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April 2023 Media Roundup I

Armadillos to Ziziphus was excerpted at Texas Monthly, a piece they titled, “It’s Hummingbird Season in Texas. Here’s How to Bring Them to Your Yard.”

Why Sinéad O’Connor Matters  was reviewed in Library Journal. Lisa Henry calls the book, “[A] very personal and thought-provoking account of the media’s role in [O’Connor’s]  stratospheric rise and ultimate implosion, calling the book, “A touching tribute,” and going on, “O’Connor has been the subject of recent and numerous articles, a documentary, and books (including her own), but McCabe’s take is unique in its critical analysis of the media and its attempts to silence and cancel O’Connor.”

The Thirty-First of March was excerpted in the Dallas Morning News, a piece titled, “Lyndon Johnson’s big announcement.”

José R. Ralat, author of American Tacos, was featured, and his book mentioned, in a CNN Travel piece titled, “The capital of Texas is finally earning its grand reputation for great tacos”.

Stephen Deusner, author of Where the Devil Don’t Stay, was quoted throughout, and his book briefly discussed, in a piece at The Ringer titled, “The Curious Love Affair Between Jason Isbell and America’s Sportswriters”.

Women’s Voices in Digital Media received an honorable mention in the British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies’ “Publication Awards 2023,” in the “best monograph” category. According to the award’s judges, “This is a timely and impressively researched exploration of the technological landscape of digital media and the ‘productive revisions’ of women’s voices, real or virtual,” going on, “The analysis of women’s ‘digital communities’ and their navigation of new feminist politics offers up a rich new area of enquiry.”

Javier Puente, author of The Rural State, was interviewed about his book on the New Books in Latin American Studies channel of the New Books Network.

David Cantwell, author of The Running Kind, was interviewed about his book at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ahead of an event for the book next week at St. Louis’s Subterranean Books. Cantwell was also interviewed about The Running Kind on AllMusicPodcasts.

Howard Campbell, author of Downtown Juárez, wrote a piece for the Small Wars Journal titled, “Changing Faces of Immigrants Crossing through Ciudad Juárez and into the United States: Reflections on Migrants, Culture, and Crime,” discussing his book in the piece. Downtown Juárez was mentioned, and Campbell quoted, in an NPR piece titled, “A deadly Mexico immigration center fire shows just a sliver of the abuse migrants see”.

Go Ahead in the Rain was recommended in two pieces this week at Book Riot. It didn’t technically qualify for either, but it’s such a good book, the writers couldn’t resist tipping it in: “12 of the Best Memoirs by Musicians”and “10 Nonfiction Books About a Single Song”.

Seeing Sideways and Don’t Suck, Don’t Die were both recommended in the write-up for Hersh’s Rat Girl in Book Riot’s “12 of the Best Memoirs by Musicians.

Glitter Up the Dark was referenced and quoted in a PopMatters piece titled, “A Lost Revolution? 35 Years of ‘Tracy Chapman’”.

Maybe We’ll Make It was mentioned in the intro to an interview with Price at KCRW Live.

Predatory Economies was highlighted on the New Books blog.

Erika Marie Bsumek, author of The Foundations of Glen Canyon Dam, was interviewed for the Lawyers, Guns & Money podcast. A recent book roundtable for The Foundations of Glen Canyon Dam was shared at Not Even Past.

Last Gangster in Austin was reviewed in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Jason Mellard writes, “[Last Gangster in Austin] is a rollicking narrative of a criminal underworld, yes, but Sublett’s attention to characters otherwise invisible in the celebratory accounts of modern Austin shows that histories aiming to capture the life of a Texas city miss much when they fixate on who performs on its central stages rather than, say, who guts out a living in a salvage yard.” Mellard goes on, “On its surface, the book reads as true crime and succeeds as such. It is also an exemplary microhistory with close attention to currents that broader accounts of modern Austin have missed, if not outright ignored…A riveting character study.”

Electrifying Mexico was reviewed in Iberoamericana. Frederik Schulze writes, “Montaño has published a creative and exceptionally well-written book that offers U.S. storytelling at its best. Elegantly, larger research debates are woven throughout,” going on, “The book is warmly recommended to every historian of technology, consumption, and everyday life.”

Egypt’s Football Revolution  was reviewed in Soccer & Society. Surajkumar Thube calls it, “[A] meticulously researched book,” going on, “What brings more depth and nuance to Rommel’s work is his choice of conceptual frameworks wherein emotion, masculinity and politics are in a creative, uneasy and tensed dialogue with each other all at once.”

Aram Mrjoian, editor of We Are All Armenian , was interviewed, along with contributor Chris Bohjalian, for a piece on the book distributed to papers across the Southern California News Group (shared here in the Los Angeles Daily News). We Are All Armenian was featured at The Armenian Weekly, a piece highlighting everything its author learned reading the book. (“How incredibly different could other Armenians’ experiences be from my own? How beautifully naïve of me.”) Mrjoian was also interviewed for a piece at Mediamax.

Francesca Royster, author of Black Country Music, wrote a piece for PBS’s “In The Making titled, “Black women have deep roots in country music.”

Vivien Goldman, author of Revenge of the She-Punks, was interviewed at Louder Than War, discussing her book in the interview.

Plagues & Pencils was the subject of a feature in the most recent issue of Texas Connect

You’re with Stupid was reviewed at Fast ‘n’ Bulbous

Maybe We’ll Make It was mentioned in a write-up on Strays at Iowa Public Radio.

DJ Screw and Houston Rap Tapes were mentioned at Okayplayer and in the Houston Chronicle, respectively, in remembrances of legendary Houston record label owner Russell Washington, who passed away this week.

Why Patti Smith Matters was reviewed in the Journal of American Culture. According to Scott R. Stalcup, “Rose ticks all the boxes in a familiar tale.”


That’s all for now, folks! See y’all soon with more news and highlights. Until then, hope y’all have a great week.