Black Road


In a small Ohio town, the star quarterback’s pranks are legend. But one prank goes too far, leaving students injured and the town reeling from the consequences of that night. Part courtroom drama, part Greek chorus, and part ode to rural America, Nancy Zafris’ posthumously published novel, “Black Road,” is a testament to how one decision can change everything. Readers may remember Zafris as the long-time fiction editor of Kenyon Review, as well as the force behind the generative model of Kenyon’s writing workshops, which she taught for many summers. (Unbridled Books)

The End of the Road


Do the crime; serve the time. But for bank robber Myles it’s not that simple. Some-times the only way to leave a life of crime behind is to kill the one person who could drag you back to the lifestyle you want to quit. When the murder-gone-wrong leaves Myles in critical condition, his girlfriend Penny, who just wants a normal life with the man she loves, takes matters into her own hands. But does she have what it takes to stop the biggest heist their small Ohio town has seen? (Mysterious Press)

The Mortal  Rendezvous


Wade Newman’s fifth collection of poetry showcases his keen eye for detail. Oscillating between free verse and more traditional poetic forms, “The Mortal Rendezvous” is an exploration of all the complicated meaning embodied in relationships, from friends and family to lover and stranger. (White Smudge Books)

The Water Tower


On the surface, Josie has accomplished her dream of becoming a successful actress in Hollywood. But on the inside, she’s battling demons, and one day those demons surface in the form of a breakdown on set. She returns to the small Ohio town where she was raised to recover and takes a teaching job, though the respite is short-lived when one of her students dies under mysterious circumstances. (Level Best Books)

Craving Spring: A Mother’s Quest, A Daughter’s Depression, and the Greek Myth That Brought Them Together


Ann Batchelder’s “Craving Spring” has been described as a memoir that “elegantly illustrates the relevance of the ancient Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone to modern-day mother-daughter struggles.” As her daughter battled depression and addiction, Batchelder confronted her own related battles. Through a loving exploration of love and family, both seek answers in ancient myths, showing readers how the stories we tell ourselves and each other can make all  the difference.  (Legacy Book Press)

Additional Releases

Russell A. Carleton ’02, “The New Ballgame: The Not-So-Hidden Forces That Shape Baseball”

Kim M. Straus ’76, “Raising Chickens in Santa Fe: The Artistic Life of Randall Davey”

Dr. Beth A. Sutton-Ramspeck ’76, “Harry Potter and Resistance”

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