Midwinter roundup: Reviews, media attention, and author events


The Los Angeles Review of Books calls Marked, Unmarked, Rememberedbrilliant and memorable,” and the book also makes BuzzFeed’s year-end list of “21 of the Most Incredible Photo Books from 2017.” Look for authors Andrew and Alex Lichtenstein at the Newberry Library in Chicago on March 8 and the Virginia Festival of the Book on March 21.

Gwynn Dujardin, Jim Lang, and John Staunton are interviewed in Inside Higher Ed about their book Teaching the Literature Survey Course, new in our series Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Unruly Creatures by Jennifer Caloyeras makes Bustle’s year-end list of “13 Books By and About Women That You Might Have Missed In 2017—But Shouldn’t.” It’s “a can’t-miss collection for readers who love a blend of humor, magical realism, and surrealism.” The author is interviewed in Heavy Feather Review.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune says that Gary Fincke, author of The Out-of-Sorts, is “a patient, precise, and wise reader of human nature, both in its depravity and its nobility. Thankfully, he’s also very funny.” Fincke’s stories are, according to Foreword Reviews, “finely drawn, swiftly paced, and authentically voiced.”

CHOICE calls Michael Clay Carey’s The News Untold “highly recommended,” saying it “combines in-depth reporting with qualitative methods that are a contribution to mass communication scholarship and long-form journalism.”

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Kirkus Reviews recommends two of our forthcoming books. Jacob Appel’s The Amazing Mr. Morality is “intelligent, humanistic, and witty,” while Todd Snyder’s 12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym is a “spirited memoir of life in a West Virginia backwater, where fight clubs keep youngsters from going off the rails.” Look for Snyder at Homeward Bound Books in Charleston on March 31, Marshall University on April 3, and City Books in Pittsburgh on April 14.

WVU Magazine‘s Sparked podcast talks with Jesse van Eerden and Glenn Taylor, contributors to our anthology Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods. There’s an event for the volume on February 3 at Joe-n-Throw Coop in Fairmont. The magazine also features Marked, Unmarked, Remembered in its latest issue.

Charlie McCoy and Travis Stimeling’s Fifty Cents and a Box Top makes the year-end list of notable music titles in No Depression.

Jesse Donaldson, author of On Homesickness, talks about his 120-county book tour on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s “Inside Appalachia.”

Catherine Venable Moore, who wrote the introduction to our edition of Muriel Rukeyser’s The Book of the Dead, will launch the book at the beginning of Black History Month. Look for her at the WVU Humanities Center on February 1, the First State Capitol building in Wheeling on February 2, and White Whale Books in Pittsburgh on February 3.

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