Publishing Clearinghouse: ‘Behind God’s Back’; ‘Like What We Imagine’


Author Terry Miller discusses “Behind God’s Back: Finding Hope in Hardship”
6 p.m. Jan. 13, Carnegie Library Lecture Hall or online

A Pittsburgh native, Terry Miller is director emerita of the Pitt  Institute of Politics. Her book, “Behind God’s Back: Finding Hope in Hardship” is a story of suffering and redemption, dramatizing the author’s experiences of poverty, food insecurity, abuse, addiction, recovery, and, eventually, community service. Miller explores her childhood and early adult hardships growing up in public housing in Pittsburgh’s Arlington Heights and shares her move to sober living and transformational leadership, founding a recovery center that prioritizes trauma-informed care and women’s health. The talk is a presentation of Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Made Local series. Anyone attending the event in person, must bring proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test and photo ID. Masks must be worn by everyone for the duration of their event. Find detailed entry requirements at


“Like What We Imagine: Writing and the University” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021) by David Bartholomae, professor and chair emeritus of English

This collection of essays represents the best of Bartholomae’s work over the past decade. It is unified by a thread of memoir — not an account of his personal life, but a revisiting of some of the books and ideas, people and places, students and courses that have shaped and sustained his work as a teacher of writing over a long career at the University of Pittsburgh.


The University Times welcomes information about new books, journals, plays and musical compositions written or edited by faculty and staff.

Newly published works can be submitted through this link. Please keep the book descriptions short and accessible to a general audience.

Journals should be peer-reviewed. Self-published works will not be accepted. The listings also are restricted to complete works, because individual chapters, articles, works of art and poems would be too numerous.

We’ll also be highlighting some books and book talks with connections to Pitt.

If you have any questions, please contact editor Susan Jones at or 724-244-4042.