Five Questions with Brian R. Ulacher

Last week, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota published its first novel, The Library of Chester Fritz, from debut novelist Brian R. Urlacher.  This week, we corresponded a bit with Brian to talk about how the novel benefited from his career as a political scientist, the contemporary literary (and political) landscape, and his past and future work on the mysterious legacy of the eccentric millionaire Chester Fritz. Check out more of Brian’s world of Chester Fritz here! Grab a copy of The Library of Chester Fritz here (and buy one for $7!) and check out Five Questions with…

New Book Day: The Library of Chester Fritz

It’s homecoming week at UND and we have a homecoming themed book for New Book Day! It’s the first book in what should be a pretty exciting 2022/2023 publishing season! Brian R. Urlacher’s, The Library of Chester Fritz, is the first novel published by The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, but is very much in keeping with our focus on the history of the state, our campus, and the region’s remarkable characters. More importantly (especially to anyone without a real connection to North Dakota or UND), the book is a good story. Urlacher’s novel weaves his story into…

Layout Work for a Busy Fall at The Digital Press

There are three books in various stages of layout and design this fall. The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota particularly excited to publish a novella titled The Cherry Tree which will appear as the second volume of a series co-produced with North Dakota Quarterly. The Cherry Tree is the first major Sorbian work published in English and its author, Jurij Koch, is perhaps the best known Sorbian literary figure. The novella was translated from the German by John K. Cox.  John has described the novella like this: Set in the Sorbian-speaking region of the former East Germany, this unique and thought-provoking novella focuses…

New Book Day: Epoiesen 5

Epoiesen and The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota have a special relationship. When the press was just starting out and unsure of itself, Epoiesen’s founding editor, Shawn Graham, reached out and asked whether we might be interested in producing a print and pdf version of his new online journal. Shawn is one of those brilliant and creative scholars who facilitates creativity in others. This trait sometimes seems distressingly rare in academia. Ventures like Epoiesen, however, showed how creating a platform for others to showcase their creative work can elevate entire disciplines.  Considering the absolute shit show this year has been,…

New Book Day: The Archaeological Cultures of the Sheyenne Bend

The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota has had the good fortune of publishing quite a few books that deal with archaeology, on the one hand, and North Dakota, on the other. Every now and then, there’s a happy coincidence, and we publish a book on the archaeology of North Dakota. Today’s New Book Day celebrates one of these books: Michael G. Michlovic’s and George R. Holley’s Archaeological Cultures of the Sheyenne Bend. This book will join a small handful of books that explore in an engaging and accessible way the pre-European history and archaeology of North Dakota. Michlovic and…

New Book Day: Mindful Wandering: Nature and Global Travel through the Eyes of a Farmgirl Scientist

The best days of the year are new book days! The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota is thrilled to announce the publication of Rebecca J. Romsdahl’s book, Mindful Wandering: Nature and Global Travel through the Eyes of a Farmgirl Scientist. As with all books from The Digital Press, Mindful Wandering is available as a free open access download or as a low cost paperback. Download a copy here. Mindful Wandering is an inspiring blend of memoir, travelogue, and environmental manifesto. As a translational ecologist, Rebecca Romsdahl is trained to ask critical questions about how we can improve our…

Free Books for Cyber Monday!

I can think of no better way to spend the digital hellscape that is Cyber Monday, than downloading and reading free stuff from The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. To make this easier and a bit more fun, we’ve put together some download bundles full of good books that you can download absolutely free: First, you can grab all of our archaeology titles with one click here including Deb Brown Stewart and Rebecca Siegfried’s latest book, Deserted Villages: Perspectives from the Eastern Mediterranean. Download it here. Then, you can grab all our titles that have to deal with North Dakota with one…

New Book Day: Backstories: The Kitchen Table Talk Cookbook

It’s new book day at The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. And most people agree that New Book Day is the BEST DAY. The book is Backstories: The Kitchen Table Talk Cookbook and it’s edited by Cynthia C. Prescott and Maureen S. Thompson.  If you want to check the book out, you can download a copy here or purchase it in glorious paperback! Yesterday, we enjoyed the wide ranging book release panel at the Rural Women’s Studies Association where a number of the authors discussed their contribution to the book and celebrated the hard work of the editors to make…

Previewing Backstories: The Kitchen Table Talk Cookbook

Over the last few months, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota has been working away at a very special project. In collaboration with the Rural Women’s Studies Associate, we are publishing an edited volume of scholarly essays and recipes that celebrate, analyze, and interrogate the relationship between food, women, and rural life.  The book is edited by Cynthia C. Prescott and Maureen S. Thompson and is titled Backstories: The Kitchen Table Talk Cookbook. One of the book’s reviewers pointed out that this title is a bit of a mouthful, and we decided that this was entirely appropriate for a book…

New Book Day: Deserted Villages: Perspectives from the Eastern Mediterranean

The best days at the Digital Press are NEW BOOK DAYS, and today is better than most. It’s is my pleasure to announce the publication of Deserted Villages: Perspectives from the Eastern Mediterranean edited by Rebecca M. Seifried and Deborah E. Brown Stewart. The book showcases eight, richly detailed studies of abandoned villages in the Eastern Mediterranean and one in North Dakota. The free digital version of the book includes dozens of color photographs, maps, and plans (in black-and-white in the print version). You can download the book here for free. Here’s a press release and the book’s description. New Book Explores Abandoned Settlements…