We published seventy titles in 2017! We honed our historical strengths in areas like continental philosophy, translation, poetry, and literary fiction while renewing our commitment to socially engaged scholarship and critical inquiry. This year also saw the launch of our new series Second to None: Chicago Stories which spotlights previously untold histories of the city of Chicago, and the completion of the Northwestern-Newberry Edition of The Writings of Herman Melville. So, without further ado, and in no particular order, these titles make up our top ten bestsellers of 2017:
In 2017 our authors were honored for their commitment to social change, featured in media outlets from The New York Times to Bitch Media and the Chicago Tribune. They made television appearances, gave TED talks, and received scholarly, accolades.
While our top five tweets only capture a small fraction of what was noteworthy in 2017, these were our most popular:
Here are just a few highlights of the hundreds of events from 2017 hosted by the press and our authors:
In March editors and contributors Kwame Dawes, Matthew Shenoda, and Chris Abani gathered at the Block Museum for a reading and discussion of Romare Bearden’s power and influence in the contemporary artistic world.
In May we hosted a celebration of the life of Gwendolyn Brooks with Toi Derricotte, Nikky Finney, Vievee Francis, Angela Jackson, and Patricia Smith for the landmark poetry event Black Women As Giants.
In December, editors Abdul Alkalimat, Romi Crawford, and Rebecca Zorach discussed The Wall of Respect, social justice, and the power of public art in celebration of the release of The Wall of Respect: Public Art and Black Liberation in 1960s Chicago.
We’ve got much more in store for 2018! To see past and future events you can check out our events calendar.