Good news, sports fans: I’ve signed a publishing contract for my upcoming book. I’m delighted to announce that Fundamentalist U: Keeping the Faith in American Higher Education will be published by Oxford University Press. It will join other terrific Oxford titles such as Dan Williams’ Defenders of the Unborn and God’s Own Party, as well as Molly Worthen’s Apostles of Reason.
When will all the magic happen? Academic publishing is a slow train, but I’ve promised to deliver my manuscript by the end of our upcoming school year, May 2017. After that, it needs to go through a few rounds of editing and spiffing up. My best guess is that the book will hit the shelves in early 2018. Or so.
So here’s my question for you: Any ideas for cover art? We’ve got some time to think about it, but it’s never too early to start the conversation. With my first book, an E.J. Pace cartoon jumped out at us for a cover image. For my second one, the photo from the Smithsonian collection of Darrow facing off against Bryan was a slam-dunk.
So what should go on this cover? I’ve got a couple of ideas. How about another cartoon? I like several that sum up the vibe of conservative evangelical universities. Or what about an artfully fuzzed-up background made from one of the schools’ famous student rulebooks? That might also establish a tone for the book as a whole.
What do you think?