University Press Week 2020 with Conor Broughan

University Press Week runs from November 9-15, and the theme chosen by the Association of University Presses this year is “Raise UP”. This theme was chosen to emphasize the role that academic publishers play in elevating authors, subjects, and whole disciplines that bring new perspectives, ideas, and voices to readers around the globe. In keeping with the ideals of UP Week, Book Culture asked some staffers from around the University Press community to tell us about their work, and what they’re reading.

We're especially excited to present this Q&A with Conor Broughan, our sale representative from the Columbia University Press Sales Consortium. He works tirelessly with us to ensure we have the newest and best in adaemic publishing from the whole list of university presses covered by the consortium. He has curated a list of titles for us for our window at Book Culture 112th in celebration of University Press week. The books are listed below!

1) How did you get your start in University and Academic Publishing?

I started as the Exhibits Coordinator at Columbia University Press in 2006, taking our books to academic conferences across the country. I stayed in touch with my boss during a stint in grad school and was lucky enough to be welcomed back with open arms into the university press fold when this sales representative position became available. 

2) What was one of your first projects you worked on? 

As a book sales rep, the first project was to develop relationships with the booksellers out in the field (or the "real world" as it is sometimes called in the office), and with the marketing and sales staff at the publishers I represent. That was a lot of people to keep track of all at once! I often say that I'm an employee of my publishers and an advocate for my bookstores. My ongoing project is to keep that balance.

3) Recommendation for people considering a career in academic publishing? 

When I first started in academic publishing, I was pretty intimidated by some of the titles that I needed to be able to talk about with academics in that particular field of study. To be honest, I was intimidated by the books in general. I've learned that I don't need to be an expert in every field in order to make sure the right book finds the right reader. It's vastly more important for me to know everything I can about the bookstores I work with--and their customers--than to know everything about any particular academic discipline. When you know a bookstore well, you can help them surprise their regular customers. Everyone loves that moment!

4) What are you currently reading? 


High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies
by Erik Davis (The MIT Press/Strange Attractor)


Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life
by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields (Verso Press)

5) What are you working on now that you're excited about?

Like most jobs during the pandemic, everything that could change about this job has changed. Travel is a vital part of meeting with bookstores. Being stuck at home means getting creative with how we present titles to the world. I've created more targeted collections of new titles in the past five months than I had in the past five years combined. With bookstores working unbelievably hard with limited staff and resources to keep the doors open to browsers and fulfill web orders, any little bit we can do as reps to help stores find the right books has been a worthwhile use of my time.


Conor Broughan is the Northeast Sales Representative for the Columbia University Press Sales Consortium. He lives in Maine.


See Conor Broughan's window at 112th or browse the list below! 

The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, with a New Preface Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780674238145
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Published: Harvard University Press - July 22nd, 2019

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780674919228
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Published: Harvard University Press - April 28th, 2020

From Here to There: The Art and Science of Finding and Losing Our Way Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780674244573
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Published: Belknap Press - May 12th, 2020

Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity Cover Image
By Micah Rajunov (Editor), A. Scott Duane (Editor)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780231185332
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Published: Columbia University Press - April 9th, 2019

Space Settlements Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781941332498
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Published: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City - July 23rd, 2019

The Man Who Couldn't Die: The Tale of an Authentic Human Being (Russian Library) Cover Image
By Marian Schwartz (Translator), Olga Slavnikova, Mark Lipovetsky (Introduction by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780231185950
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Published: Columbia University Press - January 29th, 2019

The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9780520280069
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Published: University of California Press - September 2nd, 2013

Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780520285958
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Published: University of California Press - October 19th, 2016

Enchanted New York: A Journey Along Broadway Through Manhattan's Magical Past Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9781479838264
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Published: New York University Press - October 27th, 2020

Avidly Reads Theory Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781479801008
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Published: New York University Press - October 8th, 2019

Diary of a Detour Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781478009672
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Published: Duke University Press - September 18th, 2020

Vexy Thing: On Gender and Liberation Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781478000815
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Published: Duke University Press - September 28th, 2018

Gunslinger Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781478000853
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Published: Duke University Press - September 7th, 2018

Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983 Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780822362029
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Published: Duke University Press - September 30th, 2016

Hold on to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-1992 Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780822344858
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Published: Duke University Press - November 1st, 2009

High Line Scavenger Hunt Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781773850009
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Published: University of Calgary Press - September 14th, 2018

The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781496218742
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - April 1st, 2020

Between the Rocks and the Stars: Narratives in Natural History Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780826522757
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Published: Vanderbilt University Press - April 15th, 2020

Japan Supernatural: Ghost, Goblins, and Monsters, 1700 to Now Cover Image
By Melanie Eastburn (Editor)
$39.95
ISBN: 9781741741469
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Published: Art Gallery of New South Wales - January 1st, 2020

The Belle Créole (Caraf Books: Caribbean and African Literature Translated fro) Cover Image
By Maryse Condé, Nicole Simek (Translator)
$21.95
ISBN: 9780813944227
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Published: University of Virginia Press - April 28th, 2020

Putin Kitsch in America Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780773559011
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Published: McGill-Queen's University Press - September 19th, 2019