Publishers of academic & trade books in Austin, Texas.

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  • KUT, Austin’s npr affiliate, spoke with Bill Minutaglio, the “definitive author" on the Texas City disaster, to reflect on that horrific event, tomorrow’s anniversary of the West Texas fertilizer plant explosion, and how we can prevent industrial calamities.

  • Song: "City on Fire" Author Bill Minutaglio with David Brown of The Texas Standard
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Are you a media scholar who’s really into comics and graphic nonfiction? We’re seeking proposals for a new series edited by Frederick Luis Aldama and Christopher GonzálezClick here for more info.

Today in 1947, two ships loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer demolished Texas City, Texas.

Bill Minutaglio’s gripping account of the Texas City disaster delves into the resulting first-ever class action lawsuit against the US government.

This extraordinary WWII veteran, interviewed by the Voces Oral History Project, appears in Professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez and Professor B.V. Olguín’s new book Latina/os and World War II.

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Diverse cultures produce diverse poetry styles, but understanding their meanings and the poet’s intent can be difficult. Another way to celebrate National Poetry Month is to read poetry criticism and analysis. As poetsorg puts it:

Some poems are more difficult to interpret than others—perhaps their language is so heightened or abstract that it no longer resembles common speech, or the metaphors, context, or author’s point of view are too unfamiliar to the reader for them to gain entry into the poem. Literary criticism can be helpful at these moments to bridge the gap between reader and poet.

From abstract, Elizabethan, and Sufi devotional poetry, to the classics of ancient Greece and the world’s earliest known writer, here’s a diverse collection of poetry books that delve beyond the lines on the page:

This version gives life to an archival object, offering an opportunity to get as close to the work of Smith and Thomas as possible (short of holding the original maquette in our hands). Despite his facility, Smith was never about the precious print anyway. It was another of his contradictions. He was more about effort than outcomes.

Big news for us. theparisreview ran a piece on W. Eugene Smith’s opus, previously only seen in Smith’s archive “until an extraordinary facsimile of it” was published. That is, our very own The Big Book!

If you’re at work, we don’t want to get you in trouble. If you’re in a Friday afternoon lecture, be careful. If you’re in the middle of a Master’s degree or Ph.D. program, surrounded by books and notes, trying to get published, take a break now and play this academic publication version of 2048, a massively addicting tile game.

2048: Academic Publication Edition

If you needed a reason to join Twitter, H.W. Brands tweets ‘Haiku History: The American Saga 17 Syllables at a Time’ at the handle @hwbrands and it is fabulous. For instance:

"Mute ore cannot bleed / Nor coal grow weak and hungry / But living men do. (Homestead strike, 1892)"