Press Notes: Fall Quarter Featured Book Launches and Sales Successes for OU Press

January 05, 2012

Two prominent book launches—one in New York City and one in Washington, D.C.—topped the list of happenings at Ohio University Press during the fall quarter. Also in the news were the media and sales successes of a local foods cookbook and a native plant gardening title, making for an exciting few months.

The book launches were for Irish People, Irish Linen, an illustrated cultural history. The author, Kathleen Curtis Wilson, took ten years to research the project, spending several of those years on the island of Ireland meeting with archivists, collectors, and designers, in order to write this comprehensive history of the textile’s Irish roots. The first book launch was in New York City, sponsored by the Irish Consul General, who opened his private residence for the event. The second launch took place at the Embassy of Ireland in Washington, D.C. A review in Library Journal stated that Irish People, Irish Linen was “A lively social history replete with fine photographs” and that it would be “of interest to many readers beyond the pool of Irish textile fanciers.”

The Locavore’s Kitchen: A Cook’s Guide to Seasonal Eating and Preserving was published in August, but things really started cooking in the fall, when a four-page illustrated feature in Ohio Magazine’s October issue hit the stands. The book was picked up by some Costco stores and went into a second printing. “I can’t think of a better recommendation for a cookbook,” wrote a review in a November Cleveland Magazine blog post.

Lastly, a book that was published in September, The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants, an Illustrated Guide, immediately attracted the interest of gardening book buyers: it sold out before the end of November. A number of positive endorsements and media reviews praised the book for its passionate advocacy of local plants as well as for the useful approach to illustrating the options for gardeners. The authors have a number of events planned well into 2012, including a seminar at the Chicago Flower and Garden show in March.

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 since August:

Hatred at Home: al-Qaida on Trial in the American Midwest, by Andrew Welsh-Huggins. Published just before the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, Hatred at Home, a true crime narrative, consider’s the cases of three Columbus, Ohio men accused of terrorist activities. Welsh-Huggins gave the first Authors @ Alden talk in early October.

Transversal Rationality and Intercultural Texts: Essays in Phenomenology and Comparative Philosophy, by Hwa Yol Jung. “An astonishing collection of essays spanning over forty years of sustained and developed reflection on topics in phenomenological, comparative, and environmental thought by one of the leading voices in these areas.”

The Intentional Spectrum and Intersubjectivity: Phenomenology and the Pittsburgh Neo-Hegelians, by Michael D. Barber. World-renowned analytic philosophers John McDowell and Robert Brandom, dubbed “Pittsburgh Neo-Hegelians,” recently engaged in an intriguing debate about perception. In The Intentional Spectrum and Intersubjectivity Michael D. Barber is the first to bring phenomenology to bear not just on the perspectives of McDowell or Brandom alone, but on their intersection.

The Tenets of Cognitive Existentialism, by Dimitri Ginev. This study draws on developments in hermeneutic phenomenology and other programs in hermeneutic philosophy to inform an interpretative approach to scientific practices.

Indian Angles: English Verse in Colonial India from Jones to Tagore, by Mary Ellis Gibson. Gibson shows that poetry, not fiction, was the dominant literary genre of Indian writing in English until 1860 and that poetry written in colonial situations can tell us as much or even more about figuration, multilingual literacies, and histories of nationalism than novels can.

Anglophone Poetry in Colonial India, 1780–1913, by Mary Ellis Gibson. This anthology makes accessible for the first time the entire range of poems written in English on the subcontinent from their beginnings in 1780 to the watershed moment in 1913 when Rabindranath Tagore won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants, an Illustrated Guide, by Charlotte Adelman and Bernard L. Schwartz. “At last, an idea whose time has come! This is the only book I know of, for the Midwest, that systematically suggests native plants of similar appearance and growing requirements, to replace nonnatives we might otherwise plant in our landscapes.” (Maryann Whitman, editor of Wild Ones Journal).

Cultivating the Colonies: Colonial States and Their Environmental Legacies, edited by Christina Folke Ax, Niels Brimnes, Niklas Thode Jensen, and Karen Oslund. Eleven essays explore how colonial states across the globe managed exotic nature and foreign people in the business of empire.

We Are All Zimbabweans Now: A Novel, by James Kilgore. This debut political thriller takes readers to 1980s Zimbabwe and the rise of Robert Mugabe, as seen through the eyes of an idealistic American grad student whose outlook becomes tainted when he investigates a mysterious death.

The Anatomy of a South African Genocide: The Extermination of the Cape San Peoples, by Mohamed Adhikari. Adhikari’s history and analysis presents the annihilation of Cape San society as genocide.

After Tears, by Niq Mhlongo. This second novel by an up-and-coming South African writer focuses on a character who failed his law school studies. Upon his return home, he meets relatives and friends whose high expectations lead him into awkward, but often funny predicaments.

Since September, Ohio University Press has learned of books and authors having received press from the following places:

Booklist, Library Journal, Cincinnati CityBeat, Los Angeles Review of Books, Publishers Weekly, Africa: The Journal of the International Africa Institute, The Journal of African History, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, WOSU-Radio, Canton Repository, Akron Beacon Journal, Eclectica Magazine, When Falls the Coliseum: A Journal of American Culture, Gastronomica, Edible Columbus, International Affairs, Irish Roots, WCPN-Radio, Indiana Magazine of History, H-SAfrica, Ohio Magazine, H-Soz-u-Kult, Lake County News (IL), Northwest Ohio History, International Journal of African Historical Studies, The Post, WOUB-TV and radio, Africa Spectrum, The Journal of Modern History, The Historian, Ohio Today, Raintown Review, dc literary outsider blog, Journal of British Studies, Journal of Religion in Africa, Labour, Capital & Society, African Research & Documentation, Columbus Dispatch, The Cosmopolitan Review, University of Cincinnati News, Midwest Invasive Plant Network, Appalachian Journal, Cleveland Magazine, Rapid City Journal, Centre Daily Times (State College, PA), The Journal Times (Racine, WI), Cincinnati Enquirer, The Courier (Tennessee Historical Commission), Enterprise and Society, Perspectives, The Midwest Book Review, Research in African Literatures, Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, The Hollins Critic, Mary Jane’s Farm, Quilts, Inc.. Hobby Farm Home, Missouri Historical Review, Ulster American Society, Irish Arts Review, The Indianapolis Star, Irish American News, allAfrica.com, Journal of Southern History, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Bulletin of Latin American Research, Canadian Journal of History, The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and the Humanities, 21st Century Radio, American Historical Review, Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine