Monday, April 30, 2012

Short Takes

Listen here for an interview with David L. Holmes, author of THE FAITHS OF THE POSTWAR PRESIDENTS. Holmes appeared on the April 21st episode of "With Good Reason." "With Good Reason" is produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and is broadcast in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Georgia, Alaska, California, and Michigan.

Congratulations to Stephen G. Hoffius and Susan Millar Williams! Their book, UPHEAVAL IN CHARLESTON, was just announced as a finalist for the 2012 SIBA Book Awards.

Congratulations to Lia Purpura! The Guggenheim Foundation has selected her as one of their 2012 fellows! Her book, INCREASE, is a lyrical, intensely personal depiction of the transforming experience of motherhood, and it was published by UGA Press in 2000.

At a recent Yale Law School event, Justice John Paul Stevens recommended Anne Emanuel's new book, ELBERT PARR TUTTLE, to the audience, claiming it changed his opinion about the implementation of Brown. “I have read the biography of Judge Tuttle, written by one of his former law clerks . . . and I commend it to everybody in the room to learn about what kind of a judge Elbert Tuttle was. He was really a surprisingly fine judge.” The video of the entire interview is available here. Justice Stevens' comments start at 24:56.

The Village Voice names BLOOMBERG'S NEW YORK as the Best Overlooked New York Book of 2011. 

The Daily Beast selects Erskine Caldwell's TOBACCO ROAD for its monthly series American Dreams: The 20th Century in Novels. Each month, columnist Nathaniel Rich writes about a single novel and the year it was published. TOBACCO ROAD is his pick for 1932. "As a comedy, TOBACCO ROAD is a modest failure; as a tragedy, it’s an abject failure. And yet Erskine Caldwell’s novel, 80 years after its publication, remains a giddy, obscene joy. It as indelible as a freak show or car crash."