Mary E. Laur
Subjects: Writing guides; regional reference; general reference; geography and cartography
Series: Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing; History of Cartography; The Kenneth Nebenzahl, Jr. Lectures in the History of Cartography
I oversee our program of writing reference guides, including The Chicago Manual of Style; A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations; and The Craft of Research. I am actively seeking new guidebooks and related books of pedagogical interest for writers and teachers of writing, such as The Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation; The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking; and Immersion. I have a particular interest in guides for creative writers (The Architecture of Story; I’ll Tell You Mine) and on communication of scholarly ideas and research to nonspecialist readers (The Writer’s Diet; From Notes to Narrative).
I also acquire books in cartography and geography, including the landmark reference work The History of Cartography, Volume 6, and such associated titles as Cartographic Japan; Medieval Islamic Maps; Rome Measured and Imagined; and Hitler’s Geographies. And I have worked on regional reference books and works of general interest including The Encyclopedia of Chicago and Terror and Wonder.
My training as a historian (Northwestern University; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and as a nonfiction writer (University of Chicago, among others) has shaped both my commitment and my approach to the books I acquire.