Katherine Bassard serves as editor of Sketches of Slave Life and From Slave Cabin to the Pulpit, the first anthology of the autobiographical writings of Peter Randolph, a prominent 19th–century former slave who became a black abolitionist, pastor, and community leader. From the WVU Press site:
Randolph’s writings give us a window into a different experience of slavery and freedom than other narratives currently available and will be of interest to students and scholars of African American literature, history, and religious studies, as well as those with an interest in Virginia history and mid-Atlantic slavery.
In his introduction to his new book, Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail, David Coogan writes,
Detailing the formative and transformative memories of ten men, Writing Our Way Out is the creative culmination of a writing class that began in the Richmond City Jail…and grew into a journey to re-entry. …These stories explore the conditions, traps, and turning points on the path to imprisonment in modern America, as well as the redemptive and rehabilitative power of memoir.
Harrison Fletcher has published his second memoir, Presentimienta: A Life in Dreams. Acclaimed author Dinty Moore writes,
Presentimienta… offers the reader elegant prose and enchanting imagery…revealing to us a grace-filled world where miracles are as real as sage sparrows and mysteries reside behind every rock and piñon tree. …Fletcher’s exquisite memoir is filled with unforgettable family portraits and the taste, texture, and rich aroma of his New Mexico childhood, in a landscape filled with living spirits.
Rivka Swenson’s new book, Essential Scots and the Idea of Unionism in Anglo-Scottish Literature, 1603-1832, tells a story about aesthetics and politics that looks back to the 1603 Union of Crowns and James VI/I’s emigration from Edinburgh to London.
Swenson builds on extant scholarship with original close readings that illuminate the inheritances of 1603, a date of considerable but untraced importance in Anglo-Scottish literary and cultural history whose legacies are still being negotiated today.