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'Play Me Something Quick and Devilish'

"Play Me Something Quick and Devilish" is scheduled for a December publication, but likely will go on sale at least a month earlier.

The University of Missouri Press has seen book orders fall since the system's president announced plans to close the publisher, but the press will release all books in its catalog for 2012.

"The Civil War in Missouri: A Military History" officially pubs in July, but the book by St. Louis historian Louis S. Gerteis is already available.

Likewise, no one should worry about ordering books from the press' fall/winter catalog, says Beth Chandler, the press' marketing manager.

One of those titles is a 170-year history of the Missouri State Penitentiary.

Chandler says another title, the 54-year-old press' last publication, will be its big fall release.

A history of traditional fiddle music in Missouri, "Play Me Something Quick and Devilish" by Howard Wight Marshall, will be an accessible explanation of how old-time fiddle music and dancing traditions came together on the frontier.

The history will look at Scot-Irish and German immigrants, Cherokee families during the Trail of Tears, and Irish railroad workers after the Civil War.

Over the past half-century, the University of Missouri Press published more than 2,000 titles, including the multi-volume "Collected Works of Langston Hughes," books about Mark Twain and biographies of diverse Missourians, such as Rush Limbaugh (the radio host's grandfather).

For the 13-book fall/winter catalog, click here