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 new books; and a roundup of recent and upcoming events.
New Book Spotlight
Natalie Graham Reading her Poem “Underneath There Is a Wound” from Begin with a Failed Body.
BOOK LAUNCH TONIGHT: Seeking Eden
As part of the book and exhibition launch for Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens, authors Staci L. Catron and Mary Ann Eaddy will be giving the Cherokee Garden Library Lecture at the Atlanta History Center.
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT: If you already have tickets, we can’t wait to see you there. A book signing, exhibition opening, and reception will follow the lecture.
“Seeking Eden is an extraordinary book and should be well received by anyone who appreciates our gardening heritage. The authors combine a pleasant style with solid scholarship as they offer important insights into some of the region’s most magnificent gardens. It will be a great reference for southern gardeners, both new and old, and it should be required reading for every southern college student pursuing a degree in plant sciences, landscape design, or historic preservation.”
—William C. Welch, coauthor of Heirloom Gardening in the South: Yesterday’s Plants for Today’s Gardens
More upcoming UGA Press events:
Relational Poverty Politics: Forms, Struggles, and Possibilities
Edited by Victoria Lawson and Sarah Elwood
Book Launch and Signing
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105
May 2, 7 PM – 9 PM PDT
Learning from Thoreau
Book Launch and Signing
The Walden Woods Project
44 Baker Farm Rd, Lincoln, Massachusetts 01773
May 3, 7 PM – 9 PM EST
Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens
Staci L. Catron and Mary Ann Eaddy, Photography by James R. Lockhart
Lecture and Signing
Pebble Hill Plantation
1251 US Highway 319 S, Thomasville, Georgia 31792
May 9, 2018 [time and ticket info TBA]
Ellen Shipman and the American Garden
Judith B. Tankard
Lecture and Signing
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
20 West 44th Street, New York, New York 10036
May 17, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology
Edited by Melissa Tuckey, Foreword by Camille T. Dungy
Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine
61 W Superior St, Chicago, Illinois 60654
Contributors Tara Betts, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Elise Paschen, and 2016 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winner Ed Roberson, join Ghost Fishing editor Melissa Tuckey and Split This Rock executive director Sarah Browning for a reading and discussion about the book.
May 24, 7 PM – 9 PM CDT
Widespread Panic in the Streets of Athens, Georgia Release Party
Thanks so much to everyone who came out for the launch of Widespread Panic in the Streets of Athens, Georgia.
For more information on upcoming events, visit our Facebook page.
Congratulations to Deirdre Cooper Owens on winning the Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians for Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology.
In The News
Following nearly a year of work, the Historic Rural Churches of Georgia project unveiled its new and improved website on February 6, 2018. New features and tools including the Find A Church tool, Individual Church pages, and a Get Involved section, provide users with the opportunity to immerse themselves in Georgia’s rich rural history.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education included Making Black History: The Color Line, Culture, and Race in the Age of Jim Crow by
Becky Mandelbaum, winner of the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, wrote a piece for Electric Lit on how The Great British Baking Show inspired her to finish writing her book Bad Kansas. Speaking of the Flannery O’Connor Award, the submission deadline for the 2018 prize is May 31. For more information on how to submit, check out the series page on our website.
LISTEN: Kay Wright Lewis talks to the New Books Network about her book A Curse upon the Nation: Race, Freedom, and Extermination in America and the Atlantic World.
WATCH: KQED in San Francisco made a firefly video with the help of Lynn Frierson Faust, author of Fireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs: Identification and Natural History of the Fireflies of the Eastern and Central United States and Canada.
“Shadows of a Sunbelt City offers a compelling analysis of the power that universities wield in regional development and their complicity in reshaping the urban form to benefit powerful actors, often at the expense of vulnerable residents. As he examines how policy and social relations transform cities, Tretter challenges the narrative that sustainable urban policy, and the knowledge economy that undergirds it, is universally beneficial.”
—Andrew M. Busch, Southern Spaces
“Poems that speak both to the richness and ruin of history and teem with all that is earthy and corporeal.”
—Julia Bouwsma, Poetry Northwest
“These are those rare poems that actually make you feel grateful to be a human and to have been given the privilege to love (and sometimes loathe) oneself and others in the most complicated of ways.”
—Keetje Kuipers, Poetry Northwest
“The essays are critically and theoretically diverse, matching the sheer complexity of the novel itself. . . . The collection succeeds in laying bare the necessity to reevaluate the body of Johnson’s works.”
“The book reflects monumental scholarship assembled by Woods. It is a page-turner and a fitting portrait of New Orleans—covering such topics as the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era, the rise of the Populists, the Garvey movement, and the origin of the Mardi Gras Indians. It is a cultural as well as political study, and should be part of the city’s tricentennial celebration in 2018.”
—Derrick Morrison, Solidarity
“Revolting New York: How 400 Years of Riot, Rebellion, Uprising, and Revolution Shaped a Cityoffers an extraordinary chronology of the Big Apple’s willingness to fight for, well, just about anything, from Munsee Indian attacks on Dutch settlers in 1655 to slave revolts in 1712 to antiabolitionist, flour, and military-draft riots in the mid 1800s to labor and communist unrest and all manner of rabble rousing throughout the last hundred years up to Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, and early Trump protests. In all, nearly fifty incidents are profiled in this history of “New York’s evolution through revolution.”
—Matt Sutherland, Foreword Reviews
“The photographs conjure comparisons to Walker Evans’ documentation of the Great Depression and Dorothea Lange’s images of the Dust Bowl. . . . But a closer examination of Clayton’s work reveals a level of warmth and engagement less apparent in the work of Evans and Lange. Perhaps that’s because. . . he often talked to his subjects while he photographed them. As a result, he was able to capture an arresting level of intimacy.”
“With the reprint of Still Hungry In America, a new generation can once again bear witness to the tragedy and timelessness of what some citizens were forced to endure — and what is never too far from happening again to many more among us in our newly uncertain future.”
—William Hedgepeth, Creative Loafing