Taste Fine Wines, Visit Old California, and Explore the History of Life on Earth

UC Press will unveil three brand-new series this fall. The new arrivals travel to Champagne, Tuscany, and colonial California, and to the forefront of systematic biology. The fall season also marks the debut of UC Publishing Services (UCPubS), a sustainable system combining print and digital publishing for scholarly books.

UC Press has about one hundred and thirty series in print. They introduce students to ancient philosophies, chronicle excavations of hominid remains in Ethiopia’s Middle Awash region, celebrate food and culture, reveal California’s natural wonders, and explore many other subjects. The new series, The World’s Finest Wines, Western Histories, and Species and Systematics, each have two books due this fall.

Champagne Tuscany The experienced palate can trace a glass of Chianti back to the sprawling vineyards of Tuscany, and a celebratory sip of Champagne back to its namesake province in rural France. In THE WORLD’S FINEST WINES series, the experts behind World of Fine Wine magazine profile these and other classic regions, capturing each area’s complex character. In The Finest Wines of Tuscany and Central Italy, Nicolas Belfrage visits more than ninety producers, selects his one hundred favorite wines, and reviews all the best vintages. In The Finest Wines of Champagne, Michael Edwards takes us on a terroir-based journey through the ultimate sparkling wine region. Exploring both traditions and trends, he tastes the most interesting wines, including two decades of vintages.

SPECIES AND SYSTEMATICS is a scholarly series that investigates fundamental and practical aspects of systematics and taxonomy. Malte Ebach, co-author of Comparative Biogeography, is the series editor.

Earth and life share a complex history that stretches far beyond the origin of our species. Yet if we look closely enough at the mountains, oceans, and organisms of today, the entire history of life on earth can unfold before our eyes. To unlock these elusive secrets, biogeographers analyze patterns of biodiversity, species distribution, and geological
history. In the landmark text Comparative Biogeography, Lynne Parenti and Malte Ebach outline a comparative approach to biogeography, rooted in phylogenetic systematics.

Like organisms themselves, the idea and meaning of “species” has evolved over time. In Species, John Wilkins chronicles this concept’s evolution from antiquity to the present. “Few topics have engaged biologists and philosophers more than the concept of species, and arguably no idea is more important for evolutionary science,” says Joel Cracraft of the American Museum of Natural History. Adds UC Berkeley’s Kevin Padian of the book: “This is not the potted history that one usually finds in texts and review articles.”

WESTERN HISTORIES is a new series published by the Huntington Library Press and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, in partnership with the University of California Press. Drawing on the resources and programs of these institutions, the series enriches our understanding of California and the American West.

It is always fascinating to imagine what life was like for those who lived and died before our time. How did the people of the past see themselves and their worlds? In Alta California,
Steven Hackel collects nine essays examining individual and collective identity in Spanish California. Innovative and extensively researched, the essays bring to light the perspectives of colonial California’s diverse population.

In The Father of All, the Oakland Museum of California’s chief history curator Louise Pubols presents an illuminating study of the powerful de la Guerra family of Santa Barbara. Through their story, and analysis of the era’s political and economic upheaval, she reveals how patriarchy functioned through the generations in Spanish and Mexican California.

UC Press and the California Digital Library are pleased to announce University of California Publishing Services (UCPubS). This integrated system combines print distribution, sales, and marketing services offered by UC Press with the open access digital publishing services provided by the California Digital Library through eScholarship. UCPubS is part of the University of California’s broader effort to ensure a sustainable scholarly publishing system in the service of research and teaching. Here’s a preview of the UCPubS books coming this fall:

Nietzsche’s Negative Ecologies, by Malcolm Bull, T.J. Clark, & Anthony Cascardi

Is Critique Secular? Blasphemy, Injury and Free Speech, by Talal Asad, Judith Butler, Saba Mahmood, & Wendy Brown

Stories from Schools: Case Studies of the California Academic Partnership Program, edited by Alice Kawazoe

Hard Work, Hard Times: Global Volatility and African Subjectives, by Anne-Maria Makhulu, Beth A. Buggenhagen, & Stephen Jackson