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W ay n e S tat e U n i v e r s i t y P r e ss N ewsletter

WSU Press Authors Take Northern Michigan By Storm! With the support of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation, WSU Press embarked on a three-day event and media blitz through Traverse City and environs in April. Our partners at the National Writers Series (NWS) of Traverse City rolled out the red carpet for our staff and authors.

In this Issue: • News From the Director and Chairman • Press on the Press and Honors & Awards • Membership Information • Supporting the Press • New Books and Upcoming Events • 2011 Events in Photos

The trip was an opportunity to extend the reach of the Press and our acclaimed Made in Michigan Writers Series into a new market by making new friends and building new relationships with northern Michigan schools, universities, non-profits, media outlets, bookstores, and, of course, readers! Horizon Books hosted authors Michael Zadoorian, Phillip Sterling, Michael Delp, Jack Ridl, Keith Taylor, Michael Heffernan and M.L. Liebler for readings in all three of their stores in Northern Michigan. Brilliant Books in Suttons Bay threw Anne-Marie Oomen, M.L. Liebler, Bonnie Jo Campbell and Michael Zadoorian parties that packed the store in celebration of their appearances. With the help of our friends at the NWS, five Press authors – M.L. Liebler, Michael Heffernan, Phillip Sterling, Bonnie Jo Campbell, and Michael Zadoorian – met with high school and college students in their classrooms, answering questions about the writing process and inspiring young writers to produce their own new works. Seasoned teachers and writers Anne-Marie Oomen, Jack Ridl, and Keith Taylor held workshops for adults interested in stretching their creative wings – workshops that completely sold out. The highlight of the week was the inspiring, hilarious, and deeply personal conversation about the art and business of writing with Michael Delp, Jack Driscoll, Bonnie Jo Campbell, and Michael Zadoorian at the Traverse City Opera House. The authors did not hold back, offering insights into the highs and lows of their creative processes, sharing where they found inspiration for their award-winning works, and encouraging aspiring authors in the crowd of over 450 to embrace and enjoy the craft of writing. Driscoll and Delp, close friends and colleagues for decades, kept the audience laughing throughout with their remembrances and anecdotes. The event was recorded and is available for all to enjoy at We invite you to check it out and watch for a 2012 return to the north!

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News From the Director and Chairman This spring at the Wayne State University Press we celebrated our new releases and authors around town and across the state, and thanked our donors and supporters, without whom our continued success would not be possible. The event photos on pages 6 and 7 show us getting important work done while having a great time! The big party of the spring, the 6th annual Made in Michigan Writers Series celebration at the Detroit Golf Club, raised $2,000 in support of the series – support that allows us to continue giving a voice to talented Michigan authors whose work often doesn’t sell enough to interest mainstream publishers. We had an incredible experience in Traverse City this past April working with the National Writers Series, and their founder, writer Doug Stanton, to raise funds for college scholarships for high school students, all the while introducing our authors to new audiences. And we welcomed 50 of our supporters to WSU’s Elaine L. Jacob Gallery for a reception to say “Thank You” for the many ways in which they back the Press and our work. We caught up with old friends and made new ones, all while enjoying an exhibition by nationally recognized artists. We manage our important work and still have fun every day at the WSU Press. Please consider becoming a part of our Press “family” as a member of our Circle of Friends by returning the form on page 4. From regional architecture and Michigan fiction and poetry to our more scholarly books on Jewish Studies, African-American Life, Fairy-Tale and Folklore Studies, Film and Television Studies and Great Lakes history, we have something that appeals to every reader. Circle of Friends members receive great discounts on our books, have exclusive opportunities to meet our authors, and receive invitations to all of our events, all while supporting the arts and scholarship in our community. Please see page 4 for more info. We hope you’ll join us! With a huge thanks for your support and consideration, we hope to see you at our upcoming events!

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS Board of Visitors 2011 Honorary Chairman The Honorable William G. Milliken Chairman Mary Lou Zieve Members Vicki A. Barker Martin Baum Gwen Bowlby Judy Christie denny Freitag Norma Goldman Anna Greenstone Ruth Mossok Johnston Ruth Driker Kroll Maxwell Lapides Shirley J. McRae Patrice R. Merritt Claudia House Morcom Marguerite Rigby Ann Rock Dulcie Rosenfeld Harriet B. Saperstein Sidney Simon Bonnie Townsend Margaret Winters Michael Zarobe Elizabeth Zerwekh Emeritus Members Henry V. Bohm* Philip P. Mason *deceased

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Press on the Press What people are saying about Wayne State University Press books

Our Exodus

The Color of Law

Leon Uris and the Americanization of Israel’s Founding Story

Ernie Goodman, Detroit, and the Struggle for Labor and Civil Rights

By M.M. Silver “Silver’s critical essay strikes a healthy balance between theory, analysis, and story-telling… He provides a comprehensive reading experience, offering insight into the life of Leon Uris, the history of Exodus 1947, and most engagingly, the rippling, layered effect of Uris’s impressive novel on worldwide Jewry. M.M. Silver delivers a clarity and intimacy rarely found in a work of literary criticism.” — Jewish Book World “…Our Exodus is an impressive book. In this comparatively small volume, Silver manages expertly to knit together the history of a book, a film, and that of their progenitor, along with American Jewish history and Israeli history, into one single coherent and very interesting narrative. Beginning the book with a quote from Yerushalmi’s classic Zakhor!, Silver traces the rise and fall of an influential, albeit short-lived, collective memory: from tracing Uris’ construction of a ‘usable past’ to chronicling its decline once its usefulness had passed, Our Exodus is a compelling history of memory and forgetting.” — Shofar “This is an excellent, multi-layered explanation of how fiction can create history.” — Booknews

By Steve Babson, Dave Riddle, and David Elsila “The Color of Law is a masterful chronicle of a lawyer’s selfless engagement in the causes of social justice and racial equality. The reader cannot help but find parallels between those earlier eras of social tumult and out nation’s current climate.” — Michigan Bar Journal

Mediterranean Israeli Music and the Politics of Aesthetic By Amy Horowitz

In Which Brief Stories Are Told By Phillip Sterling “In plainspoken language, the stories leave a lasting impression. Some of them end with a twist, many of them are full of Michigan imagery. Take the time to track down this slim volume. You will be glad you did.” — Kalamazoo Gazette “One of the most anticipated books of the beginning of 2011.” — The Huffington Post “Stories, which range from exceedingly short (almost anecdotal) to fully fleshed tales, are tender, yearning, reflective and subtle.” — Hour Detroit

“Mediterranean Israeli Music ultimately brings to fruition a rich and extended research project, introducing important ideas about the community dynamics that brought a new musical form into a nation’s soundscape. It also provides a valuable blueprint for further study of this music’s shifting place within Israeli identity and culture.” — AJS Review “Horowitz’s significant contribution to this discourse should be of lasting value to students and scholars of Jewish and Israeli society and culture. This is a substantive and worthwhile study of a diverse and multifaceted musical genre, which emerged from and continues to reflect the complex historical, sociopolitical, and multicultural contexts of a particular moment in time and place.” — H-Net Reviews

WSUP Awards WSU Press titles honored by the Independent Publisher Book Awards This year WSUP had three IPPY award winners! Eden Springs by Laura Kasischke took the gold medal for Best Regional Fiction, and Picturing Hemingway’s Michigan by Michael R. Federspiel took the gold medal in Best Regional Non-Fiction. The Color of Law: Ernie Goodman, Detroit, and the Struggle for Labor and Civil Rights By Steve Babson, Dave Riddle, and David Elsila was honored with the Freedom Fighter Award, which was given for “the courage and creativity necessary to take chances, break new ground, and bring about change, not only to the world of publishing, but to our society.”

2010 ForeWord Book of the Year Award Winners and Finalist ForeWord Review’s Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses. The 2010 awards were announced in May 2011. Wayne State University Press came away with one finalist and four winners! Boneyards: Detroit Under Ground by Richard Bak placed Silver in the “Regional” category, An American Map by Anne-Marie Oomen placed Silver in the “Essays” category, Eden Springs by Laura Kasischke placed Silver in the “Historical Fiction” category, As If We Were Prey by Michael Delp placed Bronze in the “Fiction: Short Stories” category, and Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City by John Gallagher was a finalist in the category of “Culture”

Peter C. Rollins Book Award Honorable Mention! This prize is awarded annually by the Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association to the single best book in popular culture studies and/or American culture studies. Karla Rae Fuller’s Hollywood Goes Oriental: CaucAsian Performance in American Film snagged an honorable mention this year!


Membership Information 2011 Circle of Friends Membership Benefits Circle of Friends members receive all benefits at their level and preceding levels. Your donation is tax deductible! $25 • Press Clippings newsletter • WSU Press monthly e-newsletter • Invitations to Press events $50 • 10% discount on all Press publications $100 • 30% discount on all Press publications • WSU Press tote bag • Invitation to Circle of Friends annual donor reception $250 • Copy of Picturing Hemingway’s Michigan by Michael Federspiel $500 • Signed copies of Boneyards: Detroit Under Ground by Richard Bak and Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City by John Gallagher $1,000 • Collection of acclaimed Made in Michigan Writers Series titles including National Book Award finalist American Salvage by Bonnie Jo Campbell $2,500 • Supporter recognition in a forthcoming book of your choice

Why Support Wayne State University Press? Wayne State University Press, located in the heart of Detroit’s cultural district, publishes high-quality books and journals that advance scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, foster creativity and the arts, and enhance understanding of the region and the world. Wayne State University and its Press are dedicated to the discovery, discourse, and dissemination of ideas and knowledge and to the well-being of Detroit and Michigan. Our books develop and enrich the lives of students, scholars, and local and international communities of readers. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Wayne State University Press. Your support will ensure our viability at a time when small presses across the country are threatened. Our commitment to responsible fiscal stewardship ensures that your gift will directly benefit our publishing program. The Press regularly partners with other organizations that celebrate Detroit’s rich history and lively arts community in order to bring our unique products to larger audiences. While we have been successful in generating significant earned-income through book sales and other areas, we depend on support from individual, corporate, and foundation donors to ensure our continued success. For additional information on how you can support the Wayne State University Press or to make a gift, please contact Kate Baker at (313) 577-6130 or

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 7:30 p.m. University of Michigan Residential College Benzinger Library

Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them Contemporary Michigan Literature Edited by Keith Taylor and Laura Kasischke

Tales of the ghostly and supernatural by some of Michigan’s finest fiction writers. 5 x 8, $18.95, 224 pages Made in Michigan Writers Series

Keith Taylor, Laura Kasischke, Elizabeth Schmuhl, Steve Amick, and Laura Thomas will read from their book, Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, at the Residential College Benzinger Library in East Quad on UM’s Central Campus. Thursday, October 13, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Ghost Writers Book Launch Party

Arab Detroit 9/11

Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor will be hosting the launch party for Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them.

Edited by Nabeel Abraham, Sally Howell, and Andrew Shryock

Monday, October 17, 2011, 7:00 p.m. Saline District Library

Contributors explore the trauma, unexpected political gains, and moral ambiguities faced by Arab Detroiters in post-9/11 America.

Laura Hulthen Thomas, a contributor to Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, will read and sign copies of the book at a Haunted Reading for Tweens and Parents at the Saline District Library.

6 x 9, $24.95, 424 pages, 20 illustrations Great Lakes Books Series

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Detroit Historical Museum

Life in the Terror Decade

Richard Bak will be speaking about his new book, Detroitland: A Collection of Movers, Shakers, Lost Souls, and History Makers from Detroit’s Past. Admission is FREE for Society members, and $10 for guests. Call (313) 833-1801 to purchase tickets.


A Collection of Movers, Shakers, Lost Souls, and History Makers from Detroit’s Past

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor

By Richard Bak

Compelling historical snapshots of figures and episodes in Detroit history, from the familiar to the obscure. 7 x 10, $24.95, 368 pages, 125 illustrations Painted Turtle Series

Contributors to Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them, Keith Taylor, Laura Kasischke, and Elizabeth Kostova, will be reading at Zingerman’s Foodgatherers fundraiser. Monday, November 7, 2011 Oakland University Michael Heffernan, author of At the Bureau of Divine Music, and Thomas Lynch will be reading and signing books at Oakland University.

The Stooges: Head On

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Grosse Pointe War Memorial

By Brett Callwood

The story of seminal Ann Arbor punk rock band the Stooges, told through original interviews with the band members and associates.

Anthony J. Yanik will present a program relating to his latest book, The Fall and Recapture of Detroit in the War of 1812: In Defense of William Hull, just in time for the bicentennial of the opening campaign of the War of 1812 in Detroit, a location the War Department considered one of the significant launching points for the invasion of Canada.

6 x 9, $19.95, 176 pages, 14 illustrations Painted Turtle Series

My Dura-Europos

The Letters of Susan M. Hopkins, 1927-1935 By Bernard Goldman and Norma Goldman

Describes life from a woman’s perspective at the excavation of DuraEuropos, an ancient site that contained many remarkable archaeological finds. 7 x 10, $39.95, 352 pages, 207 illustrations

Sunday, November 20, 2011, 2:00 p.m. Livonia Public Library

The Fall and Recapture of Detroit in the War of 1812 In Defense of William Hull

By Anthony J. Yanik

Details the first major U.S. setback in the War of 1812 and analyzes the background and aftermath of Hull’s surrender. 6 x 9, $24.95, 232 pages, 15 illustrations Great Lakes Books Series

Richard Bak, author of Boneyards: Detroit Under Ground, will be speaking about his award-winning book. Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 7:00 p.m. University of Michigan Harlan Hatcher Library Keith Taylor, Laura Kasischke, Eileen Pollack, Steve Amick, Lolita Hernandez, Kelly Fordon, and Laura Thomas from Ghost Writers: Us Haunting Them will participate in this author’s forum event. Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Dearborn Historical Museum Anthony Yanik, author of The Fall and Recapture of Detroit in the War of 1812: In Defense of William Hull, will be speaking about his book.


2011 events 6th Annual Made in Michigan Writers Celebration Over 150 fans of great Michigan literature and poetry gathered at the Detroit Golf Club to celebrate the Made in Michigan Writers Series on April 14, 2011. The event raised funds to support the series. Visit for more photos!

Clockwise from top left: Ralph Valdez, Kevin Piotrowski and WSU Press Director Jane Hoehner; featured author Phillip Sterling launched an impromptu raffle in support of the series and gives winner Ellen Barton, chair of the WSU English Dept., a bottle of homemade wine; Linda Baker and Ann Heler enjoying the party; featured author Christopher Leland (r) with fellow MIMWS authors and former students Dorene O’Brien and Michael Zadoorian; featured author Michael Heffernan signs a copy of his new book of poetry; Deborah Kashdan, Carole Harris, and Marcia McDonald; Board of Visitors members Bonnie Townsend (l), Gwen Bowlby (r) with Barbara Goodwin; featured author Christopher Leland signs a copy of his new book of short stories; Chairman Mary Lou Zieve addresses the crowd.


2011 events National Writers Series of Traverse City and Wayne State University Press Events 10 authors, dozens of events, thousands of book lovers reached – the WSU Press was proud to take the Made in Michigan Writers Series on the road to northern Michigan in April! WSU Press authors (from left) Bonnie Jo Campbell, Michael Zadoorian, and Jack Driscoll, along with author and moderator Michael Delp, discuss writing and the inspiration for their work and answer questions from the crowd at the Traverse City Opera House. Photos by John



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Clockwise from right: AnneMarie Oomen teaching her students about travel writing during her workshop; Keith Taylor and Jack Ridl during their poetry reading at Horizon Books in Cadillac; Ridl and Taylor sign books.

Above: The WSU Press staff’s beautiful home for the week, thanks to the lovely folks at the NWS. This building is the refurbished State Hospital.


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Press Clippings Fall 2011  

Press Clippings Newsletter from Wayne State University Press. Fall 2011 issue.

Press Clippings Fall 2011  

Press Clippings Newsletter from Wayne State University Press. Fall 2011 issue.