As the exodus of authors and editors from the University of Missouri Press escalates, a rally, billed as “A Celebration of the University of Missouri Press,” was held Tuesday afternoon on the university’s main campus in Columbia. About 100 people attended the event, which was organized by the grassroots Coalition to Save the University of Missouri Press. The program featured 12 editors, authors, and others reading selections from books published by the press since it was founded 54 years ago. Clair Willcox, the recently-ousted editor-in-chief, concluded that portion of the program by reading a selection from Bright Light City: Las Vegas in Popular Culture by Larry Gragg. Bright Light City was to be published by the University of Missouri Press, but now will be published by the University Press of Kansas in spring 2013.
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