Texas A&M University Press, a longtime member of the Association of University Presses (AUPresses), is proud to celebrate University Press Week (UP Week).

UP Week Overview

In the summer of 1978, US President Jimmy Carter proclaimed a University Press Week “in recognition of the impact, both here and abroad, of American university presses on culture and scholarship.” Read the full proclamation here.

In 2012, AUPresses revived the idea of this celebration to recognize the impact that a global community of university presses has on every one of us and marks University Press Week each November with a new theme, events, featured UP work, blog tours, and more.

Goals of UP Week

  1. To increase university press awareness across the country.
  2. To demonstrate what university presses do, why they are different from commercial publishers, how they enhance publishing and scholarship/academia, and how they raise the profile of their respective universities.

Up Week 2020 Theme #RaiseUP

 #RaiseUP highlights the role that the university press community plays in elevating authors, subjects, and whole disciplines that bring new perspectives, ideas, and voices to readers around the globe—in partnership with booksellers, librarians, and others. University presses use peer review and rigorous editorial processes to ensure that the books being raised up are among the best in their fields. In a time when information moves at faster speeds than ever before, it is critical that books about the most important events and ideas of the day are nurtured, championed, and made widely available.

Texas A&M University Press Editor in Chief Thom Lemmons highlights how university presses raise up the voices of those who might otherwise not be heard:

UP Week Recommended Reading List

AUPresses is featuring 82 publications and projects that illustrate how university presses around the world Raise UP new ideas, subject areas, and authors’ voices. Gallery and Reading List

Texas A&M University UP Week Recommended Reading List

We are offering our own specially curated recommended reading list that speaks directly to this year’s theme! From now until November 15, take 30% off these titles using code UPWEEK

Preparing for Pandemics in the Modern World

Demagogue for President

Native but Foreign

That Woman

The Rise of Climate Science

When Everything Beyond the Walls Is Wild

Women in Texas History

War Narratives

Black Man in the Huddle

The Ground on Which I Stand

The River and the Wall


The Cedar Choppers

Nuclear New Mexico

Texas A&M University Press and Texas A&M University Libraries

University presses often work closely with libraries, and one of those relationship initiatives is open access (OA). Texas A&M University Press is no exception. You can find a list of our OA titles in the Texas A&M University Libraries OAKTrust digital repository.

In addition to this OA initiative, we have a special working relationship with our campus Libraries. To learn more about our connection and reporting structure, read a message (link to Libraries Blog) from David H. Carlson, dean of Texas A&M University Libraries.

More UP Week Celebration Information

If you want to learn more about UP Week celebrations, check out the AUPresses UP Week Twitter blog tour as well as events, webinars, and videos.