Press Notes: Summer Round-up

August 30, 2010

In the last two months of a sweltering Athens summer, new Ohio University Press books made refreshing splashes in local, state, national, and international media. As World Cup coverage climaxed in early July, the author of African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World’s Game was in great demand as a commentator for global news organizations. A quick glance at the book’s web page reveals a list of reviews and media hits that include CNN, USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, and radio programs in France, South Africa, and China.

In mid-July, the publication of a local illustrator’s sketchbooks unleashed a creative marketing campaign involving video spots, trading cards, and advertisements on pizza boxes, along with the more traditional approaches. Feature stories appeared in both The Athens News and The Messenger as well as reviews in prominent review media like Kirkus Reviews and a host of respected cartoon blogs. And towards the end of the summer, the publication of Stories from the Anne Grimes Collection of American Folk Music (noted below) saw lavish praise from specialty publications. Radio interviews with the book’s editors were broadcast on NPR affiliates in the Columbus and Cleveland markets. As fall classes at Ohio University are poised to begin, OU Press is already busy making preparations for the Spring and Summer 2011 catalog of titles.

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 'Stories from the Anne Grimes Collection of American Folk Music'

Ohio University Press Titles Published and Promoted in July–August:

The Documentary Heritage of Ohio, new paperback edition, edited by Phillip R. Shriver and Clarence E. Wunderlin, Jr. Ohio’s rich history comes alive in this collection of documents that include excerpts from letters, diary entries, laws, ordinances, and newspaper articles that relate to key events in the state’s history.

Stories from the Anne Grimes Collection of American Folk Music, by Anne Grimes. This beautifully illustrated book and the accompanying CD document and record forty musicians and folklorists who worked with folk song collector Anne Grimes in Ohio during the 1950s and 1960s. Among the contributors are Pete Seeger, Branch Rickey, and Carl Sandburg.

Populist Seduction in Latin America, Second Edition, by Carlos de la Torre updates the successful edition in published 2000. De la Torre has added three new chapters on contemporary aspects of Latin American populism to his insightful analysis.

The Dred Scott Case: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Race and Law, edited by David Thomas Konig, Paul Finkelman, and Christopher Alan Bracey. This collection of fourteen essays revisits the history and aftermath of what is arguably the most infamous decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Making a World after Empire: The Bandung Moment and Its Political Afterlives, edited by Christopher J. Lee. Tracing the diplomatic, intellectual, and sociocultural histories that emanated from the 1955 Bandung conference in Indonesia, these essays identify the significance of an event attended by twenty-nine countries from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East whose representatives intended to define the postcolonial world.

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

Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews (“Graphic Spotlight” supplement), Wilson Quarterly, The New York Times, Victorian Studies, WOSU Radio (“All Sides with Ann Fisher” x two authors), Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, University of Toronto Quarterly, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, ForeWord Reviews, More Than Just a Game blog, African History, Journal of Asian Studies, Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains, Upper Arlington News, Journal of Archival Organization, The Rumpus, CityBeat (Cincinnati), Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, France 24 TV (International News 24/7), The Athens News, The Messenger (Athens), The Sun, Research–Reference Book News, The Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Technology and Culture, American Communist History, WVXU radio (Cincinnati NPR), WCNP radio (Cleveland NPR), Polish American Journal, National Catholic Reporter, Journal of Third World Studies, Xenia Daily Gazette, The Oral History Review,, The Innovation Journal, MultiCultural Review, H-Net (H-Human Rights), International Socialist Review, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, North Platte Telegraph (Nebraska), The Book Haven blog (Stanford University), Africa: The Journal of the IAI, African Studies Quarterly, Philosophy in Review.

Other News

Athens authors Sandy Plunkett and John Thorndike were both invited to attend Books by the Banks, a book festival that will be held in Cincinnati on October 2nd.

Jeff Kallet

  • Cover of ‘The Documentary Heritage of Ohio’

  • Cover of ‘Populist Seduction in Latin America’

  • Cover of ‘The Dred Scott Case: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Race and Law’

  • Cover of ‘Making a World after Empire’