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

In an Associated Press piece run by the Washington Post and others, Russell Contreras calls Matthew Ferrence’s Appalachia North “a lyrical homage to a region often misunderstood and overlooked,” saying “Ferrence’s engulfing prose brings to life an Appalachia north of the Mason-Dixon line.” The Indiana (PA) Gazette profiles the book in anticipation of Ferrence’s appearance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on March 20.

Publishers Weekly calls Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy an “impassioned collection of Appalachian regional art, essays, and poetry,” commending the volume for demonstrating that, despite stereotypes, “resilience, hope, and belonging are in Appalachia, too.” The book is also featured in the Pittsburgh Current and reviewed in the Bowling Green Daily News, which says: “If you read Hillbilly Elegy, you definitely need to pick up a copy of Appalachian Reckoning.” Editors Meredith McCarroll and Anthony Harkins will join contributors to the volume for a launch event at West Virginia University on February 25.

Booklist praises Capitalist Pigs, comparing it to one of the foundational texts of environmental history: “In the vein of William Cronon’s Nature’s Metropolis, this is a meaty, accessible, and clear-eyed agricultural history.”

Tom Hansell’s After Coal appears in the Pittsburgh Current and Hibbing (MN) Daily Tribune. The WVU roundtable discussion of Hansell’s book from January 28 is available to view in its entirety thanks to 100 Days in Appalachia, and Hansell’s New York event sponsored by Harper’s is available via C-SPAN’s Book TV.

Marked, Unmarked, Remembered is highlighted in Rethinking Education, which calls the book “rich in teaching possibilities.” The Journal of the Civil War Era says it “makes a unique and valuable scholarly contribution and will be a required reference in future historiographical conversations about landscape, commemoration, and historical memory.”

The podcast EdSurge interviews Joshua Eyler about How Humans Learn, a book that “may just cause you to rethink what teaching even is.” Eyler is also interviewed on the 4+1 blog.

Thomas Tobin, coauthor of Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone, talks with Joshua Kim at Inside Higher Ed.

The Journal of Latin American Geography calls Oil and Nation “an invaluable resource for . . . understanding the ways that political history and economic dependency have set the stage for our current dilemma, of a world fueled, contaminated, and over-heated by fossil fuels.”

Don’t miss upcoming author events in Nashville, Louisville, Wheeling, Knoxville, Asheville, Boone, and more. Details on our calendar.

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