Thursday, February 19, 2009

Short Takes

The Georgia Online News Service reviews Matthew H. Bernstein’s just released SCREENING A LYNCHING: “Bernstein's analysis finds almost as many compelling aspects about the various cinematic interpretations of the Frank case as the case itself, his sleuth's curiosity like that of a police detective.” Bernstein will speak in Athens next Tuesday 2/24 in room 150 of the Miller Learning Center at 4 pm, and again at Cine at 6 pm. He will also present a lecture in association with the Leo Frank exhibit at the Breman Museum in Atlanta at 4 pm on Sunday, March 8.

Over 60 people attended the launch event for AN EVERGLADES PROVIDENCE at Goerings Bookstore in Gainesville yesterday. Garden and Gun Magazine mentions the title in their Feb/March “Below the Line” roundup: “ For any fan of the preservation of any wilderness, the book explores how Stoneman Douglas recognized the aquatic one right under our noses.” Davis will be lecturing and reading across Florida in the coming months, including at next week’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival in Everglades City.

The authors and editors of the newest titles in our Environmental History and the American South series, Davis, Shepard Krech III (SPIRITS OF THE AIR) and Paul Sutter and Chris Manganiello (ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY AND THE AMERICAN SOUTH: A READER) will also all be in attendance at a press-sponsored reception at next week’s American Society for Environmental History meeting in Tallahassee.

From Post No Ills Magazine: “Poet and historian Afua Cooper’s compelling THE HANGING OF ANGELIQUE recreates and interrogates the story of the enslaved Afro-Portuguese woman Marie-Joseph Angelique, and in doing so provides readers a fascinating look into the history of slavery in Canada.”

Poets in the blogosphere: Missy McEwen says of Sean Hill’s BLOOD TIES AND BROWN LIQUOR: “Even the feel of the book (glossy, smooth to the touch) reminds me of a postcard. It is as if the reader has been sent a postcard, not just from Milledgeville, Georgia, but from another century and the poems are what is scribbled down (in the neatest handwriting) on the back, written by the relative with a knack for writing and storytelling.” Ron Slate writes “SALVINIA MOLESTA has a single-minded ambition: to create the sound of a psyche exposed to or punished by the excesses of power, danger, and evil. Moreover, the expansive drama of her projected world seems commensurate with the depth of mind heard in these speeches.”