Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Short Takes

Congratulations to Harold M. Hyman, author of CRAFTSMANSHIP AND CHARACTER. The History News Network has just named him as their latest History Doyen. He's in good company, alongside such giants as Bertram Wyatt-Brown, David Brion Davis, and Bernard Bailyn.

WAKE UP, DEAD MAN by Bruce Jackson is part of a lead feature on This web site is a wonderful repository of hard-to-find documentary films about American folk or roots cultures. Bruce's research on prison work songs resulted in the book Wake Up, Dead Man; the film Afro-American Work Songs in a Texas Prison; and the song compilation, also titled Wake Up, Dead Man, which is available from Rounder Records.

Eric Shade, author of the Flannery O'Connor Award-winning short story collection, EYESORES, has a new web site.

Yet another impressive review of Vincent Carretta's EQUIANO, THE AFRICAN, this time by the journal Eighteenth-Century Studies: "Handsomely illustrated and meticulously researched, Equiano, the African will be read with great interest by those wishing to learn more about the author of one of the late eighteenth-century's most fascinating books."

THE LAST HARVEST, Perry Dilbeck's homage to southern truck farmers, got a mention in a recent newspaper article on rural farm stands. Southern foodie John T. Edge wrote the article. We're publishing The Last Harvest in partnership with the Center for American Places.