Press Notes: Ohio University Press Celebrates 50 Years in 2014

May 28, 2014

Ohio University Press wrapped up Spring semester having formally celebrated its 50th year as a book publisher. Activities included a mayoral proclamation, public lectures, media stories and interviews, and an open house at the Press¹s Columbus Road office that drew over 100 people. All of this added up to great exposure for Ohio University Press, giving us an opportunity to celebrate our long association with Ohio University and with the local community. Heading into the summer, we have printed our Fall & Winter 2014 list of titles and have already begun promoting those books.

Other Spring Semester News

On April 7, Syl Cheney-Coker, a writer from Sierra Leone whose second novel, Sacred River, was published by Ohio University Press, visited OU to give a keynote lecture at the African Studies program’s 50th anniversary.

On April 9, Ohio University Press held a fundraiser at the Kennedy Museum of Art.

Fourth Down and Out: An Andy Hayes Mystery is a crime novel set in Columbus written by AP reporter Andrew Welsh-Huggins. The book has received prepublication coverage in Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly, and was excerpted in the April issue of Columbus Monthly. Many author-related book events are planned into the summer in the Columbus area.

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

Kirkus Reviews, Booklist (“Readers…will be reminded of writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Salman Rusdie”), Booklist (“a solid debut thriller”), Review 19 (“a major contribution to scholarship”), World Literature Today, Ms. Magazine, Library Journal (“a well-researched and fascinating look into an often forgotten chapter”), Publishers Weekly (an “innovative epic”), Chicago Tribune, Missouri Historical Review (“a detailed, sophisticated, and convincing account”), Columbus Monthly, Photo Review (“The portraits that Moore documented throughout his community are always remarkable.”), Hortus: A Gardening Journal, Tennessee Libraries, American Historical Review (“a major contribution to African historical scholarship”), Enterprise and Society (“a superb book”), Lexington Herald-Leader, storySouth (“struck me with its commanding voice”), Bulletin of the History of Medicine, International Journal of African Historical Studies (“extraordinary range and depth”), Journal of Modern African Studies (a “timely collection”), Coastal Home, Huntington Herald-Dispatch, HuntingtonNewsNet, The Midwest Book Review, OU Compass, H-Diplo, The Athens Messenger, Concho River Review, The Journal of American History (“pushes past hoary glorification”), Tennyson Research Journal (“an important book”), Dayton Daily News, The Athens News, OU Compass, Now and Then: The Appalachian Magazine, European History Quarterly (“a coherent and excellent volume”), Historian (“theoretically and historically astute”), Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, Charleston Gazette, World History Connected, The Journal of American Culture, Nations and Nationalism, H-SHGAPE, Social Anthropology, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Choice (“essential for African and development studies collections”), Review Iberoamericana, Journal of Modern African Studies, Sacramento Bee, Historia, African Studies Quarterly, Journal of British Studies, African Affairs, Kronos: South African Histories, ForeWord Reviews, and Husserl Studies.

Cover of 'Sacred River'
Cover of 'Fourth Down and Out'

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.


Recently published titles from Ohio University Press:

The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry, by Edward J. Roach. “The book explores the one area of the career of the Wright brothers that remains least well known. It casts new light on the business career of the Wright brothers, and on the history of the Wright Company and the men who led it.”—Tom D. Crouch, Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Making and Unmaking Public Health in Africa: Ethnographic and Historical Perspectives, edited by Ruth J. Prince and Rebecca Marsland. A collection of studies that explore how medical professionals and patients, government officials, and ordinary citizens approach questions of public health in the contemporary era as well as in the recent past.

Thinking Outside the Girl Box: Teaming Up with Resilient Youth in Appalachia, by Linda Spatig and Layne Amerikaner. Twelve years of collaborative ethnographic research went into this study of a community-based program in rural West Virginia aimed at helping girls identify strengths and challenge the “boxes” girls and women are so often expected to live in.

Nature’s Suit: Husserl’s Phenomenological Philosophy of the Physical Sciences, by Lee Hardy. Hardy draws upon the full range of Edmund Husserl’s major published works to develop a consistent interpretation of Husserl’s conception of logic as a theory of science, his phenomenological account of truth and rationality, his ontology of the physical thing and mathematical objectivity… and more.

Protecting the Empire’s Frontier: Officers of the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot during its North American Service, 1767-1776, by Steven M. Baule. An intimate group portrait of the officers of the Royal Irish Regiment, which strove to uphold authority in the Ohio-Illinois country of late-Colonial America.

Ministers of Fire: A Novel, by Mark Harril Saunders. This is a new paperback edition of a book first published in 2012, acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as a top ten mystery of the year.

On the Desire to Levitate: Poems, by Alison Powell. The winner of the 2013 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize was published during National Poetry Month and made Library Journal’s list of Thirty Amazing Poetry Titles for Spring 2014.

Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era, by Eugene D. Schmiel. Jacob Dolson Cox was a Renaissance man. In each of his vocations and avocations—general, Ohio governor, cabinet secretary, university president, law school dean, railroad president, historian, and scientist—he was recognized as a leader. His greatest fame was as the foremost participant historian of the Civil War. This biography considers Cox’s career as a citizen general for the Union army.