Midwinter roundup: Reviews, media attention, and author events

Kirkus Reviews has an early rave for Courtney Sender’s “compelling” In Other Lifetimes All I’ve Lost Comes Back to Me, which is hailed as “a distinctive debut from a promising author.” Also sharing praise is Foreword Reviews, where Sender’s “brooding, poignant” book is commended for its “sharp humor and imagination.” And Booklist, in a third pre-publication review, credits the title with “bringing to life emotions and connections too unwieldy to define or restrain.” Courtney Sender will launch In Other Lifetimes All I’ve Lost Comes Back to Me at events this spring in Boston and other cities.

Davon Loeb talks with Daily Kos about his “rich, evocative, and surprising” memoir The In-Betweens. It’s named one of 2023’s most-anticipated titles by the News International in Pakistan and by Pittsburgh’s City of Asylum Books. The Jewish Book Council has an excerpt.

Another Appalachia continues to earn best-of-2022 recognition. Neema Avashia’s book is included on the list “The Top 100 Lesbian, Bi, Trans, and Queer Moments of 2022” from GO Magazine, and named one of the year’s bestsellers at Riverstone Books in Pittsburgh and Read Spotted Newt Bookstore in Hazard, KY. Neema Avashia and Davon Loeb will both serve as featured authors at the April writers’ conference from Barrelhouse; registration is now open.

Deesha Philyaw, author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, writes in Food & Wine as part of the feature “6 Valuable Lessons Learned around the Dinner Table, According to Award-Winning Food Writers.”

Mark Powell’s “fantastic” Lioness is praised as “a helluva page turner” in Reckon Review.

The Rumpus calls Kristine Langley Mahler’s Curing Season “a fun, strange play on nostalgia and belonging” and “a lovely and clever book of essays.”

Rachel King, author of Bratwurst Haven, is interviewed for the Member Spotlight feature from the Authors Guild.

The podcast Appodlachia talks with Kirk Hazen, editor of Appalachian Englishes in the Twenty-First Century.

The Journal of Energy History calls Engaging the Atom “a rich contribution to a growing field.”

In the Washington Post, a piece on ChatGPT and its implications for education quotes Joshua Eyler, author of How Humans Learn.

The Journal of Writing Assessment praises Susan D. Blum’s collection Ungrading: “The pioneering work these educators have done sparks insights and important ideas for teachers.”

Rounding out higher education news, Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy, authors of Inclusive Teaching, appear on the podcast Teaching for Student Success. And the Tea for Teaching podcast talks with Jessamyn Neuhaus, editor of Picture a Professor.

Winter and spring events are starting to populate our calendar, including Rachel King on February 9 at Boulder Bookstore. And don’t miss our new blog conversation between WVU Press’s acquisitions editors, especially if you’re pitching a book!

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