Friday, November 20, 2009

Short Takes

LIBERALISM, BLACK POWER AND THE MAKING OF AMERICAN POLITICS, 1965-1980 by Devin Fergus rated essential by Choice Reviews for Academic Libraries: "Fergus has fingertip knowledge of North Carolina during this era and does a masterful job of navigating the often-complex contours of Tar Heel politics. His coverage of Little is outstanding, and his account of Soul City, that abortive attempt at a harmonious biracial community in eastern North Carolina, is marvelous. An outstanding work."

See Fergus on UNC-TV's Black Issues Forum with Howard Fuller (Malcolm X Liberation University) and Karen Bethea Shields (attorney in the Joan Little case).

John Sledge and THE PILLARED CITY on Walter Edgar's Journal today at noon; podcast available online Monday.

Alexander Macaulay and MARCHING IN STEP, an account of cultural change at The Citadel in recent decades, chronicled in Charleston's Post and Courier: "The tension between being both an insider and a dispassionate historian worked in his favor, Macaulay says."

Booklist praises GHOSTBREAD's "thoughtful testimony"; profile of author Sonja Livingston in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and the Batavia Daily News.

The Georgia Review's roving reporter Dorine Jennette covers Lori Ostlund's San Francisco launch for THE BIGNESS OF THE WORLD.

Ostlund will appear on the variety radio show West Coast Live! on November 28 with ecopragmatist Stewart Brand and other guests.