New Exhibit Celebrates SIU Press

1-opening-case 10-th_filmAt a time of increasing uncertainty for public universities across Illinois, a new exhibit at Morris Library celebrates the continuity of Southern Illinois University Press, SIU’s nonprofit book publishing unit. The exhibit, which runs from November 7 to December 16 and is housed in the Hall of Presidents and Chancellors, commemorates SIU Press’s sixty years of publishing, and allows visitors an inside look at the history of the press and how it operates.

Cases and displays throughout the hall feature published books from across the years in the press’s many subject areas, which include Abraham Lincoln, Civil War history, and Southern Illinois. An animated video created for the event, “From Manuscript to Shelf,” walks viewers through the steps of the publishing process, from an author’s initial submission to the moment readers can flip through the finished product. You can view the video here; be sure to watch for cameos of press employees and authors!

In addition, the displays allow visitors to explore the history of SIU Press, from its founding in 1956 under former university president Delyte Morris, to its embrace today of contemporary technology such as e-books and social media in order to reach the greatest number of readers. Also featured in the exhibit is Saluki Publishing, the press’s soon-to-be launched self-publishing platform aimed at SIU students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

Southern Illinois University Press authors reviewed in CHOICE

Three Southern Illinois University Press authors, Lionel Kimble Jr., Tarez Samra Graban, and Jason Silverman, have all had their latest books reviewed favorably in the current issue of CHOICE!

CHOICE gives “A New Deal for Bronzeville” by Lionel Kimble Jr., “recommended” status, calling it “a very readable and often insightful exploration of how the New Deal and WWII shaped the African American campaign for economic and social rights in postwar Chicago.” The reviewer notes that Kimble “stresses black agency, coalition building and evidence of success…useful in undergraduate African American history collections.”

Purchase “A New Deal for Bronzeville” here.
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CHOICE also gives “recommended” status to “Women’s Irony: Rewriting Feminist Rhetorical Histories” by Tarez Samra Graban. “Arguing that ‘irony lingers historically in women’s political discourse,’ Graban analyzes irony existing as situation, form of disruption, process, and movement between location and memory as she constructs a theory of irony that challenges previous definitions….A book for those interested in rhetoric, history, feminist studies, and political science.”

Purchase “Women’s Irony” here.

Jason Silverman’s “Lincoln and the Immigrant,” part of the Concise Lincoln Library, is “highly recommended” for all levels and libraries. The review notes that “[a]mong the multitude of books on the Civil War, studies of immigration during the war are few and far between…A well-written, welcome account of how Lincoln, in the midst of a much wider conflict, managed to adapt to changing circumstances within the nation through awareness of its evolving citizenry.”

Purchase “Lincoln and the Immigrant” here.

SIU Press would like to thank the reviewers at CHOICE for such kind words. Congratulations go out to all our authors who wrote such fantastic books; we’re thrilled they’re getting the good press they deserve!

It’s here, it’s here!

The Spring and Summer 2016 catalog is in the house! Well, it’s on the Internet at least, which we think is even better.

This season, we have new titles in poetry, history, rhetoric, biography, and Illinois history, just to name a few subjects. Browse the catalog below to discover your new favorite book!

Like what you see? On our website, you can find all our books from this season, and seasons past, so why not head over and buy something you’ll love?

Huiling Ding Wins CCCC Book Award

212-6030-Product_LargeToMediumImage-thumbSouthern Illinois University Press is pleased to announce that Huiling Ding’s book Rhetoric of a Global Epidemic: Transcultural Communication about SARS has been awarded the Conference on College Composition and Communication’s (CCCC) Best Book Award in Technical or Scientific Communication for 2016.

Professor Ding, an associate professor at North Carolina State University, will be announced as recipient of the Technical and Scientific Communication Award on April 8, during the 2016 CCCC Annual Convention in Houston, Texas.

Our congratulations to Professor Ding!

Buy Rhetoric of a Global Epidemic here:,6030.aspx

SIU Press honors

Jake Adam York named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

YorkThe Washington Post says of Abide, “The exquisite writing in this posthumous collection subtly upends readers’ experience of time and reality. . . . This is a lovely, haunting book about the power of remembrance from a poet who left us too soon.”


Tarfia Faizullah wins GCLA New Writers Award

The Great Lakes Colleges Association awarded 9780809333264Seam by Tarfia Faizullah the GCLA New Writers Award. The judges said “Tarfia Faizullah’s Seam shimmers with exigent discovery.”



Gary Phillip Zola named a finalist for National Jewish Book Award

ZolaThe Jewish Book Council selected We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, a Documentary History a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in two categories: history and scholarship. Carol Poll of the Jewish Book Council says, “This book is fascinating. It paints an intriguing picture of President Lincoln and Jewish life in the mid-nineteenth century.”

The Illinois State Historical Society honors SIU Press authors during annual awards 

America’s Deadliest Twister: The Tri-State Tornado of 1925, by Geoff Partlow

Award: Certificate of ExcellencePartlow

“This book follows the trail of the 1925 tornado in southern Illinois and uses interviews, newspaper accounts, and some secondary sources. It is very readable and full of moving anecdotal stories. Partlow does a serviceable job placing this Old-Testament-like natural disaster in the context of southern Illinois’s history of vice (bootlegging, labor unrest, et cetera), and it was a nice surprise to see time spent on the aftermath of the story, with discussions of meteorology and technology.”

Treasures of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, by Glenna R. Schroeder-Lein

9780809333370Award: Superior Achievement

“This beautiful, treasure-filled book is a celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. It not only showcases the famed collection of Lincoln artifacts the library has acquired over the years but also reveals the documents, maps, photographs, and significant effects that tell the larger Illinois story. Although nothing beats a tour of this world-class library, this book will certainly whet your appetite for the treasures that await you in Springfield.”

Knock at the Door of Opportunity: Black Migration to Chicago, 1900-1919, by Christopher Robert Reed

Award: Superior Achievement

“A well-written book discussing the transition years Reedof black Chicago, from the old settlers to the start of the Great Migration. A must-read for any researcher of this era, emphasizing agency, fluidity, and responsiveness in African-American housing, politics, business, religion, and protest in Chicago. The book covers a very significant but underreported part of Illinois history.”

Lincoln and Religion, by Ferenc Morton Szasz with Margaret Connell Szasz

Award: Superior AchievementSzasz

“A short, concise summary of Lincoln’s religious background and beliefs. The author argues convincingly that Lincoln’s religion was an evolving belief with antecedents in the frontier Baptist world. Like the Gettysburg Address, this book will be known for its brevity and succinctness, yet also for its quality. This book is a most rewarding effort for the scholar, buff, dabbler, layperson, and student, offering fresh perspectives on the diversity of American society, civil religion, and Lincoln’s religion in the pre-White-House years.”

Abraham Lincoln, Philosopher Statesman, by Joseph R. Fornieri

FornieriAward: Superior Achievement

“Fornieri contends that Lincoln was a ‘Philosopher Statesman’ in whom political thought and action were united. His purpose is to reveal Lincoln’s political genius in terms of the traditional moral vision as defined by philosophical thinkers such Saint Thomas Aquinas. Truly a book from which scholars can learn but that general readers can enjoy.”