Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Short Takes

THE LOST BOYS OF SUDAN, a moving true story of four African war refugees who relocated to the United States, is the most heavily browsed title on our web site. Appearing around the same time as the memoir They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky, THE LOST BOYS has recently been joined by such other works on the Sudanese crisis as Dave Eggers's novel What is the What and the soon-to-open film God Grew Tired of Us.

Long overdue thanks to Blue Earth Alliance for supporting the work of photographers like Perry Dilbeck, whose documentary project on truck farmers led to the book THE LAST HARVEST. Thanks also to Jim Auchmutey at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for his thoughtful piece on THE LAST HARVEST.
Follow-up to our August 11, 2006, posting on the "Georgia in the 20th Century" lecture series: The schedule has been set. Join a stellar lineup of southern historians and cultural observers throughout February and March in Plains, Macon, Madison, Savannah, Atlanta, Decatur, and Augusta.

Two follow-ups to our December 20, 2006, posting on the latest Flannery O'Connor Award winners:

First, Anne Panning, author of the forthcoming Super America is spending a semester in Vietnam. Keep up with the family's adventures at
Mark and Anne in Vietnam.

Second, here's a new and improved bio for Peter LaSalle, author of the forthcoming Tell Borges If You See Him. Nothing factually wrong, by the way, with the bio posted on December 20 (should anyone reading this have quoted it). What follows, however, is just a bit more revealing:

Peter LaSalle grew up in Rhode Island, graduated from Harvard, and has taught at universities in this country and in France, He is the author of two previous story collections, The Graves of Famous Writers and Hockey Sur Glace, and a novel, Strange Sunlight. He has contributed fiction to many magazines and anthologies, including Paris Review, Southern Review, Tin House, Best American Short Stories, Best of the West, Sports Best Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. He is also active as an essay writer and book critic, having contributed to The Nation, The Progressive, Commonweal, Raritan, AGNI, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, and The New York Times Book Review. In 2005 he received the Award for Distinguished Prose from the Antioch Review. For a dozen years he was a regular visiting faculty member at the Harvard University Summer School, and he is currently Susan Taylor McDaniel Regents Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Austin.
If you liked G. Ward Hubbs's GUARDING GREENSBORO, take a look at A Separate Civil War. Thanks to Kevin M. Levin for this tip, which he posted on Civil War Memory, a blog "about subjects related to how Americans have chosen to remember and commemorate their Civil War."

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Recommendation of VENEZUELA AND THE UNITED STATES in Gringo in Venezuela

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