[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.
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