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Vanderbilt UP Authors Featured in Ken Burns's Country Music

Three authors of Vanderbilt University Press books are featured in Country Music, the popular new documentary from Ken Burns that premiered on PBS in September.

The documentary includes stories and insights about the history of country music and the music industry from Marty Stuart, lifelong country music singer-songwriter and musician, whose photographs are featured in American Ballads: The Photographs of Marty Stuart ; Bobby Braddock, renowned songwriter and author of Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville’s Music Row ; and Douglas B. Green, also known as Ranger Doug from the Grammy Award–winning group Riders In The Sky and author of Singing in the Saddle: The History of the Singing Cowboy .

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Lost Delta Found Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame

Lost Delta Found

Lost Delta Found: Rediscovering the Fisk University–Library of Congress Coahoma County Study, 1941–1942 has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame as a "Classic of Blues Literature."

In its official announcement for the 2019 Blues Hall of Fame inductee class, the Blues Foundation called Lost Delta Found a "revelatory historical work" and praised the book for its "unique and valuable perspective on the pioneering Coahoma County study . . . Written by African American scholars from Fisk University, Lost Delta Found documents their crucial but often overlooked work on the project."

Other 2019 inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame include Aretha Franklin, Booker T. & the MGs, Count Basie, Ida Cox, Pee Wee Crayton, and Moe Asch, along with recordings by Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, B.B. King, and Elmore James.

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Gianna Mosser Named Director of Vanderbilt University Press

Gianna Mosser

Vanderbilt University is pleased to announce that Gianna Mosser has been named director of Vanderbilt University Press, effective March 18. Mosser joins Vanderbilt from Northwestern University Press, where she has served as editor in chief since 2016. She joined Northwestern UP in 2009 as journal managing editor and project editor and has worked in a range of areas within Northwestern's publishing program over the last decade, including acquisitions, editorial, and grant management.

In her new role as Vanderbilt UP's director, she is charged with developing a new strategic vision for Vanderbilt's scholarly publishing that deepens engagement with faculty and increases outreach. "The staff is eager and ready to develop a strategic plan that takes cues from the university faculty and draws on campus research strengths," Mosser said. "I am excited to expand the offerings of Vanderbilt University Press, and make our work more visible to communities of readers worldwide."

Vanderbilt News has more on Gianna Mosser and her new role as Vanderbilt UP's director: