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UNT taking part in celebration of university book publishers

University Press Week is Nov. 10-16, and the University of North Texas Press is ready to celebrate a milestone of its own.

In 2014, UNT Press will mark the 25th anniversary of its first title. UNT Press was founded in 1987 and published its first book in 1989. It has published more than 400 books that, like most university presses, include peer reviewed scholarly works and popular titles. It also publishes several journals.

The press, at the Stovall Temporary Union Building, Suite 174, offers a year-round 25 percent discount to all UNT faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Its notable books include:

  • Its 400th title: Pacific Blitzkrieg: World War II in the Central Pacific
  • Recipient of a "starred review" in Publishers Weekly: In These Times the Home Is a Tired Place
  • Finalist in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards: I Fought a Good Fight: A History of the Lipan Apaches
  • The first in a new series (Southwestern Nature Writing): Morning Comes to Elk Mountain: Dispatches from the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
  • A tie-in with a UNT-premiered symphony by Jake Heggie: Heggie and Scheer's Moby Dick: A Grand Opera for the Twenty-first Century
  • Award winners: Women and the Texas Revolution; Command Culture: Officer Education in the U.S. Army and the German Armed Forces, 1901-1940, and the Consequences for World War II; Life with a Superhero, Raising Michael Who Has Down Syndrome; Club Icarus (Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry)
  • Books by two Texas literary legends: Jane Roberts Wood, selected to join the Texas Literary Hall of Fame, and John R. Erickson, from Hank the Cowdog fame, recipient of the A. C. Greene Award
  • A book edited by three professors from the UNT History Department: This Corner of Canaan: essays on Texas in Honor of Randolph B. Campbell
  • Browse its website for more titles including cookbooks, military history, music and more.

University presses differ in many ways from commercial publishing houses, such as Simon and Schuster or Harper Collins, yet many books published by university presses can be found at bookstores and online websites such as Amazon.

UNT Press is a member of the Association of American University Presses. According to the organization, only 101 of 2,680 accredited universities in the United States have a university press. Twelve of the 36 public universities in Texas have a press.

Posted on: Fri 08 November 2013

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