New regional books from SIU Press!

The year 2014 was a good one for us. We brought you dozens of books about Lincoln, the Civil War, architecture, rhetoric, theater, and more. Right now, however, we’d like to focus on some of the exciting regional books that came out this year. Not only do they highlight the rich history of Illinois and illustrate the treasures that the region has to offer, but they also make great gifts! Shop at and receive 30 percent off all of these great books when you use the code GIFT at checkout.


 Orban“Although one certainly could read Illinois Wines and Wineries from cover to cover in one sitting, this is a guide meant to be referred to time and time again. Wine enthusiasts who enjoy visiting wineries and vineyards can easily use the guide to plan routes for day trips or weekends. Those who are looking for longer trips will find the regional sections and accompanying maps useful for planning wine-oriented vacations.”—Chicago Book Review



Partlow“So few people have any understanding of this event and its aftermath. . . . It needs to become a part of the history of southern Illinois.”—Jim Brigham, longtime southern Illinois community leader and businessman, former president of the Southern Illinois University Foundation





9780809333332“Reed challenges depressive stereotypes of black urban life by closely examining the variegated dimensions of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century black Chicago. He paints a vivid picture of entrepreneurial enterprises and institution building of a people who were unwilling to accept victimization and racial oppression. This work is a powerful revelation of black American agency, resiliency, and courage.”—Dr. Clovis E. Semmes, author of The Regal Theater and Black Culture


9780809333370“[This book] is a testament to the wisdom of generations of archivists and librarians who tended to the materials presented in this lavishly illustrated volume. The occasion for Treasures is the 125th anniversary of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. No recognition could be more durable or appropriate.” —Jean H. Baker, author of Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography



9780809333868“Part historical narrative, part family memoir, part pastoral paean, and part jeremiad against the abuse of the land and of the men who gave and continue to give their lives to (and often for) the mines, [Reckoning at Eagle Creek] puts a human face on the industry that supplies nearly half of America’s energy. . . . It offers a rare historical perspective on the vital yet little considered industry, along with a devastating critique of the myth of ‘clean coal.’”—Publishers Weekly




Coming in January!

9780809333769The Marion Experiment unflinchingly documents two sorts of horror: one of breadth, the other of depth. The book takes us across the broad sweep of long-term solitary confinement, showing how this brutal practice has proliferated in the United States and across the globe. It also drops us deep inside the personal terrors of such confinement, right alongside those who have been there and against all odds survived to say so. I could hardly bear to read The Marion Experiment, and I couldn’t bear to stop. With this book the crucial work of convict criminology continues.”—Jeff Ferrell, author of Empire of Scrounge

Neuropsychologist, author to speak at SIU

9780809332625Dr. Robert Hanlon, a board certified clinical neuropsychologist specializing in the forensic evaluation of violent criminal offenders, will speak at Southern Illinois University on April 30 at 6 p.m. in the Guyon Auditorium in Morris Library.

Mass murders, including family mass murders and public mass murders in schools, shopping centers, theaters, etc. are commonly committed by mentally disordered young men. Dr. Hanlon will discuss recent findings regarding the psychological factors that contribute to homicidal aggression and murder. Based on his research and experience in evaluating hundreds of violent criminals, Hanlon will speak about how brain abnormalities and mental disorders, compounded by substance abuse, lead to the growing problem of mass murder in American culture.


Dr. Robert E. Hanlon

Hanlon is the author of Survived by One: The Life and Mind of a Family Mass Murderer, published recently by Southern Illinois University Press. Survived by One tells the story of Tom Odle, who brutally murdered his parents and three siblings in the small southern Illinois town of Mount Vernon, sending shockwaves throughout the nation. Hanlon tells a gripping story of Odle’s life as an abused child, the life experiences that formed his personality, and his tragic homicidal escalation to mass murder, seamlessly weaving into the narrative Odle’s unadorned reflections of his childhood, finding a new family on death row, and his belief in the powers of redemption.

As our nation attempts to understand the continual mass murders occurring in the U.S., Hanlon sheds some light on the psychological aspects of why and how such acts of extreme carnage may occur.