A Home for Readers
Virginia and John Noland on the porch of the LSU Press building
Halfway down West Lakeshore Drive, in an Acadian-style building facingthe lakes, stands LSU Press, home to countless award-winning books.The nonprot publisher furthers LSU’s mission of scholarly inquiryby selecng tles based on scholarly, intellectual and creave merit.This mission-driven approach necessitates partnerships with individu
als, foundaons and companies that not only recognize the value of the Press’ mission and work, but are also willing to support the Pressthrough giving.
Recently, a group of LSU Press readers recognized theopportunity for private philanthropy as a way to support thestate’s premier academic publisher and contributed funds toestablish the infrastructure for a development program. Thenew program focuses on building relationships with peopleand organizations who want to contribute to LSU’s academicprominence by attracting outstanding authors and publishingtheir equally outstanding books. Among those who participated in the joint gift to thePress were LSU alumni John and Virginia Noland. Thelifelong Baton Rouge residents were inspired by their love of reading, respect for the Press, and loyalty to LSU.The Press’ list of titles “aren’t only interesting,” Johndeclares, “but are essential to what the university does.”LSU Press is one of the oldest and largest university
presses in the South, having published signicant works of
scholarship and preserved Louisiana’s history and culturesince 1935. It is the winner of four Pulitzer Prizes, includingone for John Kennedy Toole’s “A Confederacy of Dunces.” Overhalf of the Press’ books remain in print around the world, andthe Press hopes to make available many of its out-of-printtitles through ebooks.“Academic books fuel academic exploration,” says LSUCollege of Art & Design Associate Professor Lake Douglas,whose “Public Spaces, Private Gardens” was recently pub-lished by the Press.Publications must undergo rigorous assessment byoutside scholars and receive the favorable recommendationof the University Press Committee, a group of distinguishedfaculty. Douglas’ new book, a history of designed landscapes inNew Orleans, was published with assistance of private fundsprovided by three foundations.“I knew I wanted to have a lot of images,” Douglas saysof his book. “All of my images are archival, and many haven’tbeen published before ... [The grants] allowed me to use mostof the images I wanted to use. The book’s design and liberal
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