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The Wayne State University Press is an indispensable asset to the Detroit community and to the world. A distinctive urban publisher, the Press is committed to supporting Wayne State University’s core research, teaching, and service mission by generating high-quality works of global importance. Since 1941 we have been producing books and journals that make contributions to scholarship, the arts, and culture, but many have received both critical acclaim and consistent commercial attention.

Cultivating our programs and publishing extraordinary books takes time, nurturing, and unique resources. To maintain its customary excellence, the Press needs extraordinary friends who share our passion for learning and believe that books are fundamental to our lives and to our culture. The Press invites you to be one of these friends by making a gift that will ensure that essential Press efforts will continue and thrive.

Gifts of $2,500 and above may be designated to subsidize the special costs associated with a book's publication and will be recognized in the first pages of the book supported. The naming rights of a series of publications in a particular subject are available for gifts of $25,000 or more.

You may designate your support by clicking on donating online, designating the gift to the “University Press Fund” and specifying the title/series in section allotted for additional information, or contact our Interim Director, Kathy Wildfong.

Series and subject areas available for naming

Contemporary Approaches to Film and Television Series
Focuses on new areas of film research and innovative critical approaches to film, television, and new media.

Arthur L. Johnson Series in African American Studies
Officially begun in March of 1998 with series editors Melba Joyce Boyd and Ronald E. Brown, this series emphasizes on Detroit, sociology, the arts, and civil rights.

Series in Fairy-Tale Studies
Launched in 2005, this popular series includes works that significantly advance our understanding of the fairy tale as it has taken shape across history and a broad range of media. The series, edited by Donald Haase, illuminates both the production and reception of the fairy tale as it has appeared in print, film, modern media, the visual and performing arts, and other cultural forms.

Great Lakes Books Series
Launched in 1986—long before any other regional publishing program in the state—the series was inaugurated as a separate imprint to celebrate the state’s and region’s history, culture, and natural wonders. In the nearly two decades since its inception, this highly successful regional imprint has grown to include more than 160 books. The series currently includes titles on Michigan history, the Upper Peninsula, the Great Lakes and maritime history, Detroit and its people, automotive history, literature and poetry, art and architecture, and books for young readers. Numerous books in the series have won awards and received positive attention for the university, the Press, the city of Detroit, and the region.

Made in Michigan Writers Series
Launched in late 2005, this series produces 4 to 8 new books each year, either poetry, essays, short fiction, or creative nonfiction, by Michigan authors. This series is distinct from the Great Lakes Books series and from the Press’s scholarly publishing program. It focuses on serious works of high merit that present Michigan’s diverse voices on a range of topics of interest to a wide audience of educated nonspecialists and general readers. Completely produced in our fine state—from the writer to the illustrator to the designer to the compositor to the printer—these books are capturing a wide, appreciative audience. This is the first series of its kind in Michigan and celebrates underrepresented writers and cultivates a dynamic, diverse, and unique Michigan sensibility.

Painted Turtle Book Series
Named after Michigan’s state reptile, Painted Turtle is our general interest trade imprint. Showcasing 2-3 books per year, the series is home to our most popular titles and recent bestsellers, including The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit's Historic Places of WorshipConey Detroit, Amos Walker’s Detroit, and Connecting the Dots: Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project, among others.

We also publish heavily in subject areas that do not belong to a particular series, such as our internationally recognized Jewish studies program, which includes books about the experience of Jews in Europe before, during, and after the Holocaust, translations and bilingual editions of Yiddish and Hebrew literature, books exploring the roles and experiences of Jewish women, biographies of notable Jewish men and women, and studies of Jewish culture during the Middle Ages.