The Faculty of Arts boasts a longstanding and distinguished publishing tradition. ISER Books, the publishing arm of the Institute of Social and Economic Research was established in 1961; its mandate is to foster social and economic research deemed of relevance to Newfoundland and Labrador and the broader Atlantic world. The latest book, I Never Knowed It Was Hard: Memoirs of a Labrador Trapper by Louie Montague was first published in 2013, and is already in its second printing.
MUN Folklore and Language Publications, publishes significant works on folkloristics, especially those relevant to Newfoundland and Labrador; recent publications include Sonny's Dream: Essays on Newfoundland Folklore and Popular Culture by the late Peter Narváez.
Arts faculty are also integrally involved in publishing and editing journals, serving on editorial boards, and editing book series. For example, Arts faculty members figure heavily in the editorial board of the The Journal of Newfoundland and Labrador Studies (formerly, The Journal of Newfoundland Studies), which is devoted to publishing about the society and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Arts faculty also produce open-access journals, which are largely hosted at the Queen Elizabeth II Library. Analecta Hermeneutica (Editor, S McGrath, Philosophy) is “the annual refereed journal of the International Institute for Hermeneutics (IIH).” At the Edge (Editor-in-Chief, J. Lokash, English) is “a peer-reviewed, open access online journal that showcases the work of emerging scholars, particularly in the fields of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and culture, or on Romanticism very broadly defined.”
Faculty and students have also experimented with open-access, student-generated publications such as Mapping Politics, “[a]n annual peer-reviewed journal produced by students in the Political Science department at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland.”, and Postscript, “[a]n interdisciplinary journal published through the Department of English Language and Literature at Memorial University.”
The Maritime History Archives publishes valuable and highly desirable historical and genealogical information, in the form of fully-searchable databases of Births, Deaths & Marriages in Newfoundland Newspapers, and of Ships and Seafarers of Atlantic Canada, for example.
Books@Memorial showcases books published by Arts faculty members. It includes reviews, and links to the publisher’s website, where books can be purchased directly. Books@Memorial is complemented by A Fine Crowd (formerly, Author! Author!), an annual event that recognizes the achievements of authors who have published books in the past academic year.