Wednesday, June 13, 2012

University of Missouri Press Slated to Close

Polish American author and poet Christina Pacosz wrote to report that the University of Missouri Press is slated to close. This is sad news, but all too typical of the times. University presses are sources of knowledge. They subsidize books that might never, otherwise, get published. That is a good thing. Many presses are in danger of closing today, given the rapidly changing publishing climate.

A less than stellar publication of the University of Missouri Press drew the attention of this blog. Bill Tammeus' and Jacques Cukierkorn's book "They Were Just People" resorted to the Bieganski, Brute Polak stereotype. That book's problems are outlined in an open letter to Clair Willcox. That letter can be seen at this blog post.

Interestingly, in the news article that Christina sent me, "They Were Just People" is cited as a worthy book, one that testifies to the worth of the University of Missouri Press. I am sorry that Polonia has not yet been successful in communicating to a wider audience the problems with a book like "They Were Just People."

Below please find an excerpt from the news article reporting on the slated closing of the University of Missouri Press.

Kansas City Star
June 7, 2012
"Supporters work to save University of Missouri Press University of Missouri plans to shut down 54-year-old publisher." by Blake Ursch

"Now the “Save the University of Missouri Press” Facebook page has more than 1,300 “likes” so far as supporters take the fight to their keyboards.

“I see this as an attack on everything that I care about,” said Bruce Miller, who created the Facebook page on Memorial Day. “It’s an attack on publishing, scholarly publishing, editors, authors and ultimately the citizens of Missouri.”

Miller, a publisher’s representative based in Chicago, sells titles from more than 25 university presses around the Midwest to bookstores.

Since its founding in 1958, the University of Missouri Press has published books on world history, philosophy and literary criticism, among other scholarly topics…In 2009, the press published “They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust,” by former Star columnist Bill Tammeus and Kansas City area rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn.

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