Short Takes: News from the 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 new books; and a roundup of recent and upcoming events.


Deirdre Cooper Owens received the Darlene Clark Hine Award from the Organization of American Historians for her book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecologyat the OAH Annual Meeting on April 14.


New Book Spotlight

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Revolting New York: How 400 Years of Riot, Rebellion, Uprising, and Revolution Shaped a City 
General Editors: Neil Smith and Don Mitchell Editors: Erin Siodmak, JenJoy Royball, Marnie Brady, and Brendan O’Malley 

The many uprisings that helped to forge modern-day New York City

George Washington’s Washington: Visions for the National Capital in the Early American Republic 
By Adam Costanzo 

A look at the national capital’s place within the ideological clashes of the early republic

The Andrew Low House
Tania June Sammons with Virginia Connerat Logan 
A look inside one of Savannah’s grandest antebellum mansions

Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology 
Edited by Melissa Tuckey 

A gathering of poetry at the intersection of culture, social justice, and the environment

Redrawing the Historical Past: History, Memory, and Multiethnic Graphic Novels 
Edited by Martha J. Cutter and Cathy J. Schlund-Vials 

An innovative collection that explores how multiethnic graphic novels investigate and remake U.S. history

Widespread Panic in the Streets of Athens, Georgia
Gordon Lamb 
The untold story of the world’s largest record release party

Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens
Staci L. Catron and Mary Ann Eaddy
Photography by James R. Lockhart 

Historic Georgia gardens that continue to inspire

Garden History of Georgia, 1733–1933 
Edited by Hattie C. Rainwater
Compiled by Loraine M. Cooney 

Back in print—a comprehensive history of Georgia’s early gardens

Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations 
Edited by Whitney Nell Stewart and John Garrison Marks 

New essays that examine emancipation strategies throughout the Atlantic World

Relational Poverty Politics: Forms, Struggles, and Possibilities 
Edited by Victoria Lawson and Sarah Elwood 

A new way of assessing and questioning the dynamics of poverty

Natalie Graham Reading her Poem “Underneath There Is a Wound” from Begin with a Failed Body.



Catron and Eaddy_Seeking Eden lgAs 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.

Details: Atlanta History Center, April 25, 7:00 p.m.

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.

The authors will be giving a series of talks throughout the spring and summer. Check out our events calendar or Facebook page for upcoming events in your area.

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
Andrew Menard
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.

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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.

Wang Ping Wins the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction

UGA Press to publish National Poetry Series winner, Lindsay Bernal

Rosa Lane Wins 2017 Georgia Poetry Prize

In The News

sealshart_historicruralchurches_hFollowing 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 toolIndividual 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 Jeffrey Aaron Snyder on their most recent reading list. 

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.


tretter_shadowssunbelt_hpe“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

graham_begin with a failed body

“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.”
Choice Reviews

WOODS_Development_comps.indd“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

Smith and Mitchell_Revolting New York“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 

Coles_Still Hungry in AmericaThe 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.”

Suzanne Van Atten, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“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

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