UW Press News, Reviews, and Events


Pests in the City: Flies, Bedbugs, Cockroaches, and Rats by Dawn Day Biehler, reviewed on H-Net Reviews: 

“This book is undeniably a significant addition to the burgeoning literature in urban ecologies and animal geography. It is a fascinating read and I learned a tremendous amount about the role of animals in urban histories.…By so thoroughly melding together the notions of race, class, gender, place, and the nonhuman, Biehler demonstrates how inseparable human-animal relationships are in the urban setting.” Read the full review here.

Behind the Curve: Science and the Politics of Global Warming by Joshua Howe, reviewed in Climactic Change:

“In Howe’s Behind the Curve we have a good story, and an instructive one. It is not the only story to tell about climate change and it won’t be the last. But it is one that should be listened to.” Read the full review here.



Loving Nature, Fearing the State: Environmentalism and Antigovernment Politics before Reagan by Brian Allen Drake, reviewed in Environmental History:

“This well-written and informative book is an important addition to the scant literature on the role of conservative and libertarian thought in shaping the postwar environmental consciousness.” Read the full review here.

New Books

No-No Boy
by John Okada
With a new introduction by Ruth Ozeki

No-No Boy has the honor of being the very first Japanese American novel,” writes novelist Ruth Ozeki in her new foreword to John Okada’s classic of Asian American literature. First published in 1956, No-No Boy was virtually ignored by a public eager to put World War II and the Japanese internment behind them. It was not until the mid-1970s that a new generation of Japanese American writers and scholars recognized the novel’s importance and popularized it as one of literature’s most powerful testaments to the Asian American experience.

The Wilderness Writings of Howard Zahniser
by Mark Harvey

Howard Zahniser (1906-1964), executive secretary of The Wilderness Society and editor of The Living Wilderness from 1945 to 1964, is arguably the person most responsible for drafting and promoting the Wilderness Act in 1964. Despite his unquestioned importance and the power of his prose, the best of Zahniser’s wilderness writings have never before been gathered in a single volume. This indispensable collection makes available in one place essays and other writings that played a vital role in persuading Congress and the American people that wilderness in the United States deserved permanent protection.

Small Talk: Selected Poems
by Peter Sears

Small Talk gathers poems from Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears’s eight previous collections, and adds thirty entirely new poems. The many admirers of his poetry will be delighted to find so many old friends back in print and under a single cover. Eclectic, comic, disarming, deadly, and ever fresh and surprising, these poems offer a feast of necessary delights.


Balefire: Poems
by Shann Ray

“A celebration of the intricacies of love. Shann Ray’s Balefire is visionary—a powerful and moving visit to the places that haunt us.”—Debra Magpie Earling, Perma Red

Shann Ray is the author of American Masculine, named by Esquire for their Three Books Every Man Should Read series and selected by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Book, won the Bakeless Prize, the High Plains Book Award, and the American Book Award. He lives in Spokane, Washington where he teaches leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga University.


Mark Harvey, The Wilderness Writings of Howard Zahniser and Wilderness Forever: Howard Zahniser and the Wilderness Act, Wyoming Wilderness Association, Sheridan College Atrium, June 13, 5 p.m.


Photo credit Joe Garvin, from a recent event at the University Book Store.

Jack Hart, Skookum Summer: A Novel of the Pacific Northwest, Village Books, June 14,  4 p.m.

Jack Hart, Skookum Summer: A Novel of the Pacific Northwest, Annie Bloom’s Books, June 19, 7:00