Monday, July 14, 2014

Short Takes

Congratulations to our friends at Telfair Museums! Their "Slavery and Freedom in Savannah" project, a multi-year project encompassing the SLAVERY AND FREEDOM IN SAVANNAH book, museum exhibition, three-day symposium, and multiple community partnerships, was recognized with the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The exhibition is currently on display at the Jepson Center (through August 31), and the book, SLAVERY AND FREEDOM IN SAVANNAH, is available from your local or online bookseller.

Publishers Weekly reviews Tison Pugh's TRUMAN CAPOTE:
With thick paragraphs on every page, each chapter is its own academic essay, with enough content to be stretched into a full collegiate course. This makes for dense reading but also opens many avenues of film and literature to explore as well. It's a hefty book yet rich with insight into Capote's literary and cinematic achievements.

When asked what Southern lit has G.J. Ford Bookshop (St. Simons Island, GA) excited, owner Mary Jane Reed recommends ISLAND TIME. "It was our best selling book last year and will probably be our best seller this year."
James Taylor interviewed Kate Sweeney about her book, AMERICAN AFTERLIFE, for his program, "Writers-in-Focus." The interview has not yet aired, but a list of all previously-aired programs is available here.
"Writers-in-Focus" interviewer James Taylor with Kate Sweeney
Photo courtesy of James Taylor
The Journal of Southern History offers a positive review of David L. Holmes' THE FAITHS OF THE POSTWAR PRESIDENTS in its May issue. "[Holmes] has a well-honed eye for colorful details and telling anecdotes that make the book a pleasure to read. . . . Such material would animate any undergraduate lecture and will keep all readers tuming the pages."

On June 30, UGA Press director Lisa Bayer and acquisitions editor Pat Allen accepted the Malcolm Bell, Jr., and Muriel Barrow Bell Award from the Georgia Historical Society. Glenn T. Eskew's JOHNNY MERCER and Paul M. Pressly's ON THE RIM OF THE CARIBBEAN tied for the award this year.

Paul M. Pressly, author of ON THE RIM OF THE CARIBBEAN
with the press's Malcolm Bell, Jr., and Muriel Barrow Bell Award
Congratulations to Jonathan Addleton! He has been selected for the 2014 Christian Herter Constructive Dissent Award, given for "intellectual courage, initiative and integrity." The award is given by the American Foreign Service Association for constructive dissent by Foreign Service members. Addleton is the author of SOME FAR AND DISTANT PLACE.