Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Short Takes

Congratulations to our designers and fellow university presses! The Association of American University Press (AAUP) has just revealed the entries that made the 2014 AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show. Two UGA Press titles were selected for the scholarly typographic category: THE LARDER and RED, WHITE, AND BLACK MAKE BLUE. THIEVES I'VE KNOWN was selected for the trade typographic category. "Approximately 263 books, 330 jacket and cover designs, and 4 journals were entered. 39 books, 22 jackets and covers, and 1 journal were chosen by the jurors as the very best examples from this pool of excellent design." The full list is available here.

Two big author events are happening tomorrow (2/20):
  •  Paul M. Pressly, author of ON THE RIM OF THE CARIBBEAN, will be giving a talk on "Colonial Georgia: Caribbean Influences and the British Atlantic World" in the University of Georgia Chapel (Athens, GA) at 4:00pm. A signing will follow. The talk is part of the 2014 Global Georgia Initiative, a program of the Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.
  •  Dr. Louis W. Sullivan will be speaking about his book, BREAKING GROUND, at the Barnes and Noble in Buckhead (Atlanta, GA) at 7:00pm. A signing will follow.

A book review published in the American Journal of Sociology describes Alison Hope Akon's BLACK, WHITE, AND GREEN as an “excellent insiders critique of market-oriented environmentalism, embodied in the farmers’ market movement."

According to Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, Lisa M. Brady's WAR UPON THE LAND is a "sophisticated and highly original volume leads scholars to consider important new questions about the relationship between the war and environmental change."
The Baptist Times recently said the stories in Julian Hoffman's THE SMALL HEART OF THINGS "show us how the doors of our perception are opened, if, like the author, we pay loving attention to the places around us." To read the full review, click here.

THE HORRIBLE GIFT OF FREEDOM by Marcus Wood was praised by the Journal of African American History describing it as "a scholarly and well-written addition to the study of art, history, literature, and African, African American, and African Diaspora Studies.”

H-Net commented on THE PROBLEM SOUTH saying Natalie J. Ring's "challenge to step back and see the South as a part of the nation's policy and rhetoric of empire deserves attention and further pursuit." To read the full review, click here.

As reviewed by the Journal of African American History, Julie Buckner Armstrong's MARY TURNER AND THE MEMORY OF LYNCHING is "[w]ell crafted and well written"and "offers a thorough investigation of the South’s scarred social and cultural landscape."

The Journal of Southern History says APPLES AND ASHES by Coleman Hutchison is "a work of literary history, but it has much to offer scholars from other fields" including cultural and intellectual historians and scholars interested in nationalism.

The Colonial Latin American Historical Review recommends David Correia's PROPERTIES OF VIOLENCE for "classroom use, land grant research, as well as the general reader seeking to learn more about New Mexico’s history."

H-Net shared a review of STREETS OF MEMORY by Amy Mills saying it "is a welcome contribution to classes focusing on theory and applied methods, gender and state formation in urban contexts as well as to advanced courses on Turkish republican history." The full review is available here.