In Memoriam: Peter Matthiessen

Peter Matthiessen at the Miami Book Fair, 1991. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Author and naturalist Peter Matthiessen died on Saturday at the age of 86 after a fight with leukemia. Matthiessen is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including Sal Si Puedes (Escape If You Can): Cesar Chavez and the New American [more...]


What I Learned from Cesar Chavez

By Marc Grossman

To commemorate the March 31 birthday of Cesar Chavez, we offer some perspectives on the man from his longtime spokesman, speechwriter and personal aide, Marc Grossman, who knew the civil rights and farm labor icon for the last 24 years of his life and still serves as communications director for the Cesar Chavez [more...]


UC Press Books Honored in PROSE Awards

UC Press congratulates three authors who received recognition in the Association of American Publishers’ 2013 PROSE Awards. The Awards recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content.

Charles DiSalvo received an Honorable Mention in the Law and Legal Studies category for M.K. Gandhi, Attorney at [more...]


Black Against Empire Goodreads Giveaway

Follow the link and register for your chance to win a free copy of the paperback edition of Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin.

In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised [more...]


Ethan Elkind Pushes for Transit-Oriented Development in the L.A. Times

Ethan N. Elkind has some advice for the city of Los Angeles, currently underway on the construction of a multibillion-dollar rail network project. “Rail is expensive to build, operate and maintain compared with other forms of transit,” writes Elkind in an op-ed for Monday’s L.A. Times. “It only becomes cost-effective with high ridership. And the [more...]


Freedom Now! Exhibition

 October 19-December 13, 2013

Art, Design & Architecture Museum
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-7130

“The best-known images of the civil rights struggle show black Americans as nonthreatening victims of white aggression. Though this imagery helped garner the sympathy of liberal whites in the North for the plight of blacks, it did so by preserving [more...]


New UC Press Podcast: The Rebeccas Talk Unfathomable City

In the latest episode of the UC Press Podcast, Unfathomable City authors Rebecca Snedeker and Rebecca Solnit share how they became interested in making a book of maps about New Orleans, and what their respective “insider” and “outsider” statuses bring to the project. Like the bestselling Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, this book is a brilliant reinvention of the [more...]


Notes from the Third General Assembly: A Look Back at Occupy's Origins

To mark the 2nd anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we’re revisiting the origins of the General Assembly with this excerpt from Nathan Schneider’s Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse. The book is an up-close, inside account of OWS’s first year in New York City, written by one of the first reporters [more...]


A Brutal Anniversary

Guest post by Mary Helen Spooner

Salvador Allende’s presidential palace burning. Photo credit: Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile via Wikimedia Commons

It has been four decades since Chile’s Salvador Allende, a socialist, was overthrown in a military coup whose violence shocked the world and ushered in sixteen and a half years of dictatorship. Chile had [more...]


Carrying Civil Rights Forward through Scholarship

From Martin Berger’s Freedom Now!. Unidentified photographer, Woman Resisting Arrest, Birmingham, Alabama, April 14, 1963. Courtesy of Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images.

It’s been 50 years since the March on Washington, and the issues of racial equality and economic justice are just as vital as ever.

UC Press is proud to contribute to the preservation of Martin [more...]