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.”

Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia lead editor Robert T. Boyd writes an op-ed in the Oregonian on how to bring Portland’s rich Native American heritage back into the city’s civic affairs.

Amy Bhatt, coauthor of Roots and Reflections, is featured in a special documentary and web feature on immigration reform by Seattle’s KCTS9:

New Books

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

This groundbreaking study of Black women’s participation in comic art 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.

Enduring Conviction: Fred Korematsu and His Quest for Justice
By Lorraine K. Bannai

Bannai brings an insider’s knowledge to the famous legal case of Fred Korematsu, a man interned by the government under Executive Order 9066, but whose conviction was ultimately overturned by the Supreme Court decades later. Lorraine Bannai served on the legal team that represented Korematsu in reopening his case in the 1980s.

A Place for Utopia: Urban Designs from South Asia
By Smriti Srinivas

This first book in the Global South Asia series connects utopian imaginaries and practices from South Asia in the early 20th century and present with a global history of urbanisms.

Emperor Hirohito and the Pacific War
By Noriko Kawamura

Drawing on previously unavailable primary sources, historian Kawamura reexamines the controversial role Emperor Hirohito played during the Pacific War and re-situates Hirohito as a conflicted man who struggled to deal with his role as monarch.

On Cold Mountain: A Buddhist Reading of the Hanshan Poems
By Paul Rouzer

Asian languages and literature scholar Rouzer discusses some seventy poems of the legendary Chinese poet Hanshan (“Cold Mountain”) who lived sometime during the Tang dynasty (618-907). Rouzer examines how texts by counterculture figures such as Jack Kerouac respond to the East Asian Buddhist tradition.

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.


Amy Bhatt and Nalini Iyer, Roots and Reflections, Bellevue Library, Bellevue, WA, November 8, 2 p.m.

Jen Corrinne Brown, Trout Culture (Emil and Kathleen Sick Book-Lecture series), UW’s Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest, Petersen Room, Allen Library, Nov. 5, 4 p.m.

Harvey Schwartz, Building the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, San Francisco, CA, November 12, 6 p.m.

Melinda Bargreen, Classical Seattle, UW School of Music Brechemin Auditorium, November 13, 7 p.m.

David B. Williams, Too High and Too Steep, Eagle Harbor Book Co., Bainbridge Island, WA, November 15, 3 p.m.

Lorraine K. Bannai, Enduring Conviction, Seattle University, November 19, 4:30-6 p.m.

Melinda Bargreen, Classical Seattle, Lopez Bookshop, Lopez Island, WA, November 20, 7 p.m.