Mary E. Laur

Mary Laur

Senior Project Editor

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 acquire guidebooks and related books of pedagogical interest for writers and teachers of writing, with a particular emphasis on creative writing fields (The Architecture of Story; I’ll Tell You Mine; The Little Magazine in Contemporary America) and communication of scholarly ideas and research to nonspecialist readers (The Writer’s Diet; From Notes to Narrative; Writing Science in Plain English). I have helped develop new editions of our classic reference works for writers, including The Chicago Manual of Style and Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers, and I am the editor of The Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation.
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.
My wonderful editorial associate is Gina Wadas


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