Thursday, September 18, 2014

Short Takes

Sarah Gorham's STUDY IN PERFECT received two positive reviews: Publishers Weekly and Brevity. Publishers Weekly calls it "superb" and "gloriously close [to perfect]," giving it a starred review.
Gorham’s voice is often philosophical, asking unanswerable questions and proposing theories about how the world works. . . . To support her elegant conclusions, Gorham draws examples from history, linguistics, pop culture, science, and literature. . . . But rather than remaining in the distant hypothetical or the realm of history or legend, most of Gorham’s examples of perfection and imperfection are solidly embodied in a particular life: its physical environments, human attachments, and trials and tragedies. Things do fall apart. And when they do, we have the opportunity to see how our idea of perfect may need revision.—Brevity
Sarah Gorham also shares her thoughts for "Writers Recommend" on Poets and Writers. Check it out here.

Shelf Awareness invites "lovers of fiction" to read Monica McFawn's BRIGHT SHARDS OF SOMEPLACE ELSE and discover "a Flannery O'Connor Award-winning collection of short stories from an intriguing new voice in fiction."

Maurice C. Daniels's SAVING THE SOUL OF GEORGIA made the Atlanta Voice's Georgia Book Reading List. "Attorney Donald L. Hollowell was the quintessential behind-the-scenes powerbroker" for desegregating Atlanta and the South.

Joshua D. Rothman's FLUSH TIMES AND FEVER DREAMS is referenced in the blog post "We Got 99 Problems... Talking Racism is One" on the Lil' Mamas blog.

The Humble Essayist published a paragraph selection and commentary on Julian Hoffman's THE SMALL HEART OF THINGS. Check it out in the archive here.

Congratulations, Linda LeGarde Grover! Her book THE DANCE BOOTS is one of four finalists for the 2015 Duluth MN "One Book, One Community" read.

Congratulations, Jenna M. Loyd, Matt Mitchelson, and Andrew Burridge! Their edited collection BEYOND WALLS AND CAGES has won the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) Past President Book Gold Award. The ABS Past Presidents’ Book Award is presented to any published monographic (single or multiple authored, including edited) book in the social and natural sciences, and humanities involving original research on borders, borderlands and border regions, and reviewed in the Journal of Borderlands Studies.