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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Seetha Srinivasan

A good friend of the bookstore, Seetha Srinivasan, recently announced her retirement from the University Press of Mississippi. The Clarion Ledger honored her with a nice article yesterday in the paper:
"University Press of Mississippi director Seetha Srinivasan announced her retirement this week from the helm of the state's scholarly press, an arm of Mississippi's eight state universities.
"Srinivasan's guidance of University Press will officially cease on June 30, but her influence will continue to nurture the not-for-profit scholarly book publisher long after her retirement. She has led the Press for the last decade.

"University Press of Mississippi was established in 1970 and has published more than 900 titles and distributed 2.6 million books, including some of the works of authors and artists Eudora Welty, Willie Morris, Ellen Douglas, Stephen Ambrose, Toni Morrison, William Dunlap, Walter Anderson, Barry Gifford, W.E.B. DuBois and Richard Wright.

"Srinivasan joined University Press of Mississippi in 1979 as an editorial and promotion assistant. But after almost three decades, her influence brought the organization the development of publishing a book of Welty's photographs, three historical works by Ambrose, a retrospective by Dunlap and nonfiction writing by Nobel laureate Morrison.

"Internationally respected, Srinivasan has been a force of nature in the world of scholarship, the arts and literature in Mississippi. Quality and a deep sense of respect for Mississippi's sense of place have been the hallmark of her tenure.

"Mississippians owe her a debt of gratitude for her service in this vital role."