Seven Books Published by Professors in 2021

Published: March 10, 2021 | Author: Savannah Byers | Read Time: 3 minutes

Need something new to read? Want to support local authors? Interested in trying something new? You don’t have to look too far. Several professors at Southern Utah University have books coming out in 2021 across several different genres and topics. Check them out below:

Picnic in the Ruins by Todd Petersen

Genre: crime fiction
Publication date: January 5, 2021

Picnic in the Ruins is a crime novel set in national parks, monuments, and cultural sites along the Utah-Arizona border. The book received national acclaim pre-publication and has continued to make headlines since publication.

For more information or to purchase Picnic in the Ruins, visit or the SUU Bookstore

Beyond the Mapped Stars by Rosalyn Eves

Genre: young adult historical fiction
Publication date: August 24, 2021

Set around the 1878 American eclipse, this young adult novel integrates astronomy and the early Mormon church. Beyond the Mapped Stars is a coming-of-age story about a young Mormon woman who dreams of being an astronomer, but finds her dreams in conflict with the expectations of her family and community.

For more information or to purchase Beyond the Mapped Stars, visit or the SUU Bookstore after the August 24 release date. 

Fadeaway by Elaine Vickers

Genre: young adult fiction
Publication date: March 23, 2021

Published under the name E.B. Vickers, Fadeaway is a young adult suspense novel told from the perspectives of those closest to Jake- a small town high school basketball star who has mysteriously gone missing.

For more information on Fadeaway, visit or to purchase, visit the SUU Bookstore.

Thankful by Elaine Vickers and Samantha Cotterill

Genre: children’s fiction
Publication date: September 7, 2021

This picture book follows a little girl as she writes down all the things she’s thankful for on the first snow of the season. With illustrations by Samantha Cotterill, this children’s book is memorable and especially great for the holidays.

For more information or to purchase Thankful, visit or the SUU Bookstore after the September 7 release date. 

Sherlock Holmes & the Spring of Love by Peter Sham

Genre: musical
Publication date: 2021

Continuing his work with the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, Dr. Peter Sham and composer Brad Carroll have created a trilogy of audience interactive musical comedies adapted from the Sherlock Holmes stories. Each production is directed and choreographed by SUU Theatre & Dance alumni, Rhett Guter. The first part was published in 2020, the second part will be published in 2021, and the third in 2022.

Sherlock Holmes and the Spring of Love, the second musical in this trilogy, follows the continuing adventures of Holmes & Watson and YOU, on an uproarious musical quest to solve one of the world’s most baffling cases –– The Mystery of Love. A beautiful countess, a murdered cabaret singer, and a mysterious baron, are just a few of the suspects in this lively musical farce –– all leading to a showdown with Holmes’ arch-nemesis himself, Professor Moriarty!

For more information or to purchase Sherlock Holmes & the Spring of Love, visit

The Handbook of Trauma-Informed Practices by Jennifer Mckenzie and Brianne Kramer

Genre: textbook
Publication date: fall 2021

Both Dr. Jennifer McKenzie and Dr. Brianne Kramer are editors and writers in this anthology-esqe textbook on trauma-informed practices. The text has a wide audience as it’s written for K-12 teachers, administrators, professors, and anyone involved in the world of education. Written largely during the COVID-19 pandemic, the final chapters include information about the twin pandemic: COVID-19 and the social justice movement. Dr. John Meisner, also from the College of Education and Human Development, is a contributing author.

For more information or to purchase The Handbook of Trauma-Informed Practices, visit Stylus Publishing or the SUU Bookstore after the release date. 

Autodesk Inventor 2022 by Scott Hansen

Genre: textbook
Publication date: April 2021

Each year since 2014, Dr. Scott Hansen has published an up-to-date textbook on Autodesk Inventor with SDC Publications. The physical textbook additionally includes digital features such as videos and assignments, making it a great resource for online and asynchronous learning during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

For more information or to purchase Autodesk Inventor 2022, visit SDC Publications or the SUU Bookstore after the release date. 


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