Thursday, October 13, 2011

Short Takes

Nina Totenberg reviews ELBERT PARR TUTTLE on "In her thorough and engaging biography of Tuttle, Georgia State University law professor Anne Emanuel has documented Tuttle's extraordinary life. For those interested in America's racial history and transformation, this book is a must— a tour de force, covering not just Tuttle but the often violent times he lived in."

Starred review in Publishers Weekly for Vincent Carretta's new biography PHILLIS WHEATLEY.

The Charlotte Observer features Mike Dorcas and a very, very, very large snake on the occasion of the launch of INVASIVE PYTHONS OF THE UNITED STATES at Charlotte's Discovery Place.

A Q and A with David Vann on Inside Higher Ed about his account of the NIU school shooter, LAST DAY ON EARTH: "If universities really want to limit shootings, they’ll have to take a lot of steps that I can’t imagine them taking."

An interview with Charles Reagan Wilson about FLASHES OF A SOUTHERN SPIRIT aired on Mississippi Arts Hour on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is now available as a podcast.

Washington Post on LITERARY CAPITAL.

Janisse Ray's DRIFTING INTO DARIEN in Atlanta Magazine and Library Journal: "In flowing, lyrical prose, Ray calls for increased safeguards for the Altamaha River, noting that its gifts—its moments, as she describes them—should be preserved for all time." Or, as the review in Flagpole puts it, "Ray is pissed, and believes you should be, too."

W. Fitzhugh Brundage calls WEIRDING THE WAR "an excellent collection with a terrible title" in the Civil War Monitor.

Mark Auslander recalls the "Mammy Memorial Movement" in a guest post on History News Network connected with his new book, THE ACCIDENTAL SLAVEOWNER.

Architectural Record on BLOOMBERG'S NEW YORK

Charles Horner and RISING CHINA on the John Batchelor Show

"Novelists might envy such a powerful, if disturbing, beginning — but the story Armstrong tells is all too true": St. Petersburg Times on Julie Buckner Armstrong's MARY TURNER AND THE MEMORY OF LYNCHING.

Congratulations to Linda LeGarde Grover, who has won this year's Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize from the University of Rochester's Susan B. Anthony Institute for her Flannery O'Connor Short Fiction Award-winning collection THE DANCE BOOTS. The award calls attention to the work of a promising but less established woman writer, and past winners have included Anne Tyler, Ann Patchett, Ursula Le Guin, and Toni Morrison, each before achieving fame.