Publisher Spotlight - University Press of Florida

As the official publisher for the State University System, the University Press of Florida (UPF) has been engaging educators, students, and discerning readers since 1945. UPF has published over 2,500 volumes since its inception and currently releases nearly 100 new titles each year. They serve as active members of the American Association of University Presses, the Association of American Publishers, the American Booksellers Association, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, and many diverse scholarly organizations. Located in a state built from exploration and enterprise, they approach their mission with that same spirit of discovery.

UPF titles are as informative, unique and inspiring as they are beautiful. Below we highlight our favorite NEW titles from the UPF Fall catalog.

Embracing Cuba by Byron Motley

"Words alone do not do Cuba justice. They depict only fragments of her mystery and beauty, her strength and fragility, her spirit and song. And so I turn to my cameras . . ."--from the introduction, Embracing Cuba

Intrigued by tales of his parents' long-ago journey to the pre-revolutionary "Pearl of the Antilles," award-winning photographer Byron Motley traveled to Cuba more than a decade ago and instantly fell in love. Year after year he has returned with his camera to explore its vistas, its people, and its spirit.

Forgoing the political imagery that has dominated American media, Motley highlights the many ways in which Cubans retain and nourish their zest for life despite the scarcity of every day. Through his vivid photographs, readers discover the real Cuba: its heart-stopping architecture and infectious energy, its cars seemingly teleported from the past, its love of baseball so fierce as to be nearly religious, the joy of community, and the unexpected juxtapositions of life in the last bastion of communism in the Western world.

Even before the easing of travel restrictions, Motley's personal relationships with key dignitaries provided him with unprecedented access in Havana, allowing him to capture the allure, the mystique, and the vibrant essence of Cuba.  BUY NOW

Allure of Immortality by Lyn Millner

"Brilliantly written and strangely moving. Millner has resurrected the lost history of a cult devoted to a utopian vision as pure as it was outlandish."--Steve Almond, author of God Bless America: Stories

For five days in December 1908 the body of Cyrus Teed lay in a bathtub at a beach house just south of Fort Myers, Florida. His followers, the Koreshans, waited for signs that he was coming back to life. They watched hieroglyphics emerge on his skin and observed what looked like the formation of a third arm. They saw his belly fall and rise with breath, even though his swollen tongue sealed his mouth. As his corpse turned black, they declared that their leader was transforming into the Egyptian god Horus.

Teed was a charismatic and controversial guru who at the age of 30 had been "illuminated" by an angel in his electro-alchemical laboratory. At the turn of the twentieth century, surrounded by the marvels of the Second Industrial Revolution, he proclaimed himself a prophet and led 200 people out of Chicago and into a new age. Or so he promised.

The Koreshans settled in a mosquito-infested scrubland and set to building a communal utopia inside what they believed was a hollow earth--with humans living on the inside crust and the entire universe contained within. According to Teed’s socialist and millennialist teachings, if his people practiced celibacy and focused their love on him, he would return after death and they would all become immortal.

Was Teed a visionary or villain, savior or two-bit charlatan? Why did his promises and his theory of "cellular cosmogony" persuade so many? In The Allure of Immortality, Lyn Millner weaves the many bizarre strands of Teed's life and those of his followers into a riveting story of angels, conmen, angry husbands, yellow journalism, and ultimately, hope. BUY NOW

Pickled, Fried, and Fresh by Bert Gill

"Fresh and engaging. Whether you're a culinary novice or a seasoned cook, you'll find something here that strikes your fancy."--Nancy White, food writer, Florida Times-Union

A pioneer in the local food movement shares his southern kitchen and bold recipes in Pickled, Fried, and Fresh. Chef Bert Gill will inspire readers to connect deeply with their region and communities by relying on seasonal food from local farmers--and to try some of his inventive dishes at home.

In the past 15 years, Gill has established three acclaimed restaurants and this cookbook showcases his signature items like pimento cheese, clams with fennel and oranges, watermelon salad, and bourbon cocktails. Gill has also founded a farm-to-table food organization in Florida, raised awareness of local crops and healthy eating habits, and mentored aspiring chefs who have taken up his skills and ethos in successful culinary careers throughout the United States.

The recipes and photos in this book showcase the unique personality of Gill's local foodscape--a region with multiple harvests throughout the year and access to fresh catch from both coasts. His cookbook represents how Florida chefs are using local ingredients to create their own exciting niche in southern cuisine. Best of all, Bert Gill's recipes include notes and tips to help readers master fundamental cooking techniques and bring his place-centered vision to their own communities.

Bert Gill is chef-owner of Blue Gill Quality Foods, Mildred’s Big City Food, and New Deal Café in Gainesville, Florida. BUY NOW

Havana Hardball by Cesar Brioso

"An in-depth look at a pivotal time in baseball history."--Lou Hernández, author of Baseball’s Great Hispanic Pitchers

In February 1947, the most memorable season in the history of the Cuban League finished with a dramatic series win by Almendares against its rival, Habana. As the celebration spread through the streets of Havana and across Cuba, the Brooklyn Dodgers were beginning spring training on the island. One of the Dodgers' minor league players was Jackie Robinson.

He was on the verge of making his major-league debut in the United States, an event that would fundamentally change sports--and America. To avoid harassment from the white crowds in Florida during this critical preseason, the Dodgers relocated their spring training to Cuba, where black and white teammates had played side by side since 1900.

It was also during this time that Major League Baseball was trying its hardest to bring the "outlaw" Cuban League under the control of organized baseball. As the Cubans fought to stay independent, Robinson worked to earn a roster spot on the Dodgers in the face of discrimination from his future teammates.

Havana Hardball captures the excitement of the Cuban League's greatest pennant race and the anticipation of the looming challenge to MLB's color barrier. Illuminating one of the sport's most pivotal seasons, veteran journalist César Brioso brings together a rich mix of worlds as the heyday of Latino baseball converged with one of the most socially meaningful events in U.S. history.

César Brioso is a digital producer and former baseball editor for USA TODAY Sports. In his 25 years as a sports journalist, he has written for the Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.BUY NOW