In addition, ND has relaunched many classics recently with introductions by contemporary authors: these include Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire (Introduction by Arthur Miller) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Introduction by Edward Albee), John Hawkes' Second Skin (Introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides), and John Gardner's October Light (Introduction by Tom Bissell).
Its authors have won the Nobel Prize (Frédéric Mistral, Eugenio Montale, Pablo Neruda, Saint-John Perse, Octavio Paz, José Camilo Cela), Pulitzer Prize (Richard Eberhart, Selected Poems 1930-1965; George Oppen, Of Being Numerous; Gary Snyder, Turtle Island; Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire; William Carlos Williams, Pictures from Brueghel), MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (Walter Abish, Allen Grossman, and Ralph Manheim, translator), and the PEN/Faulkner Award (Walter Abish, How German Is it?; Toby Olson, Seaview), among many others.
Author and Historian, David Blight, will be speaking on campus on November 16 at Nutt Auditorium. His new book, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era, and Our Own Time, is available at Square Books and online.
Dr. Blight has served as a Professor of History at Yale University since 2003 where he also serves as the Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. Before Yale, Dr. Blight taught at Harvard, North Central College, and Amherst College. Dr. Blight earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before his professional career, Dr. Blight served as a high school teacher for seven years in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. He currently teaches seminars in the nineteenth-century U.S. History, African-American history, and historical memory.
You can find all of his books here.
Go here for a full story on the event via the University of Mississippi's website.
Now for the badmen. Many of you know about the Rough South of Larry Brown and Harry Crews. Well, turns out things are pretty rough in the Midwest too. Crimes in Southern Indiana (FSG, pb, $15.00) is a debut short story collection that will stand up and kick you in the teeth. Frank Bill's Indiana is populated by backwoods gunrunners, bare-knuckle brawlers, rednecks, and meth heads trying to survive in the Heartland while union jobs and family farms are going by the wayside. Things are just as rough in the Missouri Ozarks, the stomping grounds of another of our favorite writers, Daniel Woodrell. His new book is The Outlaw Album (Little Brown, hc, $24.99). It's the first collection of short fiction from this master of country noir who has justly gotten a lot more attention due to his fine novel, Winter's Bone, being made into a successful Oscar nominated film. So take a slug from your favorite bottle and get reading cause these books are gonna take you on some of the wildest rides you're ever gonna take between the covers of a book. CM
The second edition of the popular coffee-table book, Mississippians, is now available for pre order. The book profiles more than 350 Mississippians with more than 300 new photographs as well as tons of new features, including:
• The founder of the O. Henry prize
• The most decorated soldier in U.S. Army history
• The man who first bottled Coca-Cola
• The first woman to win a Pulitzer for Editorial Writing
• The man who taught Stephen Sondheim composition
• The first woman to own a major newspaper
• The world’s foremost physiologist
• The man who brought America reality television
• The youngest star on I Love Lucy
• The first American to fight fascism
and hundreds more.
On Sale November 15, 2011. Click here to order.
Ann Abadie, a great friend to writers, books, and readers, and the longtime Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, is retiring this year. To honor Ann, the University of Mississippi has established an endowment to support the Oxford Conference for the Book, which Ann, along with Richard Howorth, founded more than 18 years ago. We encourage anyone interested in the endowment to send a contribution to The University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677-0249 or contact Michael Upton at the Foundation, mupton[at]olemiss.edu or 662-915-3027. Contributors should write checks to The University of Mississippi Foundation, designating the check to the Ann Abadie Endowment number 05149.
(Ann Abadie with Richard Howorth at a book-signing for Etheridge Knight at Square Books, November, 1979. Photograph by William R. Ferris)