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William S. Burroughs' "The Revised Boy Scout Manual"

An Electronic Revolution
William S. Burroughs, edited by Geoffrey D. Smith & Jonh M. Bennett

“It’s all there all the time with Burroughs.”—Marc Maron

“A carefully annotated, definitive edition of a long-lost William S. Burroughs work, The Revised Boy Scout Manual is a scathingly humorous, often uncannily prescient guide to revolution.”—Foreword

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Tales from la Vida

A Latinx Comics Anthology
Edited by Frederick Luis Aldama

“These deftly constructed stories shake us to our core selves, waking us and the world to the sweeping spectrum of Latinx identities and experiences. Mind blowing!” —Keith Knight, The Knight Life and K Chronicles

“An eclectic and artistically stunning collection of work overflowing with emotional resonance and cultural reverence, Tales from La Vida is a gift to cherish.” —David Walker, Luke Cage and Bitter Root

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The Real Life of the Parthenon

Patricia Vigderman
“Part memoir, part travelogue and part musing on cultural patrimony, her new book is a voyage around the ancient world in which she examines the issues raised by the migration of art in the modern era.” —The New York Times

“The work is a sequence of beautifully interwoven meditations. Like any wide-awake traveler, Ms. Vigderman asks questions. . . . Owing to bravura writing, this book is as rewarding for an armchair traveler as for a first-time or seasoned one.” —The Wall Street Journal

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Drawing on Anger

Portraits of U.S. Hypocrisy

Eric J. García

“Each cartoon grabs you and releases emotions: laughter, anger, rage, fear, hate, maybe curiosity to the uninformed and unaware. García offers context with a few lines to make provocative images. Nothing is off-limits, and nothing is hidden.” —José Angel Gutiérrez, Attorney and Emeritus Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington

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Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer

Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life

Alberto Ledesma

“Affecting, highly charged, and deserving of broad attention.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a powerful document.” —Publishers Weekly

Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer is an eye-opening glimpse into a mostly hidden way of life.” —Foreword Reviews

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A Love Story
Nicole Walker

“I didn’t want the journey to end, just as [Walker] doesn’t want the world to end; there are too many great things to live for, this book being one of them.” —NewPages

“With her sobering and at times darkly humorous writing, Walker brings a refreshingly original perspective to sustainability. . . . Her book is a challenge to others to think about the unique role they can play in sustaining the planet.” —Foreword Reviews

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New & Forthcoming Titles:

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Out of Step

Anthony Moll

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Fear Icons

Kisah Lewellyn Schlegel

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Apocalypse Darling

Barrie Jean Borich

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BK Fischer

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Love's Long Line

Sophfronia Scott

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Ilan Stavans and Santiago Cohen

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Black Love, Black Hate

Felice D. Blake

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Necessary Nonsense

Irving Massey

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Precarious Rhetorics

Edited by Wendy Hesford, Adele C. Licona, and Christa Teston

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Christine Cynn

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Seeming Human

Megan Ward

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Shaming into Brown

Stephanie Fetta

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Unbecoming Language

Annabel L. Kim

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Christopher Carter

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It's in There!®

William Morton Hildebolt

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The President's Book

Carole Williams

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Following the Leader

Emily Redington

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The Search Book

Donn F. Vickers

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About the Ohio State University Press:

The Ohio State University Press was established in 1957 and currently publishes 50-60 new books a year. We specialize in literary and cultural studies, (including comics, narrative theory, Victorian studies, and medieval studies) American studies, rhetoric and communication, gender and sexuality studies, and race and ethnic studies (including Black studies and Latinx studies). We also acquire books in regional studies on our Trillium imprint, creative works, on our Mad Creek imprint, and linguistics, and publish the annual winners of The Journal’s non/fiction and poetry prizes.

In addition to its books, the Press publishes a distinguished group of journals including Inks, the journal of the Comics Studies Society, Adoption & Culture, American Periodicals, Victorians, North American Journal of Celtic Studies, and Narrative.

The Ohio State University Press is a proud member of the Association of University Presses. For a spreadsheet list of the Association's members and the subjects they publish in, click here. For a PDF of the Association's publication, Best Practices for Peer Review, click here.

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An interview with Frederick Luis Aldama Aldama, series editor for Latinographix, talks with us about the process of editing the new anthology, Tales from la Vida.

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As recipient of the prize, Bilocerkowycz receives $1,000 and her collection of linked essays, On Our Way Home from the Revolution, will be published as part of the 21st Century Essays series in Fall 2019.  

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James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and the Rhetorics of Black Male Subjectivity by Dr. Aaron Ngozi Oforlea has been awarded the College Language Association's 2018 Award for Creative Scholarship. This award recognizes outstanding literary and linguistic scholarship. Oforlea's work explores the rhetorical strategies that Baldwin’s and Morrison’s black male characters employ as they negotiate discourses of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Cover for the Book, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, and the Rhetorics of Black Male Subjectivity by Dr. Aaron Ngozi Oforlea
Library Journal has named Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society one of the best new magazines of 2017, calling it "a journal that takes comics seriously." Congratulations to editor Jared Gardner and the entire Inks team! Cover of the journal Inks, volume 2, issue one.
Check out the full list here!
Cover of Kate Polak's Book, Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics
Kate Polak's Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics has been nominated for the 2018 Eisner Awards in the category of Best Academic/Scholarly Work.  Ethics in the Gutter examines how comics—particularly those that fictionalize historical atrocity—teach readers about the possibilities and limitations of empathy and ethics.
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And congratulations to the editor of our journal, Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, and co-editor of our comic studies book series, for his nomination for his book, The Comics of Charles Schulz: The Good Grief of Modern Life, edited by Jared Gardner and Ian Gordon (University Press of Mississippi) and to the editor of our LatinoGraphix series for the nomination of his book, Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics, by Frederick Luis Aldama (University of Arizona Press)
See the full list of nominees here.


Patricia Vigderman's The Real Life of the Parthenon reviewed in The Wall Street Journal:
“Ms. Vigderman’s polished prose is never vague; it never gropes, nor does it disappoint. The work is a sequence of beautifully interwoven meditations.”

Reviewed in The New York Times:
“Part memoir, part travelogue and part musing on cultural patrimony, her new book is a voyage around the ancient world in which she examines the issues raised by the migration of art in the modern era.”


Apocalypse, Darling
By Barrie Jean Borich

Read Barrie Jean Borich's post on The Total Femme, which includes an excerpt from the book.
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“Every page reveals the depth of Borich’s craft. . . . Apocalypse, Darling is a book for attentive readers, and is best read in one sitting. The magic of Borich’s prose makes it difficult to look away.”—Lambda Literary
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Apocalypse, Darling soars and seems to live as a new form altogether. It's poetry, a meditation on life as “the other”, creative non-fiction, and abstract art. More than anything, there are many moments like this in Apocalypse, Darling that make it soar in stunning clarity.” —PopMatters


Angelitos: A Graphic Novel 
New York Times New & Noteworthy selection.

Read an interview with Ilan Stavins on the comics blog Smash Pages.

“Angelitos vividly captures the mix of good and bad within all people and societies.”—Foreword Reviews
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