Monday, January 14, 2013

Short Takes

Benjamin Houston, author of THE NASHVILLE WAY, has an op-ed in the Nashville Tennessean. He describes how 2013 is the 50th anniversary for an important year for Nashville in terms of civil rights.

On Largehearted Boy blog, THE INVISIBLES author Hugh Sheehy describes a music playlist that relates to his book: 

Brian Eno, "Thursday Afternoon"; Mogwai, Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will; Slowdive, Souvlaki
Atmospheric music is the only music I ever listen while writing, and I only listen to it then when I've been writing all day and feel sapped of energy and in need of something to hypnotize me so that I might push on to write pages that are at least draft-worthy. Unlike so many of my literary heroes, I write sober, unless you count my habitual coffee overdose, and when my caffeine tolerance spikes, albums like these can prop me up for hours.

Georgia Trend magazine names Joe Cook, author of the forthcoming ETOWAH RIVER USER'S GUIDE, and Natasha Trethewey, author of BEYOND KATRINA, as two of the 100 Most Influential Georgians, and THE WORLD OF THE SALT MARSH author Charles Seabrook as a Notable Georgian.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution names THE WORLD OF THE SALT MARSH as "the most entertaining and informative tour of the year" in its round-up of the best books of 2012.

Congratulations to Kathryn Newfont, author of BLUE RIDGE COMMONS. The Western North Carolina Historical Association has announced her as the winner of the 2012 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. The presentation ceremony will be held February 3 at 2:00pm at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Site Visitor Center in Asheville, NC.

Mississippi Magazine recommends EAT DRINK DELTA to readers who want to take "a gastronomic journey through the Delta. . . . Taking 18 years of experience as a food editor, Puckett whips up a great read about tried-and-true Southern favorites in this guidebook of old and new Delta hot spots."

Listen here for a brief overview of EAT DRINK DELTA on WABE 90.1 FM.

The Lone Star Book Review rates ATLANTA'S OAKLAND CEMETERY as a "'must have book' if you are interested in the Civil War and Atlanta history. . . . This is a 'Top Shelf book' that you will be very proud to own and show off to your friends."

Tennessee Alumnus magazine interviews REMEMBERING MEDGAR EVERS author Minrose Gwin about her inspiration for her new book.
I didn't write a biography because that's not what I do. My field is literature. I had begun research on traumatic points in history that inspired art and literature. The deeper I got into the Evers story, the more work I uncovered. . . . His legacy stretched out through all this work, but he wasn't well known as a civil rights leader.

Biography features PHILLIS WHEATLEY in the Summer 2012 issue as "by far the most comprehensive book about Wheatley's life and work. There are only a handful of scholarly texts on Wheatley, and few match the caliber of Carretta's full-length study of the famed eighteenth century African American poet."

Alabama Review's Matthew L. Downs reviews MY WORK IS THAT OF CONSERVATION, stating that "[Mark] Hersey’s biography is a readable, well-researched discussion of one of the most beloved and least understood figures in Alabama history. . . . Hersey demonstrates that the scientist’s understanding of sustainable agriculture prefigured many of the tenets of modern environmentalism."

Robert Krause of Georgia Historical Quarterly reviews WILLIAM BARTRAM: THE SEARCH FOR NATURE'S DESIGN, noting that the "extensive compilation serves to expand our knowledge of Bartram as an explorer, naturalist, artist, writer, and citizen of the early republic. Fascinating as a general read and invaluable for the depth of its sources, The Search for Nature’s Design underscores Bartram’s distinct intellectual and scientific contribution to early American life and thought."

UGA Research praises WORLD OF THE SALT MARSH, stating that "Charles Seabrook paints a portrait of the disappearing wetlands of the Southeast in an absorbing work that encompasses natural history, cultural heritage, and personal experience"