Thursday, November 14, 2013

Short Takes

Library Journal gives a starred review to Luc Herman and Steven Weisenburger's GRAVITY'S RAINBOW, DOMINATION, AND FREEDOM, calling it "essential for Pynchon enthusiasts as well as for readers interested in niche history of the 1960s without the baggage of clich├ęs tied to popular thinking about unsettled questions of freedom and politics in American history."

Giving it 4 stars, the South China Morning Post describes THE CLOUD THAT CONTAINED THE LIGHTNING as a "captivating, almost haunting, collection."

Mark Sommers, author of STUCK, discusses Rwanda in an interview on "From Washington Al Mundo." Listen to the interview here.

The WICN 90.5 FM show, Inquiry, interviewed Andrea Feeser last week about her new book, RED, WHITE, AND BLACK MAKE BLUE. Listen to the interview here and "learn about the political and material cultural history of indigo, a color that touched the lives of the rich and wealthy in America and Europe as well as slaves and Native Americans."

The Colorado Review gives a shout-out to Julian Hoffman (THE SMALL HEART OF THINGS) and Barbara Hurd (STIRRING THE MUD) for their UGA Press books in their round-up of environmental non-fiction titles.

In "Architects Are the New Comedians," Slate writer Simon Doonan mentions the architecture of John Portman:
People claim that extreme architecture does not age well. I disagree. Whenever I am in San Francisco I usually swing by the brutalist Hyatt Regency, which dates from the ’70s. John Portman’s pod elevators and interior were immortalized and lampooned in Towering Inferno and High Anxiety. This jaw-dropping architectural freakfest is more impressively hilarious than ever.
For more on Portman, check out JOHN PORTMAN, which we distribute for the High Museum of Art.

Anna Mae Duane, author of SUFFERING CHILDHOOD IN EARLY AMERICA and editor of THE CHILDREN'S TABLE, talks about The Walking Dead in "“The Walking Dead’s” scary, necessary lesson about American childhood."

Congratulations to Joshua D. Rothman! His book, FLUSH TIMES AND FEVER DREAMS, won both the Gulf South Historical Association's Michael V.R. Thomason Book Award for best book of the year, as well as the Frank L. and Harriet Owsley Award at the Southern Historical Association annual meeting last week.

The Athens Banner-Herald recommended two of our events for their top picks for the UGA Spotlight on the Arts festival. The festival runs through tomorrow (Nov. 15).