Welcome to Short Takes. Below you’ll find all the news, interviews, events, and reviews that you might have missed or can look forward to in the coming months.
We recently announced “Georgia Reads,” an innovative virtual book club launched in partnership by the University of Georgia Press and Georgia Public Broadcasting, with support from Georgia Humanities. Each year, the partners will select two UGA Press titles, covering topics from history, politics, culture, and biography to the environment. GPB will host “Georgia Reads” on its website (gpb.org/georgia-reads) and feature content including GPB Radio interviews with authors, a regular blog that highlights each title, plus news of live events with the authors and ways to interact with them through social media.
The 25th anniversary edition of Rodger Lyle Brown’s Party Out of Bounds: The B-52’s, R.E.M., and the Kids Who Rocked Athens, Georgia has been selected as the first “Georgia Reads” title. Originally published in 1991, this cult classic offers an insider’s look at the underground rock music culture that sprang from a lazy Georgia college town and helped put Athens on the international music map as the birthplace of bands including the B-52’s, Pylon, and R.E.M.
Brown was recently interviewed by Bill Nigut, host of GPB Radio’s “Two Way Street,” which you can listen to here. There were also two launch events; Atlanta on March 1 and Athens on March 18 (pics from the Athens kick-off below). Thanks to everyone who came out.
Up next for Georgia Reads: The Rest of the Story Book Club will be discussing Party Out of Bounds at its March meeting on Tuesday, March 28th from 5:30-7:00 PM in Room 258 of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Library. This event is free and open to the public. More information can be found here.
The University of Georgia Press is pleased to announce that Christopher Collins is the winner of the 2017 Georgia Poetry Prize. In partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia, the University of Georgia Press established the Georgia Poetry Prize in 2015 as a national competition that celebrates excellence in poetry. Collins’s collection My American Night will be published by the University of Georgia Press in February 2018.
A recent piece by Georgia Public Broadcasting covers the life of one of Georgia’s finest entrepreneurs, Charles Herty. Herty invented a device which allowed resin to be taken from pine tress without killing them and kept them state from massive deforestation. He also opened the Herty Foundation Laboratory and was an influence on UGA football, among other things. The University of Georgia Press published his biography, Crusading for Chemistry: The Professional Career of Charles Holmes Herty, in 2010.
Marcia Aldrich, editor of Waveform: Twenty-First-Century Essays by Women, was interviewed for Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. The interview ranges from the need for this type of book in classrooms to looking at specific entries like Torrey Peters’s memorial to trans people killed around the world in “Transgender Day of Remembrance: A Found Essay.” The interview in its entirety can be found here.
Just in time for summer, we’re giving away 6 color advanced reader copies of Lynn Frierson Faust’s Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs: Identification and Natural History of the Fireflies of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada on Goodreads.
Faust has given a true gift to amateur naturalists, backyard curiosity-seekers, and anyone else with an interest in these friendly, glowing creatures. This book, the first-ever comprehensive firefly guide to eastern and central North American species, is in many ways a field guide. But it’s also more than that—lavish with extras and organized in beginner-friendly fashion. . . . The passion, conversational style, and exhaustive knowledge make the book appropriate for just about anyone, while its scope and level of detail qualifies it as a definitive guide for even an expert firefly-hunter.”
—KATHRYN JUSTICE LEACHE, Chapter 16
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Jericho Parms’s Lost Wax: Essays has been named a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist. The awards honor the best books from independent publishers. Lost Wax is composed of coming-of-age essays that examine the ways that life, art, and memory intersect.
Marc Sommer’s The Outcast Majority: War, Development, and Youth in Africa has won the 2017 Jackie Kirk Award from the Comparative and International Education Society. This award annually honors a published book that reflects one or some of the varied areas of expertise represented in Jackie Kirk’s areas of commitment, primarily gender and education and/or education in conflict (fragile states, post-conflict, peace education).
David Silkenat’s Driven from Home: North Carolina’s Civil War Refugee Crisis has been awarded the 2017 North Carolina Book Award. Given by the North Caroliniana Society, the award goes to the book that captures the essence of North Carolina by contributing powerfully to an understanding of the state.
Jennifer Goloboy’s Charleston and the Emergence of Middle-Class Culture in the Revolutionary Era was chosen as a finalist for the George C. Rogers Jr. Book Award. The award is presented annually by the South Carolina Historical Society to the author of the best book of South Carolina history published during the previous year.
John Lane’s Coyote Settles the South was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. The John Burroughs Medal was created in 1926 to recognize the best in nature writing and to honor the literary legacy of naturalist John Burroughs. The Medal has been awarded annually to a distinguished book of nature writing that combines scientific accuracy, firsthand fieldwork, and excellent natural history writing.
Good monographs are like specialty stores: their “goods” are deeply-researched specialized historical evidence that amplifies a subject and offers new information on a particular topic, the corollary of a unique piece of clothing that highlights an outfit. Such is the case with Joyce Linda Broussard’s excellent Stepping Lively in Place.”
—Jean Harvey Baker, Civil War Book Review
We are unlikely to forget the women we encounter at the Dreamland. Livingston is concerned with names and their meanings, and her meditation on the women’s names becomes like a spell for remembrance. But it’s more than repetition that mesmerizes. Livingston’s language enchants us like lyrics crooned by a dance hall chanteuse.”—Kim Kankiewicz, Colorado Review
Campbell’s analysis of the interplay between women authors (including screenwriters) and the medium of cinema is nothing less than astounding. The author covers a broad scope, including neglected writers such as Evelyn Scott as well as famous novelists such as Edith Wharton. Yet despite the incredible range of Campbell’s discussion, the book’s treatment of each element is meticulous in detail and gripping in presentation. Bitter Tastes should be required reading for any serious student of naturalism, women’s writing, or early film.”
—L. A. Brewer, Choice
Most noteworthy in the Territories of Poverty project is the incorporation of detailed local ethnographies in a global context displaying the bewildering variety of capitalism’s many faces, be it in post-Katrina disaster relief, city planning in war-torn Beirut, securitizing of debt through microfinance in Bangladesh, or Korean evangelizing in East Africa. This is the biggest strength of the book, making it a must read in any graduate seminar on poverty.”
—Lakshman Yapa, Economic Geography
This book by Harold is an important addition to a rarely examined yet critical part of southern history, the key role black social movements played in that region, and the broader effect they had on the country.”
—C. Kinsella, Choice