review, plus seven paid Georgetown undergraduate
interns annually. In recent years, the press has had a
role in deepening the university’s ties to the
Washington community as well, with locally focused
trade titles. “It’s a city that has a rich history outside
of the federal government,” says marketing and sales
director Virginia Bryant, “and its history has been an
underappreciated area.” The press received a
“We tend to often ask ourselves what we should be doing,”
LeGro says. “Then, what we are able to do as a small press is pivot.”
David Miller, publisher of Island Press, is satisfied with the
performance of his frontlist and equally pleased with the back-
list, both of which, he says, “have been up 5%–8% [annually]
on a continuous basis.” That doesn’t mean Miller is sitting still.
The nonprofit environmental press is on track to ramp up the
University Press—which was founded in the lan-
guage and literature departments of the university—
knows just what they need. The 53-year-old press
specializes in textbooks, dictionaries, primers on dia-
lects, and technology for teaching Mandarin Chinese,
Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and French.
As head of the languages division of the press, Hope
LeGro developed the Al-Kitaab Arabic language
series into a widely used instructional program, adding multimedia resources to support the books. LeGro, who was recently
appointed interim director of GUP following the departure of
longtime director Richard Brown to another university press,
says the press devotes substantial energy to reaching diverse
audiences and has expanded its international affairs list and its
distribution to the academic market in recent years.
“Our books have crossover trade audiences and are both pro-
fessional and practical,” LeGro says, adding that editors are often
thinking about different readerships by sticking to simple ques-
tions like “what kinds of things do scholars know, but teachers
also need to [know]?”
The staff of 14 produces 40–45 scholarly and trade texts each
year, working with a network of academics to provide peer-
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