After seven years of labor, I’m delighted to announce the release of The Oxford Handbook of Methods for Public Scholarship. This is a one-of-a-kind collection for students, professors, and researchers across the disciplines who are looking to make their research accessible to audiences outside of the academy. I extend my profound gratitude to the incredible contributors for generously sharing their expertise and wisdom. This handbook is a stand-out because of them. I’m also grateful to Oxford University Press for their continued support and for pushing the bounds with this publication. As always, heartfelt thanks to the world’s best assistant, Shalen Lowell, who has labored on this for many long years.
Here’s what reviewers have said:
“…this handbook demonstrates how the power of research and scholarship can be held in the hands of many rather than in those of a select few.” — Joe Salvatore, Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Theatre, New York University Steinhardt
“This handbook contributes greatly to the growing movement to make research relevant, accessible, and useful.” — Rosemary Reilly, Professor, Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University
“Editor Patricia Leavy assembles some of the most notable writers in public scholarship for this authoritative collection… This important handbook comes at a critical time when academia must embed itself deeply in the local and global communities it serves to collaboratively create positive social transformation.” — Johnny Saldaña, Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University
“Patricia Leavy has done it again — created a research methods work of importance and relevance and authenticity, with acuity and a keen sense of just what is needed for the field, in this case the field of public scholarship. This is the first comprehensive overview of public scholarship methods — something which Leavy has always pioneered, most particularly with her recent beautifully crafted work of social fiction and tenacious and inclusive leadership” — Alexandra Lasczik, Associate Professor, School of Education, Southern Cross University
Please pick up a copy of the handbook for personal use (it’s an awesome reference), ask your library to buy a copy, and/or consider it for course adoption. Please use promo code ASPROMP8 at the Oxford University Press website for 30% off:
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As this new nonfiction work is released, I’m in the middle of two special fiction releases. As you know, Spark was released in March. I’ve had a wonderful time at book talks and signings and virtually joining classes and book clubs. If you’re a professor adopting Spark as a required text and you’d like me to Skype into your class, please email me. I’m more than happy to do so pending scheduling. Likewise, I want to thank the many colleges and universities considering Spark as a part of campus-wide reading programs. That’s an honor beyond words. Of course if Spark is selected, I’d be honored to visit your campus in-person or virtually, if we can work out the scheduling and logistics. I’m forever grateful to the world-class team at Guilford Press for all they have done to help get this book out into the world. And I have some lovely news. I’m elated to share that Spark won the American Fiction Award for Inspirational Fiction and was an honored finalist in the category of Adventure Fiction. I’m humbled beyond words. I’m deeply moved readers have found Spark inspirational, which was my fondest hope. I’m also stunned and thrilled to share that Spark also won the Living Now Book Award gold medal for adventure fiction. I’m just floored by all of this incredible recognition. I’m truly grateful beyond words.
As for what’s next, I’m releasing a new novel—something very special to me—in a matter of days. I’ve never released two novels so close together, but these just poured out of me. My forthcoming release, Film, follows three women who moved to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams and carries undertones of #MeToo. With a tribute to popular culture, set against the backdrop of Tinseltown, Film celebrates how the art we make and consume can shape our stories, scene by scene. Reviewers are calling Film “a tour de force” “gorgeous” “a love letter to popular culture” “a feminist fist bump” and “Leavy’s bravest novel.” More very soon…
Thank you for your support on this journey. It means the world to me.
Love and light,