Publishing Clearinghouse: Check here for new books, journals and more, along with book talks on campus

In the past, the University Times collected up books, journals, plays and musical compositions written or edited by faculty and staff for one massive list published toward the end of the school year.

In our digital age, we say, why wait?

We’d like to know about these publications as they happen. The UTimes website will contain a running list of new titles.

Newly published works can be submitted through this link. Please keep the book descriptions short and accessible to a general audience.

Journals should be peer-reviewed. Self-published works will not be accepted. The listings also are restricted to complete works, because individual chapters, articles, works of art and poems would be too numerous.

We’ll also be highlighting some books and book talks with connections to Pitt (see below).

If you have any questions, please contact editor Susan Jones at or 412-648-4294.

Book talks

The Fearless Benjamin Lay“The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist” by Marcus Rediker (2017, Beacon Press)

4:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Thornburgh Room (first floor), Hillman Library

Rediker, a distinguished professor in the Department of History, will discuss his book on the transatlantic life and times of a singular man — a Quaker dwarf who demanded the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world.

The event is part of the University Library System’s Faculty Book Talks, which continue with:

  • Oct. 10: Daniel Balderston, “How Borges Wrote”
  • Nov. 7: Anthony Infanti, “Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Tax Opinions"


"The Dogs of Detroit"“The Dogs of Detroit” by Brad Felver (2018, University of Pittsburgh Press)

7 p.m. Sept. 12, City of Asylum, 40 W. North Ave., Pittsburgh’s North Side

“The Dogs of Detroit” won the 2018 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, given out annually by the University of Pittsburgh Press. Author Felver, who was awarded a $15,000 prize, will give a free public reading from the book, which contains 14 stories focusing on grief and its many permutations. The book went on sale Sept. 4.



And one to read

All American Boys The School of Education’s new associate dean of equity and justice, Leigh Patel, is starting a book club to get SOE staff and faculty talking. While the club is open only to School of Education faculty and staff, anyone can read the award-winning book — “All-American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.

Its very timely topic revolves around two teens — one black, one white — dealing with the fallout from a violent encounter between the black teen and a policeman, who happens to be the other boy’s surrogate father. The young adult novel is equally appropriate for adults.