Midsummer roundup: Reviews, media attention, and author events


The June issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine features eight pages of photographs from our Marked, Unmarked, Remembered—”an effort by brothers Andrew and Alex Lichtenstein to help us recall.” Photos from the book also appear in the Munich Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Our edition of The Book of the Dead is included in Sam Huber’s thoughtful essay on “Muriel Rukeyser, Mother of Everyone.” It’s WVU Press’s first time in the Paris Review.

Anthony Harkins, coeditor of our forthcoming Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy, is mentioned in Nancy Isenberg’s (paywalled) New York Review of Books essay on recent books by J.D. Vance, Elizabeth Catte, and Steven Stoll.

Foreword Reviews calls Meredith Sue Willis’s Their Houses “a surprisingly tender portrait of the bonds that keep friends and families afloat.”

100 Days in Appalachia reviews Nancy Abrams’s The Climb from Salt Lick, saying “there are lessons here for a new generation struggling to re-invent local journalism in West Virginia and elsewhere.” Abrams is also interviewed on WVPB’s West Virginia Morning. Later this summer she’ll read in Wheeling and Huntington.

The Gary Bowden Show on WAJR radio talks with Travis Stimeling about his book Songwriting in Contemporary West Virginia. See Stimeling this summer in Shepherdstown, Wheeling, and Parkersburg.

Carter Taylor Seaton, author of our Hippie Homesteaders and The Rebel in the Red Jeep, is profiled in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, which awarded her its 2017 Award for the Arts.

Todd Snyder, author of 12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym, appears on Shelf Life, an interview program produced by City Books in Pittsburgh. He is also profiled in the Wheeling Intelligencer in conjunction with his appearance at Ohio County Public Library’s Lunch with Books series.

Our edition of Sutton Griggs’s novel The Hindered Hand is reviewed alongside Martin Delany’s Blake, or The Huts of America (in a new edition from Harvard) in Southern Literary Review.

Contemporary Sociology calls Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Craft Beer “a fine addition to the growing sociological literature on new forms of cultural consumption.”

Ronald Lewis’s The Industrialist and the Mountaineer is reviewed in Ohio Valley History, which calls it a “lively, personal, and engaging read.”

West Virginia History calls Cast in Deathless Bronze: Andrew Rowan, the Spanish-American War, and the Origins of American Empire “well worth reading.” It adds: “Rowan’s story not only intersects with West Virginia history, but it . . . illustrates effectively the way history is often twisted into a myth that overwhelms both the actions of its original participants and truth itself.”

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