Fordham University Press publishes primarily in the humanities and the social sciences. It is the oldest Catholic university press in the United States. Kate O’Brien-Nicholson is the Associate Director tasked with the management of all elements of FUP sales and marketing. Additionally, she assists the Director as a primary brand ambassador for the Press both inside and outside Fordham University. Recently, we caught up with her to discuss what’s happening at the Press this year.
What are your plans for the rest of 2017?
In March, the press moved from Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, New York, to its Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan. Manhattan is the hub of publishing and attracts both authors and publishing professionals from all over the world. The new location will raise the profile of FUP and is ideally located for press-sponsored events such as author panels, book launches, and signings.
In April, the Press and Fordham University Libraries were awarded the NEH/Mellon Humanities Open Book Grant to Digitize American Philosophy titles. The grant gives this collection of books new life by making titles available to a wide audience of scholars, students and researchers in an accessible digital format to ensure its sustainability and contribution to learning and expertise for the foreseeable future.
FUP also finalized an agreement with Ingram Publisher Services to take over print and electronic distribution from Oxford University Press as of July 1, 2017. The Ingram system is compatible with the BiblioLIVE database making the transfer of information less cumbersome. Ingram is also now the home of our digital assets through its CoreSource platform. FUP digital files are archived in this repository and will be easily accessible to our new and existing partners.
Additionally, FUP hired Supadu, an expert in website creation specializing in university presses, to build a new website. Ingram, BiblioLIVE, and Supadu work well with each other technologically so FUP will have a fully integrated digital network instead of having disparate programs that need individual attention. We expect to launch the new site this Fall.
In September, the press will publish the first entry in its new Polis series; digital stories that are 20,000 words or less. Available as e-books or print on demand, they will all be urban in theme. The first publication in the Polis digital shorts series focuses on a setting in China called “Thames Town.” Based on the city of London, it is mainly desolate and unoccupied except for wedding photography shoots.
What events will you be going to?
FUP will be attending a number of conferences including Book Expo (NYC), Brooklyn Book Festival, American Academy of Religion (AAR), American Historical Association (AHA), American Studies Association (ASA), Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS), Modern Language Association (MLA), Urban Affairs Association (AAAS), Society for Military History (SMH), and Frankfurt Book Fair via our international distributor Combined Academic Publications (CAP) and attendance by our Press Director, Fredric Nachbaur.
Teaching Bodies: Moral Formation in the Summa of Thomas Aquinas
Mark D. Jordan
The Hawthorne Archive: Letters from the Utopian Margins
Avery F. Gordon