Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Short Takes

EAT DRINK DELTA makes Paste Magazine's list of "The 10 Best Books We Read in 2013 (So Far)." "Puckett shares local history with tasty takes on everything from Memphis barbeque to Deep South catfish to Vicksburg tomato sandwiches. Can you gain pounds simply reading? You can if you eat pages after you read them."

Jingle Davis discusses her new book, ISLAND TIME, in a recent interview with the Athens Banner-Herald. "'I think most people who come to the island have a sense of what it’s about, the fact that it’s naturally beautiful and there’s so much history there,' the island native said in a recent interview. 'Some people who come to the island are pulled in by the history. It’s just an amazing, magical place,'"

"Many Georgians have long suspected that St. Simons Island packs more interesting history and colorful characters per square, sandy inch than almost any other place in the Deep South. Now there's written proof of it. ISLAND TIME is a deeply researched, lushly photographed new book that tells the beginnings-to-present-day story of the small island south of Savannah that was first occupied by Paleo-Indians nearly 5,000 years ago."—Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Coleman Hutchison, author of APPLES AND ASHES, answers questions about the song "Dixie" on Studio 360's "American Icons" program. Listen to the interview here.

Last week, Jane Gerhard and Judy Chicago spoke at the Brooklyn Museum book launch event for Gerhard's new book, THE DINNER PARTY. Series editor Claire Potter attended the event and writes about the experience in her Chronicle of Higher Education blog, Tenured Radical.
It is rare that a historian gets to share the stage with someone she has just written a book about; although as Jane pointed out, her book is really about the iconic status of The Dinner Party (on permanent display at the Brooklyn Museum) within popular feminism. . . . [After an hour, Chicago] and Gerhard swam through a crowd of friends and admirers to sign books which all sold out. Now that's what I call a successful feminist event.
In an interview for Guernica, EXIT, CIVILIAN poet Idra Novey compares notes with fellow poet Andrew Zawacki "on imprisonment, technology’s influence, and the elasticity of place."

LOVE, IN THEORY has won a "Bronze Medal" for Book of the Year from ForeWord Reviews. ForeWord Reviews’ 15th annual Book of the Year Awards, judged by a select group of librarians and booksellers from around the country, were announced recently at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. The winners exemplify the best work coming from today’s independent, university, and small press communities. Congrats, E. J. Levy!

For the second half of its list regarding upcoming university press titles, Library Journal highlights both DIPLOMACY IN BLACK AND WHITE and MY DEAR BOY.

Make sure to check out Poetry Daily this Thursday (July 18). Coleman Barks' poem "Hummingbird Sleep" from his latest collection, HUMMINGBIRD SLEEP, will be featured.

Congratulations to Michael Martone! He has been selected as the 2013 National Winner of the prestigious Indiana Authors Award. The National and Regional winners, along with finalists in the Emerging Author category, will be honored at the fifth-annual Indiana Authors Award Dinner Oct. 26, 2013, at the Central Library in Indianapolis.