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UNC Press Centennial Celebration in Asheville

Hosts Shelley and Kirk Brown, also a member of the Press Advancement Council, eagerly await guests for a Press centennial celebration.
Guests listen intently to Spangler Family Director John Sherer and UNC Press author Karen Cox.
Press Club members Lawson and Sean Jenkins with UNC Asheville Chancellor Nancy Cable.

UNC Press in New Orleans

To celebrate the Press’s centennial, Press friends John and G Powell hosted a reception at their home in the French Quarter. The event featured Press authors Emily Clark, Jason Berry, and Gwen Thompkins along with Spangler Family Director John Sherer, all of whom extolled the Press’s 100 years of leadership in Southern history and culture. Emily Clark, author of two UNC Press titles, Masterless Mistresses and The Strange History of the American Quadroon, stated, “UNC Press is not just important to the future of scholarship; it has been and continues to be important to the place of New Orleans in our national conversation. For that I am grateful beyond words.”

Gwen Thompkins, host of WWNO’s Music Inside Out and Press author of forthcoming The Thrill is So Divine: The Power of New Orleans in American Popular Music — Interviews from Music Inside Out (working title) shares with guests why she chose to publish with UNC Press.
Hosts G and John Powell with Spangler Family Director John Sherer.
Authors and booklovers enjoying the reception in the courtyard of the Powells’ historic home.

UNC Press Announces Marcie Cohen Ferris and William R. Ferris Imprint

Continuing its distinguished legacy of publishing vital works on the American South, the University of North Carolina Press is establishing its first specialized imprint, the Marcie Cohen Ferris and William R. Ferris Imprint to publish trade books on this nationally important region. Imprints differentiate defined collections of publishers’ books to reviewers, booksellers, agents, authors, and readers. Each title published in this newly launched UNC Press imprint will carry a distinctive insignia and will be known as “A Ferris and Ferris Book.” It is an extraordinary moment in the Press’s 100-year history. More on this announcement can be read on the Ferris and Ferris Book webpage.

Wyndham Robertson Editorial Directorship

Friends and family of Wyndham Robertson have endowed the Press’s editorial director position in honor of their dear friend who is also a long-time friend of the Press. More news of this announcement can be read here. This endowed position gives the Press editorial director time to engage in broader scholarly publishing discussions, and will give the Press additional independence to publish the books that need to be published. As we approach our 100th anniversary in 2022, this incredible initiative celebrates the Press’s past accomplishments and its promise for the future while recognizing the many contributions of Wyndham Robertson.

Inaugural Wyndham Robertson Editorial Director Says Thank You

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“UNC Press Presents…”

Advancement Council members across North Carolina have hosted donors and friends at UNC Press events featuring Press authors.

Georgann Eubanks in at Island Farm in Manteo.
Georgann Eubanks in at Island Farm in Manteo.
Patrick Johnson signing at Malaprop's in Asheville.
Patrick Johnson signing at Malaprop’s in Asheville.