Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Short Takes

UGA Press author Nathalie Dupree (NATHALIE DUPREE'S COMFORTABLE ENTERTAINING, NATHALIE DUPREE'S SOUTHERN MEMORIES, and NEW SOUTHERN COOKING) recently commented on the controversy surrounding food personality Paula Deen in an article for the New York Times:
“It’s almost like a spoof of Southern cooking,” said Nathalie Dupree, the author of “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking,” a cooking teacher and food historian in Charleston, S.C. Ms. Dupree, 73, said that in her childhood fried food was a once-a-week treat, that rich desserts were served even less often, and that vegetables and grains like rice and grits made up most of what was a healthy, farm-based diet.
 “That is not how the people I know cook, and that is not how the people I know speak,” she said.
Ms. Dupree, who is white, is especially incensed by the notion (advanced by many of Ms. Deen’s defenders) that whites who grew up in the segregated South routinely use racist language without attaching any significance to it. “I’m beginning to take umbrage at being lumped together with people who haven’t taken the trouble to learn what is offensive and what isn’t,” she said. “It puts the whole region back again.”
Both THE LARDER and JOHNNY MERCER are highlighted by Library Journal in a recent listing of forthcoming university press titles.

What do cicadas and SUDDEN MUSIC author David Rothenberg have in common? Read this New Yorker article to find out: "Brood Dude."
The Wilmington Star-News announces the publication of NORTH CAROLINA'S AMAZING COAST:
"Just in time for beachcombing season. . . . [NORTH CAROLINA'S AMAZING COAST] is ideal for families seeking to learn a little about nature during a beach visit."

Upcoming events:

July 8, 7:15pm
Georgia Center for the Book
Decatur, GA
ISLAND TIME by Jingle Davis and photographs by Benjamin Galland
Presentation and book signing with Jingle Davis and Benjamin Galland

July 11, 6:30pm
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Brooklyn, NY
THE DINNER PARTY by Jane Gerhard
Discussion with Jane Gerhard and artist Judy Chicago, signing to follow

July 19, 3:00-5:00pm
G.J. Ford Bookshop
St. Simons, GA
ISLAND TIME by Jingle Davis and photographs by Benjamin Galland
Meet and greet

July 20, 2:00pm
Barnes and Noble
Burlington, NC
NORTH CAROLINA'S AMAZING COAST by David Bryant, George Davidson, Terry Kirby Hathaway, Kathleen Angione, and Charlotte Ingram (illustrator)
Signing with co-author Kathleen Angione

July 28, 11:00-12:00pm
Collected Works Bookstore
Santa Fe, NM
Talk and book signing, part of the Journey Santa Fe Discussion