[Writing about Kidada Williams’ new book a couple weeks back reminded me that it’s been too long since I’ve focused a series on new scholarship. So this week I’ll highlight a handful of great recent books—add your nominations for a crowd-sourced Friday post (ahead of the monthly recap on the weekend), please!]
One of the best parts of my many years on the NeMLA Board—a competitive category to be sure—was my chance to be part of the process for selecting and awarding the prestigious NeMLA Book Award. Through that process I’ve not only read a ton of phenomenal manuscripts, but I’ve also gotten to know some amazing young scholars, including Katie Daily and Regina Galasso. Exemplifying both those layers is Amy Paeth, whose manuscript on American Poets Laureate was one of the very best I ever got to read. So I’m super excited that that manuscript is now The American Poet Laureate: A History of U.S. Poetry and the State, out earlier this year from Columbia University Press and getting tons of acclaim as you can see at that hyperlink. I’m equally super excited to read it in book form, but I know from that exemplary manuscript that this is indeed one of the best scholarly books of the year.
Next scholarly highlight tomorrow,
PS. What do you think? Other scholarly books or work you’d highlight?
PPS. For a lot more—I mean a lot more—great recent books, check out that section of all my #ScholarSunday threads!