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Nov 17

November Roundup: News, Events, Reviews

November was quite a month here at LSU Press! Visitations by Lee Upton was a finalist in the short story category of the American Book Fest’s Best Book Awards. A poem from Ed Falco’s new book was featured on Poem-a-Day. Samuel C. Hyde wrote an article for the Washington Post. Brannon Costello, Lisa Hinrichsen, Gina Caison, and Stephanie Rountree, and Sally Van Doren wrote fantastic posts for the LSU Press Blog. And we published new books by Bryan Giemza and Maria Hebert-Leiter, Peter O’Connor, Lisa Hinrichsen, Gina Caison, and Stephanie Rountree, Susannah J. Ural, Kristen Brill, David R. Slavitt, and James Applewhite.

Below you’ll find a list of our December titles, 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

 Promise: Poems by Sally Van Doren

“St. Louisan Sally Van Doren’s third collection Promise features smart poems that bring a cheeky edge to the theme of domestic bliss. By-and-large tender poems of praise for familial love, they accomplish this celebration by telling the truth about it, dirty laundry included.”—Saint Louis Post-Dispatch

Voodoo and Power in New Orleans: The Politics of Religion in New Orleans, 1881-1940 by Kodi A. Roberts

“His careful study contributes to on-going scholarly efforts to better situate African diasporic religions within their immediate social settings and in the context of practitioners’ everyday struggles and desires.”—Nova Religio

Maintaining Segregation: Children and Racial Instruction in the South, 1920-1955 by LeeAnn G. Reynolds

“This ambitious study sheds light on how Jane and Jim Crow circumstances conditioned the South’s black and white younger inhabitants to manage racial inequality in the decades preceding the Civil Rights Movement. . . . The author displays an excellent familiarity with existing scholarly literature, and her arguments are cogent. . . . the narrative reads well, is engaging, and adds depth to the current understanding of a complex place and time.”—CHOICE

Civil War Logistics: A Study of Military Transportation by Earl J. Hess

“In Hess’s study one can find both a sound survey history of Civil War military transportation and a revealing quantitative analysis leading readers to the inescapable conclusion that the Union logistical network outperformed its foe’s in every possible way. Civil War Logistics is highly recommended.”—Civil War Books and Authors

Cityscapes of New Orleans by Richard Campanella

“Anyone with a library of books on New Orleans will want this one. And unlike some other reference books, Campanella’s is destined to be one that comes off the shelf over and over again.”—New Orleans Advocate

Remembering Reconstruction: Struggles Over the Meaning of America’s Most Turbulent Era edited by Carole Emberton and Bruce E. Baker

“Taken together, these deeply researched and cogently written essays comprise a kind of magic lantern that illuminates how many of today’s contentious social issues, like equality before the law, concepts of race, and rights of citizenship, were born during those tumultuous years.”—America’s Civil War

The Army of the Potomac in the Overland & Petersburg Campaigns by Steven E. Sodergren

“This is a solid, major contribution to our understanding of why men fought and how they were affected by and adapted to changing wartime conditions.”—NYMAS Review

The Secret Life of Bacon Tait a White Slave Trader Married to a Free Woman of Color by Hank Trent.

“Trent excels in re-creating the world of antebellum fortune-hunters like Tait. Lynchburg and the Richmond slave trade are diligently explored. A reader curious for more details as to how the trade worked (especially in terms of the operation of slave jails or “pens”) will find this small book an excellent resource. Trent makes it easy to imagine a grimy place of petty cruelties and vast injustices, where virtually every interaction possible within the boundaries of the peculiar institution might be found, all within a city block.”—Civil War News

Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War by Catherine Clinton

“Clinton reminds us of the significant work that has been done as well as the significant work that remains to be done in original research, textbook publications, and college lectures. Those invited to give Fleming Lectures are known for their bold and original scholarship, and Catherine Clinton is no exception.”—Journal of Southern History

John Pendleton Kennedy: Early American Novelist, Whig Statesman, and Ardent Nationalist by Andrew R. Black

“Andrew R. Black has deftly taken the memory of a man who has lain dormant in Baltimore’s Green Mount Cemetery since 1870 and has breathed new life into Kennedy’s legacy as an important American literary and political figure.”—Journal of Southern History


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Oct 17

October Roundup: News, Events, Reviews

We’ve been in high gear this October at LSU Press! The Fonville Winans Cookbook was named a Fall 2017 Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. The Writer’s Almanac featured “Defiance” and “The Book of Usable Minutes” by Sally Van Doren as well as “Daughter” by Lisel Mueller. Poems by Kelly Cherry were read on KSFR’s Audio Saucepan. “Mad Money” by Nicole Cooley appeared on Poetry Daily. And Gambit published a short interview with Kathryn Fontenot. Cynthia Lejeune Nobles, Nicole Cooley, and Susannah J. Ural wrote fantastic posts for the LSU Press Blog. And we published new books by Richard Campanella, Brannon Costello, James L. Huston, Terry L. Jones, and Melinda Risch Winans and Cynthia Lejeune Nobles.

Below you’ll find a list of our November titles, upcoming events with our authors, and some selected publicity from October.  And if you want to keep up with LSU Press in real time, follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.


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We will be at the Louisiana Book Festival tomorrow! Come say hello, attend special panels featuring our authors, and buy some books for your favorite bibliophile. In fact, take 30% off and free shipping* on select Louisiana titles until the end of the month!

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Selected Publicity and Praise

The Humility of the Brutes by Ron Smith

“As a whole, Ron Smith’s “The Humility of the Brutes” is a deft and elegant figuration of the creative mind’s energetic confrontation with the eternal motion of time. Smith’s courageous poems document his tireless interaction with the endless events, places, and moments that make up human history. These are graceful, timeless poems of destiny and rebellion.”—The Journal

Visitations by Lee Upton

 “In Visitations, everyone is haunted by some version of his or her most monstrous self, but this haunting isn’t necessarily bad. Visitations suggests that monstrousness is the purest form of honesty, the bravest kind of intimacy. In a world in which we are all staving off loneliness, maybe admitting our worst impulses isthe best way to begin saving ourselves.”—Fiction Writers Review

Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War by Catherine Clinton:

“These essays are extraordinarily well written. While theoretically and historiographically sophisticated, they are accessible to a general audience and also worthwhile for readers more familiar with the material.”—Southwestern Historical Quarterly

The Fonville Winans Cookbook: Recipes and Photographs from a Louisiana Artist by Melinda Risch Winans and Cynthia Lejeune Nobles

The Fonville Winans Cookbook: Recipes and Photographs from a Louisiana Artist will appeal to cooks, those who enjoy reading biographies and those interested in photography.”—The Advocate

On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee, June 4-15, 1864 by Gordon Rhea:

“Gordon Rhea’s Overland Campaign series has rightfully earned the praise of professional historians and Civil War enthusiasts alike. It is by far the fullest military treatment of the brutal six-week showdown in Virginia between Union and Confederate heavyweights U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee during spring 1864. . . .  In On to Petersburg, Gordon Rhea’s research and battle narrative skills are as impressive in their display as they’ve ever been. . . . In every way, On to Petersburg has been well worth the long wait and is a fitting end to a series destined to become an all-time classic.”—Civil War Books and Authors 

 Power and Corruption in the Early Modern Portuguese World by Erik Lars Myrup

“A worthwhile book overall, both for the stories it tells and the questions it provokes. Myrup’s archival work is admirable, stretching from Goiania to Macau by way of metropolitan capitals, and his dominance of both European languages and Chinese strengthens his conclusions.”—The Americas

Extreme Civil War: Guerrilla Warfare, Environment, and Race on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier by Matthew M. Stith

“Among other accomplishments, Stith’s analysis of total war on the trans-Mississippi frontier does much to expand the geography of the Civil War, especially insofar as it incorporates divisions among Native Americans within Indian Territory.”—Reviews in American History

The Confederate Homefront: A History in Documents by Wallace Hettle

“English historian G. M. Trevelyan wrote: ‘Every true history must force us to remember that the past was once as real as the present and as uncertain as the future.’ Nothing does this better than the actual words written by the people who were there. Anthologies like The Confederate Homefront allow us to hear the voices of the past whispering in our ear.”—Civil War Times

Marc-Antoine Caillot and the Company of the Indies in Louisiana: Trade in the French Atlantic World  by Erin M. Greenwald

“In this welcome addition to the historiography of the early modern Atlantic world, Erin Greenwald sheds new light upon a crucial, though under-studied, period in the history of French colonial Louisiana. . .”—Journal of Historical Geography


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Oct 17

LSU Press at the Louisiana Book Festival

IndexSlider1_2017Don’t forget to come downtown for the 2017 Louisiana Book Festival! Below is a guide to panels featuring LSU Press Authors.

10:45 – 11:30

Reptiles and Ampibians of Louisiana with authors Boundy and Carr at the Capitol Park Museum, 1st floor meeting room

11:00 -11:30

Girl After Girl After Girl poet Nicole Cooley with Peter Cooley at the State Library, 5th floor, Capitol View room

11:15 – 11:45

Stepdaughters of History author Catherine Clinton at the Capitol Park Museum, 3rd floor exhibit hall

11:15 – 12:00

Brian Costello and Jennifer Atkins on Mardi Gras in Louisiana at the Capitol Park Museum, 1st floor auditorium

1:00 – 1:45

Richard Campanella, author of Cityscapes of New Orleans at the State Capitol Building, House Committee room 6

1:00 – 1:45

Cemeteries of New Orleans author Peter Dedek at the Capitol Park Museum, 1st floor auditorium

2:00 – 2:45

Images of Depression-Era Louisiana co-author Maria Hebert-Leiter  at the State Capitol Building, House Committee room 6

2:00 – 2:45

Neon Visions author Brannon Costello at the State Capitol Building, House Committee room 5

2:30 – 3:15

Lisa Hinrichsen leads contributors on a panel for Small Screen Souths at State Capitol Building, House Committee room 3

3:15 – 4:00

Fonville Winans’ Cookbook authors Cindy Nobles and Melinda Winans will be at the Cooking Demonstration


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Oct 17

September Roundup: News, Events, Reviews

September was quite a month here at LSU Press! Blood Work: Imagining Race in American Literature, 1890—1940 by Shawn Salvant won 2016 C. Hugh Holman Award; Galaxie Wagon: Poems by Darnell Arnoult won the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing; and Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge won both a Certificate of Merit from the Association of Recorded Sound Collections Awards and the 2017 Blues Book of the Year from Living Blues magazine. Lee Upton, Kathryn Fontenot and Trent Brown wrote fantastic posts for the LSU Press Blog. And we published new books by Jennifer Atkins, Trent Brown, Nicole Cooley, Kathryn Fontenot, Earl J. Hess, and Gordon C. Rhea.

Below you’ll find a list of our October titles, upcoming events with our authors, and some selected publicity from September. And if you want to keep up with LSU Press in real time, follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.


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Selected Publicity and Praise

Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems, 1997-2015 by Bruce Bond

Blackout Starlight is a milestone release. . . One can certainly read Bond for the sheer delight of beholding a thing well done. Fellow poets, however, will benefit from a deep consideration of his ambition, vision, and delivery.”—Colorado Review

Girl after Girl after Girl: Poems by Nicole Cooley

“. . . this collection, her fifth, is attempting something special in its unconditional study of mothers, daughters, and sisters—of all ages. That she employs time travel in her poems is impossible to explain, so we’ll just enjoy the experience.”—Foreword Reviews

The Cemeteries of New Orleans: A Cultural History by Peter B. Dedek

“Four stars. . . . An excellent primer on some of our city’s most important cultural treasures.”—New Orleans Magazine

Black Labor, White Sugar: Caribbean Braceros and Their Struggle for Power in the Cuban Sugar Industry by Philip A. Howard

Howard makes some of the strongest arguments for the development of a black class consciousness that crossed ethnic lines.”—World Sugar History Newsletter

Schooling in the Antebellum South: The Rise of Public and Private Education in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama by Sarah L. Hyde

“. . . Sarah Hyde treats us to a long-due examination of white education in the antebellum South.”—The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth

The Language of Vision: Photography and Southern Literature in the 1930s and After by Joseph R. Millichap

“His purposes in this slim volume are synthetic and, in the best sense of the word, provocative: to bring together two rich artistic and critical traditions in ways that demonstrate the mutually enlivening creative interplay at work, and that inspire further investigation.”—Modernism/Modernity

William & Mary commissioned a poem from Brenda Marie Osbey. You can watch her performance here:

Damn Yankees! Demonization and Defiance during the American Civil War by George C. Rable

“Award-winning Professor Emeritus George C. Rable has once again added to the historiography of the Civil War with his outstanding Damn Yankees! Demonization and Defiance during the American Civil War. . .”—H-War

On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee, June 4-15, 1864 by Gordon C. Rhea

“Unparalleled. . . .”—New York Journal of Books

From Nothing: Poems by Anya Krugovoy Silver

“In these poems, bracing honesty coincides with the quiet transformations of language. Especially moving are the expressions of praise that take shape in the absence of consolation.”—The Cresset Journal

The Richmond Times-Dispatch published an article on Ron Smith’s poetry.

Extreme Civil War: Guerrilla Warfare, Environment, and Race on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier by Matthew M. Stith

“Stith has researched his subject well and produced an engaging and well-balanced book. It deserves the attention of all Civil War historians.”—Kansas History


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Aug 17

Event: Why Are We Still Fighting the Civil War? A Conversation


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Nov 16

Jump Start Your Holiday Shopping at Season’s Readings

Jump Start Your Holiday Shopping at Season’s Readings
Join Faye Phillips, Billy Cannon, and LSU Press for Holiday Book + Journal Sale
Tuesday, November 29, 4:30–6:30 p.m., The Club on Union Square

This November, as you’re making your plans for the holiday season, pencil Season’s Readings into your calendar! As part of LSU’s Holiday Spectacular 2016, LSU Press and The Southern Review welcome you to our annual book and journal sale, with gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list. A copy of The Golden Band from Tigerland signed by author Faye Phillips will hit just the right note with the music fans in your life, while armchair historians will pore over Stanley Nelson’s tireless investigation into Klan murders of the 1960s, Devils Walking. Aviation expert Vincent P. Caire, cocktail connoisseur Liz Williams, and poets Alison Pelegrin and Ava Leavell Haymon will also be in attendance to sign copies of their books, along with Billy Cannon and his biographer, Charles deGravelles.

This year’s Season’s Readings, on Tuesday, 29 November, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Club on Union Square (formerly the Faculty Club), boasts a wide array of great titles at 20% off, more than a dozen local authors, and free gift wrapping. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, coffee, and a cash bar while you shop great books and mingle with local authors. Free parking will be available from 4:30 to 8:30 in the Union Square Parking Garage.

Special guests will be in attendance to sign copies of LSU Press books:

The Golden Band from Tigerland’s Faye Phillips
Devils Walking’s Stanley Nelson
Military Aviation in the Gulf South’s Vincent P. Caire
Lift Your Spirits’s Liz Williams
Fonville Winans’s Louisiana’s Cyril Vetter
Waterlines’s Alison Pelegrin
Afton Villa’s Genevieve Trimble
Legendary Louisiana Outlaws’s Keagan LeJeune
Billy Cannon and his biographer Charles deGravelles
Louisiana Wild’s C. C. Lockwood
A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook’s Cynthia LeJeune Nobles
Seat Yourself’s Alex Cook
Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon
Hungry for Louisiana’s Maggie Richardson
River Road Rambler’s Mary Ann Sternberg
Best of LSU Fiction editors Nolde Alexius and Judy Kahn

Many other LSU Press titles and issues of The Southern Review will be available for sale. The Club on Union Square is located at the corner of Highland Road and Raphael Semmes, across Highland from the LSU Union.

For more information on Season’s Readings please contact LSU Press at 225.578.8282 or visit www.lsupress.org. Presented with support from the LSU Barnes & Noble.


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Apr 15

The Southern Review Celebrates Its 80th Anniversary at the Strand!

Readings by Stephen Dunn, David Wojahn, Jayne Anne Philips and more
Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway, New York, NY, on 1 May 2015, 7:00 PM

The Southern Review celebrates 80 years of publishing the best of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by established and emerging writers. A stellar line-up of The Southern Review’s poets and novelists joins the journal’s editors to mark this anniversary milestone on May 1st at 7 PM at the third-floor Rare Book Room of the Strand Bookstore (828 Broadway) in New York. Readers can buy a copy of The Southern Review or a $15 gift card at the Strand in order to attend this event.

Guest readers include poets Stephen Dunn, David Wojahn, and Chloe Honum. Stephen Dunn is the author of seventeen collections of poetry, including the recent Lines of Defense; he won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for Different Hours and has received numerous awards and honors for his work. He is Distinguished Professor (emeritus) of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and has also taught at Columbia University, NYU, University of Michigan, Princeton, and the University of Washington. David Wojahn is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems (2006), which was a named finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the O.B. Hardison Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library; and World Tree (2011), which received the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize. He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and in the low-residency MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts. Chloe Honum is the author of The Tulip-Flame, winner of the 2013 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, The Paris Review, and Poetry, among others.

Novelists Jayne Anne Phillips and Karl Taro Greenfield will also be at the Strand to read from their work. Phillips is the author of five novels, most recently Quiet Dell and two widely anthologized collections of stories. She is Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program at Rutgers University. Karl Taro Greenfield is the author of eight books, including the new novel The Subprimes. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Prize stories, as well as in The Southern Review.

For more information about the event and the journal, please visit http://www.strandbooks.com/event/the-southern-review, or contact the LSU Press Marketing Department at 225.578.8282 / erolfs@lsu.edu.


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Oct 14

Start and Finish Your Holiday Shopping at Season’s Readings

Join LSU Press and The Southern Review for Holiday Book + Journal Sale
Meet Local Authors and Support Louisiana’s Non-Profit Publisher
Friday, November 21, 2014, 4:30–6:30 p.m., LSU Faculty Club

Music fans, food lovers, art aficionados, architecture enthusiasts, history buffs, fiction and poetry readers—check off everyone on your holiday shopping list in one evening at LSU Press + The Southern Review’s holiday book and journal sale. This year’s Season’s Readings, on Friday, November 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Faculty Club, boasts a wide array of great titles, more than a dozen local authors, and free gift wrapping.

Special guests will be in attendance to sign copies of LSU Press books:

The Next Elvis’s Barbara Sims
The Louisiana Field Guide editors Ryan Orgera and Wayne Parent
The Cottoncrest Curse‘s Michael Rubin
The War of 1812, Conflict and Deception’s Ronald Drez
Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon
Huey “Piano” Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues’s John Wirt
Accalia and the Swamp Monster’s Kelli Scott Kelley
Louisiana Saturday Night’s Alex V. Cook
“The Bone Lady” Mary Manhein
African American Foreign Correspondents’s Jinx Broussard
Along the River Road‘s Mary Ann Sternberg
The Architecture of LSU’s J. Michael Desmond
Louisiana Aviation‘s Vincent Caire
Treasures of LSU editor Laura F. Lindsay
Best of LSU Fiction editors Nolde Alexius and Judy Kahn
Nature Photographer C. C. Lockwood

Many other LSU Press titles and issues of The Southern Review will be available for sale. New releases as well as favorites like A Confederacy of Dunces and Fonville Winans’ Louisiana will be discounted 20 percent, and gift wrapping will be free.

The LSU Faculty Club is located at the corner of Highland Road and Raphael Semmes, across Highland from the LSU Union. For more information on Season’s Readings please contact LSU Press at 225.578.8282 or visit the event page on Facebook. Presented with support from the LSU Barnes & Noble.


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Mar 14

New Orleans: The Underground Guide book launch party at All Ways Lounge

WHO: Michael Patrick Welch

WHAT: A dance-themed book launch party for New Orleans: The Underground GuideThe event will include  a live interview and performance by Trixie Minx plus Cherry Brown, sensual sword swallowing by Ri Dickulous, and the Gris Gris Strut dance troupe with backing band Lil Current Vocal Club.

WHEN: Saturday, March 15th at 9 PM

WHERE: All Ways Lounge & Theatre


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Oct 13

Clementine Hunter will be the focus of the next Ogden Museum book club meeting, Oct 29

Clementine Hunter, by Art Shiver and Tom Whitehead, will be the topic of discussion at the next Ogden Museum book club meeting on Tuesday, October 29th at 5:30 PM. Ogden Museum docent Maureen O’Dwyer will lead the book discussion.

This event is open exclusively to museum members. Find out more about the Ogden Museum and how you can become a member here.