While I am disappointed that we aren’t able to gather for the American Society for Environmental History’s 2020 Annual Conference in Ottawa, Canada this week, I do hope that you are all safe and healthy and taking some solace in the amazing animal content out there. I always look forward to ASEH because it is the rare opportunity to meet authors, readers, and University Press colleagues in person. I’m still excited to have this opportunity to share some new and forthcoming titles in environmental studies and environmental history.
As this pandemic continues to challenge society in unpredictable and unimagined ways, Sarah Jaquette Ray shares valuable lessons for thriving in the face of an uncertain future in her forthcoming Field Guide to Climate Anxiety. While the tools in the book are specific to managing emotions around climate change, this advice will help anyone who is feeling overwhelmed.
New titles available now:
America’s Largest Classroom: What We Learn from our National Parks, edited by Jessica L. Thompson and Ana K. Houseal, showcases why parks are important spaces for learning about nature and U.S. history. Lina Britto’s Marijuana Boom examines why a model of representative democracy and economic modernization transformed into a drug paradise, and at what cost? Meat Planet: Artificial Flesh and the Future of Food by Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft explores the future of science and food.
I’m also proud to announce books that are newly available in paperback. These include After the Grizzly: Endangered Species and Politics of Place in California by Peter S. Alagona, The Fall and Rise of the Wetlands of California’s Great Central Valley by Philip Garone, and David Gilmartin’s Blood and Water: The Indus River Basin in Modern History.
Environmental Studies at UC Press:
This year’s conference theme, “Reparative Environmental History,” is an important framework. How do we heal our relationship with our environment? I come back to this question often as I acquire books. People are part of nature, and I’m especially interested in projects that explore the close connections between environment, society, and culture. I’m always on the lookout for book ideas that challenge our assumptions and take interdisciplinary approaches. I acquire books for a range of audiences, including scholars, students, or a broader public.
If you were planning to drop by the exhibit hall and pitch your own book, I’d love to hear from you. You can find our submission guidelines here.