Friday, November 13, 2009

Short Takes

Two pieces on this week relating to THE LOST BOYS OF SUDAN: one a profile of Kuol Dut, known in the book as Daniel, and the other a blog post by Mark Bixler about the experience of writing the book.

Amrita Chakrabarti Myers wins the Letitia Woods Brown Book Award for Best Article from the Association of Black Women Historians for her chapter in SOUTH CAROLINA WOMEN, which examines a remarkable family of free black women in antebellum Charleston.

"Spartanburg was not my destination, but I became smitten with the fact that here in the Piedmont was this small town with such an international vibe." Marko Maunula (GUTEN TAG, Y'ALL) draws more than a hundred listeners to the Spartanburg County Public Library this week; comments about the book and the event in the Spartanburg Herald-Journal and the Spartanburg Spark.

Author Caroline Leavitt calls Sonja Livingston's GHOSTBREAD "an absolutely astonishing debut" and then interviews Livingston about Nancy Drew, Wonder Woman, and nun fashion.

Jack E. Davis and AN EVERGLADES PROVIDENCE at the Miami Book Fair International this Saturday; pre-fair write up in the Miami Herald.

American Historical Review on Susan Youngblood Ashmore's CARRY IT ON (reviewed with Thomas Kiffmeyer's Reformers to Radicals):"Ashmore and Kiffmeyer offer a powerful indictment of the operation of the War on Poverty on the ground, contribute to an understanding of public policy issues, and, in Ashmore's case, add to our knowledge of the civil rights movement after its glory years."

THE MANSION OF HAPPINESS reviewed at The Rumpus.

New Flannery winner Linda LeGarde Grover profiled in the Duluth Budgeteer and the Duluth News Tribune.

Lori Ostlund (THE BIGNESS OF THE WORLD) interviewed in the Albuquerque Alibi; a video review of the book at The Collagist.