New Books Network

Alan Bradley, “The Flavia de Luce Mystery Series” (Random House, 2009-19)
Alan Bradley’s first mystery, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, came out in 2009, and received the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award, the Agatha Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Macavity Award and the Spotted Owl Award. This book introduced the... Read More
Michitake Aso, “Rubber and the Making of Vietnam: An Ecological History, 1897-1975” (UNC Press, 2018)
How can the history of rubber be used as a way to understand the history of 20th-century Vietnam? In this episode of New Books in History, Michael G. Vann talks about Rubber and the Making of Vietnam: An Ecological History, 1897-1975 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), with Michitake Aso,... Read More
Rafia Zafar, “Recipes for Respect: African American Meals and Meaning” (U Georgia Press, 2019)
In this this interview, Dr. Carrie Tippen talks with Rafia Zafar about her 2019 book Recipes for Respect: African American Meals and Meaning, from the University of Georgia Press. It’s part of the Southern Foodways Alliance Studies in Culture, People and Place series. The book contains 7 chapters, covering the... Read More
Amy Allen and Mari Ruti, “Critical Theory Between Klein and Lacan: A Dialogue,” Part 2 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019)
What happens when a Kleinian and Lacanian have a committed, generous, and accessible conversation about the commonalities and differences between their psychoanalytic perspectives? In this special, two-part interview, host Jordan Osserman joins authors Amy Allen, a prominent representative of Frankfurt School critical theory with expertise on Klein, and Mari Ruti,... Read More
Wiley Cash, “The Last Ballad” (William Morrow, 2017)
Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash discusses his novel, The Last Ballad (William Morrow, 2017) writing fiction inspired by the South, and exploring the complexities of southern class, race, and gender relations against the backdrop of the 1929 Loray Mill strike. Intertwining myriad voices, Wiley Cash brings... Read More
Maria Nugent, “Captain Cook Was Here” (Cambridge UP, 2009)
Maria Nugent talks about Aboriginal Australians’ first encounter with Captain Cook at Botany Bay, a violent meeting that has come to represent the origin story of Australia’s colonization by Europeans. The encounter itself has been symbolized by a bark shield – said to have been used by indigenous Australians defending... Read More
John Birmingham, “The Cruel Stars” (Del Rey, 2019)
After writing more than 30 books, including memoirs, military science fiction, alternate histories, and a book of writing advice, John Birmingham was ready to try his hand at the sweeping and dramatic science fiction subgenre known as space opera. But you’d never know The Cruel Stars (Del Rey, 2019) is his first attempt at... Read More