UP Week 2021

“Keep UP!”, the 2021 University Press Week theme, marks our tenth anniversary and celebrates how university presses have evolved over the past decade.

Our inaugural UP Week theme, back in 2012, was “Contributing to an Informed Society”—in the ten years since, the university press community has stayed true to this goal, keeping up the highest standards of scholarship and championing the power of ideas. As the world changes, so do university presses, adapting subject areas, author lists, and publishing know-how to grow into an ever more diverse, ever more global community. An informed society is as important as ever, and we are proud to honor the forward-thinking work that has made university presses leaders in their fields and a force to keep up with!

Read our media announcement and major media coverage.

Keep UP Gallery

Selected by member presses, the 85 projects in this online gallery and reading list offer a small sample of university presses’ pathbreaking work in a variety of formats and through a wide range of initiatives.

A Decade of Excellence

Curated by the University Press Week Task Force, these highlights further demonstrate the excellence and innovation of university presses over the past decade. Read UP about new university presses, selected award winners, and featured university press publications, collaborations, podcasts, and more!

Keep UP Blog Tour

Each year, we take a tour of the blogs in our larger community, with a series that daily addresses different aspects of the week’s theme. This year we celebrate the ways that university presses have been a force to Keep UP with during the past decade and will continue to be in the future.

Keep UP Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 10, 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT

Moderated by Alena Jones, director of buying and content at Seminary Co-op, the panel discussion features West Virginia University Press author Deesha Philyaw; Stephen Sparks, owner of Point Reyes Books; and John Sherer, director of the University of North Carolina Press. In keeping with this year’s UP Week theme, #KeepUP, they discuss what makes university presses a force to keep up with over the past decade and what they foresee for university presses in the years ahead.

This event was rebroadcast on C-SPAN2 BookTV in January 2022. Watch the recording.

Keep UP Videos

University presses from around the world contributed clips to our UP Week 2021 Keep UP videos, produced by Ingram Ingram Content Group. Participating presses included Cairo, Chicago, Fordham, LSU, Manchester, South Carolina, Texas A&M,  and West Indies.