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Here at the University of Texas Press, we are book nerds. Several of us are photography nerds. Some of us are space nerds, too. When these three Nerd Kingdoms converge and appear in a Gizmodo article, we go nuts. NERD-LEVEL NUTS.

That is precisely what happened this morning

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The New York Times covered our forthcoming book Aaron Siskind: Another Photographic Reality. We get tingly when that happens. Aaron Siskind as City Documentarian 

  • Stephen Shames opens up about being a father figure to young men chasing girls and taking risks in the Bronx of the ’70s.

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Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai on her Nobel Peace Prize! It’s about time.

utexaspress:

The story of a strong woman who fought for education against all odds, now with 2 book awards:

  • Southwest Book Award for Literary Excellence and Enrichment of the Cultural Heritage of the Southwest, Border Regional Library Association
  • 1st Place Biography, New Mexico Press Women’s Communications Contest
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We just posted interior spreads from Bronx Boys by Stephen Shames on our website

  • “I had really never been anywhere or done anything. … I think I say in the book, ‘The world was burning with action and energy and I wasn’t close enough to toast a marshmallow.’”

    —Tracy Dahlby, author of Into the Field

    We see news events digitally and think we know the whole story. The challenge for foreign correspondents in the digital age is to go “beyond and below the headlines.” Thanks, KUT, for this interview with Tracy Dahlby.

  • Song: Listen: Tracy Dahlby on his memoir, "Into the Field: A Foreign Correspondent's Notebook"
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"The more time passes, the more irrelevantly seductive Mayberry becomes." ―Gustavo Pérez Firmat, from A Cuban In Mayberry From

Marianao to Mayberry

The first episode of The Andy Griffith Show premiered today in 1960. Prominent Cuban American writer and scholar, Gustavo Pérez Firmat, reflects on what TAGS means to him as an immigrant:

The Andy Griffith Show (TAGS to aficionados) premiered on CBS on Monday October 3, 1960. Exactly three weeks later, on Monday October 24, I left Cuba with my parents, my two brothers and my sister on an overnight ferry to Key West called, of all things, The City of Havana. I was eleven years old. My parents were in their late thirties. That evening, as the City of Havana was crossing the Florida straits, CBS broadcast the fourth episode of TAGS, which has to do with the arrival in Mayberry of Ellie Walker, the first of Andy’s several girlfriends. As Ellie was beginning a new life in Mayberry, the Pérez family was beginning a new life in America.

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Wow. It’s an honor just to be nominated. Seriously.

We’ve been shortlisted for the 2014 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards! Look at us way up there at the top! Huge deal. Huge.

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