Jason Irwin MFA ’04
Watering the Dead
Poetry / Pavement Saw, 2008

Writing faculty member Victoria Redel says, “In this debut—part love song, part elegy to the dying factory towns of America—nothing is lost, nothing forgotten. These poems swivel on bar stools and race trains on back roads. These are poems of honor and witness; they pray and rage. Irwin gives us no easy vision of escape; instead, in this powerful first collection he gives us poems of rough beauty.” Watering the Dead is the winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award.

Kate Feiffer ’87
President Pennybaker
Children’s Book / Simon & Schuster, 2008

Luke Pennybaker, realizing that his life is “not fair,” becomes the youngest boy ever to run for president and win, on a platform advocating less homework, more dessert, and pets for all. Once elected, though, he finds that being president is a lot of work—even with his dog Lily as vice president. Will President Pennybaker find a way to be fair and still have fun?

Sharon Langshur MS ’89 (co-author)
We Carry Each Other: Getting Through Life’s Toughest Times
Nonfiction / Conari Press, 2007

A support group in book form, We Carry Each Other is the definitive resource on what to say and do when you or a loved one suffer illness or loss. What do you say to a friend with invasive cancer whose body is rejecting her second transplanted kidney? How do you comfort your next-door neighbor when she calls to say that her husband died in his sleep? We Carry Each Other is a guide to finding the courage to reach out with caring and compassion when a spouse, child, parent, friend, neighbor, or colleague needs us most.

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph ’51 (co-editor)
Making U.S. Foreign Policy toward South Asia: Regional Imperatives and the Imperial Presidency
Nonfiction—Foreign Policy / Indiana University, 2008

This book examines the changing contours of US relations with South Asian states in the contexts of three imperial presidencies: the administrations of Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and George W. Bush.

Lisa Thaler ’84
Look Up: The Life and Art of Sacha Kolin
Biography / Midmarch Arts, 2008

In the 1930s, Sacha Kolin’s artworks were placed all over the world in public and private collections, yet after her death, the artist was forgotten. After Thaler acquired a painting of Kolin’s in 1988, she spent more than a decade ferreting out and “reclaiming” the artist and her turbulent life.

Constance Cappel ’59
The Smallpox Genocide of the Odawa Tribe at L’Arbre Croche, 1763: The History of a Native American People
Nonfiction - History / Edwin Mellen, 2007

This is the first contemporary study of the smallpox genocide directed against the Odawa by the British during the French and Indian War. This incident of bioterrorism is set within the history of the Odawa people from before 1763 to the present.

Elena Karina Byrne ’82
Poetry / Tupelo, 2007

Byrne’s poetry eloquently reveals, then carefully slices away, layer after layer of the masks we wear. Byrne is poetry moderator for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and was regional director of the Poetry Society of America for 12 years.

April Lindner MFA ’89 (co-editor)
Contemporary Poetry in the U.S.
Poetry / Midmarch Arts, 2008

A bilingual anthology of poems in English translated into Russian, the book has a sister anthology of contemporary Russian poets translated into English.

Rachel Stolzman MFA ’96
The Sign for Drowning
Novel / Trumpeter, 2008

Click here for an excerpt from Stolzman’s debut novel about love’s power to transcend grief, pain, and the constraints of human language.

Elaine Sexton MFA ’00
Poetry / New Issues, 2008

Billy Collins, former poet laureate of the US, says “Elaine Sexton knows how to raise autobiography to the level of true poetry, and this knack has much to do with her use of surprise. Just when we think we know where one of her poems is going, we step into air.”

Bree Coven Brown ’97 (co-author)
Weird and Wacky Washington Places
Nonfiction - Travel / Blue Bike, 2008

This book explores Washington state’s truly peculiar places. One example: the 10-foot lizard holding a cross that decorates the Church of God-Zillah in Zillah, Washington, which adopted the Japanese monster as the town mascot.

Erica Abeel ’58
Conscience Point
Novel / Unbridled Books, 2008

Madeleine Shaye is a successful concert pianist who adores her college-age daughter and has a blissful relationship with Nick Ashcroft, scion of a mega-rich family. Then her life unravels: Her daughter announces she’s leaving college to work in Guatemala, hinting darkly at mysterious trouble. And Maddy discovers that Nick has betrayed her in a way she never could have imagined. Mixing heartbreak and Gothic atmospherics with an often comical satire of high-fliers in New York’s artsy set, Abeel has created an intimate drama of a family shadowed by the past.

Stephanie Watson ’01
Elvis & Olive
Children’s Novel / Scholastic, 2008

Natalie and Annie become friends and decide to spend their summer spying on their neighbors. What begins as a game turns serious when their findings are revealed to the neighborhood, and when the girls discover unexpected things about each other. While the girls learn that it’s sometimes helpful to reveal secrets, they also learn a lesson about the importance of privacy.

Gigi Guthrie ’80
Chronic Lyme Disease: Ways to Outsmart a Smart Disease
Nonfiction - Personal Health / Success Printing & Mailing, 2008

This book compiles current information about a variety of treatments for chronic Lyme disease and its associated conditions.