1820-1865 at the Reception Studies Society Biennial Conference in September 2011
Will present a paper entitled "'Odysseus / the name of my family': Pound, Joyce, Homer" at MLA.
An article entitled "'Cyclops,' Censorship, and Joyce's Monster Audiences" forthcoming in the James Joyce Quarterly.
Will publish “Organizing for Antiracism in Writing Centers: Principles for Enacting Social Change” with Moira Ozias in Writing Centers and the New Racism (edited by Laura Greenfield and Karen Rowan), forthcoming with Utah State University Press.
Paper to be read. "Beauty and the Beastly Prime Minister." Annual meeting of the Modern Language Association. Seattle. 2012
Review of The Cultural Capital of Asian American Studies, by Mark Chiang. Journal of Asian Studies 70.2 (2011): 503-04. 2011
"Amitav Ghosh And the Aesthetic Turn in Postcolonial Studies.” Journal of Modern Literature 34.3 (2011): 65-86. 2011
Received, along with AngelaSorby and Susan Hopwood, anNEH grant from the American Library Association forRaynor Memorial Libraries and Milwaukee Public Library to collaborate on an outreach project titled Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women. The project, which is based on a biography written by HarrietReisen and a documentary film co-produced by Nancy Porter Productions, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET New York’s American Masters, will support a series of public events scheduled throughout the fall semester. http://marquette.edu/library/news/2011/alcott.shtml
Published “Refusing to Write like Henry James: Women Reforming Realism in Fin de Siècle America,” European Journal of American Studies2 ( 2011).
Publishedreview of Valerie Gray, Charles Knight: Educator, Publisher, Writer,in The Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society 5 (2010): 144-46.
Delivered “Ghosts and Shadows: Reading Race in the Woman’s Building Library of the World’s Columbian Exposition,” Edward G. Holley Lecture, Library History Roundtable, American Library Association. New Orleans, LA, June 2011.
Delivered “Right Here I See My Own Books: The Woman’s Library at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair," invited lecture for the Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship, American Library Association, New Orleans, LA, June 2011.
Presented “Roderick Hudson and the Atlantic Circle,” Book History plenary, Fifth International Conference of the Henry James Society, Rome, Italy, July 2011.
Organized plenary session “Henry James and the History of the Book,”Fifth International Conference of the Henry James Society, Rome, Italy, July 2011.
Moderated session, “Theatricality and Performance,” Fifth International Conference of the Henry James Society, Rome, Italy, July 2011.
Will publish “Right Here I See My Own Books”: The Woman's Building Library at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (co-authored with Wayne A. Wiegand, F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies, Florida State University). Forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press, the book will be officially launched at two events: one at the Library of Congress honoring the National Women's History Museum, to which the authors are donating their royalties, and one at the Chicago History Museum (cosponsored by Northwestern University).
Will publish “Canonicity and the American Public Library: The Case of American Women Writers,” Library Trends 60.3 (February 2012).
“Whose West, Which West, West of What?” appears in West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West, edited by Lynn Stegner and Russell Rowland (University of Texas Press).
IndieNext, a newsletter and organization of Independent Booksellers, has chosen American Boy as an October featured title.
Will be a keynote speaker at the Midwest Booksellers Association annual convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 22.
Will speak at the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association annual convention in Dearborn, Michigan, on October 15.
Will read from his fiction at the Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison, Wisconsin, on October 19-23.
Will read give readings from American Boy at Boswell’s Books in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on September 29, at Books & Company in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, on October 18, at Next Chapter in Mequon, Wisconsin, on October 26, and at Book Stall in Winnetka, Illinois, on October 27.
Shorewood, Wisconsin, has selected novel Montana 1948 for its first Community Reads program. Watson will speak to students at Shorewood High School on October 5. He will offer a presentation for the public at the Shorewood Community Center on October 5.
Will speak to ESL classes at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee on October 17. His novel Montana 1948 is being studied in the classes.
In October, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Chapter a Day will feature American Boy.
Will speak at the Verona Public Library in Verona, Wisconsin, on November 2.
Will speak at the L. D. Fargo Public Library in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, on November 12.
Along with other Milwaukee authors (including C. J. Hribal) he will read from his fiction at the Associated Writing Programs annual convention in Chicago, Illinois, in February 2012.
was the subject of a feature article in the February 26, 2012, issue of Printers Row, a new Chicago Tribune magazine on books and writers.