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

Sharon Harris’s “remarkable” new biography of Wheeling author and activist Rebecca Harding Davis is the subject of an essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books. It’s the third time we’ve appeared in LARB since December—twice with books by or about women writing about West Virginia.

On the Seawall calls Muriel Rukeyser’s The Book of the Dead “a singular masterpiece.” Catherine Venable Moore, who wrote the introduction to our edition, will speak about the book in Parkersburg on September 1.

Michael Clay Carey’s The News Untold has been named a finalist for the Tankard Book Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Pittsburgh Current talks with Chuck Kinder—”the long-time University of Pittsburgh professor, rambling writer, and proud son of West Virginia”—about his novels Last Mountain Dancer and Snakehunter, recently rereleased by WVU Press.

Travis Stimeling talks about his book Songwriting in Contemporary West Virginia on Chapters, a program featuring authors from West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. Stimeling has a number of speaking engagements around the state in late summer and fall. Of particular note: On September 11 he will be joined by musicians Todd Burge, Dan Cunningham, Maria Allison, and Chris Haddox for an event celebrating the book at Morgantown’s 123 Pleasant.

Laura Leigh Morris, author of Jaws of Life, appears on Shelf Life, from Pittsburgh’s City Books.

Israel Book Review calls Marked, Unmarked, Remembered “brilliant and memorable.”

The Journal of Appalachian Studies reviews two of our titles. It says The Rebel in the Red Jeep, by Carter Taylor Seaton, offers “an insightful perspective on an intelligent, high-spirited leader,” and calls Ronald Lewis, the author of The Industrialist and the Mountaineer, “a master of crafting a history that enthralls the reader.”

Don’t miss authors Nancy Abrams, Meredith Sue Willis, and Ginny Savage Ayers (who’ll launch Never Justice, Never Peace) at events around West Virginia in August and September. Details on our calendar.

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