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

The New York Review of Books features Clay Carey’s The News Untold as part of its roundup review “Can Journalism Be Saved?” Carey’s book was winner of the Weatherford Award for best nonfiction title in Appalachian studies last year, and we’re pleased to share the news that another of our books—Appalachian Reckoning, edited by Meredith McCarroll and Anthony Harkins—is the winner this year.

In other awards news, LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia has been named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, as reported in O Magazine. Coeditor Jeff Mann talks with the Virginia Festival of the Book.

The Chronicle of Higher Education features an interview with Kevin Gannon about his new book Radical Hope. Also in the Chronicle, an essay about introverts and teaching discusses Jessamyn Neuhaus’s Geeky Pedagogy, which appears, as well, on the blog Pedagogy and American Literary Studies.

Donald Rice, author of Cast in Deathless Bronze, talks with Washington Post columnist John Kelly about the entwined stories of Calixto García Iñiguez, Elbert Hubbard, and Andrew Rowan, figures from his book about the Spanish American War (and, in Rowan’s case, a West Virginia native).

Booklist praises the “memorable characters” and “keen sense of place” in Wesley Browne’s Hillbilly Hustle.

Deesha Philyaw talks with Barrelhouse about her book The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, which it characterizes as “much-awaited.” Philyaw appeared as part of the magazine’s Valentine’s Day salon in Washington, DC.

The West Virginia University launch event for Mountaineers Are Always Free is covered in West Virginia Today and on WBOY TV. Rosemary Hathaway’s book is also featured in Appalachian Mountain Books.

In Appalachian Journal, Matthew Ferrence’s Appalachia North is praised for “speaking to a wide audience, including anyone who has felt like an outsider in their own region.”

Mid-American Review praises Sadie Hoagland’s “empathetic debut,” American Grief in Four Stages. Hoagland talks with Shelf Life from City Books in Pittsburgh, and is interviewed in Hypertext Magazine.

CHOICE calls Geography’s Quantitative Revolutions “highly recommended,” saying it’s “full of revelatory answers to how, why, when, and where human geography evolved and came into its own.”

Joe Anderson talks about his book Capitalist Pigs on the podcast the Hedgehog and the Fox.

The Graduate Center at the City University of New York profiles our Beyond Populism: Angry Politics and the Twilight of Neoliberalism.

Many author events are, like gatherings of all kinds, being rescheduled for reasons of public health. We’ll keep our calendar updated, and expect to announce at least one virtual book launch in the coming days. Stay safe and read!


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