The Annual Marginalia Radio Book Guide for #SBLAAR16

David M. Krueger November 16, 2016 0

First Impressions ImageFirst Impressions is a Marginalia Review of Books podcast featuring authors of some of the most important new books in religion, history, culture, and theology. Through the hard work our co-hosts Arthur RemillardDavid M. KruegerKristian Petersen, and Joseph Ryan Kelley, the First Impressions team has released thirty-eight interviews in the past year. That brings the total number of books featured to ninety-seven since Art Remillard began the show in 2013.

Speaking of Art Remillard, we are sad to report that Art will no longer be able to conduct interviews at MRB Radio due to his professional commitments at St. Francis University. We think Art started a pretty terrific thing and has given some great authors an opportunity to share their research with the public. Listen to what some of our authors have said about Art and the show he started:

“For years now I have looked forward to Art Remillard’s interviews. His ability to tease out not just a book’s core arguments, but also why they matter has been a great service to listeners across the country. It was a privilege and honor to have the chance to speak with Art about my own book. He will be missed!”

— Heath Carter, author of Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago.

“Seeing a new First Impressions episode from Art always made my day: Art’s enthusiasm for new books in American religion and his great questions for authors helped me pass the miles on many of my runs. I was thrilled when he asked me for an interview about my book, and even more excited to hear the finished result: a well-produced podcast in which he set me up with great questions and showcased my work in the best light. He will be missed on MRB!

–Seth Dowland, author of Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right.

“Art’s generous curiosity is a benefit to our field! I’m grateful to have been able to talk to him about my work and to listen to his thoughtful interviews of other authors.

–Annie Blazer author of Playing for God: Evangelical Women and the Unintended Consequences of Sports Ministry.

“I wish Art well as he heads off into “retirement.” 🙂 But seriously, I appreciate what Art has begun at Marginalia Radio.  First Impressions is my “go-to” podcast for all things American religion.”

–John Fea, author of The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society.

The good news is that Dave, Joseph, and Kristian will continue to produce high-quality, stimulating podcast interviews in the coming year. Be sure to listen to MRB Radio’s other shows Impolite Conversation with Tim Hill and Dan Clanton, Contemporary Islam Considered with Sarah Eltantawi, and Directions in the Study of Religion with Kristian Petersen.

The following list is a guide to the book exhibit at this year’s American Academy of Religion / Society of Biblical Literature conference in San Antonio, Texas November 19-22. The exhibitor booths will be in the San Antonio Convention Center – Exhibit Hall 1. Booth numbers are listed below to help you find the books.

Click on the links to listen the First Impressions interview. If you are traveling to San Antonio, listening to Marginalia Radio is a great way to pass the time! We hope to see you there!


Cambridge University Press (107)
The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future. Kristian Petersen speaks with Prasenjit Duara

Columbia University Press (330) 

Electric Santería: Racial and Sexual Assemblages of Transnational Religion. Kristian Petersen speaks with Aisha Beliso-De Jesús.

The Science of Chinese Buddhism: Early Twentieth-Century Engagements. Kristian Petersen speak with  Erik Hammerstrom.

Cornell University Press 

Moral Commerce: Quakers and the Transatlantic Boycott of the Slave Labor Economy. Dave Krueger speaks with Julie L. Holcomb.

Harper Collins Publishers 

Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus. Art Remillard speaks with Father James Martin.

HarperOne (630)

Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy. Art Remillard speaks with Bishop John Shelby Spong.

Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution. Art Remillard interviews Diana Butler Bass.

Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections). Dave Krueger interviews Stephen Prothero.

InterVarsity Press Academic (321)

American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea. Art Remillard speaks with John D. Wilsey.

Marquette University Press

The God of the Bible and the God of Philosophers. Joseph Ryan Kelly speaks with Eleonore Stump.

Nelson Books

A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918. Dave Krueger interviews Joseph Loconte.

New York University Press (611)

An Imperialist Love Story: Desert Romances and the War on Terror. Kristian Petersen speaks with Amira Jarmakani.

Religion in the Kitchen: Cooking, Talking, and the Making of Black Atlantic Traditions. Dave Krueger speaks with Elizabeth Pérez.

Women in Japanese Religions. Kristian Petersen speaks with Barbara Ambros.

Oxford University Press (320)

American Possessions: Fighting Demons in the Contemporary United States. Dave Krueger speaks with Sean McCloud.

Beholden: Religion, Global Health, and Human Rights. Dave Krueger speaks with Susan R. Holman.

Born of Conviction: White Methodists and Mississippi’s Closed Society. Art Remillard speaks with Joseph Reiff.

The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society. Art Remillard speaks with John Fea.

The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity. Joseph Ryan Kelly speaks with Eva Mroczek.

Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics. Kristian Petersen speaks with Joseph Sorett.

We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics. Art Remillard speaks with Neil J. Young.

Palgrave McMillan (601)

Britain Through Muslim Eyes: Literary Representations, 1780-1988. Kristian Petersen speaks with Claire Chambers.

Princeton University Press (811)

Philosophy before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth an Ancient Babylonia. Joseph Ryan Kelly speaks with Marc Van De Mieroop.

What’s Divine about Divine Law? Early Perspectives. Joseph Ryan Kelly speaks with Christine Hayes.

Routledge (521)

White Lies: Race and Uncertainty in the Twilight of American Religion. Kristian Petersen speaks with Christopher Driscoll

Sheffield Phoenix Press Ltd. (729)

The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics. Joseph Ryan Kelly speak with Hector Avalos.

University of California Press (710)

Seeking Good Debate: Religion, Science, and Conflict in American Public Life. Dave Krueger speaks with Michael S. Evans.

University of Hawaii Press (626)

From Comrades to Bodhisattvas: Moral Dimensions of Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China. Kristian Petersen speaks with Gareth Fisher.

Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History. Kristian Petersen interviews James A. Benn.

University of Nebraska Press 

Redskins: Insult and Brand. Kristian Petersen speaks with Richard King.

This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror. Kristian Petersen speaks with Moustafa Bayoumi.

University of North Carolina Press (236)

A Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans. Dave Krueger interviews Emily Suzanne Clark.

Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921. Art Remillard speaks with Karine Walther.

The Valiant Woman: The Virgin Mary in Nineteenth-Century America. Dave Krueger speaks with Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez.

University of Pennsylvania Press (125)

Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right. Art Remillard speaks with Seth Dowland.

Westminster John Knox Press (506-507)

The Sacred Economy of Ancient Israel. Joseph Ryan Kelley speaks with Roland Boer.

Wipf and Stock Publishers (406-407)

Jesus and Jihad: Reclaiming the Prophetic Heart of Christianity and Islam. Dave Krueger interviews Robert Shedinger.

Yale University Press (812)

Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition. Joseph Ryan Kelly speaks with Benjamin D. Sommer.