My American Novels to 1900 class for UC Davis started last week, and I’m finishing up some big projects before fully diving into that pool.
First, I’m doing final proofreading review for my “Science and Technology” chapter of Cambridge University Press’s Mark Twain in Context. The site says it’ll be out in January 2020.
I’ve also been working to get Gears and God into the hands of local booksellers. The good news is that the Hannibal History Museum in Hannibal, MO will be carrying copies soon, just in time for the Big River Steampunk Festival on Labor Day weekend. I’m hoping the convergence of Twain tourists and 19th-century retro-futurists will result in a few sales.
The first major paper for the summer class comes in next week, so reading/grading will overtake everything else for a bit at that point.