Monday, April 16, 2007

Short Takes

Lots of good things happening here at the Press, so this is a not-very-short Short Takes

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Recent interviews:
Paisley Rekdal, author of
A CRASH OF RHINOS in Yellowworld.

Slurve, a new online magazine that is - and isn’t - about baseball, has
interviewed David Kirby, author of ULTRA-TALK, for their first issue. Kirby has belted a double (apologies to Slurve) because Poetry Daily also recently featured an excerpt from ULTRA-TALK.

Recent awards:
Hugh Ruppersburg, coeditor of
THE NEW GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA COMPANION TO GEORGIA LITERATURE, and Philip Lee Williams, author of THE HEART OF A DISTANT FOREST, have been named winners of the annual Governor's Awards in the Humanities. These awards, which are sponsored by the the Georgia Humanities Council, go to individuals and organizations who build community, character, and citizenship in Georgia through public humanities education. Congratulations to the Georgia Review: it is also a winner of a Governor's Award in the Humanities - as well as a finalist in the Nationalist Magazine Awards.

Three of our books are finalists in ForeWord Magazine's
2006 Book of the Year Awards: DEVOTION (Historical Fiction), SHORT STORIES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT (Anthologies), and REAL PUNKS DON'T WEAR BLACK (Music).

Recent reviews:
THE IMAGINARY LIVES OF MECHANICAL MEN in the Independent Weekly, which covers the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.

DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES OF GEORGIA AND THE SOUTHEAST in Argia, the journal of the Dragonfly Society of the Americas: "The newest submission to the flurry of dragonfly and damselfly field guides appearing in North America is Giff Beaton's DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES OF GEORGIA AND THE SOUTHEAST. It covers more than 150 species found in Georgia in wonderful detail with over 400 color photographs. The book is well laid out and aesthetically pleasing. I applaud Giff for including damselflies in his guide. This is one of the few guides covering a relatively large fauna that includes both damselflies and dragonflies. The photographs are excellent and reproduced at a size that will really make them useful to the reader."

SPIT BATHS in the Virginia Quarterly Review.

ROMANCING THE VOTE in the Feminist Review.

The film Amazing Grace is bringing new attention to
EQUANIO, THE AFRICAN. Author Vince Carretta has participated in some of the major events of the 2007 bicentennial commemoration of Britain’s abolition of the slave trade. The book is one of three titles officially recommended by the Mayor of London’s office as part of the bicentennial commemoration. Diverse: Issues In Higher Education acknowledges the debt of Amazing Grace to the work of Olaudah Equiano and the new information about his birthplace uncovered by Carretta.

NEW ORLEANS AFTER THE PROMISES in the New Orleans Gambit Weekly's piece on Mayor Ray Nagin's post-Katrina performance.

JOURNEY TOWARD JUSTICE in the Wall Street Journal: "This moving biography is indeed a portrait of one woman in one town; but Ms. Stanton . . . is clearly writing about Morgan to show generally what compassionate, thoughtful people can do in the face of oppression." More reviews of JOURNEY TOWARD JUSTICE in the Chattanoogan and Feminist Review.

GEORGIA QUILTS in the Gainesville Times and the Savannah Morning News.

Black Issues Book Review recently reviewed
SHORT STORIES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, saying that it "comes at a time when public awareness of life in the segregated South and of trials of the Civil Rights Era seem to be fading. With this anthology, [editor Margaret Earley] Whitt hopes to raise that awareness again, by introducing readers to one of the most intense periods of American history." By the way, the current issue of Black Issues Book Review includes an interview conducted by Dawn Lundy Martin. Her poetry collection, A GATHERING OF MATTER / A MATTER OF GATHERING, won the Caven Canem Poetry Prize. We will publish it in October 2007.

AN ORNAMENT TO THE CITY was reviewed by Don Noble on Alabama Public Radio.

We get blogged:
A combination review and think piece, featuring
VOICES FROM THE MOUNTAINS, in Hillbilly Savants.

Recommendation of
ANIMALS AND WHY THEY MATTER, as part of a reading list on animal ethics, in Fauxlosophy, A Phlog.

Recommendation of
SLAVERY IN AMERICA, as part of a reading list on slave resistance, in Resistance Studies.