Mid-fall roundup: Reviews, media attention, and author events

William H. Turner’s book The Harlan Renaissance continues its much-celebrated rollout, receiving attention from Inside Appalachia, WYMT television in Hazard, the Lexington Herald Leader, and the Black in Appalachia podcast. In a video posted to social media, W. Kamau Bell teases Turner’s appearance on CNN’s United Shades of America—watch this space for updates!

In the first published review of Kate Daniels’s Slow Fuse of the Possible, Kirkus calls the book a “poignant confessional from an award-winning poet,” saying “Daniels is a keen observer of visceral moments and powerful emotions.”

New York Times bestseller Morgan Jerkins anticipates Neema Avashia’s Another Appalachia on The United States of Anxiety from WNYC public radio. She names it one of two books she’s excited for the rest of the world to read, praising Avashia for writing sensitively “about that part of society which is oftentimes narrowed to deleterious stereotypes.”

Deesha Philyaw’s The Secret Lives of Church Ladies has been longlisted for the L.D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Prize. It receives attention in Deadline Hollywood, the Miami Herald, Library Journal, and Cascadia Weekly. On November 10, Philyaw will participate in an online event celebrating University Press Week hosted by Chicago’s Seminary Coop Bookstore.

In a review of Renée Nicholson’s Fierce and Delicate, Dance International says the author “dives into the dance world in an honest way that reveals both its beauty and its brutality.” Nicholson will join Keegan Lester, author of Perfect Dirt, for a Morgantown event at 123 Pleasant on November 5.

Viji Sathy and Kelly Hogan preview themes from their forthcoming WVU Press book in “How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive,” an advice guide from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

In other news from our higher ed series, Cyndi Kernahan discusses her book Teaching about Race and Racism in the College Classroom on New Books Network; Jenae Cohn is interviewed about Skim, Dive, Surface on the Lecture Breakers podcast; and the journal Discourse and Writing says of Susan D. Blum’s book: “Ungrading is an easy read and stimulates your teaching imagination.”

Capitalist Pigs is reviewed (alongside Communist Pigs, Fascist Pigs, and Porkopolis) in Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences: “What Anderson’s book does very well is to canvas pigs’ omnipresence in the American metabolic system.” The author talks with Erik Loomis on the Lawyers, Guns, and Money podcast.

New Political Science calls Nicholas Stump’s Remaking Appalachia a “stimulating work” that “will be of particular value to those interested in a progressive political-theoretical critique of environmental law.”

William Hal Gorby’s Wheeling’s Polonia is reviewed in Ohio Valley History, which says the book “underscores both the variety in the Polish immigrant and ethnic experience in the United States and the importance of immigrant labor in this one particular corner of America’s great—and seemingly late—industrial heartland.”

An Ohio County Public Library event with Ned Watts, editor of the newly discovered novel Cannel Coal Oil Days, is featured in the Wheeling Intelligencer.

And Anglican and Episcopal History reviews Heeding the Call, finding: “Jolliff’s first-of-its-kind book-length study of Giardina’s historical fiction provides ample evidence to support his view that a full understanding of her work can only be gained by studying how her theology informs her writing.”

Keep up with all of our authors’ events on WVU Press’s calendar, including William H. Turner at the Kentucky Book Festival on November 6!

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