WBEZ | Northern University Illinois Press http://www.wbez.org/tags/northern-university-illinois-press Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Publisher celebrates Midwestern storytelling http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-25/publisher-celebrates-midwestern-storytelling-89585 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-25/Bookstore.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Midwest is defined by much more than its economy. Culture, for example--its customs and idiosyncrasie---make the region rich, especially for storytelling.<a href="http://www.niupress.niu.edu/" target="_blank"> Northern University Illinois Press</a> found a way to celebrate Midwestern culture. The press launched the imprint <a href="http://www.switchgrass.niu.edu/switchgrass/" target="_blank">Switchgrass Books</a>, signaling a fresh commitment to publishing Midwestern authors. A couple of years ago, <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Alison Cuddy spoke with J. Alex Schwartz of NIU Press, who explained why the forum is so important.</p><p><em>Music Button: Rick Rizzo &amp; Tara Key, "Hungry", from&nbsp; the CD Double Star, (Thrill Jockey)</em></p></p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-25/publisher-celebrates-midwestern-storytelling-89585