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Amy Etcheson

Interim Director, SIU Press

Amy Etcheson is the Interim Director of SIU Press at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. She is the program host and co-creator of Inside The Blanket Fort radio program and podcast.

  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we explore a newly published book from SIU Press: Avenues of Transformation: Illinois’s Path from Territory to State by James A. Edstrom.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we preview the 2022 SIU Press Holiday Gift Guide. This year's titles include regional history, poetry, and more.This year’s guide, available at www.siupress.com/holiday,
  • Journey Back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we introduce an exciting new releases: Illinois Trails & Traces: Portraits and Stories along the State’s Historic Routes by Gary Marx and Daniel Overturf, with a foreword by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we hear a story from a book that’s nearly 100 years old. The Outlaws of Cave-in Rock by Otto A. Rothert was originally published in 1924 by the Arthur H. Clark Company in a printing of only one thousand copies, making it incredibly rare and valued by book collectors. SIU Press republished the work in 1996, allowing the book to reach a new generation of readers. This riveting saga of the outlaws and scoundrels of Cave-in-Rock chronicles the adventures of river pirates and highwaymen who operated in and around the famous Ohio River cavern from 1795 through 1820.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we introduce the third and fourth volumes in the series: A Guide to Lincoln’s Eighth Judicial Circuit and Historic Houses of Lincoln’s Illinois.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we continuing the Lincoln theme we started last week with Jason Emerson’s Lincoln the Inventor. Today, a discussion of the first two books in the Looking for Lincoln series.These heavily illustrated guidebooks invite readers to learn more about the life, times, and legacy of Abraham Lincoln while he was in central Illinois and the people, places, and forces in the region that shaped him and led him to the White House.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort today, as we discuss a book near and dear to us at SIU Press. Jason Emerson’s Lincoln the Inventor, the book that inspired our popular Concise Lincoln Library series. This book was originally published in 2009 but finally took its rightful place in the series on September 19th when we released a new edition retrofitted in the style of the Concise Lincoln Library series.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we talk with the author of a forthcoming book from SIU Press entitled Latinos in Chicago: Quest for a Political Voice by Wilfredo Cruz. This new book documents the path to political power for Latinos in the Midwest’s largest city, where they have been fighting for representation for more than a century. Beginning with the Latino community’s first attempt to acquire a political voice in Chicago politics in 1911 and continuing through Latino officeholders of the early twenty-first century.While this book won’t be out until November, we preview it now in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage month, which begins Thursday, September 15th and lasts through October 15th.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we conclude our conversation with SIU Press authors Fred Delcomyn and James L. Ellis, who co-wrote A Backyard Prairie: The Hidden Beauty of Tallgrass and Wildflowers.
  • Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort this week as we continue our conversation with SIU Press authors Fred Delcomyn and James L. Ellis, who co-wrote A Backyard Prairie: The Hidden Beauty of Tallgrass and Wildflowers. In 2003, Fred imagined his two-and-a-half-acre backyard, which had been farmed for corn and soybeans for generations, restored to a tallgrass prairie. For the next seventeen years, he and his friend James scored, seeded, monitored, reseeded, and burned those backyard acres into prairie. Their book documents the journey of their restoration and reveals the incredible potential of a backyard to travel back to a time before the wild prairie was put into plow rows.