The University Press of Mississippi’s “Conversations” series have been one of its signatures for decades. These authoritative collections of interviews with writers,  filmmakers, and, more recently, comic book artists have proved indispensable to scholars, readers, and viewers.

Television Conversations

A suggestive visual catalog

 of television auteurs

UPM is now launching a new series of interview collections, edited by David Lavery: “Television Conversations.” TVC will seek out and develop collections of interviews with American and British makers of television, a currently burgeoning area of critical and scholarly interest among both fan scholars and scholar fans (the terms, of course, are Matt Hills’). TVC books will offer definitive collections of interviews with important TV “auteurs”: producers, directors, writers, and showrunners. As an inaugural volume in the new series Lavery and  Cynthia Burkhead (University of North Alabama) will publish Joss Whedon: Conversations. A collection of interviews with Ken Burns, edited by the distinguished television scholar Gary Edgerton, will also be an early book in the series.

Please contact David Lavery ( or UPM director Leila Salsbury ( with questions or proposals.

Dr. David Lavery is Professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. The author of over one hundred published essays, chapters, and reviews, he is author / co-author / editor / co-editor of sixteen books, including Joss: A Creative Portrait of the Maker of the Whedonverses and The Essential Cult Television Reader. The organizer of international conferences on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Sopranos, a founding co-editor of the journals Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies and Critical Studies in Television, he has lectured around the world on the subject of television (Australia, Turkey, the UK, Portugal, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany) and has been a guest/source for the BBC, NPR, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The New York Times, A Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Publica (Portugal), The Toronto Star, USA Today. From 2006-2008, he taught at Brunel University in London.