Call for Chapter Proposals: “The Northern Midwest and the US-Canadian Borderlands: Essays on a Forgotten Region”

Call for Chapter Proposals:
The Northern Midwest and the US-Canadian Borderlands: Essays on a Forgotten Region”
The editors of the collection will be Jon K. Lauck and Gleaves Whitney.
All proposals should be sent to jlauck1941@hotmail.com

Volume editors seek proposals for chapters to be included in an edited collection focused on exploring the northern reaches of the American Midwest and the borderlands, or imagined borderlands, along the line dividing the US and Canada. This interior zone of North America has yet to become a significant point of discussion in the growing movement to revive interest in Midwestern history and in the broader movement to analyze the borderlands of the United States. This volume is broadly designed to advance these discussions about this region by focusing on 1850-present time period.

Proposals should explain the author’s general approach to the topic and include the sources to be consulted as well as the author’s curriculum vitae. Topics to be explored include, but are by no means limited to, historical understandings of the essential dimensions of the northern Midwest; the basic industries of the region such as mining, forestry, shipping, and tourism; the Midwest/Canada dividing line and its consequences and meaning for residents of the region; the geographical and topographical approaches to designating this area as a distinct region; literary or other cultural understandings of the region, including important regional voices (such as Jim Harrison of the Upper Peninsula or Bob Dylan of the Iron Range); the politics of the region; music from the region (such as the work of Gordon Lightfoot or the ethnic blending that produced polka); analyses of the regionalist thought and practices which have contributed to a consciousness of this region; the religious history of the region; the role of ethnicity in the history of the region (the persistence of Finnish ethnicity, for one example); the languages spoken in the region; regional folklore; the vernacular architecture of the region (cottages, saunas, camps, hunting lodges, etc.); environmental factors such as rainfall, temperature, glaciation, river development, and the role of the Great Lakes which help to define this region; historic and more recent discussions of the taxonomy of American regions, especially the real and imagined sub-regions of the Midwest, and how the upper Midwest relates or compares to other regions (the line that separates the “traditional” Midwest of Iowa-ish corn farming from the northern, lake-oriented Midwest, for example); the economic integration (or lack thereof) of the region; the role of Native American history (the impact of treaties on statehood; the Dawes Act; sovereignty; hunting and fishing rights; gambling and casinos); the understandings of Native Americans, American settlers, immigrants, political leaders, environmentalists, geographers, political scientists, and others which help explain the region.

Chapter proposals will be due November 19, 2018. If a proposal is accepted, the author’s chapter will be due December 1, 2019. Final chapters should be approximately 7,500 words, including notes, and in Chicago style. The editors of the collection will be Jon K. Lauck and Gleaves Whitney. All proposals should be sent to jlauck1941@hotmail.com

Frank Boles Wins Midwest Book Award for “Sailing Into History: Great Lakes Bulk Carriers of the Twentieth Century & the Crews Who Sailed Them.”

Sailing into Hiboles-400story: Great Lakes Bulk Carriers of the 20th Century and the Crews Who Sailed Them,” written by Frank Boles, has been recognized by the Midwest Book Awards as one of the best History books published in the Midwest in 2017. This year’s awards program attracted 206 titles in 31 categories. The Midwest Book Awards program is sponsored by the Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA), which serves the Midwest publishing community.

frank-bolesFrank Boles has served as Director of Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library since 1991. He has also worked as an archivist at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library and at the Chicago Historical Museum

Boles also won a 2018 Michigan Notable Book Award and will appear on the Michigan Notable Author Tour in June 2018.

Brian D. McInnes Wins the Ontario Historical Society’s Fred Landon Award

sounding-thunder-mcinnes-400-300x131Brian D. Mcontario-hist-socInnes has won the 2018 Ontario Historical Society’s Fred Landon Award for Sounding Thunder: The Stories of Francis Pegahmagabow. This award is for the best book on local or regional history in Ontario, published in the past three years. The award will be presented at the annual awards ceremony, following the general meeting of the Society, on Saturday, June 23, at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Brian D. McInnes is a professional educator and author dedicated to diversity education, youth engagement, and organizational leadership. He is also a member of the Wasauksing First Nation and a descendant of Francis Pegahmagabow.

The Ontario Historical Society is a non-profit corporation and registered charity; a non-government group bringing together people of all ages, all walks of life and all cultural backgrounds interested in preserving some aspect of Ontario’s history. The Society publishes Ontario History, a scholarly peer-reviewed journal featuring articles and book reviews related to Ontario’s history.

The Ontario Historical Society, originally called the Pioneer Association of Ontario, was established on September 4, 1888. It initially operated as a federation of local groups and was primarily concerned with the promotion of British-Canadian nationalism through the study of history. Reorganized in 1898 and incorporated and expanded the following year, the Society became increasingly involved in the movement to preserve archival records and historic sites. It also assumed more scholarly pursuits, including a publication program, in addition to encouraging and coordinating the activities of local historical associations and museums. Today the Society continues the many efforts to preserve, interpret and publicize Ontario’s multi-faceted heritage. The Ontario Historical Society is a non-profit corporation and registered charity; a non-government group bringing together people of all ages, all walks of life and all cultural backgrounds interested in preserving some aspect of Ontario’s history. The Society publishes Ontario History, a scholarly peer-reviewed journal featuring articles and book reviews related to Ontario’s history.

Heid E. Erdrich Named 2018 Native Arts and Cultures National Artist Fellow in Literature

Heid E. Erdrheid-erdrich-curator-of-ephemera-210x300ich is the award-winning author of five collections of poetry, most recently Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media, which won the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry. Her recent non-fiction work is Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes. She is editor of two anthologies of literature by Native writers. Heid’s writing has won numerous awards as have her collaborative poem films, seen on her Vimeo channel.  Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She teaches in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program of Augsburg College.

Heid has been named 2018 Native Arts and Cultures National Artist Fellow in Literature. The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation works with American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native artists and communities to promote revitalization, appreciation, and perpetuation of Native arts and cultures across the United States. Since its public programming launched in 2010, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has engaged in grassroots community organization and outreach to listen to and amplify the voices of the Native arts community. The foundation is (NACF) is a Native-led, 501 (c) 3 philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the perpetuation of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian arts and cultures nationwide.

Congratulations to 2018 Minnesota Book Award Winner, Heid E. Erdrich

heid-minn-book-award-2018-3heid-erdrich-curator-of-ephemera-210x300erdrich-2018-minn-book-awardCongratulations to Heid E. Erdrich, Winner of a 2018 Minnesota Book Award for her poetry collection, Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media.
In this collection, Erdrich points to the extraction industries on indigenous lands and how our love of technology threatens our future. Despite how little technology has helped people understand one another, the collection speaks to a human yearning to connect. Heid writes from the present into the future where human anxiety lives. Poems in this collection also curate unmountable exhibits in not-yet-existent museums devoted to the ephemera of communication and technology. A collaborative artist, filmmaker, and independent curator, Heid teaches in the MFA Creative Writing program of Augsburg College. She is the author of five collections of poetry, including National Monuments, a 2009 Minnesota Book Award winner.

 

 

Congratulations to Midwest Book Award finalists Justin M. Carroll, Carter Meland, and Frank Boles!

MSU Prcarroll-askin-2ess is delighted to announce that three of our 2017 publications are finalists in the Midwest Independent Publishing Association’s 28th Annual MIDWEST BOOK AWARDS.
The awards recognize quality in independent publishing in the Midwest. This year’s awards attracted 206 titles, entered in 31 categories, coming from MIPA’s 12-state Midwestern region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin). Winners will be announced on Saturday, May 12, 2019, at the Midwest Book Awards Gala in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

melandCongratulations to our three finalists:
Biography: The Merchant John Askin: Furs and Empire at British Michilimackinac by Justin M. Carroll
Fiction – Literary/Contemporary/Historical:
Stories for a Lost Child by Carter Meland
History: Sailing Into History: Great Lakes Bulk Carriers of the Twentieth Century & the Crews Who Sailed Them by Frank Boles

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2018 Michigan Notable Book Award Won by SAILING INTO HISTORY, by Frank Boles

sailing-into-historymnb_notable-books-logoThe Library of Michigan 2018 Michigan Notable Books: Michigan’s 20 best books include Frank Boles’ Sailing into History: Great Lakes Bulk Carriers of the Twentieth Century and the Crews Who Sailed Them.
Sailing into History
describes the fascinating history of a century of achievements and setbacks, unimagined change mixed with surprising stability.  The Great Lakes create a vast transportation network that supports a massive shipping industry. In this volume, seamanship, cargo, competition, cooperation, technology, engineering, business, unions, government decisions, and international agreements all come together to create a story of unrivaled interest about the Great Lakes ships and the crews that sailed them in the 20th Century.

 

frank-bolesFrank Boles has been the director of Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library since 1991. Previously, he worked at the University of Michigan, Chicago Historical Museum, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Boles received his archival training at Wayne State University, and was awarded a doctorate in history from the University of Michigan.

Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize Open for Submissions; Judge Announced

FG20'1 cover.inddThe 2018 Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Prize submission period opened January 1, 2018.
The judge will be Robin Hemley. He is an award winning writer, founder of NonfictioNOW, former director of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and current director of the Writing Program and Writers’ Centre at Yale-NUS College, Singapore. His books include Do-Over! and Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness.

Find more info on the Fourth Genre  Prize page.

“Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle” Art Exhibition Debuts at Grand Rapids Art Museum

50-1d0-44a1-50-9781611862911Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle Art Exhibition Debuts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on January 27, 2018.
The exhibition runs from January 27, 2018 – April 29, 2018.
This multifaceted project was initiated in 2013 when artist Alexis Rockman embarked on a research tour of the Great Lakes region. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a suite of five mural-sized paintings which explore separate themes that emerged during Rockman’s travels. These are accompanied by several large-scale watercolors and field drawings–monochromatic animal and plant studies made from site-sourced organic material such as mud, sand, coal, and leaves.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 136 page color catalogue, Alexis Rockman-The Great Lakes Cycle, featuring essays by Dana Friis Hansen, Jeff Alexander, and Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, relating the series to historical and contemporary landscape art and addressing the significance of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Kaitlyn Adler - Data and Research Analyst - August 2015On February 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Award-winning environmentalist and author, Jeff Alexander, will speak on “The Great Lakes in the 21st Century: Unprecedented Change, Uncertain Future, in conjunction with the “Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle” painting exhibit.
Exhibition Touring Schedule: Following its debut in Grand Rapids, Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle will travel to the following venues:
Chicago Cultural Center – June 2 through October 1, 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland – October 19, 2018 through January 27, 2019
Haggerty Museum of Art of Marquette University, Milwaukee – February 8 to May 19, 2019
Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis – October 5, 2019 through January 5, 2020
Flint Institute of Arts – May 9 to August 16, 2020

Eugene Wanger’s “Fighting the Death Penalty” Named CHOICE Magazine Outstanding Academic Title

wanger-400Choice Reviews Outstanding Academic Title honors Eugene G. Wanger’s Fighting the Death Penalty: A Fifty-Year Journey of Argument and Persuasion, published by MSU Press.
Choice Reviews, the American Library Association publishing division, publishes the complete list of winners in the January 2018 issue of CHOICE magazine, Volume 55 No. 5.

Choice Reviews selects its Outstanding Academic Titles each year, chosen from choice-2the many titles reviewed during the year. The books are selected for their “excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as important — and often first — treatment of their subject.”