University Press Week 2018 Plans to #TurnItUP

Emphasizing the critical role of university presses in providing a voice for authors, ideas, and communities beyond the scope of mainstream publishing, the Association of University Presses has chosen “#TurnItUP” as the theme for this year’s University Press Week. University Press Week runs from November 12 through November 17. #TurnItUP was selected to celebrate the work of the UP community to find, publish, and amplify subjects, authors, and stories that might otherwise be overlooked by the book publishing community.

This will be the seventh annual UP Week. The community will host online celebrations of this year’s theme via a blog tour and a featured publication gallery, and industry supporters such as Ingram and Baker & Taylor also will mark the week online through special messages and marketing. Celebrations will take place “in real life” as well. A panel focusing on this year’s theme is planned at the Miami Book Fair. University presses also are teaming with brick and mortar bookstores, libraries, and other venues to bring #TurnItUP to the reading public. A full run-down of all UP Week events can be found at, which will be updated in the coming weeks.

University presses publish approximately 14,000 books each year, including reprints. 146 presses belong to AUPresses, and 20% of that number are university presses based outside the US.

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