Congrats to Marty Achatz, first-time repeat winner as U.P. Poet Laureate, and Sally Brunk, 2019-2020 U.P. Poet Laureate runner-up!

[From The Sault News]

Voters cast 1,557 ballots to select the Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate 2019-2020.

Marty Achatz was chosen to repeat as U.P. Poet Laureate and will extend his Poet Laureate position to run from 2017-2020. He is the first-time repeat winner as U.P. Poet Laureate.

Achatz teaches at Northern Michigan University. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies and national journals. His collection of poems, The Mysteries of the Rosary, was published by Mayapple Press. His work will soon appear in the anthology “Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice” from MSU Press.

Achatz served as the 2017-1018 Poet Laureate of the Upper Peninsula, and he is a regular performer/contributor on the syndicated radio program The Red Jacket Jamboree, which airs on stations throughout Michigan. Blog address:

The 2019-2020 U.P. Poet Laureate runner-up was Sally Brunk.

Brunk is a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. She is in the anthologies: “Sharing Our Stories Of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence,” “Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now,” “The Way North: Upper Peninsula New Works,” and “Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.” As runner-up, Brunk will assist Achatz in spreading the word of Upper Peninsula poetry.

Top five finalists in the voting also included Kathleen Heideman, Eric Gadzinski, and Margaret Noodin.

Kathleen M. Heideman is a writer-artist-environmentalist, and the author of “Psalms of the Early Anthropocene” (Winter Cabin Books, 2017). Heideman has completed artist residencies with watersheds, foundations, the National Park Service, and the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists & Writers Program. She is drawn to wild and threatened places, and works to defend them. She received the Sierra Club’s 2019 White Pine Award.

Eric Gadzinski taught for 20 years at LSSU. His poetry has appeared in two chapbooks, “Tattoo” and “Absolutely,” with a third, “Kewadin,” in circulation. His poems are also in anthologies and numerous journals. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he has also been a U.P. Poet Laureate top five finalist previously.

In celebration of his appointment for 2019-2020, Achatz will be appearing at Escanaba Public Library on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Previous winners Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate winners include Russell Thorburn (2013-2014), Andrea Scarpino (2015-2016), and Marty Achatz (2017-2018).

Congratulations to Joe Darden, recipient of 2019 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Lifetime Achievement Honors

darden-joeCongratulations to  Joe Darden, recipient of  2019 American Association of Geographers (AAG) Lifetime Achievement Honors.
During his almost half-century long distinguished career, Professor Joe T. Darden, of Michigan State University (MSU) has produced seven books and about 160 journal articles and book chapter; his research interests focus on urban social geography, residential segregation, immigration and socioeconomic neighborhood inequality in multi-racial societies. His books include The State of Black Michigan, 1967-2007 and Detroit: Race Riots, Racial Conflicts, and Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide, which received 2014 Michigan Notable Book Award, and 2014 Historical Society of Michigan State History Award.

Congratulations to Carly S. Woods, Winner of the 2018 Daniel Rohrer Memorial Outstanding Research Award

woodsdebating-womenCongratulations to Carly S. Woods! Her book Debating Women: Gender, Education and Spaces for Argument 1835-1945  has won the 2018 Daniel Rohrer Memorial Outstanding Research Award (American Forensic Association), which honors the outstanding research monograph published in argumentation research. Woods received her award at the National Communication Association 104th Annual Convention  in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Among the most important activities of the American Forensic Association is recognizing achievement and quality in commitment to argumentation and public advocacy. Daniel Morgan Rohrer was Director of Forensics at Boston College from 1970 to 1982. His work with Alan J. Lichtman shaped intercollegiate debate in important ways in the 1980s and 1990s. Each year the American Forensic Association recognizes the outstanding monograph in the research concerns of the Association with the Daniel Rohrer Memorial Award.
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Holiday Book Sale: Up to 70% Off Selected Books Through Dec. 31st

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Mid-Michigan M
odern: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie
Susan J. Bandes, 9781611862164, 320 pages, Hardcover
$49.95     SALE $25

Emotional Impact: American Figurative Expressionism
April Kingsley, 9781611860849, 154 pages, Paperback
$29.95    SALE $9

Apollo and Vulcan: The Art Markets in Italy, 1400-1700
Guido Guerzoni, 9781611860061, 384 pages, Hardcover
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Bleeder: A Memoir
Shelby Smoak, 9781611860696, 214 pages, Paperback
$22.95    SALE $6

Speechwright: An Insider’s Take on Political Rhetoric
William F. Gavin, 9781611860177, 172 pages, Hardcover
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Joining Africa: From Anthills to Asmara
Charles Cantalupo, 9781611860368, 282 pages, Paperback
$27.95    SALE $9

Down from Troy: A Doctor Comes of Age
Richard Selzer, 9780870136030, 300 pages, Paperback
$21.95    SALE $6

My Grandfather’s Book: Generations of an American Family
Gary Gildner, 9780870136399, 253 pages, Hardcover
$26.95    SALE $8

Still Pitching: A Memoir
Michael Steinberg, 9780870136979, 250 pages, Hardcover
$27.95    SALE $9

Death in Reverse: A Love Story
Ruth L. Schwartz, 9780870137068, 151 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Amp’d: A Father’s Backstage Pass
Gary Fincke, 9780870137297, 189 pages, Paperback
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John H. Burdakin: Railroader
Don L. Hofsommer, 9781611861778, 126 pages, Hardcover
$29.95    SALE $10

John H. Burdakin and the Grand Trunk Western Railroad
Mary Sharp and Frederick J. Beier, 9781611862218, 127 pages, Hardcover
$24.95    SALE $7

Privilege and Prejudice: The Life of a Black Pioneer
Clifton R. Wharton, 9781611861716, 630 pages,Hardcover
$34.95    SALE $10

Blackbird’s Song: Andrew J. Blackbird and the Odawa People
Theodore J. Karamanski, 9781611860504, 322 pages, Hardcover
$39.95    SALE $12

The Low Road: A Scottish Family Memoir
Valerie Miner, 9780870136405, 259 pages, Paperback
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The Canals of Mars: A Memoir
Gary Fincke, 9780870138805, 232 pages, Paperback
$29.95    SALE $9

Nothing Like Sunshine: A Story in the Aftermath of the MLK Assassination
Ben Kamin, 9780870138829, 138 pages, Paperback
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In the Shadow of the Bear: A Michigan Memoir
Jim McGavran, 9780870139819, 153 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Let Burn
Rachel K. Wentz, 9781611860719, 286 pages, Paperback
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Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance
Janice Gary, 9781611860726, 246 pages, Paperback
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Walking Distance: Pilgrimage, Parenthood, Grief, and Home Repairs
David Hlavsa, 9781611861860, 136 pages, Paperback
$16.95    SALE $5

Wounded Warrior: The Rise and Fall of Michigan Governor John Swainson
Lawrence M. Glazer, 9780870139710, 322 pages, Hardcover
$39.95    SALE $12

Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Edited by Ronald Riekki, 9781611861631, 282 pages, Paperback
$24.95    SALE $7

Eight Mile High
Jim Ray Daniels, 9781611861426, 176 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Smoke Dancing: A Novel
Eric Gansworth, 9780870137082, 235 pages, Paperback
$22.95    SALE $6

Abundant Light: Short Fiction
Valerie Miner, 9780870137198, 190 pages, Paperback
$16.95    SALE $5

The Collected Short Stories of Harriette Simpson Arnow
Edited by Sandra L. Ballard and Haeja K. Chung
9780870137563, 259 pages, Paperback
$24.95    SALE $7

Mr. Pleasant
Jim Ray Daniels, 9780870138065, 176 pages, Paperback
$15.95    SALE $5

The Indian Who Bombed Berlin and Other Stories
Ralph Salisbury, 9780870138478, 210 pages, Paperback
$24.95    SALE $7

As She Was Discovering Tigony
Olympe Bhêly-Quenum, 9781611862096, 274 pages, Paperback
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Doomi Golo—The Hidden Notebooks
Boubacar Boris Diop, 9781611862140, 328 pages, Paperback
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The Lieutenant of Kouta
Massa Makan Diabaté, 9781611862270, 128 pages, Paperback
$20.00    SALE $5

The Cat Who Taught Me How to Fly: An Arab Prison Novel
Hashem Gharaibeh, 9781611862287, 182 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Ottawa Stories from the Springs: Anishinaabe dibaadjimowinan wodi gaa binjibaamigak wodi mookodjiwong e zhinikaadek
Edited by Howard Webkamigad, 9781611861372, 250 pages, Paperback
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Laughing Whitefish
Robert Traver, 9781611860146, 246 pages, Paperback
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The Battle is Not Yours
Rita J. Bunton, 9780870137990, 418 pages, Paperback
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Document of Expectations
Devon Abbott Mihesuah, 9781611860115, 202 pages, Paperback
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Detroit Tales
Jim Ray Daniels, 9780870136627, 184 pages, Paperback
$22.95    SALE $6

Lies to Live By
Lois Beardslee, 9780870136634, 143 pages, Paperback
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Somewhere Geese are Flying: New and Selected Stories
Gary Gildner, 9780870137334, 240 pages, Paperback
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Fortune Teller Miracle Fish
Cathryn Hankla, 9781611860047, 181 pages, Paperback
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Trigger Man: More Tales of the Motor City
Jim Ray Daniels, 9781611860184, 156 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

You as of Today My Homeland: Stories of War, Self, and Love
Tayseer Al-Sboul, 9781611862102, 120 pages, Hardcover
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Wolf’s Mouth
John Smolens, 9781611861976, 267 pages, Hardcover
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Twelve Twenty-Five: The Life and Times of a Steam Locomotive
Kevin P. Keefe, 9781611862027, Hardcover
$49.95    SALE $25

West to Far Michigan: Settling the Lower Peninsula, 1815-1860
Kenneth E. Lewis, 9780870135514, 514 pages, Hardcover
$64.95    SALE $20

Michigan’s State Forests: A Century of Stewardship
William B. Botti and Michael D. Moore, 9780870137808, 201 pages, Paperback
$29.95    SALE $9

The Muskegon: The Majesty and Tragedy of Michigan’s Rarest River
Jeff Alexander, 9780870137860, 214 pages, Paperback
$24.95    SALE $7

Michigan State University: The Rise of a Research University and the New Millennium, 1970-2005
Douglas A. Noverr, 9780870137884, 316 pages, Hardcover
$39.95    SALE $12

Mapping in Michigan & the Great Lakes Region
Edited by David I. Macleod, 9780870138072, 375 pages, Hardcover
$69.95    SALE $20

Edge of Empire: Documents of Michilimackinac, 1671-1716
Edited by Joseph L. Peyser and José António Brandao, 9780870138201, 192 pages, Hardcover
$39.95    SALE $12

Prairies and Savannas in Michigan: Rediscovering Our Natural Heritage
Ryan P. O’Connor, Michael A. Kost, and Joshua G. Cohen, 9780870138454, 139 pages, Paperback
$24.95    SALE $7

Food in the Civil War Era: The North
Edited by Helen Zoe Veit, 9781611861228, 250 pages, Hardcover
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A Selection of Modernized Recipes from Food in the Civil War: The North
Edited by Helen Zoe Veit, 9781611861563, 48 pages, Paperback
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Food in the Civil War Era: The South
Edited by Helen Zoe Veit, 9781611861648, 266 pages, Hardcover
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A Selection of Modernized Recipes from Food in the Civil War: The South
Edited by Helen Zoe Veit, 9781611861679, 48 pages, Paperback
$12.95    SALE $4

Tsodilo Hills: Copper Bracelet of the Kalahari
Edited by Alec Campbell, Larry Robbins, and Michael Taylor, 9780870138584, 179 pages, Paperback
$39.95    SALE $12

The Journals of Jeffery Amherst, 1757-1763, Volume 1: The Daily and Personal Journals
Robert J. Andrews, 9781611861266, 620 pages, Hardcover
$124.95    SALE $37

The Journals of Jeffery Amherst, 1757-1763, Volume 2: A Dictionary of People, Places, and Ships
Robert J. Andrews, 9781611861259, 508 pages, Hardcover
$99.95    SALE $25

Rethinking Michigan Indian History
Patrick Russell LeBeau, 9780870137129, 215 pages, Mixed Media Product
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The Edge of the Woods: Iroquoia, 1534-1701
Jon Parmenter, 9781611861396, 524 pages, Paperback
$24.95    SALE $7

The Murder of Joe White: Ojibwe Leadership and Colonialism in Wisconsin
Erik M. Redix, 9781611861457, 294 pages, Paperback
$34.95    SALE $10

Woman in the Wilderness: Letters of Harriet Wood Wheeler, Missonary Wife, 1832-1892
Nancy Bunge, 9780870139789, 264 page, PaperbacK
$24.95    SALE $7

The Daring Trader: Jacob Smith in the Michigan Territory, 1802-1825
Kim Crawford, 9781611860269, 320 pages, Paperback
$29.95    SALE $9

Insider Histories of the Vietnam Era Underground Press, Part 1
Edited by Ken Wachsberger, 9780870139833, 361 pages, Paperback
$39.95    SALE $12

Stop the Presses! I Want to Get Off!: A Brief History of the Prisoners’ Digest International
Joseph W. Grant. Edited by Ken Wachsberger, 9781611860610, 258 pages, Paperback
$39.95    SALE $12

Film and the American Moral Vision of Nature: Theodore Roosevelt to Walt Disney
Ronald B. Tobias, 9781611860016, 320 pages, Hardcover
$39.95    SALE $12

Room 306: The National Story of the Lorraine Motel
Ben Kamin, 9781611860498, 200 pages, Paperback
$24.95    SALE $7

Dangerous Friendship: Stanley Levison, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Kennedy Brothers
Ben Kamin, 9781611861310, 268 pages, Paperback
$22.95    SALE $6

The 4th Michigan Infantry in the Civil War
Martin N. Bertera and Kim Crawford, 9780870139734, 412 pages, Hardcover
$44.95    SALE $13

The Poetry of the American Civil War
Edited by Lee Steinmetz, 9781611860436, 312 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Black November: The Carl D. Bradley Tragedy
Andrew Kantar, 9780870137839, 69 pages, Paperback
$16.95    SALE $5

Deadly Voyage: The S.S. Daniel J. Morrell Tragedy
Andrew Kantar, 9780870138638, 109 pages, Paperback
$16.95    SALE $5

Tahquamenon Country: A Look at Its Past
Sprague Taylor, 9780870138331, 135 pages, Paperback
$14.95    SALE $4

Everyday Klansfolk: White Protestant Life and the KKK in 1920s Michigan
Craig Fox, 9780870139956, 274 pages, Paperback
$29.95    SALE $9

Ink Trails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors

Dave Dempsey and Jack Dempsey, 9781611860603, 200 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Ink Trails II: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors
Dave Dempsey and Jack Dempsey, 9781611862072, 150 pages, Paperback
$22.95    SALE $6

Peninsula: Essays and Memoirs from Michigan
Edited by Michael Steinberg, 9780870135446, 270 pages, Paperback
$24.95    SALE $7

The Knight and His Shadow
Boubacar Boris Diop, 9781611861532, 204 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Stray Truths: Selected Poems of Euphrase Kezilahabi
Edited by Annmarie Drury, 9781611861822, 126 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball
Edited by Todd Davis, 9781611860351, 234 pages, Paperback
$24.95    SALE $7

Conrad’s Shadow: Catastrophe, Mimesis, Theory
Nidesh Lawtoo, 9781611862188, 480 pages, Paperback
$29.95    SALE $9

Ogimawkwe Mitigwaki (Queen of the Woods)
Simon Pokagon, 9780870139871, 215 pages, Paperback
$22.95    SALE $6

The Quest for Cortisone
Thom Rooke, 9781611860337, 284 pages, Paperback
$24.95    SALE $7

Cold, Clear, and Deadly: Unraveling a Toxic Legacy
Melvin Visser, 9780870138027, 192 pages, Hardcover
$24.95    SALE $7

Michigan Wildlife Viewing Guide
Phil T. Seng, 9780870133503, 152 pages, Paperback
$9.95    SALE $3

Shepherd: A Memoir
Richard Gilbert, 9781611861174, 318 pages, Paperback
$24.95    SALE $7

A Field Guide to the Natural Communities of Michigan
Joshua G. Cohen, Michael A. Kost, Bradford S. Slaughter, and Dennis A. Albert, 9781611861341, 362 pages, Paperback
$34.95    SALE $10

Lakeshore Living: Designing Lake Places and Communities in the Footprints of Environmental Writers
Paul J. Radomski and Kristof Van Assche, 9781611861181, 228 pages, Paperback
$29.95    SALE $7

The Waters of Michigan
David Lubbers and Dave Dempsey, 9780870138300, 84 pages, 11 in x 11 in, Hardcover
$29.95    SALE $7

Detroit Resurgent
Edited by Howard Bossen, and John P. Beck, 9781611861303, 190 pages, Hardcover
$29.95    SALE $7


Some Heaven
Todd Davis, 9780870138003, 133 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Malaria, Poems
Cameron Conaway, 9781611861440, 80 pages, Paperback
$16.95    SALE $5

Stands Alone, Faces, and Other Poems
Patrick Russell LeBeau, 9780870135330, 84 pages, Paperback
$17.95    SALE $6

Body & Field
Terry Blackhawk, 9780870135187,107 pages, Paperback
$17.95    SALE $6

Bread Upon the Waters
Lorene Erickson, 9780870135798, 75 pages, Paperback
$15.95    SALE $5

The Urban Stampede and Other Poems
F. D. Reeve, 9780870135941, 67 pages, Paperback
$18.95    SALE $6

The Moon and Other Failures
F. D. Reeve, 9780870135149, 65 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Child of the Ocmulgee: The Selected Poems of Freda Quenneville
Edited by Garrick Davis, 9780870136108, 94 pages, Paperback
$21.95    SALE $6

Crystal Williams, 9780870136429, 69 pages, Paperback
$18.95    SALE $5

In the Kingdom of the Ditch
Todd Davis, 9781611860702, 112 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

My Father on a Bicycle
Patricia Clark, 9780870137419, 89 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

North of Wondering
Patricia Clark, 9780970981127, 60 pages, Paperback
$14.95    SALE $4

Sunday Rising
Patricia Clark, 9781611860689, 100 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Citizens of Beauty: Poems of Jean Sénac
Jean Sénac, 9781611861990, 82 pages, Hardcover
$26.95    SALE $8

Harlem Wrestler and Other Poems
Alvin Aubert, 9780870133695, 56 pages, Paperback
$11.00    SALE $3

Yardbird Suite, Side One: 1920-1940. A Biopoem: Fictionalized Accounts of Events Real and Imagined from the Life of Charles Yardbird Parker
Bill Harris, 9780870134357, 119 pages, Paperback
$14.95    SALE $4

Outside the Fold, Outside the Frame
Anita Skeen, 9780870135125, 109 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Trying to Catch the Horses
Dan Gerber, 9780870135347, 69 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Walking with the Bear: Selected and New Poems
Judith Minty, 9780870135477, 173 pages, Paperback
$22.95    SALE $6

Robert VanderMolen, 9780870138461, 93 pages, Paperback
$14.95    SALE $4

National Monuments
Heid E. Erdrich, 9780870138485, 96 pages, Paperback
$16.95    SALE $5

Flowers of Flame: Unheard Voices of Iraq
Edited by Sadek Mohammed, Soheil Najm, Haider Al-Kabi, and Dan Veach, 9780870138423, 96 pages, Paperback
$14.95    SALE $4

The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and its Exiles
Edited by Sholeh Wolpé, 9781611860344, 182 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Desert Sorrows: Poems by Tayseer al-Sboul
Tayseer Al-Sboul, 9781611861617, 154 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Love Is My Savior: The Arabic Poems of Rumi
Rumi, 9781611862003, 108 pages, Paperback
$19.95    SALE $5

Follow the Blackbirds
Gwen Nell Westerman, 9781611860924, 80 pages, Paperback
$16.95      SALE $5

The Unauthorized Audubon
Laura B. DeLind and Anita Skeen, 9781611861143, 56 pages, Paperback
$14.95    SALE $4

SmithCompF.indd120x175_50-1d0-3c49-50-9781611860009POLITICAL SCIENCE
Confessions of a Presidential Speechwriter
Craig R. Smith, 9781611861136, 394 pages, Paperback
$29.95    SALE $9

My Odyssey Through the Underground Press
Michael Kindman. Edited by Ken Wachsberger, 9781611860009, 256 pages, Paperback
$39.95    SALE $12


The Great Lake Sturgeon
Edited by Nancy Auer and Dave Dempsey, 9781611860788, 208 pages, Paperback
$29.95    SALE $9

In Quest of Great Lakes Ice Age Vertebrates
J. Alan Holman, 9780870135910, 230 pages, Hardcover
$59.95    SALE $18

For Love of Lakes
Darby Nelson, 9781611860214, 224 pages, Paperback
$24.95    SALE $7

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Malcolm X’s Michigan Worldview: An Exemplar for Contemporary Black Studies
Edited by Rita Kiki Edozie and Curtis Stokes, 9781611861624, 316 pages, Hardcover
$39.95    SALE $12

The Sweetness of Freedom: Stories of Immigrants
Martha Aladjem Bloomfield and Stephen Garr Ostrander, 9780870139772, 392 pages, Paperback
$29.95    SALE $9

Western Fictions, Black Realities: Meanings of Blackness and Modernities
Edited by Isabel Soto and Violet Showers Johnson, 9781611860443, 336 pages, Paperback
$39.95    SALE $12

Hidden in the Heartland: The New Wave of Immigrants and the Challenge to America
Nancy Brown Diggs, 9780870139970, 186 pages, Paperback
$29.95    SALE $9

Nosotros: A Study of Everyday Meanings in Hispano New Mexico
Alvin O. Korte, 9781611860290, 384 pages, Paperback
$34.95    SALE $10

The Eagle Returns: The Legal History of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
Matthew L.M. Fletcher, 9781611860221, 288 pages, Hardcover
$29.95    SALE $9

Indian Country: Telling a Story in a Digital Age
Victoria L. LaPoe and Benjamin Rex LaPoe, 9781611862263, 146 pages, Paperback
$29.95    SALE $9

My Eyes Feel They Need to Cry: Stories from the Formerly Homeless
Martha Aladjem Bloomfield, 9781611860917, 208 pages, Paperback
$29.95    SALE $9

Railroads for Michigan
Graydon M. Meints, 9781611860856, 640 pages, Hardcover
$49.95    SALE $15

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Announcing a New Book about Duffy Dougherty, Hall of Fame football coach


MSU Press announces a new book about Duffy Dougherty, Hall of Fame football coach who led the MSU Spartans to a winning record of 109 wins; 69 losses, and five ties during his tenure from 1954–1972. Author David Claerbaut writes about highlights of Duffy’s life in his new book Duffy Daugherty: A Man Ahead of His Time. In his career, Daugherty coached 33 first team All-Americans, but probably more rewarding to him was the fact he recruited 59 black players to play football at MSU during a time when they could not play for the powerhouse Southern teams like Alabama.
David Claerbaut is a championship coach, nationally known business consultant, and motivational speaker. He is a Master Methodologist at Grand Canyon University and previously was Chair of the Sociology/ Anthropology Department at North Park University in Chicago, where he also served as Athletic Director.

Duffy Daugherty: A Man Ahead of His Time is available as both paperback and eBook.

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

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

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.