For International Women's Day, we asked several of the women around the IU Press offices which books by women on our list stood out to them the most. Here's what they had to say.
Dee Mortensen - Editorial Director
I like Dorothy Hodgson’s four books with us. Always focused, always thoughtful, and sensitive to the concerns of women. Her latest book Gender, Justice, and the Problem of Culture is forthcoming this month. She is a past-President of the African Studies Association and makes a strong case for why every one of us should be concerned about rural women.
Kate Schramm - Assistant Acquisitions Editor
My vote is with Leigh Edwards’ Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music (out next spring). I love books that make me go hunting for more just to satisfy my own curiosity! Dolly is a phenomenon, and Leigh’s book just reinforces how complex the ideas of gender roles and gender expectations can be, while also showing how much freedom people have in playing with, subverting, and challenging those same roles and expectations. I recommend reading this one while listening to one of Dolly’s live stage shows on YouTube—I’ll never think about her the same way again.
Shannon Brown - Scholarly Marketing and Publicity Manager
A title that stands out for me is Amateur Movie Making, which is due out in June. It is an edited volume about a niche subject, but what makes it enjoyable to be a part of is the editors’ enthusiasm about the project. Authors are always the best marketers for their work, and Martha J. McNamara and Karan Sheldon are eager to learn about how they can help the book be successful. That in itself is a big step in the right direction.
Theresa Halter - Publicity Coordinator
I enjoy The Face of Our Past: Images of Black Women from Colonial America to the Present, edited by Kathleen Thompson and Hilary Mac Austin. I believe this book was reviewed on Oprah. Oprah said that her cook was looking at this book when she discovered it! We received a few calls from people saying they hadn’t previously seen these pictures of their relatives.
Jacklyn Lord - Marketing Specialist
I'm really looking forward to Gaming Representation, edited by Jennifer Malkowski and TreaAndrea M. Russworm. This book has it all – female media scholars, media representations of gender, pop culture analysis - and video games! I cannot overstate how much I am looking forward to reading this when it comes out.