Over the course of the year, I conducted a few interviews and wrote articles for the Press’s blog page. Below you will find a collection of these posts.
Gráinne Dowling, an Irish artist whose work is exhibited on the covers of the Contemporary Irish Writers series, shares insight into her artistic process, inspirations, her experience as an evolving artist, as well as a few of her favorite works and the stories behind them.
When asked about inspiration, Ms. Dowling explains that it is more a matter of attention than inspiration. It is about immersing herself in her surroundings, getting lost in a landscape, in life, and then letting it show her something striking, bringing her back to earth and motivating her to create a new work of art. She recalls a repeated cycle that she experiences:
“I walk frequently in a beautiful parkland at the foot of the Dublin Mountains. There are days, months even, when I am aware that I am not seeing as I pass through and by the trees and water. I am distracted from life, by life. Then, I turn or lift my head and am shocked or gripped by something that trips me back into seeing. And I begin again.”
>> see the whole article on University Press blog: http://upress.blogs.bucknell.edu/2014/11/06/an-interview-with-artist-grainne-dowling/
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air! —And amongst the pages of a few of our books here at the Bucknell University Press. Weeding back through our database, I came across three books in particular that revolve around the subjects of love and desire. From the beginnings of scandalous love-triangles in fiction to the lyrical love subjects of medieval poetry to erotic literature, these three titles—George Sand in the Nineteenth-Century Russian Love-Triangle Novels, The Arrow of Love, and Excitable Imaginations—cover a spread of topics and analyses that delve deep into the spirit of Cupid’s arrow…
>> see the whole article on University Press blog: http://upress.blogs.bucknell.edu/2015/02/11/thoughts-on-love/
As February, the month of love, comes to a close, I thought it appropriate to reflect on another commemoration for which it is known. Since 1976, the month of February has been designated by every U.S. President as Black History Month. It coincides with the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, as well as the founding of the NAACP on February 12, 1909. Lincoln and Douglas were both prominent abolitionists—Douglas an escaped slave as well as strong author, orator, and activist for anti-slavery during the 1800s, and Lincoln abolishing slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. But this month celebrates more than just the extinction of slavery. It is a recognition of all of Black History’s significant moments, leaders, activists, and cultural identities as well.
The Griot Project Book Series here at Bucknell University Press also seeks to celebrate African American culture, exploring the aesthetic, artistic and cultural products and intellectual currents of historical and contemporary African America and of the African diaspora. Our newest additions to the series in our partnership with the Griot Institute for Africana Studies are James Braxton Peterson’s In Media Res: Race, Identity and Pop Culture in the 21st Century and Angèle Kingué’s Venus of Khala-Kanti…
>> see the whole article on University Press blog: http://upress.blogs.bucknell.edu/2015/02/24/a-month-of-love-and-remembrance/
Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit! (lah leh PAH-drig SUN-uh gwitch!) Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you! During this day of festivities—public parades, wearing of green attire and shamrocks, feasting, and music—March 17th annually marks the celebration of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. He was a Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland in the 5th century, and though this date marks the day of his death, it is a celebration of his life and of Ireland itself. Saint Patrick’s Day is an ethnic and national holiday in Ireland, but is observed all over the world by the extended Irish and Catholic community. In the spirit of the holiday, I went looking through our database for books that explore the history of Ireland as well as its culture today. Anglo-Irish Identities serves as a collection of essays that studies the history leading to the identity of early modern Ireland, and then two books from our Contemporary Irish Writers series, Medbh McGuckian and Eavan Boland, lean towards a study of the works of two writers existing in Ireland today…
>> see the whole article on University Press blog: http://upress.blogs.bucknell.edu/2015/03/17/a-celebration-of-irish-identity/
Every year since 1987, the month of March has been designated as National Women’s History Month. The campaign that pushed this declaration of Congress was led by the National Women’s History Project, an organization founded in Santa Rosa, California by a group of women driven to broadcast women’s historical achievements. As their motto has become “Writing Women Back into History,” I thought I would search our database to see what kinds of writings have been inspired by women in our own collection. In fact, it was hard to narrow down. The subjects revolving around women were many and varied, all so different and intriguing in their own ways. In the end, it came down to these…
>> see the whole article on University Press blog: http://upress.blogs.bucknell.edu/2015/03/31/writing-women-back-into-history/
When the Bucknell University Press released an announcement for a book collecting contest, we received a response from ‘77 alumnus—Roland Ochsenbein. Though the contest was directed towards current students, Mr. Ochsenbein had an interesting collection to share—a library library. With a degree in English and being editor-in-chief of the Bucknellian his senior year, Mr. Ochsenbein moved on to become involved in the publishing field, his interests revolving around books and good writing. In 2001, he was asked to take on a leadership position in the expansion and renovation of a tiny historic public library in his small hometown of Bolton, MA…
>> see the whole article on University Press blog: http://upress.blogs.bucknell.edu/2015/04/08/the-man-with-a-library-library/
An Interesting Taste in Books
The Book Collecting Prize sponsored by Bucknell University Press and Library & IT has come to a close, and after reviewing many fascinating collections with themes from theater books to Cormac McCarthy novels, the judges have chosen Phuong Nguyen’s collection of books on food and cooking. Phuong grew up as a Vietnamese-American, with cooking as a central part of her life. Interestingly enough, she did not always have a curiosity for cookbooks.
“My mother never wrote down a single recipe for me to remember. She always just showed me how to cook something, and somehow, I would just remember. There was never a cup of this, or a teaspoon of that, but rather a gut-reaction that told me to put the fish sauce down,” Phuong recalled in her essay…
>> see the whole article on University Press blog: http://upress.blogs.bucknell.edu/2015/04/16/book-collecting-prize-winner-announced/