“NDSU Press gives region a voice”

Out of the blue, I received a call some time ago asking if I’d be interested in interviewing for North Dakota Living, “North Dakota’s Best Read Publication.” Well, um, YES. 🙂 That  call was followed by another, this time from Luann Dart, who asked me multiple pertinent questions about the history of NDSU Press and just what it is we do. She managed to fit quite a bit of the story into an article aptly named, “NDSU Press gives region a voice.” Thank you for the attention, Luann and North Dakota Living. If you didn’t already get a copy in your mailbox, you can check out the story and photos here.

Photo by Ken Smith

When the “PRINTING” light is on, we’re all business. Thank you to Allan Burke, who keeps us all hopping at the Braddock News Letterpress Museum. From left to right: Sydney Olstad, Amanda Biles, Jerry Swartzenberger, Rachel Heuer, Clarence Hertz, Suzzanne Kelley, Angela Beaton, Allan Burke, Maggie (sorry, I can’t remember your last name), and Ken Smith—AKA Printer’s Devils.

Find out more about what we’re up to by attending our 3rd Annual NDSU Press Party, free and open to the public.

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Wishing All the Best to Angela

Please join me in thanking and congratulating Angela Beaton, who has served for almost two years as our Graduate Editorial Intern and who is a graduate of both the Intro and the Practicum in Publishing classes. Angela is leaving her assistantship here at NDSU Press for a terrific job at Minnesota State University Moorhead working in the Livingston Lord Library. Her duties will include coordinating the Comstock Read Aloud Book Award, now in its 13th year of recognizing authors and illustrators and promoting reading and reading aloud. She will also tend to the manuscript collections in the University Archives and take an active role in the Curriculum Materials Center. Angela’s last day with the press coincides with our 3rd Annual NDSU Press Party. When you see her, please wish her all the best. I shall miss her immensely, but I will enjoy our new friendship and professional relationship as colleagues. Best of luck, Angela!

Angela in San Fancisco

Kudos to Angela Beaton, Editorial Intern Extraordinaire, who ROCKED our first-ever conference exhibition. Here she is, ready to help folks at the Western Social Science Association 59th Annual Conference in San Francisco know that NDSU Press is publishing scholarly and literary works.

Press Title Wins Award

It is with great delight that we start this blog site off with an award announcement. William C. Sherman’s Prairie Mosaic: An Ethnic Atlas of Rural North Dakota, 2nd Edition, has recently been named as the 2017 Notable Document Award by the North Dakota Library Association. This win moves his book automatically into competition at the national level with the American Library Association.

First published by NDSU Press (then the Institute for Regional Studies Press) in 1983, Prairie Mosaic was reprinted January 2017 in a collaborative effort with the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection and the NDSU Libraries. This Second Edition hardcover book now includes twenty new pages of photos and a new introduction by University Distinguished PrFinal coverofessor Thomas D. Isern.

Our thanks to Michael Miller and Jeremy Poseley-Kopp for sorting through hundreds of photos in the William C. Sherman Photograph Collection, and to Amanda Booher, who designed the new book cover and finessed all of the additions  to the interior design.

We anxiously await news of how Prairie Mosaic will fare at the national level.