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 … Continue reading 2016 Florida Book Award Winners

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

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 … Continue reading Music Everywhere Q&A with Marty Jourard

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 … Continue reading Music Everywhere

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 … Continue reading Celebrate National Arts Advocacy Day

The Christmas Carol Blues: Ronald D. Lankford, Jr. guest post

  Ronald D. Lankford, Jr. is an independent scholar whose writing focuses on the cultural history of American popular music. He currently lives with his wife Elizabeth and nine cats in Appomattox, Virginia. His forthcoming book, Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, and Silent Nights: A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs, is due out from UPF in Fall 2013.   At … Continue reading The Christmas Carol Blues: Ronald D. Lankford, Jr. guest post