#UPWeek blog tour begins today!

It's University Press Week (#UPWeek), the most wonderful time of year where we get to celebrate the best of what we do in the world of scholarship and publishing! We along with several other university presses across the US, Canada, and the UK are participating in the annual UP Week blog tour, which starts today. During the course of the week, 40 posts are planned around the themes of Surprise, the Future of Scholarly Publishing, Design in University Press and Scholarly Publishing, #TBT (Throwback Thursday), and #PublishUP: Presses in Conversation with Authors. The following presses kick off the tour today with posts on surprising facts about their publishing programs:

The University Press of Florida highlights recipes and photos from their recent cookbooks that have changed how people view the Sunshine State, revealing a thriving food scene that has often gone unnoticed amid the state's highly-publicized beaches and theme parks.

The University Press of New England reflects on the unusual success of Winning Marriage by Marc Solomon, which traces the years-long, state-by-state legal battle for marriage equality in America. Surprises came in many forms: from the serendipitous timing of the book’s publication with the Supreme Court ruling to the book’s ability to resonate with general readers and legal scholars alike—and many other unexpected events in between.

Steve Yates, marketing director at the University Press of Mississippi, discusses how the Press has partnered with Lemuria Books in Jackson and writers across the state to create the Mississippi Books page at the Clarion-Ledger.

It's pop quiz time over at the University Press of Kentucky's blog, where surprising facts about members of the Association of American University Presses are being revealed.

The University of Nebraska Press features a side of its publishing program that you don't always see—the staff members behind the books.

The University of California Press discusses its Luminos and Collabra open access publishing platforms.

Mystery fiction is a surprise hit, and a surprisingly good fit, at the University of Wisconsin Press. Its sleuths in several series include a duo of globe-trotting art history experts, a Wisconsin sheriff in a favorite tourist destination, a gay literature professor, and a tough detective who quotes Shakespeare and Melville.

Other bloggers today include the University of Michigan Press and University Press of Kansas. The blog tour stops at our press tomorrow with a post by IUP director Gary Dunham on the future of scholarly publishing.

Follow the blog tour and other University Press Week news with the hashtags #UPWeek, #ReadUP, and #PublishUP.