Petition update

Save Ashgate website hosts statements from CAA, BASNA, Ashgate Authors.

Rabia Gregory
Columbia, MO

Dec 4, 2015 — Dear Colleagues:


Thank you for your quick response to my request for letters this weekend. I have created a blog and Facebook page to host public statements, updates on the campaign, and press coverage: http://saveashgate.blogspot.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/SaveAshgatePublishing/


Drs. Anne Larson, Susanna A. Throop, and Linda L. Carrol, all Ashgate authors, have shared their letters. I have also posted a public statement from the Governing Board and Membership of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America/BSNA an DeWitt Godfrey, president of the
College Art Association (also visible in the comments on the petition). Our campaign now is using a photo of the Burlington, Vermont office taken by Dr. Elizabeth Lehfeldt, an Ashgate authorand past president of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference .


Yesterday, two news outlets covered the closure:

http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/ashgate-publishing-closure-sparks-concern-and-a-petition/Content?oid=3042074
http://chronicle.com/article/In-Fight-Over-Academic/234413

and today the Bookseller reported that Lund Humphries has relaunched as an independent publishing company after splitting from the Ashgate during the Informa buyout. They have recruited Commissioning editor Val Rose from Ashgate and Eleanor Hooker, formerly marketing manager at Pickering & Chatto. http://www.thebookseller.com/news/lund-humphries-relauches-indie-publisher-317843


I will try to keep these updated so keep sending me links. I could use help though--I've never made a blog before so if anyone knows how to handle blogs or Facebook and would like to assist with administering one or both pages, please get in touch (gregoryra@missouri.edu) If you have contacts with the news media, please make use of them. And if any of you work in academic publishing or know someone who does, encourage them to contact the editors formerly employed by Ashgate & Pickering & Chatto.


Finally, keep the letters coming. If you haven't started yours yet, there are guidelines under Updates. To that you may also wish to add requests for specific information about the future of Ashgate. I put several of my own questions up on the blog the other night.

Thank you all for your continued support.

-Rabia