Mid-fall roundup: Reviews, media attention, and author events


Our forthcoming After Coal is reviewed in Publishers Weekly, which calls it an “optimistic” and “visually appealing” book about “community-building efforts by locals” in mining communities in Appalachia and across the Atlantic. Author Tom Hansell talks with the Trillbilly Worker’s Party podcast, and his After Coal project—an ongoing exchange between Appalachia and Wales that includes our book and a documentary film—makes an appearance on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Inside Appalachia. We’ll launch After Coal on October 14 at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville.

In Booklist, Natalie Sypolt’s The Sound of Holding Your Breath is described as a “bold collection” and praised for its “masterful storytelling.” Sypolt launches her book in Pittsburgh, Rivesville, and Charleston in October.

WVU Press is featured in a Foreword Reviews piece about our partners at Vesto PR and their presence—including books from WVU—at the Brooklyn Book Festival. We’re identified as part of a cohort of “small teams motivated by a shared belief and a wish to do the very best for their authors.”

Andrew and Alex Lichtenstein continue to help shape the conversation about commemoration a year after publication of our Marked, Unmarked, Remembered. They join Greil Marcus, Rachel Kushner, Hari Kunzru, and others for “A Questionnaire on Monuments” in the (paywalled) journal October.

For the Smithsonian’s “What It Means to Be American” project with Zócalo Public Square, Joe Anderson—author of our forthcoming book Capitalist Pigs—considers how center pivot irrigation has led to growth in American farming while thwarting alternative visions.

BookAuthority names Todd Snyder’s 12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym one of “23 Best New Boxing Books to Read in 2018.” Snyder will appear in Albany, NY, on October 13.

Meaningful Grading, by Natasha Haugnes, Hoag Holmgren, and Martin Sprinborg, is included in the (paywalled) feature “Selected New Books on Higher Education” from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Don’t miss WVU Press at the West Virginia Book Festival in Charleston October 26–27. We’ll exhibit in the festival marketplace, and authors Meredith Sue Willis and Nancy Abrams will read from their new books with the press.

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