Northern Illinois University Press is pleased to announce the publication of 10 new books this fall. The newly released and forthcoming titles include studies in history and religion, two memoirs, and a novel.
The NIU community will be especially interested in Steelpan in Education: A History of the Northern Illinois University Steelband by Andrew Martin, Ray Funk and Jeannine Remy. This history of the NIU Steelband traces the evolution of the program and engages with broader issues relating to the development of university steelband and world music ensembles.
The Long Running Life of Helena Zigon: A True Story in 21 Kilometers is a must-read for those interested in running or history. The inspirational as-told-to memoir focuses on Slovenian marathon runner Helena Zigon, whose life spanned most of the twentieth century. She witnessed World War II, the rise and fall of Yugoslavia and the founding of the new state of Slovenia. Through it all, she found strength and peace in the act of running.
In From Prague to Jerusalem: An Uncommon Journey of a Journalist, Milan J. Kubic tells the story of his life, from his childhood in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to his career as a Newsweek correspondent, which spanned thirty-one years and three continents. Kubic spent most of his career reporting from abroad, including South America, the Indian subcontinent, and Eastern and Western Europe. Anyone interested in journalism, history or politics will enjoy this captivating memoir.
Set in 1983, Susan Jackson Rodgers’s novel This Must Be the Place follows Thea Knox as she encounters an unexpected detour on a cross-country road trip. She finds herself settling in Merdale, KS, where she makes new friends, begins a romance and discovers some of the small town’s dark secrets. This compelling coming-of-age novel celebrates the magic and mystery that exist in even the most ordinary places.
In Editing Turgenev, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy: Mikhail Katkov and the Great Russian Novel, Susanne Fusso examines influential editor Mikhail Katkov’s relationship with major Russian literary figures.
Solzhenitsyn: The Historical-Spiritual Destinies of Russia and the West by Lee Congdon is a study of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and his writings that focuses on the religiopolitical trajectories of Russia and the West.
The essays in The Dangerous God: Christianity and the Soviet Experiment, edited by Dominic Erdozain, seek to shed light on the dynamic and subversive capacities of religious faith in a context of brutal oppression.
The Trial of Gustav Graef: Art, Sex, and Scandal in Late Nineteenth-Century Germany, by Barnet Hartston, examines the 1885 trial of German portraitist Gustav Graef, who was accused of perjury and sexual impropriety.
In The Campaign State: Communist Mobilizations for the East German Countryside, 1945–1990, Gregory R. Witkowski explores the intersection of dictatorial power, state planning and active propaganda machines in East Germany by focusing on mass mobilizations.
Besieged Leningrad: Aesthetic Responses to Urban Disaster, by acclaimed poet Polina Barskova, examines cultural and literary representations of spatiality in Leningrad during the Siege of Leningrad (1941–1944).
Since its founding in 1965, NIU Press’s mission has been to support and enhance the reputation and research mission of Northern Illinois University by publishing outstanding works of scholarship for a global audience. The press also promotes understanding of the Midwest through books on regional history and culture.