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2017 Word of South Festival

We recently traveled to Tallahassee, Florida to attend the annual Word of South Festival! We had a great time exhibiting our wide range of books in literature, history, art, gardening, outdoor activities, cooking, and much more at the weekend-long fair. Some of our authors who have won Florida Book Awards were featured speakers at the festival, including Gary Monroe, author of E. G. […]

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Elvis Ignited

“I don’t think there was a better time and place to be a teenager than in Florida in the 1950s. It was such a magical place. Elvis is part of what contributed to that excitement.”—Bob Graham, former Florida governor and United States senator “Kealing tells us the story of what happened when Elvis arrived in […]

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Flash Sale: Music Everywhere

Congratulations to former Eagles guitarist Don Felder on his induction into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame! The ceremony will be held today in Gainesville, Florida, as part of the annual Convening Culture Conference held by the state Division of Cultural Affairs. Read about Felder’s early years making music in Florida in Music Everywhere: The […]

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2016 Florida Book Award Winners

Coordinated by the Florida State University Libraries, the Florida Book Awards is the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program. It was established in 2006 to celebrate the best Florida literature. We are pleased to announce our three award-winning titles in this year’s competition. FLORIDA NONFICTION, SILVER MEDALIST White Sand Black Beach: Civil Rights, Public Space, and Miami’s Virginia […]

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Music Brings Us Together: An Inside Look at Gainesville Rock History

Written by Ale Gasso, metadata manager and sales assistant at the University Press of Florida   It was a typical Friday night in downtown Gainesville as I slowly sipped a beer at one of my favorite local spots—Loosey’s Pub. A nice crowd gathered to catch some live music and as I worked at the plugging […]

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Music Everywhere Q&A with Marty Jourard

We talked to Music Everywhere author Marty Jourard about his thoughts on the Gainesville music scene, his musical career and influences, and what inspired him to write his book. What was living in Gainesville in the ’60s and ’70s like for you? It was a musical paradise, more or less. My musical education grew from listening to […]

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Music Everywhere

One small Florida town, many international rock legends “Jourard tells the story so that you feel you are there in the humid clubs, watching history unfold in a time when regional music scenes truly were unique.”–Charles R. Cross, author of Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain “Jourard clearly demonstrates that Gainesville’s contributions are […]

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Celebrate National Arts Advocacy Day

Happy National Arts Advocacy Day, everyone! All over the nation today, individuals are celebrating the importance of every category of art–whether fine, visual, performing, or another artistic medium. To take part in this celebration, we’ve discounted some of our recent art books on our website. Simply visit http://www.upf.com/AAD15 and apply code AAD15 at checkout to take […]

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Ronnie Lankford’s Holiday Playlist

Guest post by Ronald D. Lankford Jr. Happy holidays! With Christmas just one week away, it’s time to crank up the holiday tunes. Need some suggestions? From silly to sad and from bouncy to blue, here are five favorites I’m looking forward to this year. . Buck Owens, “Blue Christmas Lights” What could be sadder than […]

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas! (24/7): Ronald Lankford guest post

Ronald D. Lankford, Jr. is an independent scholar and author of Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, & Silent Nights. He is currently working on a cultural history of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the University Press of New England. . My wife and I took a day off recently to catch up on fall/winter clothes shopping. […]

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