English Faculty Book Showcase


Four English faculty with recent book publications discuss their projects and proudly show off their work

Date & Time:

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Free and Open to the Public


McNeely Hall, Room 100

Join us as the English Department celebrates recent book publications by four of its faculty. Heather Bouwman, Todd Lawrence, Amy Muse, and Sal Pane will briefly discuss their projects and proudly show off their new publications. Light refreshments will be served.

Heather Bouwman will be highlighting two new works, including A Tear in the Ocean (February 2019), a middle grade historical fantasy adventure that is a companion book to her A Crack in the Sea (2017). She'll also be highlighting the second of three books in her Owen and Eleanor early reader series, Owen and Eleanor Make Things Up (November 2018).

Todd Lawrence will be highlighting his book, When They Blew the Levee: Race, Politics, and Community in Pinhook, Missouri (July 2018), an ethnographic study done in collaboration with former residents of Pinhook, Missouri, an African American town destroyed when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the Birds Point levee during the Great Mississippi River Flood of 2011. This book, co-authored with Elaine Lawless, focuses on the persistence of community in the face of disaster and counter narratives of environmental and social justice.

Amy Muse will highlight her new book The Drama and Theatre of Sarah Ruhl (late 2018), which is a new title in the Critical Companions series from Methuen Drama. Muse situates Ruhl as an artist-thinker and organizes her work around its artistic and ethical concerns. Through a finely-grained account of each play, readers are guided through Ruhl's early influences, the themes of intimacy, transcendence, and communion, and her inventive stagecraft to dramatize “moments of being” onstage. Enriched by essays from scholars Jill Stevenson, Thomas Butler, and Christina Dokou, an interview with directors Sarah Rasmussen and Hayley Finn, and a chronology of Ruhl's life and work, this is a companionable guide for students of American drama and theatre studies.

Sal Pane will highlight his new novel, The Theory of Almost Everything (December 2018). The world is in crisis. Every day geopolitical tensions and uncontrollable natural disasters threaten to destroy life as we know it, and for cosmologist Dr. Theodore Teddy Copeland, getting lost in his work seems to be the only reasonable stance to take as the planet drifts toward its long, ugly decline into oblivion. But after years of living hidden in the comforting nostalgia of the past, Copeland makes one last attempt to put his nihilism aside and act. Tapped to join a group of renowned scientists and engineers, including Dr. Nessa Newmar and Dr. Delbar Javari, Copeland finds himself in an underground facility called Perro Caliente. Through hard days and harder nights, Copeland and the others work tirelessly to save humanity from itself. And as their energy reaches a crescendo, it becomes clear that even if Teddy Copeland can redeem the world, he may not be able to save himself. By turns sobering and darkly comic, The Theory of Almost Everything is the perfect novel for our age of anxiety.

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