Midwinter roundup: Reviews, media attention, and author events

In WVU Press’s first appearance on a public radio program that airs nationally, Tom Hansell talks with PRI’s “Living on Earth” about his book After Coal and the broader movement for just energy transitions in Appalachia and Wales.

Publishers Weekly praises Wesley Browne’s “wry, thrilling” Hillbilly Hustle, saying it “will appeal to fans of Daniel Woodrell and Charles Portis.” Browne will read in Lexington, Knoxville, and other cities this winter and spring.

From the New Yorker to the Los Angeles Review of Books, our higher ed titles continue to attract attention:

  • In an essay for LARB, Ryan Boyd praises WVU’s series Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as “a major effort” to promote knowledge about effective teaching, drawing particular attention to work by series authors Joshua Eyler and Derek Bruff.
  • Library Journal calls Geeky Pedagogy “an original take on pedagogy,” and “an ideal pick for the recent PhD graduate who is suddenly thrust into teaching their first 101 course.” Author Jessamyn Neuhaus is interviewed in the ACUE newsletter.
  • Cyndi Kernahan, author of Teaching about Race and Racism in the College Classroom, appears on “Central Time” from Wisconsin Public Radio.
  • Series author Kevin Gannon is quoted extensively in a New Yorker (!) piece about historians and social media. He’ll come to WVU to launch his book Radical Hope on April 1. Watch for details.

Rosemary Hathaway, author of Mountaineers Are Always Free, talks with West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s “Inside Appalachia.” She’ll officially launch the book at WVU on February 24.

Storytelling in Queer Appalachia is among Book Riot’s most anticipated LGBTQ titles of 2020, and makes the list “14 Upcoming Queer Books to Get You Through to Summer” from Them.

A feature in the Rumpus titled “What to Read When You Want True Things About Appalachia” includes two WVU Press books, Vivid Companion and The Book of the Dead.

Year-end accolades are still rolling in for Appalachian Reckoning, which is named a favorite of 2019 by East Bay Booksellers in Oakland.

At the blog Largehearted Boy, Sadie Hoagland joins the long list of authors—including Lauren Groff, Jesmyn Ward, and Celeste Ng—who’ve curated playlists to match with their books. Hoagland will sign copies of American Grief in Four Stages at City Books in Pittsburgh on February 8, and at the annual meeting of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs in San Antonio on March 6.

Madison Magazine contemplates “The Meaning Behind the Places We Call Home” with a look at Krista Eastman’s The Painted Forest.

Nancy McKinley, author of St. Christopher on Pluto, appears on NPR station WVIA in Pennsylvania.

The podcast New Books Network talks with J.L. Anderson about Capitalist Pigs, “a history of pigs in America from the first arrival on the continent in the Columbian Exchange to the modern agribusiness of pork production.”

In the Journal of American History, Michael Adamson’s Oil and Urbanization on the Pacific Coast is praised for “[reminding] us of the vital importance of small business in American history.”

Watch for WVU Press at the upcoming Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, where Cassandra Kircher, Valerie Nieman, and Wesley Browne will read from their work. And keep up with all the press’s events on our calendar.

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