Ferris & Ferris Books

The University of North Carolina Press announces the creation of the Marcie Cohen Ferris and William R. Ferris Imprint for high-profile, general-interest books about the American South.

Ferris & Ferris Books will be supported by a new multimillion-dollar endowment at the Press.

“The American South is the ideal canvas on which to create a better understanding of our nation and the world. These funds allow us to commission, acquire, and market books by the nation’s leading authors who share that vision but who require the type of financial support normally out of reach for a university press,” said John Sherer, the Spangler Family Director of UNC Press.

William R. Ferris and Marcie Cohen Ferris (photo by Donn Young)

Bill and Marcie Cohen Ferris, the namesakes of the new imprint, have a long-running connection with the Press. Their collective work and interests in the South are as expansive and diverse as the region itself.

Marcie Cohen Ferris is professor emerita of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and past president of the board of directors of the Southern Foodways Alliance. The SFA recently honored her with its 2018 Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award. Marcie’s UNC Press publications include the James Beard Foundation Award nominee Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South (2005), The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region (2016), and Edible North Carolina (forthcoming).

Bill Ferris is professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also served until retirement as associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South. He previously served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he is a two-time Grammy Award winner. Bill’s UNC Press publications include the Pulitzer Prize–nominated Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, coedited by Charles Reagan Wilson (1989); Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues (2009); The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 14: Folklife, coedited by Glenn Hinson (2012); The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists (2013); and The South in Color: A Visual Journal (2016).

The Press plans to publish two to three books annually under the Ferris & Ferris Books imprint.

Current Ferris &  Ferris Books in print are listed below.  Click on any book to learn more.

The Vote Collectors

The Vote Collectors

The True Story of the Scamsters, Politicians, and Preachers behind the Nation's Greatest Electoral Fraud

Michael Graff, Nick Ochsner


Black Smoke

Black Smoke

African Americans and the United States of Barbecue

Adrian Miller


No Common Ground

No Common Ground

Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice

Karen L. Cox


White Evangelical Racism

White Evangelical Racism

The Politics of Morality in America

Anthea Butler


Cool Town

Cool Town

How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture

Grace Elizabeth Hale