Press Notes: Ohio University Press Books Earn Recognition

October 29, 2010

Two Ohio University Press books were singled out for honors during October. One of them, Rome’s Most Faithful Daughter: The Catholic Church and Independent Poland, 1914–1939, by Neal Pease, is the co-winner of the ASEEES/Orbis Book Prize for Polish Studies. This is the second time an Ohio University Press book has won the award. And it was also announced that Wielding the Ax: State Forestry and Social Conflict in Tanzania, 1820–2000, by Thaddeus Sunseri, is a finalist for the African Studies Association’s 2010 Melville J. Herskovits Award for the best scholarly work on Africa. The winner will be announced during the ASA meeting in San Francisco.

The fall calendar inaugurates a host of book-related events and Ohio University Press staff and authors have been actively involved with several of those. For the very first time, Ohio University Press attended the Frankfurt Book Fair, the world’s largest and most important marketplace for books, media, rights, and licenses. Editorial Director Gillian Berchowitz and Business Manager Kristi Goldsberry spent one busy week in Germany meeting with potential co-publishers and returned with many promising contacts. In mid-October, Marketing Manager Jean Cunningham and Office Manager Judy Wilson attended the West Virginia Book Fest. And during the past several weeks, staff have been preparing for another major meeting in November, the African Studies Association Annual Meeting, where we will be exhibiting alongside the Ohio University African Studies Program as in years past.

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 October:

Land, Memory, Reconstruction, and Justice: Perspectives on Land Claims in South Africa, edited by Anna Bohlin, Cherryl Walker Ruth Hall, and Thembela Kepe. The issue of land restitution is perhaps the central issue in postapartheid South Africa. This collection of research and perspectives represents the most comprehensive analysis of the situation to date.

Nature and History in Modern Italy, edited by Marco Armiero and Marcus Hall. Fifteen essays investigate Italy’s long experience in managing domesticated rather than wild natures, offering environmental insights into a landscape fashioned by history as well as by nature.

Midwest Modern: The Color Woodcuts of Mabel Hewit, edited by Jane Glaubinger. This project with the Cleveland Museum of Art displays the work of a relatively unknown Ohio artist Mabel Hewit, whose white-line color woodcut technique is the focus of this exhibition catalog. More than one hundred images are shown in color along with two essays about modernist influences and the white-line woodcut technique.

The Law and the Prophets: Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1968–1977, by Daniel R. Magaziner. The Law and the Prophets is the first historical monograph on 1970s South African political history. Magaziner looks at the intellectual and theological underpinnings, specifically the use of Christian ideas that helped galvanize the Black Consciousness movement.

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

Journal of American History, African Studies Review, Perspectives magazine, Religious Studies Review, The Christian Science Monitor, CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, APADE (Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment), Library Journal, Comparativ: Zeitschrift für Global Geschichte…(Leipzig), The Historian, Journal of American Ethnic History, Readin blog, Indiana Magazine of History, Athens News, The Post (Ohio University), In This Light blog, sehepunkt (Germany), Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, Polish American Journal, Fiberarts magazine, The Midwest Book Review, Compass (“Accolades”; Ohio University Communications & Marketing), World Sugar History Newsletter

Jeff Kallet

  • Cover of ‘Land, Memory, Reconstruction, and Justice: Perspectives on Land Claims in South Africa’

  • Cover of ‘Nature and History in Modern Italy’

  • Cover of ‘Midwest Modern: The Color Woodcuts of Mabel Hewit’

  • Cover of ‘The Law and the Prophets: Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1968–1977’