On Friday, May 20, 2016, IU Press will look to answer the question “What is a Hoosier?” as residents from all 92 Indiana counties are invited to submit photos of their lives taken on this one day in May.
Photographs of what Hoosiers do, see, and treasure during these 24 hours will be selected and crowdsourced into a new book, One Day in May: 24 Hours in the Life of Indiana, to be published this fall in celebration of the Indiana bicentennial.
One Day in May will be a visual celebration of a state two hundred years young—a remarkable, one-of-a-kind kaleidoscope capturing a Hoosier’s world on this particular day. Through their own photographs, Hoosiers will reveal their passage through an ordinary Friday, from city streets to farmyards, offices to homes, state parks to campuses.
“This is an unprecedented and exciting undertaking. Hoosiers and Americans alike will have the opportunity to glimpse a typical day in the life of an entire state,” said Gary Dunham, Director of IU Press and Digital Publishing. “Even better, it will be through the eyes of Hoosiers themselves, who know this state as so much more than corn and auto racing.”
The book will be arranged chronologically from midnight to 11:59 p.m., offering an unforgettable glimpse of the state’s beauty and grit.
Participants may submit one picture per person with photo uploads due by Sunday, May 22, at 11:59 p.m. Photos should include a caption, the time taken, the city and location, a description, and the photographer’s credit. Selected contributors to the book will receive a complimentary copy upon publication.
More information on photo submission guidelines can be found on our website.
Indiana University Press will release the first title in a series of adult coloring books, titled Color Your Campus this summer. Indiana University will be the first campus featured in the series with other college campuses to follow.
In a surprising move for a university press, Indiana University Press joins the adult coloring trend to the early delight of college students, parents, fans, and alumni alike. Hobbyists will take pleasure in transforming artists’ black and white masterpieces into colorful flagship campuses while indulging in the comfort of a childhood stress reliever.
“We’re always looking for new, creative ways to engage readers and tell stories,” said Gary Dunham, Director of Indiana University Press. “With our Color Your Campus adult coloring books, readers become artists, remembering and celebrating their alma maters in the bright, colorful ways they choose.”
Illustrators will consist of locals and university graduates—those who are able to encapsulate the spirit of the university through their own personal experiences.
“As an Indiana University graduate and Bloomington native, I’m very excited to be working on this project,” said Issy Mueller, illustrator of Color Your Campus—Indiana University. “Coloring is fun and relaxing. I’m a preschool teacher who gets to color with kids all day but not everyone is fortunate as I am.”
Adult coloring books have become extremely popular over the last few years, with one bestseller selling close to two million copies, and coloring book parties popping up around the country.
“The recent explosion in this new coloring industry has adults turning away from technology, away from yoga, and toward crayons.” said Mandy Hussey, editor of the series. “This will be the first series published by a university press and we’re excited to be the press doing so.”
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By Gary Dunham Director of Indiana University Press and Digital Publishing
In the beginning, middle, and end, a job is always about people, especially in publishing. As I have said many times, the staff at Indiana University Press are a true delight to work with—smart, funny, and so dedicated to our authors, publications, and university. In the weeks to come, you’ll have a chance to learn more about them in our new Humans of IU Press feature on this blog.
Wait! You also might have a chance to work with them! Lots of positions and new opportunities are opening up at Indiana University Press, and I encourage you to take a look at what is available when the jobs are posted in the coming weeks. Honestly, there isn’t a better time to work with some amazing people as they redefine what a university press can and should do. Today is SUCH an exhilarating, game-changing moment in scholarly publishing. At the Press, inspired and fueled by our university, we’re blazing a trail of technological innovation, promotional creativity, organizational experimentation, and publication excellence that’s got us all excited and on our toes. We’re constantly seeking and testing new ways to work together to realize fully the promise of our technology and publications. We’re challenging ourselves and each other as we do so, and the result is a workplace afire with purpose, change, and, yes, lots of banter, scattered haikus of resistance, and really, really bad puns.
So, check the Jobs at IU site for future openings and consider applying! You won’t regret it. Don’t just take my word for it—hear about the energy and awesome work of the new Indiana University Press from the staff themselves.
Photo by Tall and Small Photography
"I have been working at IU Press for a full year and I couldn’t have imagined a better or more exciting time to start in my position. Within this past year we have created a strategic plan outlining our goals and steps for the next several years. This plan was not only approved by Indiana University but was also fully funded, giving us the resources to do some truly ground-breaking work in academic publishing and to revolutionize our acquisitions and production processes. One example of our new publishing strategy is the development of an accelerated publishing program in collaboration with our journals department which is allowing us to turn panels at conferences into peer-reviewed books by the next year’s meeting.
"As publishers our objective is to find and disseminate great stories and everyone who works here is committed to that goal. We have a wonderfully collaborative and supportive environment. Every day I meet informally and formally with colleagues from all departments at the Press to discuss projects at all stages from idea to just arriving in the warehouse. A phrase you hear frequently is 'what’s best for the book?' as we work together to find the best way to share research.
"This is also a great place to learn. When I started my background was in journal publishing, not books. Over this last year I have quickly learned many of the ins and outs of book publishing thanks to my colleagues. Everyone, from the director on down, is approachable and willing to answer my questions about a specific process. Despite being a junior member of the staff and new to book publishing I have always felt encouraged to share my ideas and thoughts on projects and procedures and I know that anything I say is listened to and fully taken into consideration. As I begin my second year with IU Press I look forward to continuing to learn and grow." —Janice Frisch, Assistant Acquisitions Editor
"Start-up fever is in the air—it’s here every morning when I come in. Academic presses may have a staid reputation, but we’re about to turn this place on its head. We’ve received the sincerest form of support a university can provide—new money to take this press to the next level—and we have a new director who is an idea machine. Mix in a staff of smart and talented professionals, and what’s going to happen? New products, in print and online; new publishing formats to increase the breadth of info we present; growing our list by embracing new authors and fields of study—all this, plus a top-to-bottom overhaul of all the stuff behind the curtain, the tools and machinery to bring these many ideas to life. I feel lucky—I’m in on the ground floor of something great." —Dave Miller, Lead Project Manager/Editor
"When you work in publishing in Bloomington, people always ask you if you work for Indiana University Press. Until about six months ago, my standard answer for the last 12 years has been, 'No, but I’ve always thought it would be a great place to work.' And, I can honestly say, that I’ve not been disappointed. The people here show real passion for their jobs, and there is always a quiet buzz in the air. Being a book lover, what could be better than working at world-renowned academic publishing house?
"Having had the opportunity to travel for the Press both domestically and internationally, I’ve spoken with lots of people who are very excited to see what the future of the Press will hold. News of our new strategic plan is starting to spread, and they can’t wait to see what happens. Given the renewed commitment of the university to the Press, you can definitely add me to that list. I honestly feel that I began working for the university at an ideal moment in time. We are on the cusp of change, and I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to help mold the future of the Press as we continue toward Indiana University’s bicentennial." —Stephen Williams, Rights and Permissions Manager
"I love books. I read everything. Novels, romances, biographies, self-help, spirituality studies, mysteries, fantasy, science fiction, young adult—anything that catches my interest (Vampires! Harry Potter!). I’ve often joked that I need a grocery cart when I visit the library. So it was a thrill when my career path in design led me to IU Press. As a designer, not much of my work has longevity. Digital design is mutable and fleeting, and most print design ends up as trash at some point. But books live for lifetimes and even longer.
"I feel very proud and fortunate to spend my days with colleagues who care so deeply about the important job we do publishing scholarly work from new authors as well as seasoned ones. Being a part of a university that cares deeply about supporting the mission of a scholarly publisher gives me great hope for the future. I am excited to see what lies ahead for IUP as we become even more technologically savvy, and expand our very important trade/regional list. But I think my personal favorite thing about working at IUP are the blurring of lines between departments, as we form collaborative cross-departmental teams to work on new initiatives, as well as the partnerships we are strengthening or forming with other departments on campus. It’s an exciting time to be a member of the IU Press team!" —Jennifer Witzke, Senior Artist and Book Designer
"Right now I’m really excited to be working on helping shape the APP (Accelerated Publishing Program). The program’s purpose is to quickly bring publications to market and re-present content in a different format to reach a broader audience. It’s exciting to be able to help shape this—it can be challenging too—going from concept to finished product in a short period of time can be difficult but I enjoy a good problem to solve. I’ve had to continually up my technical skills during this process, and have had the full support of the Press in doing so.
"I am enthusiastic about the Press’s views on continuing education and skill-building. Since the new Press has been around, I’ve been given the opportunity to learn XML and XSLT, with the aim toward developing our own XML transformations. Being afforded the time to learn these new skills on the job is refreshing and significantly contributes to my job satisfaction—I love learning new things and being given the chance to grow and help shape the future of the Press is fulfilling." —Dan Pyle, Online Publishing Manager
"When I first started at the Press as an intern, I quickly realized that IU Press was a special place. Every person I worked with was (and still is!) passionate about his or her job and believed in the mission of the Press. Over the last few years at the Press, we’ve come together even more closely, breaking down departmental lines and collaborating to make each book or journal the best it can be. In part, this happened naturally when IU renovated the third floor of the Wells Library and moved the Press into the heart of the campus. With the Press integrated on one floor, we began reaching out to our cube buddies across the hall to solve problems or best resolve an author’s questions. Our new director, Gary Dunham, and all the department heads also actively encouraged us to learn more about our colleagues, to communicate more closely, and to watch for ways we can work together more efficiently.
"By forming these close-knit, interdepartmental relationships, we’re poised for a very exciting 2017 and beyond. By bringing all of our skills and knowledge together, along with the support of the university, we’re ready to take on new opportunities and frontiers in publishing, such as producing cutting-edge books from special issues of our journals, creating crowdsourced books, developing communities of research and scholarship around our books and authors, and publishing and promoting the phenomenal research taking place on IU’s campus. With the upcoming Indiana and IU bicentennials, we’re embracing our Hoosier roots and pursuing projects that reveal the heart of the state and the people who live in it, while continuing our dedication to publishing the best scholarship from around the globe. It’s exciting to work with a passionate group of colleagues to connect some of the best emerging and established scholars with readers and fellow scholars who will appreciate and build upon their research." —Michelle Sybert, Marketing Manager/Journals
"The Press has been around for over 65 years, but in the last few years a lot of things have been changing. I seem to have joined the team right at a critical juncture. We’ve really been looking at what it takes to stay relevant as a university press as media consumption and university systems are changing.
"We’ve moved to a different building, become part of IU libraries, 'acquired' a new director, and have seen a lot of staff turnover and reorganization. To paraphrase a classic TV show, 'We can rebuild it. We have the technology. We can make it better than it was. Better, stronger, faster.'
"It’s the right time to embrace change and make IU Press into something more. I personally look forward to exploring new printing and publishing technologies as we look to make our products more widely accessible. I look forward to the new subject areas and disciplines we will be exploring and bringing to readers—both academic and general audiences. We have the right team in place to have IU Press take advantage of all its untapped potential." —Laura Hohman, Production Coordinator/Vendor Liaison
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Exciting news! The Indiana Bicentennial Commission has endorsed Undeniably Indiana as an official Bicentennial Legacy Project.
Our first-ever crowd-sourced book, which will be published next fall, is written entirely by the people of Indiana about the Hoosier state. Their facts and stories highlight all the offbeat, interesting, and unusual things that make Indiana great.
IU Press introduced Undeniably Indiana in honor of the state’s 2016 bicentennial. Now, as an official Bicentennial Legacy Project, we are proud to help Indiana reflect on “200 years of progress and Hoosier ingenuity.”
Undeniably Indiana is the second IU Press book to be endorsed as a Bicentennial Legacy Project. Just last year, Hoosiers: A New History by James H. Madison was also approved by the commission.
For more information about Undeniably Indiana, check out the Facebook page.
“I am grateful to be invited into the company of previous Indiana Authors Award winners such as Susan Neville, Barbara Shoup, Michael Martone, Helen Frost and many others,” Boruch said on the Indiana Authors Award website. “Thanks to the late Eugene and Marilyn Glick for bringing attention to writing and reading as an art and act of courage and invention, and for honoring the ancient notion of the library—a lightning bolt and beloved storage unit for human culture.”
With this award, Boruch received a $10,000 prize and will be honored at the seventh-annual Indiana Authors Award Dinner on October 10, 2015, at the Central Library in Indianapolis.
In order to meet the criteria for this award, the author must have Indiana ties, but his or her work should be known and read throughout the country. The author is evaluated on his or her entire body of work. This award recipient will also designate a $2,500 grant for the public library of his or her choosing.
Boruch is now part of a long list of IU Press authors who have won Indiana Authors Awards, including Ray Boomhower, Norbert Krapf, James H. Madison, Michael Martone, Susan Neville, Scott Russell Sanders, Greg Schwipps, Barbara Shoup, James Alexander Thom, and Dan Wakefield.
We are pleased to announce Blue Light Books, a new book series and writing contest partnership with Indiana Review! Here are the details about submissions, cross-posted from the Indiana Review's site:
The Blue Light Book Prize will rotate each year between short story and poetry collections. The inaugural Prize, awarded in 2016, will be for a short story collection. The first awarded Prize aims to display a stunning collection of fiction and will be published through IU Press. The winner will be awarded $2,000, publication, be flown out to read at our 2017 Blue Light Reading here in beautiful Bloomington, IN, and will be selected through an anonymous reading by Michael Martone.
The name for the collaboration was inspired by a blue light outside of the Indiana Review offices, which are located at the end of a long hallway. When the office is open, the blue light is turned on. Our annual spring Blue Light Reading has come to symbolize our sense of openness and larger dedication to the literary community, and we are proud to expand this commitment with our Blue Light Books Prize.
The short story collection submissions window is December 1, 2015 to February 15, 2016 (midnight EST). No translations will be accepted. Work previously published in journals can be included in the collection, provided IU Press can be granted rights to reprint the work.
The award-winning work will be fresh, innovative, and exciting, and aims to showcase the talents of both emerging and established writers. There are no restrictions on subject matter.
A $20 submission fee is required upon manuscript submission.
IR does not accept hard-copy submissions. Any hard-copy manuscripts received will be recycled unread.
While writing Surviving the Bosnian Genocide: The Women of Srebrenica Speak, I was angry and appalled by the Dutch failure to deal with its responsibility for the genocide of 8,000 Muslim Bosnian men by Serbian troops in Bosnia in July 1995. The Dutch army did not even make the slightest attempt to protect the inhabitants of Srebrenica and the refugees they were supposed to offer a “safe haven.” Up to the present day, the Dutch government has minimized or simply denied its responsibility, consistently portraying the Dutch military in Srebrenica as helpless and therefore innocent bystanders.
Today on the 20th anniversary of the massacre, many thousands will gather in collective mourning at the cemetery in Potoćari. Bodies recently found and identified in mass graves will be buried with the countless victims already resting there. As in previous ceremonies, a chorus will sing the beautiful oratorio Srebrenica Inferno composed by Đelo Jusić:
Mother, mother, I still dream of you Sister, brother, I still dream about you every night You're not here ... I'm searching for you ... Wherever I go, I see you Mother, father, why aren't you here
It is the song of the small child surrounded by mourning women in white garments. Finally, the coffins will be carried to the many graves.
Today, I remain upset about the way my country denies its responsibility. Recently the Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert offered an apology about three men who were killed during the massacre while employed with the Dutch military. This is after years of lawsuits. The government denies any other responsibility, arguing that the Dutch worked under the command of the United Nations. Probably in these exceptional cases the meager sum of 20,000 Euros will be paid. All other legal claims of the organizations of survivors have been dismissed.
The women I interviewed for Surviving the Bosnian Genocide demand compensation for the ways their families have been destroyed and for the ways they are still forced to live in temporary shelters. They know that material compensation can never make up for what has happened. But they want recognition and their story should be known. After we got to know each other I gained their trust, many of them volunteered their stories. They gave me insight into the destruction of their lives, the loss of their social networks, and their trauma. While at first I was met with stones and mud thrown at me, we eventually became friends. They never tried to control me and believed I could tell their story in a different way so the world might understand.
I wrote my book as a Dutch citizen who is fed up with the whitewashing. In the tradition of oral history I listened to the stories, interpreted them, and gave them a context. By presenting their history, I demonstrate that I am serious about the words “Never Again,” and how much I am convinced that we can never understand such genocides without listening.
Selma Leydesdorff is Professor of Oral History and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. Read an excerpt from Surviving the Bosnian Genocidehere.
Beginning today, Dee Mortensen will start a new phase in her 21-year career at IU Press. Mortensen will now serve as editorial director, replacing former editor-in-chief Bob Sloan, who retired last month.
“Dee brings outstanding expertise to the Press in building a number of world class publishing lists,” IU Press director Gary Dunham said. “I am excited about her innovative ideas on several fronts—new, competitive lists; streamlined and technologically sophisticated workflows; and a pro-team, truly collaborative approach to working across the Press to tackle problems.”
Mortensen joined the Press in 1994 as an assistant editor, then became senior sponsoring editor in 2003.
“I’m somewhere between elation and dread,” Mortensen joked of her new position at the Press. “There are a lot of things that need to be done. I’m hoping to learn from my colleagues, what they want me to do and become in this role. We need to work together to think of how the Press can become a better publisher and enhance the reputation of the Press.”
As editorial director, Mortensen will work to meet the strategic targets and accomplish the goals set by the Press. Additionally, she will continue her responsibilities of acquiring books in the areas of the African studies, religion, and philosophy.
“I’ll also continue to work with the other departments to make sure the Press is a well-oiled machine,” Mortensen said. “I want to make sure the books come out on time and that they’re directed towards the appropriate audiences for both trade and scholarly books.”
Mortensen also said she wants to rebuild the editorial department.
“We lost two editors and I’m looking to get those positions filled,” she said.
The new leader of the editorial team also has plans for the future of IU Press.
“I want to put the Press in a strong position in terms of quality, number of books, and the kinds of books we publish,” she said. “We need to look strategically on how to build lists and find new areas we can contribute to in a productive way. IU Press has always been on the frontlines of changing the direction of scholarship, and I hope what I do continues to build and enhance its reputation.”
Bob Sloan, a 1970 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, first came to Bloomington as a Masters student in IU’s English department in 1976.
After becoming a textbook representative for Macmillan Publishers, an international publishing company, Sloan found his way to IU Press in 1986.
Sloan served as editorial director for IU Press for 10 years and became editor-in-chief in 2013. His last day of work at IU Press will be June 30.
“I’ve seen a lot of changes in my time here,” Sloan said. “But it’s certainly a rewarding job, working with scholars on their manuscripts, researching and developing manuscripts, and publishing books that people want to read.”
Sloan mainly worked on trade titles and scholarly books that covered a variety of topics that ranged from military history to paleontology, he said.
Over his 29-year career, Sloan said his favorite books to publish were those about dinosaurs.
“I was introduced to a whole new area of publishing,” he said. “Working in that field, I got to look at real-life versions of characters that would appear in Jurassic Park.”
Sloan said one of his greatest accomplishments at IU Press was the adaptability of the books themselves.
“I like working with people who care about books and want to find ways to turn the scholarly books into books that anyone can read in a variety of areas,” he said.
Sloan also said he is proud that many of the books he helped publish are still being used in the classroom. “It’s very rewarding,” he said.
Though he has worked in a variety of publishing areas throughout his career at IU Press, he said he was never handicapped by his lack of knowledge in the diverse subjects.
“Don’t pretend to be an expert, pretend to understand,” he said. “Work with the author.”
Sarah Jacobi, the interim regional editor, said she remembers a time when she saw an alternative side to Sloan.
“I remember one of the editors came in with her son, and he was walking around the office,” she said. “A few minutes later, we heard this banging noise and we couldn’t figure out where it was coming from, then we saw her son sitting in his lap banging on his keyboard.”
She didn’t expect to see that side of him, she said.
Mollie Ables, an editorial assistant, said she never had to wonder what Sloan was thinking.
“He likes to be frank, but whenever he gives praise, you know it’s sincere,” she said.
Ables also said she believes Sloan is exceptionally well-read.
“We were in this contract meeting one time, and we were meeting with an author who was writing about 19th century composers and Bob offered his opinion and said, ‘Don’t you know that this other author is doing something about 19th century composers?’ We couldn’t believe he knew something like that. But in all honesty, naturally he would know something about that. He makes it his business to be well-informed.”
Dee Mortensen, the senior sponsoring editor, said she appreciates the professional support Sloan provided.
“Although Bob tends to keep to himself, we always know he’s there and he has our backs, and I think that’s the most important thing I appreciate as a colleague,” she said. “He does great work and he’s a wonderful behind-the-scenes leader that has kept us going for so long.”
Mortensen said she remembered a time when she and Sloan visited the USS Midway Museum in San Diego in 2007.
“We kind of did it on a dare,” she said. “I asked him if he’d ever been on an aircraft carrier and he said, ‘No,’ so we went. We had a great time. We kept speculating how to get IU Press books into the gift shop.”
During his retirement, Sloan said he hopes to read through the stacks of books he has in addition to writing and traveling internationally.
Sloan says he hopes IU Press will continue to supply books of academic importance after his retirement.
“I hope they will continue to publish important books for readers of all sorts,” he said. “We are committed to publishing books for the people of Indiana, and I think we’re very good at that.”