West Virginia University Press is a university press and publisher in the state of West Virginia. A part of West Virginia University, the Press publishes books and journals with a particular emphasis on Appalachian studies, history, higher education, the social sciences, and interdisciplinary books about energy, environment, and resources. The Press also has a small but highly regarded program in fiction and creative nonfiction, including Deesha Philyaw's The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, winner of the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, winner of the 2020/21 Story Prize, winner of the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction in 2020. John Warner wrote in the Chicago Tribune, "If you are wondering what the odds are of a university press book winning three major awards, being a finalist for a fourth, and going to a series on a premium network, please know that this is the only example." WVU Press also collaborates on digital publications, notably West Virginia History: An Open Access Reader.
The press has been described as "a small but intellectually ambitious press that prides itself on placing regional issues in dialogue with global concerns."West Virginia University Press is part of the Association of American University Presses.West Virginia University Press maintains Booktimist, a blog about books and culture, at https://booktimist.com/.
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