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A Region’s Many Parts: UNC Press

A region’s culture is defined by many things. This is especially true for the American South, where, through port cities such as Charleston and New Orleans, a diverse community of people has tried to get along with one another—and sometimes not—for longer than America has been a country.

Perhaps no press better exemplifies the South in all its glorious contradictions and contributions than the University of North Carolina Press, which publishes books about topics as diverse as sports, dentistry, food, and much, much more.

The University of North Carolina Press (est. 1922) was the first university press in the South and one of the first in the nation.

Their audience is general readers, while publishing “excellent work from leading scholars, writers, and intellectuals” that help UNC Press be a progressive force while celebrating and exploring the region’s history and culture.

Recent titles include Distilling the South: A Guide to Southern Craft Liquors and the People Who Make Them by Kathleen Purvis; a collection of essays, Edna Lewis: at the Table with an American Original, edited by Sara B. Franklin; and a biography of Bernardo de Gálvez, a hero of the American Revolution, by Gonzalo M. Quintero Saravia.

Right now they’re running a promotion: 40 percent off American History titles. Click here for more information, including the discount code.

UNC Press also publishes scores of journals by “scholars, research centers, and scholarly societies” that “explore a range of fields primarily in the humanities and social sciences.” They also work with Appalachian Heritage and the North Carolina Literary Review, literary journals that publish original fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction in addition to scholarly articles.

We highlighted the NC Literary Review on our blog last year.

Authors interested in publishing their book with UNC Press should keep in mind that UNC Press publishes trade and scholarly titles about our region. They do not publish original fiction, poetry, drama, memoir, or festschriften [“a collection of writings published in honor of a scholar”—ed.].

They do have many, many other areas of interest, including special series. For more information about what they publish, and how to craft a proposal, click here.

You can browse all of the titles published by UNC Press at their website,; or follow them on Facebook; Twitter; or Instagram.