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Northwestern University Press Acquires Curbstone Press

New Curbstone imprint will be created at Northwestern

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December 15, 2009 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University Press will add its third Nobel Prize-winning writer to its roster of authors in January 2010 when it acquires the publishing assets of Curbstone Press.

Northwestern not only will retain Curbstone's 150-title backlist in print, it also will publish Curbstone titles currently in progress under a new imprint. Among the titles that will appear in the Curbstone imprint is "A Little Bedtime Story for Saya," a children's book by MacArthur "genius award" winner Edwidge Danticat.

"With its emphasis on creative literature that promotes human rights and intercultural understanding, Curbstone fits perfectly into our publishing program," said Henry Carrigan, assistant director and senior editor at Northwestern University Press.

Curbstone Press is the publisher of "Wandering Star," by 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio. Northwestern University Press is publisher of 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Herta Mueller and 2002 Nobel laureate Imre Kertesz. In Spring 2010, Northwestern will publish Indigo Moor, the inaugural winner of the Northwestern University Press Cave Canem Poetry Prize.

Curbstone's booklist includes work by Luis Rodríguez, Martín Espada, Claribel Alegria, Salah Al Hamdani, Ana Castillo, Wayne Karlin, E. Ethelbert Miller and Sergio Ramírez as well as Le Clézio.

Northwestern University Press is renowned for its strength and commitment to publishing scholarly works in the humanities. The press also plays an important role in supporting many academic disciplines at Northwestern. It received a grant of more than $800,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support innovative efforts with the University's Program of African Studies in Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and departments of theatre and performance studies in the School of Communication.

Among the first major outcomes of that grant will be the launch next year of a new electronic journal, "Islamic Africa," produced in collaboration with the Program of African Studies and drawing on Northwestern's African studies research strength.

For more information and a complete list of Northwestern University Press titles, visit http://nupress.northwestern.edu/.