Press Notes: New Catalog Features Fall and Winter Books

May 26, 2011

2011 Fall - Winter Seasonal Catalog at Ohio University Press

Spring is in full swing, summer is a’ coming in, and a new Ohio University Press/Swallow Press Fall & Winter catalog has just been printed. The twenty-five young manuscript seedlings that will grow into books in the coming months include several photographic titles, most of them with strong regional connections. The subjects of those books are the barn quilt trail movement, the village of Mariemont (near Cincinnati), a comprehensive history of Irish linen, and a history of the Athens Lunatic Asylum. A few creative works are also in the Fall & Winter line-up. They include two African novels (one of which kicks off a new Modern African Writing series) and one collection of Australian short stories by noted author John Kinsella.

To see the complete list of titles, visit our home page and scroll down to the interactive Fall & Winter 2011 catalog,

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.

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

Lit from Within: Contemporary Writers on the Art & Craft of Writing, edited by Kevin Haworth and Dinty W. Moore. This collection of essays by nationally known writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction had their origins in Ohio University’s Spring Literary Festival, where all of the pieces were originally presented. Thought-provoking, perceptive, and often humorous, this book is a fine tribute to 25 years of Lit Fest.

The Last of His Mind: A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s (first paperback edition), by John Thorndike. This new paperback follows the successful run of the 2009 hardcover edition, which won wide praise across the spectrum, including being named one of the best memoirs of the year by The Washington Post. Thorndike, an Athens writer, has kept up a steady pace of book-related events over the past eighteen months.

Welcome to Our Hillbrow: A Novel of Postapartheid South Africa (U.S. edition), by Phaswane Mpe. Originally published to critical acclaim in 2001, Mpe’s first novel was a gritty portrayal of the issues that plagued —and continue to plague—postapartheid South Africa. This U. S. edition of the novel includes an introduction by Ohio University’s Ghirmai Negash.

Sugar Girls and Seamen: A Journey into Dockside Prostitution in South Africa (U.S. edition), by Henry Trotter. Writing with reportorial panache, Trotter relays his fifteen months of interviews and interactions with prostitutes and their clientele—ship workers from all over the world—and in asking them for candid details about their transactions, he discovers a culturally savvy group of women.

New Stories from the Midwest, edited by Jason Lee Brown and Jay Prefontaine. In his introduction, Lee Martin explains that the motivation behind New Stories from the Midwest is to showcase the wealth of talent coming out of the Midwest, a region sometimes unrecognized or overlooked in larger literary discussions. The cover image on this book is a painting named “Bypasses”—a lovely image of the rerouted Hocking River and an adjacent overpass—by Ohio University professor emeritus Gary Pettigrew.

  • Cover of ‘Lit from Within: Contemporary Writers on the Art & Craft of Writing’

  • Cover of ‘The Last of His Mind: A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer's’

  • Cover of ‘Welcome to Our Hillbrow: A Novel of Postapartheid South Africa’

  • Cover of ‘Sugar Girls and Seamen: A Journey into the World of Dockside Prostitution in South Africa’

  • Cover of ‘New Stories from the Midwest’

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

Booklist, Kansas City Star, New York Journal of Books, The Columbus Dispatch, Political Studies Review, WVXU-Cincinnati NPR, H-LatAm, Bulletin of Latin American Research, International Journal of Maritime History, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Missouri Historical Review, H-CivWar, Victorian Studies, Slavic and East European Journal, Words without Borders, The Historian, WestWord, Atlantis Healthcare (UK), Northwest Ohio History, Journal of World History, Wiener Zietschrift zur Geschichte de Neuzeit (Austria), Research and Reference Book News, Midwest Book Review, Wichita Eagle, Porter Square Books Blog, American Reference Books Annual 2011, H-Human Rights, Civil War Books and Authors blog, Africa: The Journal of the IAI (UK), The Journal African History, The Journal of Modern African Studies, Canadian Slavonic Papers

By Jeff Kallet