Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Artvoice review of Living Waters

Living Waters: Reading the Rivers of the Lower Great Lakes has been reviewed again, this time in the Buffalo newsweekly Artvoice. Here's an enthusiastic excerpt:

By almost any measure Margaret Wooster should be celebrated as a hero of our planet. For a couple of decades, she has been one of the most outspoken and out front environmental advocates in our region. Her professional and personal brilliance shines very brightly in her newest book, Living Waters: Reading the Rivers of the Lower Great Lakes...

Read the full review here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Vera and the Ambassador...and Head Butler

Jesse Kornbluth over at Head Butler is always helpful when it comes to sifting through the vast amount of media available to us and highlighting the best of what's out there. Today, Jesse's written a nice piece on Vera and the Ambassador. Turns out he knew Vera and Donald Blinken long ago and he's taken some time to mention their new memoir, which he calls "highly readable." Thank you, Head Butler, for turning on your readers to our new book.

For more on the book, visit out our website.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Pic of the day

Margaret Wooster, author of Living Waters: Reading the Rivers of the Lower Great Lakes, sent us this great photo of herself with some St. Lawrence pilgrims described in the book.

Margaret has a full schedule of readings coming up, which you can find on our calendar.

And in case you missed it, the book was reviewed in the Buffalo News last week.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Living Waters book review

In Living Waters: Reading the Rivers of the Lower Great Lakes, Margaret Wooster tells a series of intriguing stories based on her exploration of eight rivers in New York and Qu├ębec. The book was recently reviewed in the Buffalo News. Here's a tease:

"Margaret Wooster’s Living Waters: Reading the Rivers of the Lower Great Lakes (SUNY Press) is simply wonderful ... [her] near poetic essays make evil deeds at least palatable and the splendid example of her own commitment clearly indicates a brighter future for our living waters."

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Eve Pell interview

Eve Pell, author of We Used to Own the Bronx, was recently interviewed on The Forum, on KQED Radio. Listen to it on KQED's website.

Eve also sent us some photos from her reading at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA, which, as you can see, produced a wonderful turnout.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sartwell's blog, videos, and more

Long-time SUNY Press author Crispin Sartwell has set up his own YouTube channel called crispytheok. Crispin is a philosophy professor at Dickinson College, along with being a self-described amateur magician (check out his magic work in the videos), and professional anarchist.

Speaking of anarchy, Crispin's latest book with the Press, Against the State: An Introduction to Anarchist Political Theory, provides an incisive critique of liberal theories of the state. The working title was Philosophy Bomb!, so you know it's going to be interesting. Crispin expounds on the book's arguments in a series of YouTube videos as well.

For more from Crispin, check out his blog, Eye of the Storm, where he's busy "serving all your concrete slab and abudment needs" on a regular basis.

Review for Vera and the Ambassador

High praise for Vera and the Ambassador from Harriet Klausner at the Full Review.

"Vera and the Ambassador is one of the best autobiographies in recent years, as readers will appreciate the couples' take on the 1990s in East Europe..."

Monday, March 16, 2009

Zion in the Desert radio interview

William Miles, author of Zion in the Desert, will be interviewed on the Borders program on WJFF National Public Radio, tomorrow, March 17, at 12 noon. You can listen to the interview live at http://www.wjffradio.org/, or stream it on the station's archives anytime following the broadcast using the "audio archives" link at top of the webpage.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Book of the Year Award Winner

Earlier this week at the Conference of College Composition and Communication in San Franciso, Mary Sheridan-Rabideau's book Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies won the Book of the Year Award from Steve Park's Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy. The book won acclaim for its work on civic engagement.

Congratulations, Mary!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

2008 ForeWord Book of the Year Finalists

Two SUNY Press books are finalists for the 2008 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards.

William Cullen Bryant, by Gilbert H. Muller, is a finalist in the biography category, while Twenty West, by Mac Nelson, made the cut in the travel category.

The winners will be announced at Book Expo in New York City on May 29. Congratulations to our authors on this exciting news!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Interview with Eve Pell

We Used to Own the Bronx was reviewed again, this time on the blog Ghost Word. Author Eve Pell was also interviewed for the piece, and you can read it all here.

Eve will be reading from the book tomorrow, March 11, from 7–9 pm at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA. She'll also be at Books Inc. in San Francisco on Friday, March 20, from 7–9 pm.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Calendar of Events

We've added a link over on the side bar called Calendar of Events. It takes you to—you guessed it—a calendar of events on the SUNY Press website. Now you can keep up with what our authors are doing, whether they are being interviewed on radio or TV, or giving a reading at your local bookstore.

A small note on a big upcoming event: for those in the Albany area, stop by The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza next Friday the 13th at 7pm for a book signing and reception with Barbara Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram, the coeditors of Go, Tell Michelle.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Twenty West

SUNY Press author Mac Nelson was recently interviewed for a story in the Daily Chronicle. Nelson wrote Twenty West: The Great Road Across America, which follows the route, history, and geography of US 20, America’s longest road.

The book has garnered some fantastic reviews elsewhere as well:

"Nelson manages to pull off the not-so-easy feat of being quirky, erudite and entertaining.” — Chicago Tribune

“Armchair travelers and devotees of American history are in for a treat.” — Ann La Farge, The Independent

“A wonderful read for armchair travelers, and the next best thing to touring the length of US Route 20 in person.” — Midwest Book Review

“From New York state to Yellowstone National Park, Nelson visits the ridiculous and the sublime … Twenty West shows plenty and according to Nelson, ‘There is room for all of us.’” — ForeWord Magazine

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Remembering the Revolution

Eve Pell's We Used to Own the Bronx has been reviewed in the Wall Street Journal. Here's an excerpt:

"... a literary treat. ... Pell gives us a kind of cultural anthropology of the closest thing in America to a landed gentry." — Sol Stern

Read the full review here.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Black Soldiers of New York State

Anthony Gero, author of the new SUNY Press book Black Soldiers of New York State: A Proud Legacy, spoke about his work and signed copies of the book on Sunday, February 22 at the Cayuga Museum in Auburn, New York. Gero, a Fellow of the Company of Military Historians, worked more than ten years on the research for the book, trying to answer the basic question of why these African-Americans would serve a country that denied them the full rights of citizenship. “It is essentially a book about dreams,” said Gero. He also includes this quote from Martin Luther King Jr. in the book, which provides further insight: “If a man hasn’t discovered something he would die for, he isn’t fit to live.”
It was fitting to hold the event at the museum, as Cayuga County, with documented African-American veterans from the Civil War on, is mentioned frequently in the book. Black Soldiers of New York State is now available at our website, and if you're in Auburn, you can pick up a copy at the Cayuga Museum.