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A Month for Books

While we love and promote books year-round, October is National Book Month. To join in the celebration, read to children or the elderly. Discuss books in your classroom if you are an instructor. Attend book signings and festivals. Buy a book or several. offers discount prices on a variety of titles on many subjects to enhance your knowledge and to provide resources for course work. Here are some previously featured selections on a variety of subjects from our publishers:

I Have a Dream: A 50th Year Testament to the March That Changed America, by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, with photographs by Bob Adelman, $44.95 (List price: $49.99), Pearson, August 2013, ISBN-10: 0133498395, ISBN-13: 978-0133498394, pp. 256.

This book chronicle events leading up to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the events on that great day, Aug. 28, 1963, including numerous angles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his soul-stirring “I Have a Dream” speech. The book was published in celebration of the 50th anniversary of this address and includes the text of the speech and more than 100 stunning photos from the Civil Rights Movement and the march. The photographs are by Bob Adelman, who followed the Movement as the official photographer for the Congress of Racial Equality and contributed work to many publications.


Legend of the Free State of Jones, by Rudy H. Leverett, $22.50, List Price: $25.00, University of Mississippi Press, ISBN                9781604735710, pp. 143.

This is considered the first to take a comprehensive, scholarly look at the legends surrounding the Jones County, Mississippi, uprising in 1864 involving secession from the Confederacy. Dr. Leverett was a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, who died in 1999. In this book, he debunks some of the myths about the incidents in Jones County based on facts and available records. The story was recently the subject of a motion picture starring Matthew McConaughey.


Nobody Knows Where the Blues Come From: Lyrics and History, by Robert Springer, $22.50 (List price: $25), University of Mississippi Press, ISBN 1934110299, pp. 248.

The sound of the blues and the legendary characters who created it and keep it alive have attracted their share of popular attention and scholarship. Less studied are the words, the lyrics that make the blues uniquely rich and that constitute an oral history of a people. In this volume, an international cast of contributors explores the stories and themes that run through blues songs.


Conversations with: Yusef Komunyakaa, edited by Shirley A. James Hanshaw,

$45 (List Price: $50), University of Mississippi Press, ISBN: 9781604734218, pp. 224.

In this collection of interviews spanning two decades, Yusef Komunyakaa, one of the most prolific and acclaimed poets, describes the poetry he produces as “word painting” and as “music.” In his groundbreaking collaborations with artists of other genres, he also has joined poetry with visual art, music, dance, drama and voice.

Komunyakaa was the first African American male to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his collection, Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, in 1994. A professor at New York University, he has won many other honors and published several collections of his work. He was born in 1941 in Louisiana, where he grew up.


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