Thursday, June 04, 2009

Short Takes

The Los Angeles Times reviews Anna Journey’s IF BIRDS GATHER YOUR HAIR FOR NESTING.

The Jewish Daily Forward covers the premier of Ben Loeterman’s new PBS documentary on the Leo Frank case. Matthew H. Bernstein’s SCREENING A LYNCHING is prominently mentioned.

An interview with Mary Odem on LATINO IMMIGRANTS AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE U.S. SOUTH aired May 17 on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Georgia Weekly television show; video is available.

Wisconsin Public Radio's University of the Air aired an hour-long interview with James Lorence (THE UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE’S MOVEMENT) aired May 17: “Few of us would single out Georgia as a hotbed of labor unrest, but during the Depression it was.”

Listen to a podcast featuring Macalester professor of anthropology Dianna Shandy on the forthcoming title GLASS CEILINGS AND 100-HOUR COUPLES.

Andrew Porter’s THE THEORY OF LIGHT AND MATTER was named ForeWord’s Book of the Year for 2008 in the category of Short Fiction. The book was also shortlisted for the Paterson Prize for a first book and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

Victoria Chang’s SALVINIA MOLESTA is a finalist for the California Book Award in poetry, with the winner to be announced tonight; an interview with Chang appeared recently in New Letters and is reprinted on Poetry Daily.

At the Virginia Historical Society’s recent annual meeting, James R. Sweeney received the Richard Slatten Award for Excellence in Virginia Biography in 2008 for RACE, REASON AND MASSIVE RESISTANCE.

The Southwest Journal of Cultures reviews HERE, GEORGE WASHINGTON WAS BORN: “Bruggeman’s account of Washington’s birthplace provides an engaging tour through our longstanding, perhaps innate, fixation on relics and pilgrimage sites as well as the complicated process of remembering the past.”

NOVEL IDEAS is featured in the inaugural issue of Gotham Writers Workshop’s new e-newsletter “The Writer’s Bookshelf."

Southern Quarterly reviews GROUNDED GLOBALISM, noting that “What is most compelling about Peacock’s thesis is that his new paradigm depicts an altered sense of self for the southerner” and praising his “varied approach” and “the balance he achieves among different perspectives.” In the same issue, DIXIE EMPORIUM is praised as an “excellent collection,” with particular attention to contributions from Huber, Ketchell, Giggie and Eskew.