Weekly RoundUP: New Journals, Poison Apples, Poetry Month and More!

Good afternoonin’! It’s been a while my friends and I know you’ve missed me, but I’m back and ready to go. I know you are aching to find out what’s been happening with some of your fellow presses, so I’ll get right on it.


The more journals the merrier!

John Hopkins University Press thinks so. They have added two new journals to their collection of humanities and social sciences publications: The Journal of Chinese Religions (the official publication of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions) and Asian Perspective, which will be published in cooperation with the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University in South Korea.

Click here to learn more about these journals!


Looks like fruits aren’t always nutritious.

Not this one at least. Princeton University Press introduces us to “The Little Apple of Death.” Not quite an apple, but a manchineel, which apparently has deadly repercussions if eaten or even comes into contact with the skin. I’d stay away folks. Elizabeth A. Dauncey and Sonny Larsson talks about this dangerous fruit of the manchineel tree in their book, Plants That Kill: A Natural History of the World’s Most Poisonous Plants. Click here to learn a bit more about this fascinating fruit. Interested in learning about killer plants? Buy the book to satisfy your curiosity. It’ll be a killer read. Get it?

Also in Princeton news…

It’s Bird Fact Friday at Princeton University! You didn’t think I’d let a Friday pass without presenting the bird of the day did you?! Well, ever heard of tropical chickens? No they are not chickens from the Caribbean. But they are found in dense jungle, mature forest, montane forest, and cloud forest. Interesting-looking creature. Take a look here. If your curiosity runs deeper than the average folk and/or you have an uncontrollable fascination for tropical species, then buy John Kricher’s book filled with amazing color photos, The New Neotropical Companion. It should not disappoint.  


In case you missed it, it’s National Poetry Month.

For the second week of National Poetry Month, Duke University Press is sharing an excerpt of David Grubbs’s new book-length prose poem Now that the audience is assembled. The poem is both a work of literature and a study of music. Click here to read the excerpt.


Spring is in the air!! And so are paperback book aromas!

University of Wisconsin will smell like a brand new library with their new books coming out this month. They include Daughter in Retrograde: A Memoir by Courtney Kersten (April 10, 2018); J. D. Salinger and the Nazis by Eberhard Alsen (April 17, 2018); Among the Aspen: Northwoods Grouse and Woodcock Hunting by Mark Parman (April 17, 2018); and The Oresteia: Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, and The Holy Goddesses by Aeschylus. Go crazy. Pick up one or all of these books when they’re out! And don’t say I never put you on to anything worth smiling about.

That’s all for now UP-ers. Catch you next time on the flip. If you’re in New York, please enjoy the warm weather today and tomorrow. Seems like we only get to have one Spring day per year. Arrivederci!


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