Thursday, April 22, 2010

Short Takes

Maria Rost Rublee's NONPROLIFERATION NORMS wins the Alexander L. George Book Award from the International Society for Political Psychology. The award recognizes the best book published in political psychology in the previous year, one that "demonstrates the highest quality of thought and makes a major substantive book-length contribution to the field."

This Sunday (4/25) at 10 am and 10 pm, the Sirius/XM radio show Danger Zone will air an interview with author Charles Horner, whose book RISING CHINA is also in our Studies in Security and International Affairs series.

Lori Ostlund's THE BIGNESS OF THE WORLD wins the California Book Award for First Fiction; poets Barbara Hamby (SERIOUSLY FUNNY) and Patrick Phillips (BOY) named Guggenheim Fellows in poetry, Ted Genoways (ANNA, WASHING) in American literature.

"We may take for granted the vast geographical inequalities of wealth in our world, but we shouldn't": Neil Smith (UNEVEN DEVELOPMENT) on KPFA's Against the Grain.

An interview with Camille Dungy on BLACK NATURE will air on KQED (San Francisco) today (4/22) at 5:30 pm PST (online streaming available). Her recent interview for NPR's Morning Edition, along with some of the poems she discusses, can be found here.

CORNBREAD NATION 5 in the Athens Banner-Herald and New Orleans Times-Picayune.

In the Huffington Post: Steve Courtney (JOSEPH HOPKINS TWICHELL) on celebrating the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's death this week with "the combination of carny hucksterism, entertainment and education for which we are becoming noted here in Hartford."

Poet Harryette Mullen wins the Jackson Poetry Prize; her work appears in BLACK NATURE and THE RINGING EAR, and she is one of eight poets interviewed in our forthcoming title INTO A LIGHT BOTH BRILLIANT AND UNSEEN: CONVERSATIONS WITH CONTEMPORARY BLACK POETS, edited by Malin Pereira.

Donors Amanda and Greg Gregory endow a chair in Civil War era studies at the University of Georgia.

Now available:
Edited by Thomas Hallock and Nancy E. Hoffmann

This edited collection of letters, unpublished manuscripts and twenty-four previously unpublished drawings adds depth to our understanding of the early American naturalist William Bartram and provides a fuller picture of his life and thought than can be glimpsed in his famous Travels.

Laura Wright

Wright combines the strengths of ecocriticism and postcolonial theory to analyze fictional treatments of environmental issues and postcolonial landscapes. Using an international array of modern novels as texts, including writers from Nigeria, New Zealand, India and the United States,  four chapters examine themes of development and deforestation, water politics, the relationship of women to land they have lost, and the use of animals to metaphorically represent subjugated people.