Press Notes: Summer 2011 - While You Were Out

September 13, 2011

HOT, HOT, HOT! That describes the past summer in Athens. HOT, HOT, HOT also accurately describes the kind of media attention Ohio University Press books and authors received from prominent state and national media outlets over the past few months. The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, Times Literary Supplement, the PBS Frontline website—these are just a few of the places where our books basked in the rays of good coverage. A complete list of review media is in the list below, but here are some highlights:

Harmless as Doves: An Amish-Country Mystery was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review and Booklist; An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czeslaw Milosz was reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement and was given a “Highly Recommended” review in Choice; award-winning Stirring the Pot author James McCann was interviewed about Ethiopian cuisine in The Los Angeles Times; a profile of one essay from Lit from Within appeared in The Washington Post; A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio received wide exposure across the state, including strong reviews in The Plain Dealer, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio PBS (“The State of Ohio”), WVXU-Cleveland NPR, WCPN-Cleveland NPR, Akron Beacon Journal; New Stories from Midwest was mentioned in the Minneapolis Star Tribune; Ghazal Games author Roger Sedarat was the guest blogger for The Best American Poetry website and his book was featured on the PBS program Frontline's website; the authors of The Midwestern Native Garden were interviewed in a Chicago Sun-Times feature;

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.

Summer 2011 Press Review Books at Ohio University Press

Other Ohio University Press Titles Published and Promoted during Spring Quarter:

Access with Attitude: An Advocate’s Guide to Freedom of Information in Ohio, by David Marburger and Karl Idsvoog. This book is an easy to follow reference that will be of great value to journalists, lawyers, genealogists, and anyone seeking access to public records in Ohio.

Christianity and Public Culture in Africa, edited by Harri Englund. The second title in our Cambridge Centre of African Studies Series is a collection of essays that consider how critical reason and Christian convictions have merged in Africa.

Poetry, Pictures, and Popular Publishing, by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra. Kooistra's study of a once-popular artifact, the Victorian illustrated gift book, shows how publishers of the era created a new form, blending high and popular art.

Harmless as Doves: An Amish-Country Mystery, by P. L. Gaus. Gaus's seventh Amish mystery has an investigation leave Ohio for answers in Florida. Reviewed in The New York Times Book Review and Booklist.

A Photographer's Guide to Ohio, by Ian Adams. Adams, a well-known landscape photographer, gives advice on how and where to take photographs in the Buckeye state. Featuring over 150 of Adams’s own photo illustrations, this book has been widely praised in state media.

Ghazal Games: Poems, by Roger Sedarat. Sedarat's innovations on the classical Persian form of the ghazal are a fusion of Western and Eastern traditions. “These poems are to be savored in their audacity,” writes Marilyn Hacker, “in turn witty, erotic, ludic, learned, engaged.”

Screening Morocco: Contemporary Film in a Changing Society, by Valérie K. Orlando. Screening Morocco focuses on Moroccan films produced and distributed from 1999 to the present, a time when the country has experienced a dramatic social transformation and during which filmmakers have begun to explore the sociocultural and political debates of their country.

Negotiating a Perilous Empowerment: Appalachian Women's Literacies, by Erica Abrams Locklear. Locklear's study, which includes an examination of fictional female characters, considers the real-life social dynamic that can occur when Appalachian women make educational gains.

The Locavore's Kitchen: A Cook's Guide to Seasonal Eating and Preserving, by Marilou K. Suszko. Two hundred original recipes organized by seasons, when the recipes' main ingredients are being harvested. A micro-review by Ohio University's Executive Chef, Matt Rapposelli, is scheduled for the Fall/Winter issue of Ohio Today.

The Borders of Integration: Polish Migrants in Germany and the United States, 1870–1924, by Brian McCook. A comparative analysis of the ways in which migrants integrate into societies.

  • Cover of 'Access with Attitude: An Advocate's Guide to Freedom of Information in Ohio'

  • Cover of ‘Christianity and Public Culture in Africa’

  • Cover of ‘Poetry, Pictures, and Popular Publishing’

  • Cover of ‘Harmless as Doves: An Amish-Country Mystery’

  • Cover of ‘A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio’

  • Cover of 'Ghazal Games: Poems'

  • Cover of ‘Screening Morocco: Contemporary Film in a Changing Society’

  • Cover of ‘Negotiating a Perilous Empowerment: Appalachian Women’s Literacies’

  • Cover of ‘The Locavore’s Kitchen: A Cook’s Guide to Seasonal Eating and Preserving’

  • Cover of ‘The Borders of Integration: Polish Migrants in Germany and the United States, 1870–1924’

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

The New York Times Book Review, Times Literary Supplement, Booklist, The American Historical Review, The Washington Post, Frontline (PBS-WGBH), Los Angeles Times, Kirkus Reviews, The Plain Dealer (features on two different authors), Canton Repository, The Columbus Dispatch, Anecdotal Evidence blog, Journal of Southern History, Journal of African History, Nineteenth Century Gender Studies, Slavic Review, Book News, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, African Affairs, Choice, The Journal of Colonial and Imperial History, Journal of Folklore Research, Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Sowetan (South Africa), The Longest Chapter blog, H-CivWar, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Book Fox blog, Ashtabula Star Beacon, International Journal of African Historical Studies, Image, Museum Anthropology Review, Journal of Folklore Research, Brevity, South African Historical Journal, Annales: Histoire, Sciences Sociales (France), Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Science, AfricaNews, Civil War History, H-Environment, The Mirror, Glimmer Train, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Country Living, Midwest Book Review, Polish American Journal, Fellowship, Appalachian Journal, Victorian Studies, Book News, New Political Science Review, Gourmand Magazine, Akron Beacon Journal, World Literature Today, The Book Haven, Anecdotal Evidence, “The State of Ohio” (Ohio PBS), Indiana Magazine of History, Environmental History, American Studies Journal, Chicago Sun-Times, Asian Review of Books, Overland (Australia), Threepenny Review, Levantine Review, Persian Heritage

By Jeff Kallet