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Five Questions with Neil Gong, author of “Sons, Daughters, and Sidewalk Psychotics: Mental Illness and Homelessness in Los Angeles”

In 2022, Los Angeles became the US county with the largest population of unhoused people, drawing a stark contrast with the wealth on display in its opulent neighborhoods. In Sons, Daughters, and Sidewalk Psychotics, sociologist Neil Gong traces the divide between the haves and have-nots in the psychiatric treatment systems that shape

Read Nin Andrews’ Interview with January Gill O’Neil, author of “Glitter Road”

As we continue our celebration of National Poetry Month, we’re excited to share a conversation between Nin Andrews, author of fifteen poetry collections, including her forthcoming collection Son of a Bird, and January Gill O’Neil, whose new book, Glitter Road, was published by CavanKerry Press earlier this year. January shares

A Reading List to Stay Sane During the 2024 Election Year

Few—if any—of us are looking forward to the upcoming 2024 Election season. During such a historically tumultuous year, most Americans are chiefly concerned with safeguarding their emotional and mental wellbeing while being engaged political citizens. Nothing about this election will be simple or inconsequential—and that is precisely why it matters

What to Read for National Poetry Month

In honor of National Poetry Month, celebrated every April, we’re sharing a roundup of poetry collections that have been published within the last year. Featuring Chicago’s Phoenix Poets Series as well as books from our distributed client presses, these books touch on subjects like race, identity, and queerness, national borders

Get Ready for MLB Opening Day with These Books

Opening day 2024 is fast approaching with all its excitement and anticipation. However, unless you are a Diamondbacks fan, you were probably disappointed with your team in 2023. (In Chicago, we got a double dose of disappointment.) Perhaps you aren’t hopeful for the 2024 season. If that’s the case, why

In Memoriam: Marjorie Perloff (1931–2024)

The University of Chicago Press mourns the passing of Marjorie Perloff, a long-time Press author and advisor. The following obituary was prepared by her family with the assistance of Charles Bernstein and the Press. One of the most influential American literary critics and scholars of modern and contemporary poetry, Marjorie

David Bordwell: In Memoriam, a Guest Post from Rodney Powell

David Bordwell, the preeminent film scholar of his generation, passed away on February 29 after a long illness. The University of Chicago Press was privileged to publish three of his books, one of which, Minding Movies: Observations on the Art, Craft, and Business of Filmmaking (published in 2011) was co-authored

Read an Excerpt from “Data Grab” by Ulises A. Mejias and Nick Couldry

Large technology companies like Meta, Amazon, and Alphabet have unprecedented access to our daily lives, collecting information when we check our email, count our steps, shop online, and commute to and from work. In Data Grab: The New Colonialism of Big Tech and How to Fight Back, Ulises A. Mejias

What to Read for Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re sharing a collection of books that have a special focus on the issues and history surrounding women’s health. These titles explore women’s health through the lens of science, history, sociology, and gender studies. At a time when women’s health issues are making headlines,

Read an Excerpt from “Why You, Why Me, Why Now: The Mindset and Moves to Land that First Job, from Networking to Cover Letters, Resumes, and Interviews” by Rachel Toor

Recruiters are filling many a campus job fair, and we’re entering that time of year when many soon-to-be graduates are contemplating the big question of what’s next. No matter what stage you’re at in your career, searching for a job can be hard and demoralizing work. But, in Why You, Why

What to Read for Leap Year

Every four years, something special happens at the end of February: because the Earth’s orbit around the Sun is not a perfect 365 days, but instead roughly 365 and one quarter, an extra day appears on our calendars to help the cosmological books balance. And speaking of cosmological books, if

Read an Excerpt from “The Policing Machine” by Tony Cheng

In his new book, The Policing Machine, Tony Cheng shares a revelatory look at how the New York Police Department has resisted change through strategic and selective community engagement. Cheng spent nearly two years in an unprecedented effort to understand the who and how of police-community relationship building in New

In Celebration of “The Hidden Game of Football”

When Kansas City and San Francisco take the field for Super Bowl LVIII, they will play a in a competition that has been revolutionized by data analytics. With play sheets informed by advanced statistical analysis, today’s coaches pass more, kick less, and go for more two-point or fourth-down conversions than

Black Voices in Poetry & Literature

In recognition of Black History Month, we’ve curated a reading list spotlighting the rich voices of black poets and authors. These works delve into themes such as societal discord, heartbreak, family, love, survival, resistance, and grief. Navigating shape-shifting landscapes and haunted memories, the poems introduce us to resilient individuals confronting

A Black History Month Reading List

To honor Black History Month, we have assembled a collection of works highlighting the lives of Black individuals and the history of African American communities across centuries of struggle and achievement. These books unpack racial biases; explore the persistence of barriers facing Black Americans; rediscover forgotten leaders and movements central

A Reading List for Hug An Economist Day

It’s that time of year yet again. The skies are grey, the sidewalks are dusted with snow, and the biting winter wind slices through each clothing layer like butter. Naturally, we all know these to be signs of everyone’s favorite end-of-January holiday: Hug An Economist Day! Each January 31st, the

Brighten Your Winter Day with Images from “Botanical Icons”

In his new book, Botanical Icons: Critical Practices of Illustration in the Premodern Mediterranean, Andrew Griebeler traces the history of botanical illustration in the Mediterranean from antiquity to the early modern period. By examining Greek, Latin, and Arabic botanical inquiry in this early era, Griebeler shows how diverse and sophisticated