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.

Jul 13

Anna Journey Examines Personal and Imagined History in Vulgar Remedies

Poet’s Second Collection Available from LSU Press in August 2013

Anna Journey is the author If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting, selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships in poetry from Yaddo and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“I think Anna Journey’s poetry is really magical.”—David Lynch, director of Blue Velvet and creator of Twin Peaks

“Anna Journey, in her new book of poems, Vulgar Remedies, creates an alchemical self whose shimmering limbic/alembic lyrics distill the mysterious terrors of childhood, the dangerous passions of adults, into her own honey-dusk ‘voodun’: protective, purified to gold. Poetry is always a time machine: here we are invisible travelers to a bewitched past, a beautifully occluded future. These poems are erotic, vertiginous, revelatory, their dazzling lyric force reflecting profound hermetic life.”—Carol Muske-Dukes, author of Twin Cities

 “Anna Journey’s second collection of poems is wonderful and brings something precise and wild out of a vivid night, an imagery that finds its own necessary music, like sudden isolated birdsongs at dawn. The multiplying shadows of the mind are made exterior here, surprisingly illustrated with anecdotal thought. And Dante no longer concludes that all lovers are martyrs. I’m so happy to have this work in my life.”—Norman Dubie, author of The Volcano

August 2013

88 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2


Paper $17.95

LSU Press Paperback Original

Jul 13

David Kirby Dramatizes the Artistic Mind in Latest Poetry Collection

Inspired by the carpenter’s biscuit joint—a seamless, undetectable fit between pieces of wood—David Kirby’s latest collection dramatizes the artistic mind as a hidden connection that links the mundane with the remarkable. Even in our most ordinary actions, Kirby shows, there lies a wealth of creative inspiration: “the poem that is written every day if we’re there / to read it.”

Well known for his garrulous and comic musings, Kirby follows a wandering yet calculated path. In “What’s the Plan, Artists?” a girl yawning in a picture gallery leads to meditations on subjects as diverse as musical composition, the less-than-beautiful human figure, and “the simple pleasures / of living.” The Biscuit Joint traverses seemingly random thoughts so methodically that the journey from beginning to end always proves satisfying and surprising.

David Kirby is the author of numerous books, including The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems, a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award, and Talking about Movies with Jesus, winner of the 2011 L. E. Phillabaum Poetry Prize. The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University, he is a recipient of National Endowment of the Arts and Guggenheim fellowships, among other honors.

“The world that Kirby takes into his imagination and the one that arises from it merge to become a creation like no other, something like the world we inhabit but funnier and more full of wonder and terror.”—Philip Levine

“[Kirby] is a poet who peels away the layers of our skin to show us who we are: our weaknesses, our strengths, and our hilarious obsessions.”—Micah Zevin, New Pages

August 2013

64 pages 6 x 9

Cloth 978-0-8071-5106-8, $50.00

Paper 978-0-8071-5107-5, $16.95

Jul 13

Book Debunks Myths and Confirms Legends of LSU’s Live Tiger

Mike the Tiger has symbolized the spirit and resolve of Louisiana State University for over seventy-five years. Fiercely confident, keenly competitive, marvelously clever, and the only live tiger to reside on a college campus, Mike reigns nobly from his home just outside of Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

In a completely updated and visually stunning new edition of Mike the Tiger, David G. Baker and W. Sheldon Bivin tell the story of this famed mascot from the Civil War origins of LSU’s fighting tiger tradition to the present age of social media. They share priceless behind-the-scenes anecdotes as they chronicle the reign of each of the six Mikes. The second edition offers 70 additional photos, for a total of 200 images. Additionally, the authors provide a “More about Mike” section, in which they field the most commonly asked questions about Mike’s care and lifestyle.

Mike the Tiger provides a treat for all who ever said, “Meet me at the tiger cage,” for all who still marvel at his regal appearance, and for all who will forever bleed purple and gold.

David G. Baker is the Paula and Milton W. Shepard Professor of Veterinary Medicine and director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine in the School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University. He also serves as Institutional Attending Veterinarian for LSU and has been primary veterinarian for Mike the Tiger since 1996.

W. Sheldon Bivin was director of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine in the School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, and primary veterinarian for Mike the Tiger from 1976 to 1996.

September 2013
160 pages, 10 x 10, 132 color photos, 68 halftones
Cloth $29.95
Louisiana Studies / Sports

Jul 13

Neil Connelly’s Fourth Novel Turns a Literary Lens onto the World of Comic Book Fantasy

Once the mighty superhero Commander Invincible, thirty-nine-year-old Vincent Shepherd now faces new enemies: downsizing, a second divorce, and the strains of fatherhood. Decades ago, Vince made a living fighting supervillains, huge irradiated insects, and androids armed with death rays. But when the good guys won the war, heroes like Vince grew obsolete. Certain that his younger wife is starting to find their marriage as frivolous as his old cape, Vince embarks on a scheme to reestablish himself not only as a superhero, but as a super dad and a super husband. Confronting former allies with long-buried secrets, he must also battle the same demons we all encounter: doubt, regret, loss, and failure. The Midlife Crisis of Commander Invincible turns a literary lens onto the world of comic book fantasy to reveal the changes and challenges of simply being human.

As a teen, Neil Connelly worked at Beachhead Comics in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Later he directed McNeese State University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He now teaches at Shippensburg University and lives with his wife and their two sons. His website is www.neilconnelly.com.

 Praise for Neil Connelly

“Delivers an endearing mix of self-effacement, wonder, warmth, downtrodden despair, and fury that’s both comic and chilling.”—Entertainment Weekly

“A sweet, intoxicating buffer of magic and apocalypse. . . . The writing quietly sure, the course of true love meandering through its pages.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A comic romp with a darker side. . . . Crafty, magical, utterly enjoyable.”—Publishers Weekly

August 2013

248 pages, 6 x 9


Paper $23.00

Jul 13

Susan Larson’s Book Offers Resource for a New Orleans’s Literary Love Affair

The literary tradition of New Orleans spans centuries and touches every genre; its living heritage winds through storied neighborhoods and is celebrated at numerous festivals across the city. For booklovers, a visit to the Big Easy isn’t complete without whiling away the hours in an antiquarian bookstore in the French Quarter or stepping out on a literary walking tour. Perhaps only among the oak-lined avenues, Creole town houses, and famed hotels of New Orleans do the lust of “Streetcar Named Desire,” the zaniness of “A Confederacy of Dunces,” the chill of “Interview with the Vampire,” or the search of Walker Percy’s “Moviegoer” begin to resonate in all their richness.

Susan Larson’s revised and updated edition of The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans is the definitive resource for understanding the city’s long love affair with literature. She not only explores the legacy of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner through historical landmarks, but also draws in modern-day celebrities like Anne Rice and James Lee Burke and details the literary resilience of a post-Katrina New Orleans.

Whether you’re attracted to the relics of Kate Chopin’s southern society, or the Gothic subculture of Poppy Z. Brite, or the amphibious, socially striated future of Moira Crone, this comprehensive guide provides a key to knowing the books, authors, festivals, bookstores, and famed addresses that make the Crescent City a literary destination.

Susan Larson, the book editor of the “New Orleans Times-Picayune” from 1988–2009, now hosts WWNO’s public radio program “The Reading Life.” As a founder of the Women’s National Book Association of New Orleans, and a board member of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and the New Orleans Public Library, she continues to support and share New Orleans’s literary heritage.

September 2013
312 pages, 5 x 9, 32 halftones
$24.95, ebook available
New Orleans / Guidebooks

Jun 13

The Radical Fiction of Ann Petry Offers Fresh Readings of Writer’s Work, Innovative Approach to Gender Performance, Sexuality, and Literary Technique

In his in-depth analysis of the works of Ann Petry (1908–1997), Keith Clark moves beyond assessments of Petry as a major mid-twentieth-century African American author and the sole female member of the “Wright School of Social Protest.” He focuses on her innovative approaches to gender performance, sexuality, and literary technique.

Engaging a variety of disciplinary frameworks, including gothic criticism, masculinity and gender studies, queer theory, and psychoanalytic theory, Clark of Petry’s three novels and collection of short stories. He explores, for example, Petry’s use of terror in The Street, where both blacks and whites appear physically and psychically monstrous. He identifies the use of dark comedy and the macabre in the stories “The Bones of Louella Brown” and “The Witness.” Petry’s overlooked second novel, Country Place—set in a deceptively serene Connecticut hamlet—camouflages a world as nightmarish as the Harlem of her previous work. While confirming the black feminist dimensions of Petry’s writing, Clark also assesses the writer’s representations of an array of black and white masculine behaviors—some socially sanctioned, others taboo—in her unheralded masterpiece The Narrows and her widely anthologized short story “Like a Winding Sheet.”

Expansive in scope, The Radical Fiction of Ann Petry analyzes Petry’s unique concerns and agile techniques, situating her among more celebrated male contemporary writers.

Keith Clark is the author of Black Manhood in James Baldwin, Ernest J. Gaines, and August Wilson and the editor of Contemporary Black Men’s Fiction and Drama. He is an associate professor of English and African American studies at George Mason University.

June 3, 2013
72 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $40.00, ebook available

Jun 13

The Contest for the Delaware Valley Offers Bold New Interpretation of Ethnic and National Identities in Colonial America

“Based on thorough research in Swedish, Dutch, and English language, Mark L. Thompson has written the best history of the Delaware Valley in the seventeenth century.”—William Pencak, editor of Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies

In the first major examination of the diverse European efforts to colonize the Delaware Valley, Mark L. Thompson offers a bold new interpretation of ethnic and national identities in colonial America. For most of the seventeenth century, the lower Delaware Valley remained a marginal area under no state’s complete control. English, Dutch, and Swedish colonizers all staked claims to the territory, but none could exclude their rivals for long—in part because Native Americans in the region encouraged the competition.

The resulting struggle for power resonated on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. While the rivalry promoted patriots who trumpeted loyalties to their sovereigns and nations, it also rewarded cosmopolitans who struck deals across imperial, colonial, and ethnic boundaries. Just as often it produced men—such as Henry Hudson, Willem Usselincx, Peter Minuit, and William Penn—who did both.

Ultimately, The Contest for the Delaware Valley shows how colonists, officials, and Native Americans acted and reacted in inventive, surprising ways. Thompson demonstrates that even as colonial spokesmen debated claims and asserted fixed national identities, their allegiances—along with the settlers’—often shifted and changed.

Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Orleans, Mark L. Thompson has taught in Bangkok, Baton Rouge, and Groningen. He currently teaches at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where he lives with his family.

June 3, 2013
288 pages, 6 x 9, 1 map
Cloth $48.00, ebook available

May 13

Segregated Soldiers Uses Southern University to Depict How Higher Education and Military Programs Advanced Civil Rights

In Segregated Soldiers, Marcus S. Cox investigates military training programs at historically black colleges and universities, and demonstrates their importance to the struggle for civil rights. Examining African Americans’ attitudes toward service in the armed forces, Cox focuses on the ways in which black higher education and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs worked together to advance full citizenship rights for African Americans. Educators at black colleges supported military training as early as the late nineteenth century in hopes of improving the social, economic, and political state of black citizens. Their attitudes reflected the long-held belief of many African Americans who viewed military service as a path to equal rights.

Cox begins his narrative in the decades following the Civil War, when the movement to educate blacks became an essential element in the effort to offer equality to all African Americans. Using Southern University—one of the largest African American institutions of higher learning during the post–World War II era—as a case study, Cox shows how blacks’ interest in military training and service continued to rise steadily throughout the 1950s. Even in the 1960s and early 1970s, despite the growing unpopularity of the Vietnam War, the rise of black nationalism, and an expanding economy that offered African Americans enhanced economic opportunities, support for the military persisted among blacks because many believed that service in the armed forces represented the best way to advance themselves in a society in which racial discrimination flourished.

Unlike recent scholarship on historically black colleges and universities, Cox’s study moves beyond institutional histories to provide a detailed examination of broader social, political, and economic issues, and demonstrates why military training programs remained a vital part of the schools’ missions.

Marcus S. Cox is an associate professor of history at The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. Raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he earned a bachelor’s in marketing and a master’s in history from Southern University, a doctorate in African American history from Northwestern University, and a master’s in business administration from The Citadel.

May 13, 2013
264 pages / 5.5 x 8.5
Cloth $42.95, ebook available

May 13

The Politics of Faith during the Civil War Reveals Political Motivations of Religious Leaders during the Civil War

“A thoughtful, deeply researched, and impressive history of the place of religion in nineteenth-century America.”—Aaron Sheehan-Dean, author of Why Confederates Fought: Family and Nation in Civil War Virginia

In The Politics of Faith during the Civil War, Timothy L. Wesley examines the engagement of both northern and southern preachers in politics during the American Civil War. Controversial ministers risked ostracism within the local community, censure from church leaders, and arrests by provost marshals or local police. In contested areas of the Upper Confederacy and border Union, ministers occasionally faced deadly violence for what they said or would not say from their pulpits.

The generation that fought the Civil War lived in arguably the most sacralized culture in the history of the United States. The participation of church members in the public arena meant that ministers wielded great authority. Wesley outlines the scope of that influence and considers, conversely, the feared outcomes of its abuse. The reticence of otherwise loyal ministers to bring politics into the pulpit often grew not out of partisan concerns but out of doctrinal, historical, and local factors.

The Politics of Faith during the Civil War sheds new light on the political motivations of home front clergymen during wartime, revealing how and why the Civil War stands as the nation’s first concerted campaign to check the ministry’s freedom of religious expression.

Timothy L. Wesley teaches history at Pennsylvania State University, where he is a fellow with the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center.

May 13, 2013
288 pages, 6 x 9
Cloth $45.00, ebook available