Short Takes: News From UGA Press

On today’s installment of Short Takes, we’ll fill you in on the best of what’s been going on at the Press: awards and review news; spotlight on January books; and a roundup of recent and upcoming events. Plus, we’re hiring a new marketing director. 

New Books This Month

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The Slave-Trader’s Letter Book: Charles Lamar, the Wanderer, and Other Tales of the African Slave Trade by Jim Jordan: Seventy long-lost letters shed light on the buildup to the Civil War.

St. EOM in the Land of Pasaquan: The Life and Times and Art of Eddie Owens Martin by Tom Patterson: An illustrated history of an important visionary environment.

Everybody Sing!: Community Singing in the American Picture Palace by Esther M. Morgan-Ellis: Celebrating the picture palace sing-alongs of a bygone era.

Where the New World Is : Literature about the U.S. South at Global Scales by Martyn Bone: How the humanities can help us understand globalization and immigration—the paramount realities in the twenty-first-century U.S. South.

Remaking the Rural South: Interracialism, Christian Socialism, and Cooperative Farming in Jim Crow Mississippi by Robert Hunt Ferguson: A localized history with relevance for both the transnational communitarian movement and the long civil rights movement.


AAUP 2017 Book, Jacket, & Journal Show (Roundup) 

Friday, Jan. 19 was the last day for the Association of University Presses 2017 Book, Jacket, & Journal Show at UGA. The University of Georgia Press had 50 books and 52 jackets and covers chosen by the AAUP as the best example of book design.

Judging for the 2017 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show took place Jan. 26-27, 2017 at the AAUP Central Office in New York City. This year, 241 books, 2 journals, and 320 jacket and cover designs were submitted for a total of 563 entries. The jurors carefully selected 50 books and 52 jackets and covers as the very best examples from this pool of excellent design.

The 2017 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show premiered at the AAUP Annual Meeting in Austin, June 11-13, 2017. The exhibition has travelled to member presses around the country since then and will continue to travel through May 2018.

Inspired Georgia Exhibition at Albany Museum of Art (Upcoming)

The Albany Museum of Art  is hosting a exhibition of Inspired Georgia from February 6 through April 10. Images from Inspired Georgia are now on tour throughout the state. Each venue will serve as a host for these remarkable photographs as well as literary events celebrating local poets and contributors. Albany is the last stop of the tour. For more information, check out the Facebook event.



Congratulations to Sarah Gorham! Her book, Alpine Apprentice, has been named a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay!

Donna M. Campbell’s Bitter Tastes has been chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title of 2017 by CHOICE

Historic Rural Churches of Georgia has won the LoPresti Publication Award in the Scholarly Publication category given by ARLIS. 

Angela Cooley’s To Live and Dine in Dixie won the 2016 Book Award from the Association for the Study of Food and Society.

In The News

Cooper Owens_Medical BondageSt. EOM in the Land of Pasaquan: The Life and Times and Art of Eddie Owens Martin makes Garden and Gun’s January reading list.

Author Robert Hunt Ferguson talks to North Carolina Public Radio about Remaking The Rural South. 

Outside recognizes Susan Fenimore Cooper’s Rural Hours as an inspiration for Henry David Thoreau, singling out our edition as the one to read!

Deirdre Cooper Owens discusses her book Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology in an interview with Georgia Public Broadcasting’s  On Second Thought.

With Good Reason rebroadcasted an interview with Kay Wright Lewis about A Curse Upon the Nation MLK day. 

SFA Guide to Cocktails made the  AJC’s round-up of best cocktail books of 2017.


Faust_Fireflies_CompF.inddFireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs by Lynn Frierson Faust

“Everyone who’s seen fireflies aglow is pleased, comforted, or amazed with what they’ve seen.

Who dislikes fireflies? This book will be with you outside at night, with your book light attached, while you try to identify your first flashing firefly to species.”

— Randy Lauff, The Canadian Field-Naturalist

9780820351599The Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails by Sara Camp Milam and Jerry Slater

“The pair [Milam and Slater] draws recipes for specialty cocktails from a variety of regional sources, and the capstone is a chapter of cocktail bites recipes from Vishwesh Bhatt’s Snackbar in Oxford, Miss.”

— Jane F. Garvey, Georgia Magazine

rominegreeson_keywordssouthern_hpeKeywords for Southern Studies edited by Scott Romine and Jennifer Rae Greeson

“The collection effectively and persuasively makes clear that there is nothing fixed or stable about the South. . . . The essays in Keywords for Southern Studies each point out the bins we have written ourselves into when we essentialize.”

— Sarah E. Gardner, The Journal of Southern History

roycrane_territoriespovertyTerritories of Poverty edited by Ananya Roy and Emma Shaw Crane

“This innovative collection of essays seeks to enact a new way of thinking about poverty research, welfare policy, and development practice. It does so by drawing into explicit conversation two distinct traditions of research –American-based scholarship on the histories and practices of modern welfare systems, and critical ethnographies of development in the global South. . . . For any one book to do one of these three things would be commendable enough; for it to succeed across all three areas is what makes this book more than a mere collection but an essential reference point for an emerging field of inquiry into the historical geographies of problematizations.”

— Clive Barnett, Space and Polity

Job Opportunity

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