Thursday, February 25, 2010

Short Takes

Florida Gulf Coast University has selected TRACKING DESIRE by Susan Cerulean for their First Year Reading Project, which will focus on developing a sense of ecological perspective. Incoming freshmen will read the book over the summer and discuss the issues it raises in their fall composition or first year humanities classes. A work of nonfiction, Cerulean's book charts both the natural history and biology of swallow-tailed kites and the author’s own encounters with this spectacular bird.

Jane Fulton Alt will discuss LOOK AND LEAVE in a segment on WTTW TV's Arts Across Illinois this weekend, airing Friday and again on Sunday. The show will also feature chef Rick Bayless, who features Alt's photographs in his restaurant.

The Asheville Times-Citizen lists WHAT VIRTUE THERE IS IN FIRE among the top 20 best-selling titles in western North Carolina; ForeWord reviews the book as a true crime title: "Depending upon whom you believe, Sam Hose was either a family-destroying killer or the innocent victim of a skewed and Southern brand of justice. . . .Author Arnold compiles prodigious research from both sides and chooses to let the reader decide, while still not letting history off the hook."

The NAACP Image Awards will be announced tomorrow (Friday, February 26): BLACK NATURE is one of five contenders for an NAACP Image Award for this year's most outstanding literary work in poetry. The winner for this award will be announced between 3 and 3:15 Pacific time during a pre-show ceremony that will be streamed live online. The live broadcast on Fox will include special awards given to Tyler Perry and Wyclef Jean as well as awards for best new artist and best actor in a drama series.

Style Weekly Richmond reviews Joshua Poteat's ILLUSTRATING THE MACHINE THAT MAKES THE WORLD: "The poems are a fearless and beautiful use of language, purely original and fiercely rooted in nature."

The Thomasville Times-Enterprise interviews Leon Neel and discusses THE ART OF MANAGING LONGLEAF; Neel, along with co-authors Paul Sutter and Albert G. Way, will appear at the Thomas County Historical Society this Sunday at 3 pm.

News this week demonstrates that the University of Georgia Press author roster includes both wild pig experts and vulture-baiting poets.