Short Takes: News and Reviews

Busy time, the holidays. It’s also been a busy fall for our books with some great activity all around.

Congratulations to Kyle Dargan, author of the poetry collection Honest Engine. His book was just selected by Beltway Poetry Quarterly as one of the Ten Best Books of 2015! We would also like to congratulate Maurice C. Daniels, dean and professor of the University of Georgia School of Social Work. Daniels has received the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council’s Award for Excellence in Research Using the Holdings of an Archives for the research that went into his book Saving the Soul of Georgia: Donald L. Hollowell and the Struggle for Civil Rights.

Also, don’t forget about our holiday sale!

More recent highlights:

Frey implores you to start small so as not to get overwhelmed and gives you tips to build your confidence if you are not the best writer or the most organized person. [She] reminds you that this is an act of love, and emphasizes collecting the supplemental material for a recipe: the photographs, stories, and inspiration for the dish, as this is what makes the recipe special to us rather than just another food.”
The Broad Collective

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Watch the book trailer below:

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Mot
A Memoir
Sarah Einstein
Selected by John Philip Santos

Mot does that thing that memoir is supposed to do: it functions as a compelling, on-the-ground, in-the-moment telling of events while also delivering a powerful story that transcends its own plot. Einstein deftly brings readers into the here and now of finding her friend “pissing into an old soda bottle” in his car. We are with her as she is attacked by a drop-in center participant. . . . Not all the visceral details are gritty and sad, though: We chuckle through the scene in which she and Mot take their differences of automotive opinion to the experts by calling Car Talk. But even these lighter moments are weighted with gravity and the flavor of danger. When Ray (or was it Tom?) calls Mot a “wacko” (as the famed radio hosts were known to do), we cringe and tense our muscles until Mot signals that it’s okay by relaxing his body into the cushions of his couch. Threaded behind and above and through this story are Einstein’s cunningly placed moments of reflection. She makes this writing thing seem effortless.”—Penny Guisinger, The Rumpus

“The writing of the book started out as a kind of intellectual sleight of hand. If you tell people, ‘I’m going to go visit my friend Mot in his homelessness in the American West,’ they get alarmed and do their best to talk you out of it. If you add the phrase, ‘…because I’m going to write a book about him,’ though, then suddenly everyone claps you on the back and says that’s a fascinating idea.”—Sarah Einstein in a Q&A in Brevity

“Though it’s a slim little volume, ‘Mot’ has much to say about the often complex relationships between the homeless and those, such as Einstein, who strive to help them.”—Charleston Gazette-Mail

Interviews: Essay Daily, The Rumpus, Superstition Review, Hashtag #CNF podcast, WUTC’s (Chattanooga, TN, NPR affiliate) Around and About Chattanooga

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When we think of photographers of the national parks, Ansel Adams will likely be the first to come to mind. . . . Yet for sheer output, no one is likely to surpass a contemporary of Adams named George Alexander Grant. . . . Though his work may be more utilitarian than that of Adams, Grant was a skilled craftsman, composing his images with care and setting his exposures to achieve the crystalline focus and bottomless depth of field that he (like Adams) favored. . . . The photos that have come down to us are valued not just for their aesthetic merit but for their historical content.”
—Gerard Helferich, Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

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Check out the trailer for Landscapes for the People below.

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Without Regard to Sex, Race, or Color
The Past, Present, and Future of One Historically Black College
Photographs by Andrew Feiler
With Essays by Robert E. James, Pellom McDaniels III, Amalia K. Amaki, and Loretta Parham

During my time on campus, I sought visual moments and emotional touch points that illuminate the stories in these stilled classrooms and hallways. In the resulting photographs, the proud past remains in the extraordinary quality of the facilities, in the school desks arrayed ready for class, in the faces of students in photographs from happier days. The challenging present resides starkly in the broken stained glass, the havoc wreaked by scrappers, and the hints of homeless humanity. And the uncertain future weighs heavily in the headlines: negotiations over the disposition of particular properties, recycled pronouncements of plans to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood. Mixed with all of these are layers of timeless emotion…. wistfulness, pride, angst, determination, hope.”—Andrew Feiler in a recent column for the Saporta Report

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Watch Kathleen Jordan’s recent appearance on the PBS Newshour to discuss her father Hamilton’s memoir, A Boy From Georgia.

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Monograph
Poems by Simeon Berry
Selected by Denise Duhamel

Berry has the gift of making us feel his thoughts and they are compellingly tart with a margin of sweetness. He’s the crafter of exquisitely brief messages creating relationships and situations seen through portals.”
Washington Independent Review of Books

A writer knows that no story has a plot without change. My South is full of change. The books we nine Southern authors wrote told stories of family wreckage, of leaving home and finding it, of childhood and growing old, of sexuality and racism. I know that in my writing I try to give voice to those who have lost theirs. But the Southern women our photo implied were caricatures of a long-ago era. With my rigid smile and flowing skirt, I let my voice be silenced as well.”
—Jessica Handler in the November issue of Atlanta Magazine

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