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

In a first-of-its-kind public scholarship collaboration, the Lexington Herald-Leader dedicates its entire May 5 opinion section to work from WVU Press, running three essays, a poem, and photography from Appalachian Reckoning. Harkins and McCarroll’s book also generates interest in Michigan, where the Petoskey News-Review features a personal response by columnist Glen Young. Editors and contributors from the volume will appear in Greensboro, Wake Forest, Hendersonville, and Atlanta in May, and a recent appearance at Parnassus Books in Nashville will be broadcast on C-SPAN on May 19.

Amy Alvarez of the WVU English department takes to the Los Angeles Review of Books to talk with Greg Bottoms about Lowest White Boy, new in our series In Place. Bottoms is also interviewed in Pittsburgh Current, and “Growing Up at Ground Zero of American Apartheid,” an excerpt from the book, is featured in Literary Hub. Another excerpt is slated to appear this summer in a print publication with roots in the nineteenth century. Watch this space!

North Carolina Public Radio’s “The State of Things” features an interview with Valerie Nieman, author of To the Bones. Nieman will appear in Greensboro, Pittsburgh, Wheeling, Charleston, Richmond, Huntington, Asheville, and other cities this summer.

“Pittsburgh is very much a part of Appalachia . . . The fact that ‘very few people’ in our area ‘actually see themselves as Appalachian’ encouraged Ferrence to explore the tensions surrounding that identity.” Pittsburgh Magazine reviews Matthew Ferrence’s Appalachia North.

Out in Print: Queer Book Reviews praises Jeff Mann and Julia Watts’s “emotionally powerful” LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia.

In its third appearance in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Joshua Eyler’s How Humans Learn is invoked as part of a short piece on the importance of emotion in teaching. Another book from our Teaching and Learning in Higher Education series—Susan D. Blum’s forthcoming exploration of “ungrading”—receives a mention in Inside Higher Ed.

J. L. Anderson’s Capitalist Pigs is deemed “interesting and easily readable” by Choice.

The journal Caribbean Studies calls Donald Rice’s Cast in Deathless Bronze “authoritative and entertaining.”

Sharon Harris’s Rebecca Harding Davis: A Life among Writers, “combining analysis of Davis’s literature, social activism, and private life in a finely detailed portrait of the woman, will become an indispensable resource for Davis scholars,” says the Journal of Southern History.

In more awards news, Jennifer Caloyeras’s Unruly Creatures is a silver medalist for short fiction in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and Amanda Hayes’s The Politics of Appalachian Rhetoric receives the 2019 College English Association of Ohio’s Nancy Dasher Award. Hayes’s book is reviewed in Ohio Valley History, which calls it “a gently delivered, but no less damning, critique of academia’s anti-Appalachian prejudice.”

Keep up with all of WVU Press’s author appearances—including launch events for Cassandra Kircher’s Far Flung in Greensboro, Santa Barbara, Salt Lake City, and Seattle—on our calendar.

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