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New book analyzes impact of Kentucky’s ‘Rebel Press’ on public opinion during the Civil War

Throughout the Civil War, the influence of the popular press and its skillful use of propaganda was extremely significant in Kentucky. Union and Confederate sympathizers were scattered throughout the border slave state, and in 1860, at least twenty-eight of the Commonwealth’s approximately sixty newspapers were pro-Confederate, making the secessionist cause seem stronger in Kentucky than it was in...

Debut poetry collection from Rachel Danielle Peterson gives voice to Appalachia

Rachel Danielle Peterson is emerging as a unique, poetic voice of Appalachia. While regional narratives have traditionally been misrepresented or overlooked, she seeks to change that by writing candid work that mixes the compassion characteristic of a native with an unflinching honesty only possible with the critical distance of an ex-patriot. Her lyrical poetry illuminates the things we keep in the...

Kentucky Trinity: New book shines light on state favorites burgoo, barbecue and bourbon

As Kentuckians celebrate fall in the Bluegrass, it is sure they can be found at Keeneland or tailgating football games with one or more of the trinity of good taste in the Commonwealth — burgoo, barbecue and bourbon. A new book from University Press of Kentucky (UPK) by award-winning author and chef Albert W. A. Schmid serves up a feast for readers wanting to know more about these beloved and tasty...

Author David Domine’s ghost stories from Louisville available once again to chill and delight

When David Dominé moved into a house in the historic Old Louisville neighborhood, he dismissed local rumors of a resident poltergeist named Lucy. Before long, however, unnerving, disembodied footsteps and mysterious odors caused him to flee his home in the middle of the night. David Domine What began as a search to find rational explanations for the strange occurrences turned into a new life as a...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Woody Plants of Kentucky and Tennessee great addition for amateur naturalists

A deer hunter finds an acorn in the woods and wants to know what species of oak it came from; a hiker encounters an unfamiliar shrub at trail side covered in distinctive foliage and colorful berries. Even for experienced outdoor enthusiasts, the diversity of the natural world provides a continual source of amazement. Identification of woody plants — trees, shrubs, and woody vines — is...

Wading through the Waters: New book examines the history and impact of water on the Commonwealth

The Bluegrass State is recognized for the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, its vast cave system, and its magnificent forests, boasting some of the greatest biodiversity of any state in the nation. None of these ecological wonders, however, would be possible without the waters that course throughout it. Lakes, springs, and rivers have fostered growth in the Commonwealth for millennia, and water...

People in the News: Greene promoted to VP at Community Trust; Commerce Banks adds Lipowicz

Mark A. Gooch, President and CEO of Community Trust Bank, announced that Anita Greene has been promoted to Market Assistant Vice President. Greene has worked for Community Trust Bank for over 37 years. She a Residential Loan Officer at Community Trust’s Mount Sterling Main office located at 110 North Maysville Street in Mount Sterling. Anita Greene Her duties include providing consumer, residential,...

People in the News: Patterson named KCTC system director; Newman to lead Dominion Senior Living

Daniel Patterson has been named system director of virtual student services for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Daniel Patterson He most recently served as a system financial aid program coordinator. Prior to that, he was interim financial aid director at Somerset Community College and was outbound operations supervisor for Presidium, Inc., now Blackboard Student Services,...

University Press of Kentucky author Scott wins PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award for debut fiction

University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Rion Amilcar Scott was named the winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award for Debut Fiction for his book, Insurrections: Stories during the PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony at the New School’s John L. Tishman Auditorium. “I can’t believe I’m standing here,” Scott said as he took the stage to accept the award. “I feel like I’m about to be...

More Than a Game: New book explores impact of civil rights movement through lens of forgotten school

Basketball is a crucial aspect of the Kentucky identity, and while those outside the state primarily witness the competition as between opposing college or professional teams, high school basketball has formed a core component of the sport’s presence since the establishment of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Boys Basketball Championship in 1918. In 1960, that championship would...

Author Crystal Wilkinson wins two Appalachian book awards for The Birds of Opulence

University Press of Kentucky author Crystal Wilkinson’s novel The Birds of Opulence has been named the winner of the 2016 Weatherford Award for Fiction and the 2017 Judy Gaines Young Book Award. Both of these awards are for books from the Appalachian region. These recognitions come on the heels of Wilkinson winning the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence which recognizes rising African-American...

University Press reissues short story collections by award-winning Kentucky author Wilkinson

When Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker coined the term “Affrilachia” in the early 1990s, he and a group of like-minded writers founded the Affrilachian Poets to challenge the perception of a racially homogenous Appalachia and to highlight the under-represented presence of African Americans in the mountain South. Among that group was Crystal Wilkinson, whose love and fond regard for the land...

Last Minute Shopping: University Press of Kentucky has suggestions for gifts for readers on your list

The University Press of Kentucky’s 2016 Holiday Sale is going on now at www.kentuckypress.com. With UPK currently offering more than 1,800 titles at discounts up to 80 percent, there is no better time to share and gift these regional titles. From novels to histories and from cocktail books to cookbooks, UPK has something for almost ever reader, including books of interest in Northern Kentucky. For...

University Press of Kentucky author Rion Amilcar Scott named to longlist for debut fiction prize

University Press of Kentucky author Rion Amilcar Scott’s first short story collection, Insurrections, has been named to the longlist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, a PEN America Literary Award. The prize honors an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work—a novel or collection of short stories—represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great...

University Press of Kentucky author Wilkinson receives national recognition for novel

University Press of Kentucky author Crystal Wilkinson has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for her novel The Birds of Opulence. Named in honor of one of Louisiana’s most beloved storytellers, it serves to recognize rising African-American fiction writers. The book award, initiated by donors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, is now in its tenth...

University Press’ Kentucky African-American Encyclopedia honored with state History Award

University Press of Kentucky (UPK) authors Gerald L. Smith, Karen Cotton McDaniel, and John A. Hardin have been named the recipients of a 2016 Kentucky History Award given by the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) for their book, The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia. The Kentucky History Awards recognize outstanding achievements by historians, public history professionals, volunteers, business...

Annual Kentucky Book Fair set for Saturday; state authors headline strong lineup of writers

Now in its 35th year, the Kentucky Book Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Frankfort Convention Center in the Capital City. The fair is free and open to the public and will feature more than 180 authors and editors showcasing their most recent books, including several writers from University Press of Kentucky (UPK). This year, the Kentucky Humanities Council has joined...

People in the News: University Press adds new director; Pitt named EKU human resources officer

The University Press of Kentucky welcomed Leila Salisbury as its new press director, becoming only the fourth in the press’s sixty-eight year history. Salisbury comes to UPK from the University Press of Mississippi, where she has served as director since 2008. While at UPM, Salisbury was responsible for strategic planning and the management of a $2.7 million scholarly publishing operation and a...

Lincoln’s final hours examined in new book about assassination from University Press of Kentucky

According to a palm reader, 14-year-old John Wilkes Booth had one of the worst hands she’d ever seen. Born under an unlucky star, he would live “grand, fast and short,” and have many enemies. Her prediction would ring true when, on April 14, 1865, Booth fired his derringer point-blank at President Abraham Lincoln, shots rang out from inside the playhouse, screams ensued and the 16th president...

University Press of Kentucky author van Willigen earns recognition for southern cuisine cookbook

University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author and former University of Kentucky anthropologist John van Willigen has been recognized by the Southern Anthropological Society for “Kentucky’s Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture.” The book was awarded an honorable mention for the James Mooney Award for its contribution to anthropological scholarship on the South...