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

The rollout for The In-Betweens receives wide coverage, in USA Today (where it’s a book of the week), the Philadelphia Inquirer (“gorgeously told”), and the Chicago Review of Books (“utterly captivating and resonant”). Davon Loeb and his book also appear in BOMBLibrary Journal‘s Book Pulse, the Rumpus, Electric Lit, Reckon Review, the Offing, Debutiful, the Southern Review of Books, and the Substack from writer and editor Rachel León. Loeb’s launch tour comes to Barnes & Noble in Marlton, NJ, on February 25.

Neema Avashia’s “captivating” Another Appalachia is praised for its “nuance and hard-won pride” in a review at Pittsburgh Quarterly, and the audiobook edition earns an equally enthusiastic rave in AudioFile. Avashia will appear on April 13 at Marshall University, where her book has been selected as a campus read.

In the newsletter from 100 Days in Appalachia, Skylar Baker-Jordan reviews William H. Turner’s The Harlan Renaissance, predicting the book “will become a cornerstone of Appalachian literature and of Appalachian studies, influencing writers, researchers, and everyday people for years to come.”

James Lang and Michelle Miller, coeditors of WVU’s series Teaching and Learning in Higher Educationtake to the Chronicle of Higher Education with “Don’t Write Like a Robot,” an essay about authorship and artificial intelligence. Miller also appears on the Learner Engagement Activated podcast.

In other higher education news:

Courtney Sender’s “woozily fantastical” book In Other Lifetimes All I’ve Lost Comes Back to Me is written up in the New London Day. Sender will read in Boston, New York, and other cities this spring.

The North Carolina Literary Review has significant praise for Mark Powell and Lioness: “He writes about difficult things in a beautiful way, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy.”

In a review for the Millions, Maddie Norris writes: “I’m so taken with Kristine Langley Mahler’s essay collection Curing Season: Artifacts, a meditation on Southern adolescence told through collected and archived objects.”

Chapter 16 from Humanities Tennessee talks with Charles Dodd White, author of A Year without Months.

Rachel King’s Colorado swing in support of Bratwurst Haven is covered in Boulder Weekly. Her book makes the Buzzfeed list “17 Recent And Upcoming Books From Indie Publishers You Need To Read.”

The “Get the Word Out” publicity incubator—which includes Kristen Gentry, author of our forthcoming Mama Said—is profiled in Poets & Writers. On February 28, Gentry and other incubator participants will read in a free online event hosted by

Don’t miss the full roster of author events on WVU Press’s calendar, including Deesha Philyaw with Jonathan Escoffery and W. Ralph Eubanks in a reading sponsored by the National Book Foundation. And watch for our Appalachian studies and AWP sales, coming soon!

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