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

Two years after publication, Deesha Philyaw’s award-winning story collection continues to receive accolades, with new praise in the New York Times. “Recently, I count as ideal the books that make me laugh,” says Frances Mayes in the weekly “By the Book” column. “Deesha Philyaw’s raucous The Secret Lives of Church Ladies accomplishes that.”

Kristine Langley Mahler’s Curing Season is reviewed in Shelf Awareness: “These experimental essays about place, home and the failed effort to belong are closely tied to Eastern North Carolina, but will resonate everywhere.” Mahler, who’s on tour this fall, teases her new book in LitHub.

Hippocampus adds to the growing stack of positive reviews for Another Appalachia: “To say that I loved Neema Avashia’s Another Appalachia feels like an understatement.” The author will appear in Boone, Hazard, and Charleston this fall.

In the Southern Review of Books, Tom Bredehoft’s Foote is praised as “a quirky good time of a book, one with a delightful flavor of mountain folk mystery.” The author will read from his book—called “immensely bingeable” in Weelunk—at a WVU event on September 15.

Rachel King’s Bratwurst Haven is anticipated in Boulder Weekly as one of the top five books set in Colorado: “King’s writing is as crystal-clear as a bright Colorado day.” The author’s fall tour will take her to cities including Portland, Baltimore, Washington (DC), and Morgantown.

The Harlan Renaissance is reviewed in Cleaver Magazine: “Turner creates rich scenes of what life was like in Harlan in the 1950’s and 1960’s.”

The “Bookmark This” feature from the University of North Carolina highlights Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy’s Inclusive Teaching. The authors will launch their book at Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books on September 13.

Shaun Slifer’s So Much to Be Angry About is praised for its “clear prose and engaging design” in Georgia Library Quarterly.

Wheeling’s Labor Day celebration featuring WVU Press authors Joe Trotter, Anne T. Lawrence, and John Hennen is featured in the Wheeling Intelligencer.

Sophie Bjork-James, coeditor of Beyond Populism, writes about white nationalism and social media in the Arizona Star.

And West Virginia University Press gets a nice mention in a Publishers Weekly profile of White Whale Bookstore in Pittsburgh. Big thanks to Jill and Adlai Yeomans and their team at White Whale, and to indie booksellers everywhere!

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