Late winter roundup: Reviews, media attention, and author events

In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls The Book of the Dead an “innovative, gorgeous, and deeply moving” work that “has lost none of its power—and, in fact, has gained resonance.” Catherine Venable Moore’s recent tour in support of the book received attention in Pittsburgh City Paper and the Wheeling Intelligencer. Her panel discussion with West Virginia University faculty was the inaugural event from the WVU Humanities Center.

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Booklist, in another starred review, says Todd Synder’s 12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym “is a very special book, both in its focus on one man who did work that mattered and in its portrayal of a distressed region whose economy is based on a dying industry.” Snyder is touring West Virginia, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and Missouri in support of the book.

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Series editor and author James Lang writes about his book Teaching the Literature Survey Course in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The volume was previously featured in Inside Higher Ed. Lang will deliver the keynote at the Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium on March 16; the press will be there exhibiting series books.

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune praises the “razor-sharp details and impeccable sense of narrative timing” in Jennifer Caloyeras’s Unruly Creatures.

New Pages finds that Jacob Appel’s The Amazing Mr. Morality is “reminiscent of the otherworldly episodes of Black Mirror and the popular dystopias over the last decade,” while Foreword Reviews says “every single story . . . contains a nugget of insight into modern life.”

WOUB, the public radio station at Ohio University, interviews Clay Carey about his book The News Untold.

The Southern Literary Reviews says Heather Bell Adams’s Maranatha Road is “an exquisite story with characters so real they could step off the pages into your living room.”

In the first published review of the inaugural title in our series Energy and Society, the Hispanic American Historical Review calls Oil and Nation “an important contribution on an understudied topic . . . written in language accessible to academics and nonacademics alike.”

Philip Levy’s George Washington Written upon the Land “should be of great interest to historical geographers interested in landscape and memory,” according to Historical Geography.

The Greenville Journal profiles Laura Lee Morris, author of Jaws of Life, ahead of the book’s launch on March 1 at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, South Carolina.

Stay current with all of WVU Press’s readings, exhibits, and events using our new calendar. Of particular note: WVU Press is teaming up with the WVU Humanities Center to bring Elizabeth Catte, the press’s new editor at large, to campus as part of the David C. Hardesty Jr. Festival of Ideas. We hope to see you on February 27 for her talk on What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia.

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