Jackson Adams and Anna Weir are publicists at UNP. Today they share their thoughts about a few upcoming titles they’re particularly excited about as readers. The books in this discussion will be published in June.
Anna Weir: Welcome to Team Publicity, Jackson! I hope you’ve enjoyed jumping in to our Spring/Summer season of books.
I’m excited to work on The Roger Kahn Reader: Six Decades of Sportswriting by Roger Kahn and edited by Bill Dwyer. This collection highlights Kahn’s ability to present the athletes he profiled as they were — an authentic view into their character, and I suppose, by extension, into his own character. After working on The Lost Journalism of Ring Lardner last year, I’m eager to get another glimpse into the world of sports writing.
What are you looking forward to, Jackson?
Jackson Adams: One of the first books I’ve worked on at the press, and one that’s been close to my personal and professional interests has been American Detective: Behind the Scenes of Famous Criminal Investigations by Tom Reppetto. It’s a book that offers an inside peak at the ways detectives investigated some of the most memorable and, occasionally, infamous cases of the 20th century, from the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby to the unsolved disappearance of Judge Crater in New York City. After working as a crime reporter for years, it’s been interesting to see a new and comprehensive take on some iconic police investigations from a new perspective.
AW: Another book I’m excited to dig in to is How to Reach Japan by Subway: America’s Fascination with Japanese Culture, 1945-1965 by Meghan Warner Mettler. This work lays out how world events and cultures interact and intersect by focusing on America’s view of Japan after World War II. As discussions with North Korea (dis)continue, I think the book enters the scene at a sensitive moment. Japan was once viewed as America’s enemy — perhaps there’s hope for a similar about-face with North Korea, but in a way doesn’t dehumanize Koreans or misrepresent Korea’s culture.
JA: International diplomacy has been on my mind quite a bit the last few weeks as well and I’ve found a historical perspective on the topic with Peter Eicher’s Raising the Flag: America’s First Envoys in Foreign Lands. Eicher digs into the details of early American diplomats’ often difficult first attempts to make contact with other nations and how small misunderstandings and differing objectives have shaped global politics today. It’s a fascinating untold history that feels surprisingly relevant today.