Celebrating 75 Years of Seriously Good Books

The University of Georgia Press celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The primary mission of the press has been to support and enhance the University of Georgia’s place as a major research institution by publishing outstanding works of scholarship and literature by scholars and writers throughout the world. The press also has a long history of publishing books about the state and region for general readers. The University of Georgia Press was founded on July 1, 1938 with the publication of Segments of Southern Thought.

“The University of Georgia Press reaches its 75th year having established an international reputation for excellence in scholarly and regional publishing,” said P. Toby Graham, UGA’s deputy university librarian and director of the Digital Library of Georgia. “We are fortunate to have such a vibrant, creative, and distinguished press at UGA.”

In honor of the anniversary, artist Philip Juras has graciously loaned three of his landscape paintings to the press. The paintings, Connelly Creek, Little Tennessee River Valley, and Fork Mountain Trail, will be exhibited through June in the lobby of the press’s offices in UGA’s main library. The press currently distributes his book, Philip Juras: The Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels, which was published by the Telfair Museum of Art in 2011. Juras is a native of Augusta, Ga. and received a BFA and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia. He lives in Athens, Ga.

During the yearlong celebration, the press will be participating in a variety of events, including the Decatur Book Festival, Georgia Literary Festival, Savannah Book Festival, and the Spotlight on the Arts at UGA festival. The press will also host receptions at the American Association of Geographers conference in Los Angeles, the Organization of American Historians conference in San Francisco, and the Southern Historical Association conference in St. Louis.

A reception at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs will jointly celebrate the 75th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. The press publishes the winning collections each year. A display of all of the Flannery O’Connor Award winners will be available for viewing on the third floor of the main library on April 18.

In addition to the book display, the press will hold an open house the same day. The event is free and open to the public.

Other campus activities include the highly anticipated Dirty Book Sale and a display in the main library’s lobby, which will be available for viewing throughout April. The Dirty Book Sale will be held in the fall and is an opportunity for students, staff, faculty, and members of the community to purchase slightly damaged books at a significantly reduced rate.

More details and other events will be announced as they become finalized.

Founded in 1938, the UGA Press is the largest book publisher in the state. It has been a member of the Association of American University Presses since 1940. With a full-time staff of 26 publishing professionals, the press currently publishes 80-85 new books a year and has more than 1,800 titles in print. It has well-established lists in Atlantic World and American history, American literature, African-American studies, southern studies and environmental studies, as well as a growing presence in the fields of food studies, geography, urban studies, international affairs and security studies.

The press is also a founding partner of the New Georgia Encyclopedia, the state’s award-winning, online only, multimedia reference work on the people, places, events, and institutions of Georgia. The NGE is a project of the Georgia Humanities Council and is published in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia / GALILEO, and the Office of the Governor.

In 2008 the press received the Governor’s Award in the Humanities “for enriching the life of the humanities through a distinguished record of publications, for serving as an important resource to libraries and other community discussion groups, and for building partnerships that contribute to enlightened communities of readers in Georgia and the nation.”

Stay up-to-date on everything happening at the Press to celebrate 75 years of seriously good books by visiting our blog.

The Press would like to thank Philip Juras for a loan of three of his paintings proudly displayed in our lobby.

Philip Juras: The Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram's Travels, published by the Telfair Museum of Art and distributed by the University of Georgia Press

This year also marks the 30th Anniversary of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. Check in with our Flannery Anniversary page and stay up-to-date on even more happenings at the UGA Press.