Monday, January 29, 2007

Short Takes

Congratulations to Lia Purpura, author of INCREASE. Her newest book, On Looking, is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. NBCC board member Kevin Prufer blogs about Purpura and her book at Critical Mass. Feels like a good time to mention our own books that have been NBCC winners (HEAVEN AND EARTH) or finalists (LEAVING SATURN and A POETRY OF TWO MINDS).

SOUTHERN COOKING by Mrs. S. R. Dull has been nominated for a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance award in the Cooking category.

Follow-up to our January 23, 2007, posting on the latest criminal conviction to be overturned by DNA evidence: Greg Hampikian, who collaborated with Calvin Johnson, Jr. on EXIT TO FREEDOM, tells us that,

"last summer, while I was teaching the Georgia Innocence Project interns about DNA, I met with student intern Cliff Williams (no relation to the now-free Willie O. "Pete" Williams) who was working on this case. He told me that the case report mentioned a slide taken from the victim 22 years ago. Cliff wondered if they might have DNA from the true rapist on the slide. When I looked at the analyst's case notes and the micrographs, it was clear that the slide contained many sperm cells, most likely from the perpetrator. The case was similar in a lot of ways to Calvin Johnson's. 'Go find that slide, and you'll get the truth,' I told him."
Hampikian, who is director of the Idaho Innocence Project, also holds positions in both the biology and criminal justice administration departments at Boise State.

Just added to the Georgia in the 20th Century statewide lecture series: six new presentations on such topics as immigration, quilting, and black nationalism. See these dates on our web listing to find out more about the new lectures: February 15, 22, and 26 and March 13 and 29.

TESTING THE LIMITS by Brian Lewis Crispell is a major source for this story about the death of George Armistead Smathers, the former U.S. senator from Florida.

Over in Atlanta: The Duck & Herring Co. Radio Hour has recorded their January 27, 2007, live event at Little Shop of Stories for later podcasting. Featured writers include Atlantans Hollis Gillespie and Jack Pendarvis, as well as novelist Chuck Rosenthal.

We've learned about a podcast interview with Mark Bixler, author of THE LOST BOYS OF SUDAN, on the Chattahoochee Review's web site. You'll also find more than a dozen other readings, interviews, and lectures by such figures as Jill McCorkle, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Hampton Sides.

The January 19, 2007, broadcast of Georgia Public Radio's Georgia Gazette featured an interview with Perry Dilbeck, author of THE LAST HARVEST. You can still listen to it online.

Recent reviews:
Publishers Weekly on ULTRA-TALK

We get blogged:
Recommendation of JOURNEY TOWARD JUSTICE in ACRLog
Citation of J. Baird Callicott, coeditor of THE GREAT NEW WILDERNESS DEBATE and Paul Shepherd, author of NATURE AND MADNESS and other titles, in The Wilding Institute