Oread Books marks 40th anniversary
Faculty authors to give readings, sign books
Oread Books will celebrate its 40th birthday with a weeklong public event April 20–26. The celebration will feature a 40 percent discount on in-stock Oread Books merchandise, birthday cake and book signings by four KU faculty authors: Robert Rodriguez, Michelle Heffner Hayes, Jonathan Mayhew and Iain Ellis. The author events, to be held in the Oread Books lounge, are free and open to the public.
Rodriguez, associate director of the McNair Scholars Program, will present a lecture and book signing from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 for his new book, “The Regulation of Boxing: A History and Comparative Analysis of Policies Among American States.” The book offers an historical overview, from the earliest attempts to regulate boxing to present-day legislation that may create a national boxing commission. Rodriguez teaches courses in Latin American studies.
Heffner Hayes, associate professor of dance, and Mayhew, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, will give a presentation on two new books on Spanish literature and culture from 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 22. A book signing will follow brief talks by each author.
Hayes is the author of “Flamenco: Conflicting Histories of the Dance.” The analytic history traces representations of flamenco dance in Spain and abroad from the 20th century to the present, using histories, film, accounts of live performances and interviews.
Mayhew is the author of “Apocryphal Lorca: Translation, Parody, Kitsch.” The book examines how the works of the legendary Spanish writer Federico Garcia Lorca in English translation have had enormous impact on the generation of American poets who came of age during the Cold War. He is the author of four books on contemporary Spanish poetry, including the forthcoming “The Twilight of the Avant-Garde: Spanish Poetry 1980–2000.”
Ellis, lecturer in English, will give a talk and book signing from 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 23 for “Rebels Wit Attitude: Subversive Rock Humorists,” co-published with Soft Skull Press as part of the PopMatters Books Series. The book throws a spotlight on the history of humor as a weapon of anti-establishment rebellion and pays tribute to great rebel humorists in American rock history while investigating comedy and laughter as catalysts and expressive forces in these artists' work.
Visit oreadbooks.com for more information on the weeklong celebration in April and future events.