News and Reviews




The January Children

Safia Elhillo

Winner of the George Ellenbogen Poetry Award in the 2018 Arab American Book Awards:

The January Children depicts displacement and longing while also questioning accepted truths about geography, history, nationhood, and home. [. . .] Elhillo explores Arabness and Africanness and the tensions generated by a hyphenated identity in those two worlds.”



Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter’s Reckoning

Julia Šukys

Winner of the 2018 AABS Book Prize:

“[T]he book was commended for its ‘strong contribution to the field. Its multiple subjects—the Soviet occupation of Lithuania, Siberian exile, and Lithuanian participation in the Holocaust—continue to be of the utmost important not only to Lithuanian scholars, but also to generations of Lithuanians themselves.'”





Collision of Wills: Johnny Unitas, Don Shula, and the Rise of the Modern NFL

Jack Gilden

Review from Library Journal

“The author does a fine job of re-creating the Colts’ fierce rivalry with Vince Lombardi’s Packers and presents well-rounded portraits of Shula, Unitas, and other principals such as owner Carroll Rosenbloom and players Tom Matte and Raymond Berry . . . very much worth reading for fans of 1960s football when the sport took its leading role in American culture.”



The Presidents and the Pastime: The History of Baseball and the White House

Curt Smith

Excerpt in Parade Magazine.



Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back

Katya Cengel

Feature in Insider Louisville:

“Katya Cengel says she had a friend in high school who was a Cambodian refugee and was about to lose some friends to deportation. ‘But you can’t be deported if you’re an American citizen, right?’ she recalls asking herself at the time.”



Transmedial Narratology and Contemporary Media Culture

Jan-Noël Thon

Review in ImageTexT:

“[Transmedial Narratology] is a meticulous survey of media and narratological scholarship, and one which seems a strong foundation upon which to establish future ‘building blocks’ of the transmedial narratology project.”



The Zionist Ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland—Then, Now, Tomorrow

Gil Troy

Foreword by Natan Sharansky

Praise from The Times of Israel:

“No one is better positioned to change this reality than Natan Sharansky, the universally beloved hero of the Jewish people, and Gil Troy, an academic respected equally in Israel and North America, and whose book The Zionist Ideas should be standard fare at every synagogue, JCC, and day school, and given as a gift to every b’nai mitzvah.”




Char Miller


Author article in The Conversation.

Averell “Ace” Smith


Author on The Axe Files with David Axelrod.


Kim Adrian


Author interview in The Washington Independent Review of Books.


Kimberly Jenkins Marshall


Author interview in AnthroCyBib.



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