Press Notes: Ohio University Press Books Earn Accolades

June 08, 2010

May was the month of the memoir for Ohio University Press and its imprint, Swallow Press, as two titles published in 2009 won book awards. John Thorndike’s memoir, The Last of His Mind: A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s, won ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Award in the Autobiography/Memoir category, while Linda Tate’s Power in the Blood: A Family Narrative, won the Colorado Author’s League Award for Creative Nonfiction. And more news awaits: both books are finalists in other award competitions whose results will be given later this summer.

The annual Ohioana Book Festival was held in Columbus on May 8th and four 2009 Ohio University Press authors were among the more than eighty writers who participated. David Sanders, the Director of Ohio University Press, also chaired a panel discussion about publishing. Ohio University Press helped launch the first Ohioana Book Festival in 2007 when the event was themed around an Ohio University Press book, Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio.

Ohio University Press is the largest university press in Ohio, publishing 40–50 books annually on a variety of topics. These books carry the Ohio University name into the world, receiving national and international attention from leading scholarly journals, prominent review media, and prestigious award competitions.

  • Cover of ‘The Last of His Mind’

  • Cover of ‘Power in the Blood’

Ohio University Press Titles Published and Promoted Since January:

Between Frontiers: Nation and Identity in a Southeast Asian Borderland, by Noboru Ishikawa. This study of the border between Malasian Sarawak and Indonesian Borneo examines the social, economic, political, and cultural processes involved in the making of national space.

Dead Letters to Nietzsche; or, the Necromantic Art of Reading Philosophy, by Joanne Faulkner. This title in the Series in Continental Thought examines personal identification with Nietzsche’s texts as exhibited by several well-known readers of his work.

Amy Levy: Critical Essays, edited by Naomi Hetherington and Nadia Valman. A collection of nine essays on “one of the most innovative and perplexing writers of her generation.”

In recent weeks, Ohio University Press has learned of books and authors having received press from the following places:

The Guardian (UK), The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education (The Chronicle Review), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News Network (“News Now” TV program), Financial Times (UK), Sports Illustrated, The Hindu: India’s National Paper, PEN American Center, The Journal of African American History, The Observer (UK), American Historical Review, Law & Politics Book Review, Light: A Quarterly of Light Verse, Law and Social Inquiry, Ethnohistory, Ohioana Quarterly, L’Actualité (Quebec), Books: L’actualité par les livres (France), The New York Times Goal blog, Reviews in History (UK), The Journal of Asian Studies, African Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Southern History, Environment and History (UK), The Public Historian, The Hudson Review, International Journal of African Historical Studies, Bali Advertiser, and Hispanic American Historical Review.

Jeff Kallet

  • Cover of ‘Between Frontiers’

  • Cover of ‘Dear etters to Nietzsche’

  • Cover of ‘Amy Levy: Critical Essays’