The following comes from Kate Salem, Publicity Coordinator of the University of Nebraska Press:
We’ve had two UNP titles included on the list of four nominations, and are overjoyed at this recognition of our authors and books. To have such an esteemed group of thoughtful readers take an interest in, and nominate two of our titles, is quite an honor. Skin by Kellie Wells is the latest offering in our critically-acclaimed Flyover Fiction series. White Spirit by Paule Constant, translated by Betsy Wing, is another stellar offering within our program of translating important international fiction.
Back in March, you (Dan Wickett) notified me that you would be nominating Skin, and asked if we would be able to provide 21 review copies to the LBC members—which we were very willing to do. Next, I heard from Michael Orthofer, wanting to “toss Paule Constant’s White Spirit into the ring.” We were able to ship both books together to the LBC members needing review copies, and that worked out well. Following the shipment of books, we had only to wait and hope for news that we’d have a title selected—you can imagine our surprise at the announcement of two nominations!
This week, we’re following with interest the Lit-blog Coop discussion of Skin that has begun—and look forward to next week’s discussion of White Spirit. Ed Champion has also contacted us recently, to arrange the podcast interviews with authors/translators. The recent Jordan Stump podcast was thoroughly enjoyed. Jordan Stump’s translation of Minor Angels, by Antoine Volodine (UNP, 2002) is mentioned in Kellie Wells’ post of yesterday (thanks Kellie!). We are pleased to have numerous translations by Jordan Stump on our list—interested readers can find more by going to our website at: www.nebraskapress.unl.edu.
Having just joined the blogosphere with a blog of our own at http://nebraskapress.typepad.com/, we realize the importance of this medium. A note of Ed Champion’s to our author, concerning the podcast interview, points out that the Lit-Blog Coop “has garnered the attention of the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Village Voice.” In today’s world of shrinking review space in these and other publications, we can credit the litbloggers for illuminating lesser-known writers, and recognizing work from small and university presses. We sincerely thank you, and continue to admire your successes!