follow the links below to learn more about her insights on the impacts of climate change on global penguin populations.

The New York Times: For Already Vulnerable Penguins, Study Finds Climate Change Is Another Danger

Science Friday: Hotter Weather, Heavier Rains Threaten Penguins

BBC News: Climate Change is Killing Argentina’s Magellanic Penguin Chicks

We were saddened to learn that Hazel M. Sampson, the last native speaker of the Klallam language, passed away on Thursday. The University of Washington Press had the pleasure of working with Sampson as an advisor to Timothy Montler’s Klallam Dictionary. We send our condolences to her family and loved ones.

Review Highlights

Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country by William Philpott

“This brilliant book, a marvel of the difficult art required to make cutting-edge, engaged historical scholarship accessible and relevant to the general public, deserves the broadest possible audience. If I were asked to recommend just one work to citizens or visitors seeking to orient themselves to the origins of the contemporary Colorado landscape, this would be it.” -Thomas G. Andrews, Center for Colorado and the West

Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest by Amy Bhatt and Nalini Iyer

“In many ways a timely intervention in the field of South Asian diaspora studies, Roots and Reflections. . .nuances and complicates the prototypes of South Asian Immigration to the U.S. made popular by fictions of Jumpha Lahiri and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, to offer an account that in its diversity and rich detail, is going to be of seminal interest to students and scholars across disciplines.” -Sreyoshi Sarkar, South Asian Review

Upcoming Events

Mark Fiege, author of The Republic of Nature: An Environmental History of the United States, Oregon Historical Society, February 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Guntis Smidchens, author of The Power of Song: Nonviolent National Culture in the Baltic Singing Revolution, Nordic Heritage Museum, February 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Amy Bhatt and Nalini Iyer, authors of Roots and Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest, Search for Meaning Book Festival, February 15 at Seattle University.

Judy Bentley, co-author of Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master, Northwest African American Museum, February 17 at 1 p.m.

Courage in Action: A Symposium in Honor of the Life and Legacy of Gordon K. Hirabayashi, University of Washington, February 22 with special guest Lane Hirabayashi, co-author of A Principled Stand: The Story of Hirbayashi v. United States

Newly Released

Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi
Edited by Kendall Brown / Distributed for University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach
The face has inspired artists around the world for millennia, and Japan’s Noh theater has provided a complex domain for exploring human emotion. Inspired by these practices, Traditions Transfigured examines fourteen contemporary works by Noh mask-maker and artist Bidou Yamaguchi.

Buster Simpson // Surveyor
Edited by Scott Lawrimore / Distributed for Frye Art Museum
For more than four decades, Buster Simpson has been the ecological and social conscience for neighborhoods and cities undergoing transition, development, and renewal. His practice is grounded in a farsighted contract between an artist, where he lives, and how his art can benefit society. Simpson was the avant garde for environmental and community-minded work long before “green art” and “relational aesthetics” were defined or became en vogue. In this time of ceaseless development, and as Seattle reimagines its waterfront and urban identity, this book is a timely survey for a tireless surveyor of our city.