On Tuesday the New York Times published an op-ed by Beacon Press author Daina Ramey Berry. The piece, “Nat Turner’s Skull and My Student’s Purse of Skin,” explores the history of what Berry calls “postmortem consumption,” and the need to put an end to the practice once and for all. Berry’s forthcoming book, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh, also received its first trade review this week from Kirkus Reviews. They wrote, “In this sharp, affecting study, Berry reminds us of the cold calculus at the intersection of slavery and capitalism...A well-researched, effectively presented piece of scholarship that forthrightly confronts slavery's brute essence.”
Back at the New York Times, Ann Neumann, author of The Good Death, wrote a piece for the Well blog, "When a Friend Dies, What Do I Say To the Family?" Elsewhere, Adrienne Berard talked to Time.com for a write-up on her new book, Water Tossing Boulders.
And Beacon authors weren’t the only ones in the news this week. Publishers Weekly ran a “Meet the Editor” feature on our own, Gayatri Patnaik. The article highlights her history in the publishing industry, as well as her new role as Editorial Director.