Press Notes: Creative Works Highlighted in Recent Publications

October 04, 2010

It has been said that university presses are the preserves for short story collections: larger trade publishers tend to seek novels by name authors, leaving this fertile short fiction genre to smaller presses. In filling this critical role, university presses make it possible for emerging writers to make their debuts and for veteran writers to flex their creative muscles.

Over the years, Ohio University Press has published a wealth of creative works in addition to the scholarly studies that make up the bulk of the seasonal book lists. This September, two titles promoted during the month were short story collections, The Tiki King: Stories, by Stacy Tintocalis (a debut author), and Out of the Mountains: Appalachian Stories, by Meredith Sue Willis (an established author).

Both books have already earned advance praise from national media and from other writers. Booklist, the review publication of the American Library Association, called Out of the Mountains a “finely crafted collection” with a community of characters who are “both distinctly Appalachian and markedly universal”; Jayne Anne Phillips, Lee Maynard, Denise Giardina, and other writers have also given the collection their compliments. The Tiki King has been described as “impressive,” “dark,” and “pleasurable” by reviewers such as Publishers Weekly, ForeWord Reviews, and The Rumpus; writer Rebecca Chace wrote simply, “This debut collection is a stunner.”

To read more about these titles, and to sample stories from each collection, visit the web pages:

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.

Ohio University Press Titles Published and Promoted in September:

The Uncoiling Python: South African Storytellers and Resistance, by Harold Scheub. Scheub, one of the world’s leading scholars of African oral traditions and folklore, has collected stories and poetry from South African natives that demonstrate how for 350 years these apparently harmless tellers of tales combated and subverted the forces of colonization.

Trustee for the Human Community: Ralphe Bunche, the United Nations, and the Decolonization of Africa, edited by Robert A. Hill and Edmond J. Keller. In this collection of essays, scholars examine the full range of Bunche’s unrivalled role in the struggle for African independence.

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

Booklist, Akron Beacon Journal, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, Journal of Economic Literature, Human Ecology, Journal of Social History, H-Luso-Africa, Neo Griot, Danny Yee’s Book Reviews, Ohio History, Year’s Work in English Studies, El Siglo de Europa (Spain), Archival Outlook: Newsletter of the Society of American Archivists, Center for Mennonite Writing Journal, The Fort Morgan Times, The Art of the Rural blog, Études internationales, Sn3 Modeler, Maplewood Patch (New Jersey)

Other News

The Choose to Read Ohio program, which spotlights Ohio authors and promotes group reading across the state, selected an Ohio University Press title as one of their recommended Adult titles for use in 2011. The group chose Blood of the Prodigal: An Ohio Amish Mystery, by P. L. Gaus, and created an online toolkit as a guide for reading groups.

Well-known local artist Sandy Plunkett will be appearing at Alden Library for a talk and book signing on October 22nd. Plunkett’s book, The World of a Wayward Comic Book Artist: The Private Sketchbooks of S. Plunkett, is a selection of nearly four hundred illustrations chosen from twenty years worth of material. It was published by Swallow Press (Ohio University Press’s trade book imprint) over the summer. Books will be available for sale and a drawing for a free copy will be held. The event is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. in the Friends of the Library room.

Jeff Kallet

  • Cover of ‘Out of the Mountains: Appalachian Stories’

  • Cover of ‘The Uncoiling Python: South African Storytellers and Resistance’

  • Cover of ‘Trustee for the Human Community: Ralphe Bunche, the United Nations, and the Decolonization of Africa’

  • Cover of ‘The World of a Wayward Comic Book Artist: The Private Sketchbooks of S. Plunkett’