Randall Silvis M’76 has collected a Drue Heinz Literature Prize, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, five fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for fiction, playwriting, and screenwriting, and an IUP Distinguished Alumni Award. His latest book, the launch title for what the publisher calls “a new line of fabulist and new wave fabulist fiction from Omnidawn Books,” is In a Town Called Mundomuerto. This is Silvis’s ninth book of fiction, and it chronicles jealousy and superstition among inhabitants of a small Central American fishing village who are visited by a mysterious stranger who might—or might not—be a dolphin-man.
Two novels by W. Ivan Wright ’80 are being published this year. Black People: For Entertainment Purposes Only appeared in the spring, while Indentured Scholars: The Inner City Scandal was due for release in October. According to Wright’s publisher, Able Journey Press, “Ivan’s books deal dramatically and humorously with the many threads of the African American experience.”
Douglas Dunbar ’82 is the lead singer of Grayscale, billed by its label, Alamo-Sunset Records, as an “alternative rock entity.” Also known as an “alterna-pop band,” Dunbar and fellow musician William Weaver released their first album, That Flawless Flashing Day, in May and soon followed with a remixed and remastered album, Grayscale, that had previously been self-produced. A publicist for Alamo-Sunset Records said Grayscale is being played in rotation on several Internet indie radio outlets and won Artist of the Month recognition last November on iChannel.
A unique regimental history by Dennis Brandt M’73 focuses on the soldiers who fought in the Civil War. From Home Guards to Heroes: The 87th Pennsylvania and Its Civil War Community was published last winter by University of Missouri Press. According to a release from the publisher, “The 87th drew its men from the Scotch-Irish and German populations of York and Adams counties in south-central Pennsylvania—a region with closer ties to Baltimore than to Philadelphia—where some citizens shared Marylanders’ southern views on race while others aided the Underground Railroad.” Brandt is an independent researcher who lives in Red Lion, Pa.
Registered Dietitian April Meredick Rudat ’00 has produced what she describes as “a practical, fun, and research-based guide to breastfeeding and parenting multiples” in Oh Yes You Can Breastfeed Twins! Based in part on her own experience, the book gives what she feels is badly needed information “especially since Pennsylvania breastfeeding rates are low.” This fall, Rudat is teaching a master’s-level course, Maternal and Child Nutrition, at Marywood University in Scranton. Information about her book is available at www.ohyesyoucanbreastfeedtwins.com.