Spooky Short Takes: Upcoming Events, News, and Reviews

Happy Halloween, readers! The UGA Press is ready for tonight’s frightening festivities. Are you? Keep up to date with what’s going on at the UGA Press with Short Takes. Continue reading for information about our upcoming events, our latest releases, and news and reviews.


Upcoming Events


Wednesday, October 31, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

ATTENTION BODY-BUILDERS: Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein TODAY until 6:00 p.m at the UGA Main Library. Various readers will be in the Main Library Café, reading the entire novel aloud. The last thirty minutes of the reading will take place at Ciné, followed by a FREE screening of The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). You can also swing by the library for a Monster Parts Scavenger Hunt, a monster movie marathon in Lab A, and an exhibit of Frankenstein-related texts.

Check out the English Department page for this event and for more information.

National Press Club’s Annual Book Fair

Friday, November 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The National Press Club Headquarters Ballroom
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045

Those of you in Washington, D.C., can join Adam Costanzo, author of George Washington’s Washington: Visions for the National Capital in the Early American Republic at the National Press Club’s 41st Annual Book Fair. Costanzo will be there to chat about the book and to sign copies. Tickets are on sale now—$5 for NPC and Politics & Prose members; $10 for the public—online and at the door.

Seitz and Haupt_Our Prince of ScribesUGA Spotlight on the Arts: Our Prince of Scribes Panel

Join us at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Library on November 4th at 3:00 p.m. for the inaugural event of the 2018 Georgia Writers Hall of Fame series. The discussion panel will focus on Pat Conroy, who joined the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2004, and Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy. Coeditor Jonathan Haupt will moderate the discussion with three of the contributors: Terry Kay, Cynthia Graubart, and Cliff Graubart.

Pat Conroy, a New York Times best-selling writer, was beloved by many, and Our Prince of Scribes pulls together stories from his friends, family, students, and more to craft a multifaceted life. With over 60 contributors, the collection is “a testament to the enormous hold he had on our hearts and minds,” says Ann Patchett.

For more information, you can check out our Facebook page for the event as well as the University Library’s event page. We hope to see you there!

If you haven’t already listened to the Pat Conroy episode of Annotations, give it a listen. Jonathan Haupt and Nicole Seitz, editors of the collection, discuss the book and Conroy at the Decatur Book Festival.

Association of University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show


November 59, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Main Library, Room 320

Since 1965, the Association of University Presses has sponsored a Book, Jacket, and Journal Show to honor design and production teams whose work furthers a long tradition of excellence in book design and to instruct future designers. This year’s show features 49 books, one journal, and 53 jackets and covers from university presses across the nation. The UGA Press has two books featured in this great line-up:

Faust_FirefliesCov.jpgFireflies, Glow-worms, and Lightning Bugs by Lynn Fierson Faust

Designer: Erin Kirk New
Production Coordinator: Melissa Bugbee Buchanan
Acquiring Editor: Patrick Allen
Project Editor: John Joerschke

This is the first comprehensive firefly guide for eastern and central North America ever published. It is written for all those who want to know more about the amazing world of lightning bugs and to learn the secrets hidden in the flash patterns of the 75+ species found in the eastern and central U.S. and Canada. As an independent researcher working with numerous university teams, naturalist Lynn Frierson Faust, “The Lightning Bug Lady,” has spent decades tracking the behavior and researching the habitats of these fascinating creatures.

Woehrel_Mushrooms.jpgMushrooms of the Georgia Piedmont and Southern Appalachians by Mary L. Woehrel and William H. Light

Designer: Louise OFarrell
Production Coordinator: Melissa Bugbee Buchanan
Acquiring Editor: Patrick Allen
Project Editor: Jon Davies

This well-organized reference guide to wild mushrooms will aid professional mycologists, students, and mushroom enthusiasts alike with its accurate and detailed identification tools. It provides nomenclaturally and scientifically accurate accounts of the unusually wide range of mushrooms in the Southeast, from northerly species found in North Georgia and the southern Appalachian region to the subtropical and even tropical species found in the Piedmont. Comprehensive in scope, this guide offers a thoughtful multilayered approach to resolving routine as well as difficult taxonomic and identification problems.

October Releases

The Letters of Flannery O’Connor and Caroline Gordon edited by Christine Flanagan

“Readers knowledgeable about the strong friendship between Flannery O’Connor and Caroline Gordon will applaud Christine Flanagan’s gathering of this instructive and compelling collection. The often imperious and strongwilled Gordon was certainly a force in O’Connor’s development as a writer; this carefully annotated exchange underscores both O’Connor’s acquiescence and her frequent resistance to Gordon’s rigorous ideas. This volume will certainly be an important source for scholars for years to come.”
—Sarah Gordon, author of Flannery O’Connor: The Obedient Imagination and A Literary Guide to Flannery O’Connor’s Georgia

What We Do with the Wreckage stories by Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum

Speaking of Flannery O’Connor… the winner of last year’s Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction was also published earlier this month!

“How rare is the writer who truly understands invisibility: the invisibility of being young and the very different sort that plagues those grown old; the fraught invisibility of motherhood and that of being a girl in this world who is disappearing from the inside out. Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum sees these people, gives them form and substance through language that is graceful and nuanced, at times humorous, nearly always compassionate, often (enough) hopeful. A beautiful, deeply compelling collection.”
—Lori Ostlund, author of The Bigness of the World

Earlier this month, we posted a Q&A with Lunstrum about her collection. You can read it here.

Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance edited by Sandra Beasley

“Some say opposable thumbs are what make humans people; some say it’s the use of tools; some say it’s that we cook our food; and some say that it’s the fact that we use words. I don’t know much about evolutionary biology and thumbs, but I can tell you that this collection of words about food is also a collection of tools—of useful things for making meaning of our lives and the world and the places we call home. It’s full of what people need.”
—Francis Lam, host of The Splendid Table, produced by American Public Media, former Eat columnist for the New York Times Magazine, and editor-at-large at Clarkson Potter.

Sexuality and Slavery: Reclaiming Intimate Histories in the Americas edited by Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. Harris

In this groundbreaking collection, editors Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. Harris place sexuality at the center of slavery studies in the Americas (the United States, the Caribbean, and South America). While scholars have marginalized or simply overlooked the importance of sexual practices in most mainstream studies of slavery, Berry and Harris argue here that sexual intimacy constituted a core terrain of struggle between slaveholders and the enslaved. These essays explore consensual sexual intimacy and expression within slave communities, as well as sexual relationships across lines of race, status, and power. Contributors explore sexuality as a tool of control, exploitation, and repression and as an expression of autonomy, resistance, and defiance.

Unwhite: Appalachia, Race, and Film by Meredith McCarroll

Unwhite demonstrates how typical characterizations of Appalachian people serve as foils to set off and define the “whiteness” of the non-Appalachian southerners. In this dynamic, Appalachian characters become the racial other. Analyzing the representation of the people of Appalachia in films such as DeliveranceCold MountainMedium CoolNorma RaeCape FearThe Killing Season, and Winter’s Bone through the critical lens of race and specifically whiteness, McCarroll offers a reshaping of the understanding of the relationship between racial and regional identities.

Time to Get Tough: How Cookies, Coffee, and a Crash Led to Success in Business and Life by Michael J. Coles and Catherine M. Lewis

“Entrepreneurs need more stories about grit and perseverance, taking risks, and facing failure. If you’re even thinking about starting a business, you should read this book.”
—Ben Chestnut, cofounder and CEO, MailChimp

“Through setbacks, such as a severe motorcycle accident that left him severely disabled, and achievements, including beating his dire prognosis to finish a post-accident cross-country bike trip and franchising his cookie company, he illustrates a never-give-up spirit…. Uplifting and entertainingly written, Coles’s work offers something for everyone who has ever faced and overcome a significant challenge.”

Publishers Weekly

Red States: Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, and Southern Studies by Gina Caison

Red States uses a regional focus in order to examine the tenets of white southern nativism and Indigenous resistance to colonialism in the U.S. South. Gina Caison argues that popular misconceptions of Native American identity in the U.S. South can be understood by tracing how non-Native audiences in the region came to imagine indigeneity through the presentation of specious histories presented in regional literary texts, and she examines how Indigenous people work against these narratives to maintain sovereign land claims in their home spaces through their own literary and cultural productions. As Caison demonstrates, these conversations in the U.S. South have consequences for how present-day conservative political discourses resonate across the United States.

Assembling a newly constituted archive that includes regional theatrical and musical performances, pre–Civil War literatures, and contemporary novels, Gina Caison illuminates the U.S. South’s continued investment in settler colonialism and the continued Indigenous resistance to this paradigm. Ultimately, she concludes that the region is indeed made up of red states, but perhaps not in the way readers initially imagine.

New in Paperback:

The Jungle Around Us_jacket

These are truly good stories, full of emotion and energy. Her style is uniform, quietly lush, with a distance between narration and story where atmosphere lives. . . . Raeff’s [stories] will let you watch them through binoculars, peering in close enough to read their lips but not always their hearts, giving them a private, appealing inner life.”
—Ilana Masad, Los Angeles Times


 Lisa Graley writes with compassion, empathy, and a deep understanding of characters struggling with identities and responsibilities, or simply with staying alive. These powerful and honest stories not only examine the fragility of the human body but, more importantly, the resilience of the human heart.”
—Karin Lin-Greenberg, author of Faulty Predictions


9780820348414.jpgRead about George Alexander Grant and his Beautiful Photography in the LA Times!

If you’d like to learn more about Grant and his work, check out Landscapes for the People: George Alexander Grant, First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service by Ren and Helen Davis. Their book shares his story through his remarkable images and a compelling biography profiling patience, perseverance, dedication, and an unsurpassed love of the natural and historic places that Americans chose to preserve.

You can also join the Davises for a special presentation 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. November 13th in Joshua Tree, CA. The event is sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree and will take place at the Copper Mountain College Bell Center.

To register in advance and to find out more information about the event, check out the event’s page. The event is free, but you must register to attend.

The Myth of Sexual Violence as Only a Crime Against Women

Thomas A. Foster’s article in the A-Line is a timely one, as the national discussion around sexual assault has come into the forefront again. Foster’s article sheds light on a topic that has, as he points out, historically been marginalized when discussing sexual assault: the sexual assault of men. In the article, he discusses the roots of the gendered way we talk about sexual assault both in our interpersonal interactions and in legalese. Look out for Foster’s forthcoming, in-depth study of this issue, Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violations of Enslaved Men, in May 2019 as part of the Gender and Slavery series.

Motherhood Is Life-Shattering: The Millions Interviews Kirsten Lunstrum

Read an interview with Kirsten Lunstrum, author of What We Do with the Wreckage, as she discusses the short story form, motherhood, and how motherhood has impacted her writing.  “Motherhood is life-shattering,” she says, “I don’t feel it diminishes my voice as a writer or necessarily narrows others’ respect for me if I say those things out loud in a conversation about my writing life. Writing around the demands of my children’s needs—and my own desire to be with them (because I love them and enjoy being part of the daily and familiar routines of their childhoods)—has slowed my production of new work more than my pre-parenting self could ever have imagined. But being a parent has also completely reconstructed my sense of wonder, my sense of attention to the world and its details, my understanding of relationship and identity and vulnerability, and all of that shows up in my work now. I write less than I might have if I hadn’t chosen to become a parent. That’s just the truth. But my fiction has deepened because of the experience of raising other humans.”


The Southern Hospitality Myth: Ethics, Politics, Race, and American Memory by Anthony Szczesiul

SzczesiulSouthernHospitalityMyth.jpgThe Southern Hospitality Myth is a readable and relevant exploration of southern hospitality as a discourse arguing that the myth has historically functioned as a bastion for racism in America. Using travel writing and other forms of public discussion, Szczesiul shows how discourse consistently evokes hospitality as an inherent southern characteristic, but also betrays the myth’s racial implications over time. . . . This book constructs a solid framework for placing a narrowly-focused southern studies topic in a broader context. It is a valuable addition to any library of southern studies.”

—Hannah Givens, Southern Historian

Anglo-Native Virginia: Trade, Conversion, and Indian Slavery in the Old Dominion, 1646–1772 by Kristalyn Marie Shefveland

Anglo-Native Virginia_jacket.jpgThe book is at its best in recovering some of the changes that the tributary system inadvertently wrought. Especially compelling in this regard is Shefveland’s argument that the 1646 peace was most consequential in opening up Virginia’s southwestern interior. . . . Shefveland’s unearthing of the tributary order’s historical significance is very helpful and makes this book a highly welcome scholarly contribution.”

—Alexander B. Haskell, The Historian

Ellen Shipman and the American Garden by Judith B. Tankard

Tankard_Ellen Shipman.jpgFew changes have been made to the original edition… Most significant is the new 29-page introduction featuring contemporary color photographs of surviving gardens (the 1996 book used only vintage black-and-white illustrations) along with major insights into the revival of Shipman’s reputation, renewed interest in her gardens, and scholarship devoted to her career. This introduction might have served better as an epilogue; it is best appreciated after reading the rest of the text.”

–I. Richman, CHOICE

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