September Roundup: News, Events, Reviews

Fall always brings a flurry of exciting news and publicity. This month, Pistols and Politics by Samuel C. Hyde won the 2018 Michael V.R. Thomason Book Award from the Gulf South Historical Association! Them interviewed Howard Philips Smith and Frank Perez about their new book Southern Decadence in New Orleans! In other news, “Evolution” from Margaret Gibson’s new collection, Not Hearing the Wood Thrush, was featured on Poetry Daily. Author of Reading Walker Percy’s Novels, Jessica Hooten Wilson discussed Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer on The Great Books Podcast. Suffolk University wrote an article about poet George Kalogeris and his forthcoming collection Guide to Greece.

On the LSU Press Blog, John Shelton Reed recommends six underappreciated books about the South; Jane Springer tells us about eleven poetry books that helped shape her new collection, Moth; and Daniel H. Usner details the influence of Indigenous Americans on early New Orleans.

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Below you’ll find a list of our October titles, additional upcoming events with our authors, and some recent publicity and reviews of our books. If you want to keep up with the press in real time, follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook!

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Selected Publicity and Praise

Southern Decadence in New Orleans by Howard Phillips Smith and Frank Perez

“A new book on the history of Southern Decadence is hoping to bring to light the event’s little-remembered origins as a celebration of a diverse group of queer and straight friends. Southern Decadence in New Orleans looks at the festival’s long-honored traditions and its history of community organizing, friendship, and charity, without ever downplaying all that is scandalous, sensual, sleazy, and, well, decadent about the event.”―Them

The Defeat of Black Power: Civil Rights and the National Black Political Convention of 1972 by Leonard N. Moore

“Moore’s book is one of the most important histories on America’s recent black experience to appear in the past decade.”―CHOICE

Voices From Louisiana: Profiles of Contemporary Writers by Ann Brewster Dobie

“Is there something you’d like to know about contemporary Louisiana authors, both already famous and some upcoming? Then sing the praises of Ms. Dobie who profiles writers James Lee Burke, Ernest Gaines, Tim Gautreaux, and William Joyce, as well as seven more already famous and another seven up and coming authors.”―Bayou Catholic

Reading Walker Percy’s Novels by Jessica Hooten Wilson

“Jessica Hooten Wilson provides an entertaining exegesis of Percy’s novels and finds his literary ancestors in The OdysseyDon Quixote and Dostoevsky.”―Shepherd Express

Penelope Lemon: Game On! by Inman Majors

“In the mood for something seriously racy and laugh out loud funny? Try Penelope Lemon: Game On!, by Inman Majors. . . .Penelope Lemon has heat and heart.”―Style Blueprint

A Kingdom Divided: Evangelicals, Loyalty, and Sectionalism in the Civil War Era by April E. Holm

“Holm has written an original and insightful book that should command attention, not only for her arguments regarding the ways politics could not be kept out of churches and the ways southerners used theology for political ends, but also for her demonstration that what churches say in public—in print, especially—had consequence.”―Journal of Southern Religion

Uncovering Paris: Scandals and Nude Spectacles in the Belle Époque by Lela F. Kerley

“Kerley brings . . .historiographical strands together in her careful consideration of the transition from the static female nude models of the artist’s studio to the dynamic femmes nues seemingly omnipresent on Parisian stages in the Belle Epoque. . . . Uncovering Paris is a fascinating book.”―H-France

Ambivalent Nation: How Britain Imagined the American Civil War by Hugh Dubrulle

“This well-written, thoroughly researched study will be an excellent resource for those interested in thought in the mid-Victorian era, the US Civil War, or the US-British relationship during the 19th century.”―CHOICE