Thursday, March 04, 2010

Short Takes

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is acquiring three prints from Jane Fulton Alt's LOOK AND LEAVE project for its Photographic History Collection. See Alt's appearance on Arts Across Illinois -- video now online.

In depth discussion of GLASS CEILINGS AND 100-HOUR COUPLES on The Glass Hammer.

The new Journal of Interdisciplinary History reviews Scott Stephan's REDEEMING THE SOUTHERN FAMILY: "Stephan has produced a thoughtful, informative examination of a group of southern wives and mothers who yearned to lead lives free of sin and to ensure, albeit with mixed results, that their husbands and children did the same."

The Advocate, out of CUNY's Graduate Center, features a thoughtful review of Joshua Poteat's ILLUSTRATING THE MACHINE THAT MAKES THE WORLD.

New novel, From Away, by David Carkeet (CAMPUS SEXPOT) is the result in part of a raffle in which the winner got to be a character in David Carkeet's next novel.

Campus readers: enjoyed the Willson Center lecture on Franco-Mexican painter Jean Charlot, who created murals for the Fine Arts Building and the Journalism Building? Check out CHARLOT MURALS IN GEORGIA, with an introduction by Lamar Dodd, photographs by Eugene Payor and commentaries by the man himself, Jean Charlot. Published by the press in 1945, the book is out of print but available for viewing in all its 1940s typographic glory on the Charlot Foundation website.

Congratulations to press designers Mindy Basinger Hill and Erin Kirk New, who won a total of four design awards from the Association of American University Presses annual Book, Jacket and Journal show competition. ILLUSTRATING THE MACHINE THAT MAKES THE WORLD, GHOSTBREAD, THE BIGNESS OF THE WORLD, and THE MANSION OF HAPPINESS were each recognized for excellence in design.

Between 170 and 200 people came out for last weekend's talk and signing by Leon Neel for THE ART OF MANAGING LONGLEAF. Co-authors Albert Way and Paul Sutter spoke about the book as well. Many thanks to the Jones Ecological Research Center and the Thomas County Historical Society for coordinating this wildly successful launch!

Now available:
Kate Swanson
This study, the second title in our new Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation series, is based on extensive fieldwork in Ecuador following the construction of a new road connecting a small Andean town with the city. Swanson's book makes compelling, nuanced arguments about the consequences of this social-spatial shift, including surprising discoveries about educational opportunities for children linked to the income from begging.