There has been some Online chatter about the future of LSU Press. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently reported that the state is planning major budget cuts for the school, which may lead to the dismantling of the press. For those of us who are serious about Civil War and Southern history this would be a major blow. LSU is one of the top publishers in both of these fields and is responsible for some of the most important studies of the past few decades. My guess is that the publisher will survive the budget woes, but it may have to cut back on the number of titles. Let’s hope the quality doesn’t suffer.
On the other hand I just received the latest catalog (Fall/Winter 2009) from UNC Press. They are slated to release a healthy selection of new titles in both fields. Forthcoming titles include Joan Waugh’s long-awaited study of Grant as well as Wayne Wei-Siang Hsieh’s study of West Pointers (his UVA dissertation). You can also look forward to books by Howard Jones, William L. Shea, Michael Perman, William Blair ed., and Judith Giesberg. Most of these titles can be found in Gary Gallagher’s Civil War America series.
On a completely different note I just accepted an invitation for next Wednesday to talk to a Cub Scout troop about the Civil War. I am going to see if we can meet at the Confederate cemetery at UVA, which would make for the perfect setting.