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Behind the Book: Exploring Illustrated Children’s Literature under Lenin and Stalin

Released this summer, Picturing the Page: Illustrated Children’s Literature and Reading under Lenin and Stalin offers a vivid exploration of illustrated children’s literature and reading under Lenin and Stalin – a period when mass publishing for children and universal public education became available for the first time in Russia. In this post, author Megan Swift talks about how her book came to life and explores the vital and multifaceted function illustrated children’s literature plays in repurposing the past.

Pride Month: The Struggle for Gay Rights Before Pride

It’s Pride Month, and to celebrate we’re reaching out to some of our UTP authors and asking them them to delve deeper into their books as well as share what Pride might look like this year. In our first post, Javier Samper Vendrell, author of the newly released The Seduction of Youth: Print Culture and Homosexual Rights in the Weimar Republic, looks at the history of gay rights and what lessons can be learned.

My Odd Case of Writer’s Block, Or, How I Spent Six Months Writing One Paragraph

Sharing the Past is an unprecedentedly detailed account of the intertwining discourses of Canadian history and creative literature. In this post, author of the book J.A. Weingarten discusses his own personal experience with writer’s block, and why it took him the best part of six months to complete his book.