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


The rollout for Tom Hansell’s After Coal continues with a review and excerpt in the Daily Yonder, also picked up by the Huffington Post and 100 Days in Appalachia. It’s praised as “a forward-looking book” that “should be on the reading lists of any communities that wonder ‘what do we do now?'” Another portion of After Coal is excerpted in Pacific Standard, our first appearance in the magazine. Hansell will read from his book at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC, on November 29.

In response to author J.D. Vance’s visit to Charlotte, NC, Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll, coeditors of our forthcoming Appalachian Reckoning, appear on NPR station WFAE to “argue that the ‘hillbilly culture’ Vance depicts is actually much more diverse, complex, and nuanced” than it’s made to sound in Hillbilly Elegy.

New Pages includes Natalie Sypolt’s The Sound of Holding Your Breath in its October roundup of new and noteworthy titles from independent publishers. Sypolt is interviewed on Shelf Life, from City Books in Pittsburgh, and will appear in cities across West Virginia and Kentucky in November.

Maranatha Road by Heather Bell Adams has been named a finalist for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award from the Western North Carolina Historical Association.

Tim Jelfs talks about his book The Argument about Things in the 1980s on the New Books Network podcast. Jelfs will visit West Virginia University from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands on November 2. The event is cosponsored by WVU Press and the WVU Humanities Center.

The podcast Teaching in Higher Ed features an interview with Thomas Tobin, coauthor (with Kirsten Behling) of Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone, new in our series Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Tobin and Behling will sign books at the Universal Design for Learning conference at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT, on November 9.

In other news from our Teaching and Learning series, Joshua Eyler talks with the Research in Action podcast from Oregon State University about How Humans Learn (officially published December 1, but available on our website now).

Stephen Cote’s Oil and Nation, the inaugural title in our series Energy and Society, is called “a welcome contribution” in the historical profession’s flagship journal, The American Historical Review.

Don’t miss:

Michael Adamson, author of Oil and Urbanization on the Pacific Coast, at the Huntington in Southern California and in Portland and Berkeley.

Meredith Sue Willis, author of Their Houses, in Manhattan and New Paltz, NY.

Laura Lee Morris, author of Jaws of Life, in Denver.

Details on our calendar.

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