Mary E. Laur

Mary Laur

Senior Editor

Subjects: Writing guides; regional reference; general reference
Series: Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and PublishingChicago Guides to Academic Life; History of Cartography


I oversee our program of writing reference guides, including The Chicago Manual of Style; the two “Turabian” books, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations and Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers; and The Craft of Research.


I am actively seeking new guidebooks for writers and editors—and teachers of writing and editing—in a variety of contexts.  I have a particular interest in guides that demystify the writing and publishing process (The Business of Being a Writer; What Editors Do) as well as those for creative writers (Behind the Book; The Dramatic Writer’s Companion) and on communication of scholarly ideas and research to nonspecialist readers (The Writer’s DietThe Chicago Guide to Communicating Science). And I welcome works that encourage everyone from aspiring college students (Write Your Way In) to adventurous travelers (Writing Abroad) to think of themselves as writers.


I also acquire works for our Chicago Guides to Academic Life series, which has recently featured titles ranging from Doing Honest Work in College to Doodling for Academics, and other reference books, such as the landmark work The History of Cartography, Volume 6


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. 


I am pleased to work with editorial associate Mollie McFee.

The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition
The University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff
What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing
The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing
Edited by Peter Ginna
Write Your Way In: Crafting an Unforgettable College Admissions Essay
Crafting an Unforgettable College Admissions Essay
Rachel Toor


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