Press Notes: Ohio University Press Celebrates 50 Years in 2014

January 15, 2014

In 2014, Ohio University Press marks its 50th year as a book publisher. In the third week of February, the press will celebrate “Ohio University Press Week” with a number of activities meant to highlight the anniversary. Stay tuned for more information about that week and for other events throughout the year.

During the Fall semester, one of the biggest sources of news came from the rebranding of Swallow Press, the trade imprint of Ohio University Press. Books by Anaïs Nin and Janet Lewis both attracted positive review and feature coverage in media like the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, Kirkus Reviews, and others.

Other Fall & Winter News

Taifa: Making Nation and Race in Urban Tanzania is the winner of the African Studies Association’s 2013 Ogot Award for the best book on East African Studies. This was announced at the November 23rd Awards Ceremony during the 56th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association in Baltimore, with members of Ohio University Press in attendance.

African Video Movies and Global Desires: A Ghanaian History was named a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine.
— Jeff Kallet

Since August, Ohio University Press books and authors have received coverage in the following media:

The New York Times, the Washington Post (“a book you will want to return to”), Publishers Weekly (“fans will embrace the book’s emotional intensity and sensuality”), Kirkus Reviews, Times Literary Supplement, the Daily Beast, Library Journal (“deeply enrich[es] the reading of her work”), Choice (“Highly recommended”), Huffington Post, Booklist, Boston Globe, American Historical Review (“a magnificent political biography”), World Literature Today, Brain Pickings, Kansas City Star, Journal of Asian Studies, Toku Buku: Reviews of English Language Books on Indonesia (“Unquestionably the most authoritative and substantial Indonesian-English dictionary yet published, an essential reference….), H-NET (H-Luso-Africa), Rain Taxi (“The rewards . . . are manifold”), Los Altos Town Crier, Ohio Valley History (“an indispensible volume for students of the Civil War and Midwestern history), The Year’s Work in English Studies, Resources for American Literary Study (an “engaging literary history”), Enterprise and Society, Indiana Magazine of History (“a valuable contribution to nineteenth-century American history”), Lexington Herald Leader, Gardens Illustrated (“an illuminating book packed with . . . dedicated and thoughtful research.”), H-CivWar (“This book stands on its own as a valuable resource for educators”), NewPages, the Athens News, Examiner.com (“this book is a must”), Ecocriticism, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, the Aviation Historian (“well beyond anything yet published”), Comparative Studies in Society and History (“compelling and nuanced”), Yearbook of German-American Studies (“Scholars should follow his call for using this approach…”), the Midwest Book Review, Journal of Global History, Eclectica, International Journal of African Historical Studies, The Historian, H-Law, Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and the Humanities, South African Journal of International Affairs (“This volume is a must for anyone interested in developing further understanding of security, peacebuilding, and the politics of Africa.”), Meredith Sue Willis’s Books for Readers, Mendota (IL) Reporter, H-Soz-u-Kult, Compass, Long Island Gardening Quarterly, Journal of Historical Geography, Enterprise and Society, Appalachian Heritage, Naval Historical Foundation, Choice (“Rarely does a book come along that opens up an entirely new world in cinema studies. This sophisticated volume…does just that.”), Victoriographies (“smart and original readings”), Strategic Review for Southern Africa, Politique africaine (“essential to anyone wishing to understand what happened in the South African platinum belt”), Indiana Gazette (PA), H-Genocide (“provocative and consequential”), Revista Rey Desnudo, African Studies Quarterly, Blog Critics, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Sacramento Bee.

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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.

50 YEARS!

Recently published titles from Ohio University Press:

The Wife of Martin Guerre, The Trial of Sören Qvist, The Ghost of Monsieur Scarron, and The Cases of Circumstantial Evidence
Beautiful new editions of Janet Lewis’s historical fiction—minor classics in 20th century American literature—attracted a review in the Washington Post and coverage for Swallow Press in Publishers Weekly. The introductions to each edition were written by assistant professor of English and former acting Executive Editor of Ohio University Press, Kevin Haworth.

Thirteen Cents: A Novel, by K. Sello Duiker with an introduction by Shaun Viljoen. Duiker’s novel—narrated by a young coloured boy in Cape Town, South Africa, whose blue eyes earn him the nickname, Azure—was called “A gritty, dagga-infused tour through a Cape Town underworld,” and “an emotional whiplash of a debut.”

San Rock Art, by J. D. Lewis-Williams. This study examines the artistic and cultural significance of San rock paintings of southern Africa, considered by many to be the very earliest examples of representational art.

Soulful Bobcats:Experiences of African American Students at Ohio University, 1950–1960, by Carl Walker with Betty Hollow. Published as an 1804 Books imprint, Soulful Bobcats is an Ohio University-oriented title. Contributions from African American alumni who attended during the decade of the 1950s are at the heart of the book; an introductory chapter on race at the university and in the town of Athens provides a contextual lead-in.

The Idea of the ANC, by Anthony Butler. Anthony Butler explores the history, present situation, and near future of the African National Congress, which recently celebrated its centenary.

The Krio of West Africa: Islam, Culture, Creolization, and Colonialism in the Nineteenth Century, by Gibril R. Cole. In Cole’s persuasive and engaging analysis of Sierra Leone’s unique history, Muslim settlers take center stage as critical actors in the dynamic growth of Freetown’s Krio society.

The Power to Name: A History of Anonymity in Colonial West Africa, by Stephanie Newell. This book looks at the colonial West African press and how African writers used anonymity to critique their colonial masters in those pages.

The History of Blood Transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa, by William H. Schneider. This first extensive study of the practice of blood transfusion in Africa traces the history of one of the most important therapies in modern medicine from the period of colonial rule to independence and the AIDS epidemic.

South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects, by Adam Habib. Habib, one of South Africa’s leading political commentators, examines the country’s difficult transition to democracy since 1994, and offers strategies for an alternative political agenda.

Black Skin, White Coats: Nigerian Psychiatrists, Decolonization, and the Globalization of Psychiatry, by Matthew M. Heaton. This is the first work to focus primarily on black Africans as producers of psychiatric knowledge and as definers of mental illness in their own right, integrating psychiatric training with their indigenous backgrounds.

Global Health in Africa: Historical Perspectives on Disease Control, edited by Tamara Giles-Vernick and James L. A. Webb, Jr. The first exploration of global health initiatives in Africa, this book brings together international experts from the disciplines of demography, anthropology, and historical epidemiology.

Shake Terribly the Earth: Stories from an Appalachian Family, by Sarah Beth Childers. This collection of personal essays poignantly reveals faith-related stories from the author’s Pentecostal youth, and tales about her family in the Huntington, WV, area. “Beautifully written, nostalgic, and…unique.” (Library Journal).



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