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 January.
Anna Weir: Such Splendid Prisons tells the story of five diplomatic representatives of the Axis powers who were detained in luxury hotels after the bombing of Pearl Harbor—the thought being that if we treated their representatives well, the Axis nations would be kinder toward American diplomats overseas. It’s a little-known story, and a dramatic, involved one that required author Harvey Solomon to spend many hours in the National Archives piecing all the threads together. As one who previously worked in the Special Collections department at her university library, I’m excited to dig into this to see what Solomon uncovered on the shelves of the Archives.
Harvey Solomon will be reading from and discussing his book at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 4 at 3:30 p.m. If you’re in the area, be sure to drop by and hear this incredible story!
What are you looking forward to reading in January, Jackson?
Jackson Adams: Inside the Hot Zone is my favorite type of Potomac book, one that takes a current crisis and examines from it an innately personal, boots on the ground perspective. Mark Kortepeter takes readers inside the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, detailing the biological threats of the War on Terror and the scientific approach taken in dealing with threats like chemical warfare, disease attacks on the President and the infamous Anthrax scare of the early 2000s. There are bits of Inside the Hot Zone that read almost like a thriller but there’s a rigorous, lived-in sense of the work that goes in to fighting in the front lines of germ warfare.
What else are you interested in this month, Anna?
AW: I’ve always admired writers who branch out into multiple genres. While Willa Cather is widely acknowledged as a great Western novelist, she was also an accomplished critic. Willa Cather and the Arts, the twelfth volume of the our Cather Studies series, assesses Cather’s writing in response to theater, opera, art, and other forms of narrative.
Tune in next month for more reading suggestions from your friendly neighborhood publicists!