Weekly RoundUp: March Madness, Irish Studies, A Quilt Parade and More!

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Your favorite roundup girl. And I’ve got the scoop. Ready or not, here I go.


“I want me gold!”

Ever seen Leprechaun? If not, I’m sure it will air this weekend in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrate the holiday with an evil leprechaun. McGill-Queen’s University Press is celebrating in other ways – the press has selected five books from its catalogue of Irish studies to share with us. Interested in Irish studies and culture? Then take a look at A Land of Dreams: Ethnicity, Nationalism, and the Irish in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Maine, 1880-1923 by Patrick Mannion; Small Fires by Kelly Norah Drukker; The Imperial Irish: Canada’s Irish Catholics Fight the Great War, 1914-1918 by Mark G. McGowan; Between Raid and Rebellion: The Irish in Buffalo and Toronto, 1867-1916 by William Jenkins; and The Selected Essays of Sean O’Faolain edited by Brad Kent. Have a happy St. Paddy’s Day lads!



“I’ll be at the Quilting Day parade instead…”

No there is not a Quilting Day parade. Yes there is a Worldwide Quilting Day. The National Quilting Association (yes, that’s a thing too) decided to create a special day to celebrate and inspire lovers of quilting and to encourage others to join in on the fun. Quilting Day takes place every third Saturday of March, and this year it is crashing St. Patrick’s party (sorry Paddy) on Saturday, March 17th, rounding up quilt lovers everywhere. Looks like Indiana University Press is one of them – To celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day, they’re sharing their favorite quilts from their newest book, Quilts and Health by Marsha MacDowell, Clare Luz and Beth Donaldson, in which they explore the healing connections between art and health. Please take a look – the quilts are amazing.



March has a last name. It’s madness. March Madness.

Laugh at my joke. You know it’s funny. It’s college basketball season and the University of Kentucky’s Wildcat fans know how to cheer… the right way.  The Wildcat Slush has become a favorite postgame non-alcoholic treat for the cheering fans, and Doug Brunk, author of Forty Minutes to Glory: Inside the Kentucky Wildcats’ 1978 Championship Season, is all too happy to share his delicious recipe in his team-spirited book.  If you’re a Wildcats fan, or just a slush fan, check out the recipe here.



In other news… Nature.

It’s bird fact Friday at Princeton University Press! And today we’re learning about the Black Scoter. Never heard of it? Me neither. But feel free to educate yourself by reading Richard Sale and Per Michelsen’s Wildlife of the Arctic or click here for a brief description. The book is illustrated, pocket-sized, and a field guide for the Arctic wildlife. What can be better right?



While we’re on the subject…

The University of Washington Press will be attending the annual American Society for Environmental History (#ASEH2018) on March-18 in Riverside, California. Will you be joining them? This year’s theme is “Environment, Power & Justice.” Tons of their authors have arranged book signings and their environmental history and studies titles will be proudly displayed. Click here to view the scheduled book signings and learn about their featured titles!



#Enough! Is enough.

That’s what high school students were saying at the #Enough! National School Walkout on March 14th, 2018. They took to the streets and marched for seventeen minutes in honor of the seventeen Parkland, FL victims to end the gun violence raging through their schools. Beacon authors gave their thumbs up. Among them are William Ayers, author of “You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones!” And 18 Other Myths about Teachers, Teachers’ Unions, and Public Education; Emily Gasoi, author of These Schools Belong to You and Me; and Raynard Sanders, author of Twenty-First-Century Jim Crow Schools. Read their responses here.



I’ve got Cuban fever!

Temple University Press’s Robin Moore, editor of Fernando Ortiz on Music, writes about the significance or Ortiz’s writing on Cuban music, history and culture. Read the article here.



Still feeling hot, hot, hot!

Speaking of Cuba, José Manuel Garcia will be publishing a gripping book on the largest oversea mass migration in Latin American history. Voices from Mariel: Oral Histories of the 1980 Cuban Boatlift (March 20, 2018), told in the words of the immigrants themselves, will surely captivate a wide audience interested in the subject.  Click here to read his interview with the press.


We ran a bit longer than usual this week, but that’s only because I care about you. Don’t say I’ve never done anything nice for you! Until next time UP-ers! Have a smashing weekend. Get your drinks on; Get your quilts on; Get your rest on – Whatever makes you happy.


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