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

Neema Avashia, author of Another Appalachia, writes an opinion piece for NBC News about “How J.D. Vance Has Written Appalachians Like Me Out of His Ohio Senate Campaign.” Her book is named one of “22 Books to Read During AAPI Heritage Month” in New York Magazine, and it appears as well on Boston’s WBUR public radio and in the Times of India. Pittsburgh City PaperLGBTQ Reads, the Mountain Advocate, and Spirituality and Practice all add to the title’s celebratory rollout.

New international editions of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies prompt global coverage, including a French review in La Fondation Orange. Author Deesha Philyaw is interviewed on BBC Radio 4, where she praises WVU Press for its “very broad vision.” She adds: “The thing about university presses, and indie presses in general, is . . . they’re more likely to take chances. I think that they were being bolder.”

In a review for Chapter 16 from Humanities Tennessee, Charles Dodd White’s A Year without Months is praised as “a work of harrowing candor, insightful compassion, and hard-won beauty.” White is currently touring in support of his book, with details available on his website.

Mark Powell’s Lioness is named one of “The Best Southern Books of April 2022” in the Southern Review of Books.

The blog Rust Belt Girl praises Jason Kapcala’s Hungry Town as a “crime drama with serious literary chops.”

Susan Hrach’s Minding Bodies is named a 2022 Nautilus Book Awards Silver Winner in the social science and education category. The awards celebrate green values, positive social change, and social justice.

In other higher education news, an essay on “ungrading” in the Chronicle of Higher Education quotes WVU Press authors Susan D. Blum and Joshua Eyler. Eyler is also interviewed for the Think UDL podcast, and Blum’s book receives wide attention—in Teaching and Learning in Anthropology, The Craft, Boston University Today, and elsewhere.

A review of Storytelling in Queer Appalachia for the journal Constellations says that the book “demonstrates that queer Appalachian practices are rich, responsive, and continuously evolving.”

The podcast Rising Tide talks with Nicholas Stump, author of Remaking Appalachia.

Stacey Balkan is interviewed about her book Rogues in the Postcolony on the podcast from the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University in Qatar.

And the Oregon Historical Quarterly reviews Michael Adamson’s Oil and Urbanization on the Pacific Coast, praising it as “a book that will be key for readers of Portland history . . . as well as scholars of energy flows, urban history, and the built environment.”

Don’t miss upcoming engagements now posted to WVU Press’s calendar, including bookstore events in Asheville, Charlottesville, and elsewhere—plus Deesha Philyaw at Festival America in Vincennes, France!

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