Thursday, February 18, 2010

Short Takes

New video from author and artist Marcus Wood includes footage of an enormous parchment petition, the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, and a giant shoe: all artifacts and sites examined his new book on the visual language of emancipation, THE HORRIBLE GIFT OF FREEDOM.

ForeWord makes note of the forthcoming CORNBREAD NATION 5: "Topics cover a wide range, including gratitude, Fats Waller, and the mysterious origins of red velvet cake."

Creative Loafing highlights tonight's panel on GEORGIA WOMEN at the Decatur Public Library with a clip of Ma Rainey (profiled in Georgia Women, volume 2).

Several University of Georgia Press titles reviewed in the February Journal of Southern History, including OTHER SOUTHS, edited by Pippa Holloway -- "The volume prompts a rethinking of the place of the modem South in the nation in a way that the individual articles, when they first appeared, did not" -- and Melanie Benson's DISTURBING CALCULATIONS: "groundbreaking, carefully researched, and highly engaging."

New York Times Sunday Book Review on Hot Springs, the new novel from Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction winner Geoffrey Becker (BLACK ELVIS).

See Lori Ostlund (THE BIGNESS OF THE WORLD) read her story "All Boy" -- link from the Georgia Review blog post on her recent Sacramento reading with poet Robin Ekiss.

Now available:
Lester D. Langley
In this flagship volume of our United States in the Americas series, Langley gives a thoughtful account of the role the U.S. has played in the Western hemisphere, looking at relations with Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America from the late eighteenth century to the present. This new and extensively revised edition comes just as the series is nearing completion with the publication of BRAZIL AND THE UNITED STATES in the fall, and draws on the many nation-by-nation studies completed for the series.