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Earth Day 2017: Climate Change Is Real

A lot has changed ahead of this year’s Earth Day, so in addition to featuring new titles in our distinguished environmental science and history lists, including books in the Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books, Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics, and Culture, Place, and Nature series, this year we are offering a short reading list on climate change history and politics.

The University of Washington is also celebrating Earth Day 2017 across the Seattle, Tacoma, Bothell campuses, and beyond. Check out the UW Earth Day events page for more information. Follow #EarthDay and #EarthDay2017 for other events and activities near you!


Making Climate Change History: Documents from Global Warming’s Past
Edited by Joshua P. Howe
Foreword by Paul S. Sutter
Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics

The documents in this collection address issues such as the arms race, “mutually assured destruction,” the emergence of ecosystems ecology and the environmental movement, nuclear protests, and climate change. They raise questions about how nuclear energy shaped—and continues to shape—the contours of postwar American life.

“Howe has done a huge service in bringing together, in one concise volume, many of the key documents related to the growing understanding of climate change from the nineteenth-century to the present. A must-have for anyone teaching or researching this crucial topic.”
—Naomi Oreskes, co-author of Merchants of Doubt and author of The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future

Read a commentary by the author about the March for Science on Process, the blog of the Organization of American Historians.

Other books for your climate change history reading list:

Behind the Curve: Science and the Politics of Global Warming
By Joshua P. Howe

Nuclear Reactions: Documenting American Encounters with Nuclear Energy
Edited by James W. Feldman

The Promise of Wilderness: American Environmental Politics since 1964
By James Morton Turner

The Carbon Efficient City
By A-P Hurd and Al Hurd

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American Society for Environmental History Conference Preview

2017 marks the 40th anniversary meeting of the American Society for Environmental History (#ASEH2017), and we look forward to commemorating the special anniversary conference from March 29 through April 2 in downtown Chicago.

Editor in chief Larin McLaughlin and senior acquisitions editor Catherine Cocks are representing the press. Join us and UBC Press at our booth as we celebrate 40 years of environmental history and debut new titles across environmental studies, and in the Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books and Culture, Place, and Nature series.

Author Darren Speece will sign copies of Defending Giants at the booth on Thursday, March 30th at 3 p.m.

New and Featured in Environmental Studies

New from Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics

Culture, Place, and Nature

Earth Day 2016: Events, Excerpts, and Books for Your TBR Pile

This Earth Day, we’re featuring a number of events, excerpts, and recent and forthcoming titles that span the University of Washington Press’s leading lists in environmental science and history, including books in the Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books and Culture, Place, and Nature series.

Through mid-May we are partnering on a few big book launch events and hope you will join us! Looking for more in the meantime? The University of Washington is celebrating Earth Day 2016 across Seattle, Tacoma, Bothell, and beyond. Check out the UW Earth Day events page for more information. Follow #EarthDay and #EarthDay2016 for other events and activities near you!


reese-jacketOnce and Future River: Reclaiming the Duwamish
Photographs by Tom Reese
Essay by Eric Wagner
Afterword by James Rasmussen
Northwest Writers Fund

Join us for the launch event presented by Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of the Science series and Town Green:

Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. // Great Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue), Seattle, WA 98101 // Panelists include James Rasmussen, Duwamish Tribal member and director of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, and moderator Lynda Mapes, Seattle Times environmental reporter. // BUY TICKETS

The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Farming since the Dust Bowl
By Sarah D. Wald

Join for the book release celebration in Portland, Oregon hosted by Bark:

Sunday, May 15, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. // Bark, 351 NE 18th Ave., Portland, OR 97232 // Light refreshments provided

Pre-order books at 30% off using discount code WSH2275

Read an excerpt from the book about the history of the United Farm Workers and the modern environmental movement Continue reading

The American Society for Environmental History in Seattle

We are excited that the University of Washington is hosting the American Society for Environmental History (#ASEH2016) conference this year in Seattle, from March 30 through April 3, at the Westin Seattle. This year’s theme is Environmental History and Its Publics, and 2016 also marks the National Park Service’s centennial—there will be a great deal to discuss and celebrate!

The University of Washington Press will sponsor and host a workshop on publishing on Wednesday, March 30 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Speakers will include Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books founding editor William Cronon of University of Wisconsin–Madison; current Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books series editor Paul Sutter of University of Colorado–Boulder; University of Washington Press director Nicole Mitchell; University of Washington Press senior acquisitions editor Regan Huff; Oxford University Press executive editor Susan Ferber; and more. Topics will include digital resources; current trends in environmental history series; pitching a book idea, and more.

An opening reception co-sponsored by University of Washington Press and Oxford University Press follows the publishing workshop from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Seattle Westin. Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest director Linda Nash will provide welcoming remarks.

Join us for the ASEH Opening Reception:

Co-sponsored by University of Washington Press and Oxford University Press

Wednesday, March 30, 6:00-8:00 p.m. // The Westin Seattle, Fifth Avenue Room, Level 4, 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

We hope you are also lucky enough to have gotten one of the coveted spots for the Friday afternoon field trips, including walking tours by Too High and Too Steep author David B. Williams on Seattle’s historical shoreline and by The City Is More than Human author Frederick L. Brown on animals in Seattle.

Join us as we also celebrate new titles across environmental studies, and in the Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books and Culture, Place, and Nature series. See you in Seattle! Continue reading

Annual Conference on South Asia Preview

The Annual Conference on South Asia takes place in Madison, Wisconsin this week (October 22-25) and UW Press is thrilled to mark the publication of the first book in the Global South Asia series, A Place for Utopia: Urban Designs from South Asia, with a book signing with author Smriti Srinivas.

Edited by Padma Kaimal, Kalyanakrishnan (Shivi) Sivaramakrishnan, and Anand A. Yang, Global South Asia draws on humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary approaches to examine the ways in which South Asia is and has been global and shaping the world. Learn more in the series flyer.

If you are attending the meeting, we hope you will stop by booth #7 to check out our new and forthcoming titles in South Asian studies and beyond and to meet UW Press Executive Editor Lorri Hagman.

Read on for more information about the scheduled book signing and a few featured titles.

Book Signing with Smriti Srinivas

Saturday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m., Booth #7

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.

From the vitalist urban plans of the Scottish polymath Patrick Geddes in India to the Theosophical Society in Madras and the ways in which it provided a context for a novel South Indian garden design; from the visual, textual, and ritual designs of Californian Vedanta from the 1930s to the present; to the spatial transformations associated with post-1990s highways and rapid transit systems in Bangalore that are shaping an emerging “Indian New Age” of religious and somatic self-styling, Srinivas tells the story of contrapuntal histories, the contiguity of lives, and resonances between utopian worlds that are generative of designs for cultural alternatives and futures.

Recent Award Winners in Asian Studies

Puer Tea: Ancient Caravans and Urban Chic
By Jinghong Zhang

Winner of the 2015 ICAS Book Prize in the Social Sciences

Puer Tea tells the story of how the ancient leaf’s noble lineage and unique process of aging and fermentation was rediscovered in the 1990s, helping it achieve cult status both in China and internationally. The tea became a favorite among urban connoisseurs who analyzed it in language comparable to that used in wine appreciation and paid skyrocketing prices.

In 2007, however, local events and the international economic crisis caused the Puer market to collapse. Anthropologist Jinghong Zhang traces the rise, climax, and crash of this phenomenon. With ethnographic attention to the spaces in which Puer tea is harvested, processed, traded, and consumed, she constructs a vivid account of the transformation of a cottage handicraft into a major industry–with predictable risks and unexpected consequences.

Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine
Edited by Theresia Hofer
Published with Rubin Museum of Art

2015 ICAS Best Art Book Accolade, Humanities

Bodies in Balance is the first comprehensive, interdisciplinary exploration of the triangular relationship among the Tibetan art and science of healing (Sowa Rigpa), Buddhism, and arts and crafts. Generously illustrated with more than 200 images, this book includes essays on the history, theory, and practice of Tibetan medicine.

“We get an even larger understanding of [Tibetan medicine]—including a discussion of contemporary Tibetan pharmacology, the history of Tibetan surgery and the global influence of Tibetan healing—in the imposing exhibition catalog, edited by Ms. Hofer.”
—Edward Rothstein, The New York Times