UGA Press at the Decatur Book Festival

The Decatur Book Festival is one of the South’s premier book festivals and will hit the streets of Decatur, GA, September 4-6. As usual, the UGA Press will be there, selling books in our booth, chatting up bookish locals, and enjoying the company of Georgia readers. Stop by our booth and receive a FREE signed copy of Damn Good Dogs! when you spend $25 or more! Good while supplies last!
We’ll also have quite a few authors participating, including: Laura McCullough (A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race); Jessica Handler (Invisible Sisters); Ren and Helen Davis (Landscapes for the People); Kathleen Jordan (A Boy from Georgia), and Erich Nunn (Sounding the Color Line). Below is the schedule for UGA Press authors. We hope to see you there.

Panel: Landscapes for the People
Date: Saturday, 9/5/15
Location: Marriott Conference Center Ballroom B
Time: 1:45pm – 2:30pm

“For more than two decades, George A. Grant traveled throughout this land, producing superb images of America’s most iconic scenery and historic sites, including those of the ancient past. Although little known to the public, Grant belongs in the pantheon of this country’s great landscape photographers, such as William Henry Jackson and Ansel Adams. This is Grant’s first full biography, with a gallery of his photographs—for enjoyment by your fireside or in the classroom.”

—Richard West Sellars, author of Preserving Nature in the National Parks: A History

Ren Davis’s travel writing and photography have appeared in such places as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Magazine, and Atlanta Magazine.

Helen Davis taught for nearly thirty years in public and private schools. The Davises are coauthors of several books including Georgia Walks and Atlanta Walks. They live in Atlanta.


A Boy From Georgia
Coming of Age in the Segregated South
Hamilton Jordan
Edited by Kathleen Jordan
Foreword by President Jimmy Carter

Panel: A Boy from Georgia: Coming of Age in the Segregated South
Date: Sunday, 9/6/2015
Location: Courtyard by Marriott Conference Center A
Time: 12:00pm-12:45pm

“This is a delightful and inspiring coming-of-age story brimming with funny anecdotes, family mysteries, and political intrigue, but it is much more than one raconteur’s personal report of how the scales fell from his eyes. Through Hamilton’s stories of his maturation, it is possible, finally, to trace the evolution of a species—the white, southern male—from the muck of Jim Crowism to the embrace of the progressive spirit that is the South’s salvation.”

—Hank Klibanoff, coauthor of The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation

Hamilton Jordan (1944–2008) was chief of staff under President Jimmy Carter from 1979 to 1980. He was key advisor and strategist for Carter’s successful presidential campaign in 1976, and—at the age of twenty-six—Jordan designed and spearheaded Carter’s successful gubernatorial campaign in 1970.

Kathleen Jordan is Hamilton Jordan’s daughter and a television producer and writer living in Los Angeles.


Panel: Shifting Perspective
Date: Saturday, 9/5/15
Location: City Hall Stage
Time: 12:30pm – 1:15pm

Panel: Best American Poetry 2015
Date: Sunday, 9/6/15
Location: First Baptist Decatur Sanctuary Stage
Time: 3:45pm – 4:30pm

“Race is an old topic in poetry, but it still urges for in-depth exploration of visible or invisible labels of politics and racialization in America. This book, which gathers a collection of essays from poets and critics of different races, presents multiangle views about race and its relationship with poetry; the combined perspectives in A Sense of Regard has the potential to make a more significant contribution to the topic of poetry and race than any single author could accomplish.”

—Jianqing Zheng, editor of The Other World of Richard Wright: Perspectives on His Haiku

Laura McCullough is an associate professor of English at Brookdale Community College. Her essays, criticism, poems, creative nonfiction, and short fiction have appeared in a wide range of literary magazines and journals, and her books include the poetry collections Rigger Death & Hoist Another, Panic, Speech Acts, and What Men Want. Her hybrid works include Ripple & Snap and Shuttle*Voices*Wind. She is the editor of the anthology The Room and the World: Essays on the Poet Stephen Dunn. McCullough is also the founding editor of Mead: The Magazine of Literature and Libations, for which she currently acts as an editor-at-large.

Panel: Sibling Survival
Date: Saturday, 9/5/15
Location: First Baptist Decatur Carreker Hall Stage
Time: 10:00am – 10:45am

“This clear-eyed, candid work portrays the immense emotional toll that two daughters’ illnesses take on a family living in Atlanta.”

Publishers Weekly

“With a sure grasp of revelatory detail, the author recalls homely verities from a vanished life. Her memory piece is an elegy for her dead sisters, who are not quite lost as long as they live in her thoughts. A heartfelt, painful family saga, skillfully told by a survivor.”

Kirkus Reviews

Jessica Handler teaches creative writing in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the author of Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing about Grief and Loss. Her nonfiction has appeared in, More Magazine, Chattahoochee Review, Tin House, and Ars Medica.


Panel: Music and Race in the South
Date: Saturday, 9/5/15
Location: Marriott Conference Center Ballroom C
Time: 11:15am – 12:30pm

Sounding the Color Line is an important contribution that adds to our understanding of southern literature, culture, identity studies, and American popular music.”

—Barbara Ching, author of Wrong’s What I Do Best: Hard Country Music and Contemporary Culture

Erich Nunn is an assistant professor of English at Auburn University. His work has been published in the Faulkner Journal; the Mark Twain Annual; Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts; Studies in American Culture; and in the edited collection, Transatlantic Roots Music: Folk, Blues, and National Identities.

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