Jul 13

LSU Press Author Ava Leavell Haymon Named Louisiana Poet Laureate

Ava Leavell Haymon

LSU Press Poet Ava Leavell Haymon was recently selected as Louisiana’s new poet laureate. She will serve a two-year term from 2013–2015.

“I’m honored and thrilled to be appointed poet laureate of the state of Louisiana,” Haymon said. “Past laureates, distinguished poets all, have worked hard during their appointments to encourage the natural love of words and poems that exists already in adults and children alike. I take these former laureates as models, with gratitude. To be enthusiastic about this great art form comes easily to me, and to evangelize for it utilizes some of my preacher’s-daughter fervor.”

Haymon is the author of the poetry collections Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread, Kitchen Heat, The Strict Economy of Fire, and the forthcoming Eldest Daughter, all published by LSU Press. She teaches poetry writing in Baton Rouge, and directs a writers’ retreat center in the mountains of New Mexico.

Haymon’s latest book, Eldest Daughter, will be published by LSU Press in August. The poems display her mastery of the craft and engage readers with the poetic gifts they have come to expect from her. As in previous collections, she combines the sensory and the spiritual in wild verbal fireworks. Concrete descriptions of a woman’s life in the mid-twentieth-century American South mix with wider concerns about family lies and truths, and a culture that supports or forbids clear speech.

Jul 12

Sustaining Southern Identity wins Richard Slatten Award

Sustaining Southern Identity: Douglas Southall Freeman and Memory in the Modern South, by Keith D. Dickson, won the prestigious Richard Slatten Award for Excellence in Biography from the Virginia Historical Society this month. The award aims to recognize distinguished contributions to Virginia biography.

The volume focuses on Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Douglas Southall Freeman, who, perhaps more than any other writer in the first half of the twentieth century, helped shape and sustain a collective identity for white southerners. A journalist, lecturer, radio broadcaster, and teacher of renown, Freeman wrote and spoke on themes related to southern memory throughout his life.

The book offers a masterful intellectual biography of Freeman as well as a comprehensive analysis of how twentieth-century southerners came to remember the Civil War, fashion their values and ideals, and identify themselves as citizens of the South.  Dickson’s work underscores Freeman’s contributions to the enduring memory of Confederate courage and sacrifice in southern culture. The longtime editor of the Richmond News Leader, Freeman wrote several authoritative and extraordinarily influential multivolume historical narratives about both Confederate general Robert E. Lee and the high command of the Army of Northern Virginia. His contributions to the enduring southern memory framework—with its grand narrative of Confederate courage and sacrifice, and its attachment to symbols and rituals—still serve as a touchstone for the memory-truths that define a distinct identity in the South.

Dr. Dickson is a professor of military studies at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, a college within the National Defense University.


Apr 12

Delta Empire Wins the J. G. Ragsdale Book Award in Arkansas History

“Delta Empire” Wins the J. G. Ragsdale Book Award in Arkansas History

Baton Rouge, LADelta Empire: Lee Wilson and the Transformation of Agriculture in the New South, by Jeannie Whayne, won the J.G. Ragsdale Book Award in Arkansas history, presented annually by the Arkansas Historical Association. The award, which recognizes Delta Empire as the year’s best nonfiction book on Arkansas history, will be presented at the association’s annual conference, April 12–14, 2012, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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Mar 12

LSU Press Books and Authors Garner Awards in 2012

Contact: Erin Rolfs
225.578.8282/ erolfs@lsu.edu

LSU Press Books and Authors Garner Awards in 2012

 Baton Rouge, LA—This year several LSU Press books and authors have already been acknowledged for outstanding contributions to their fields. These awards reinforce LSU Press’s commitment to excellence and their contributions to Louisiana State University’s 2020 flagship agenda.

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Mar 11

Two LSU Press authors tie for the TN History Book Award

We publish such great books you can’t pick just one! Congratulations to Sam Davis Elliott, author of Isham G. Harris of Tennessee, and J. Roderick Heller, author of Democracy’s Lawyer, who were both awarded the 2010 Tennessee History Book Award.

From the Chairman of the TLA Selection Committee, Carol Roberts: “Each year Tennessee Library Association and Tennessee Historical Commission present an award to the most qualified history book that reflects TN history.  This year LSU press had two biographies that really presented fresh topics in the category.  These were so well written and presented that they tied.”

Aug 10

Big news for Journalism’s Roving Eye!

A Trifecta of Awards for Journalism’s Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting by John Maxwell Hamilton

Louisiana State University Provost Hamilton’s Work Lauded for Its Significant Contribution


Only one book can claim the 2010 American Journalism Historians Association Book of the Year, the Goldsmith Award, and now the 2010 Tankard Book Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

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Jul 10

LSU Press to be honored at FHL Preservation Awards Dinner

From The Advocate (Baton Rouge):

LSU Press is receiving the honor on its 75th anniversary and for its record of volumes related to Louisiana’s heritage. Editor Mary Katherine Callaway will accept the award.  Since 1935, LSU Press has worked to preserve the culture and history of Louisiana by publishing books that educate and enlighten readers. From Local Government in Louisiana by R.L. Carleton in 1937 to George Lowry’s classic Louisiana Birds in 1958; from Marsh Mission by C.C. Lockwood and Rhea Gary in 2005 to Archaeology of Louisiana, edited by Mark A. Rees in 2010, the LSU Press continues to strive to publish books that matter.”

Foundation for Historical Louisiana’s 34th annual
Preservation Awards Dinner

Thursday, July 22. Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner
and program at 7:30 p.m.

Hilton Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette St.

$75 for FHL members; $85 for guests. For reservations, call (225)
387-2464 or visit http://www.fhl.org.

Writer, historian and preservationist Leo Honeycutt will serve as
master of ceremonies for the cocktail-attire event.

Jun 10

Fred Chappell wins North Carolina state honor

9780807134528 Fred Chappell, author of dozens of collections of poetry, most recently Shadow Box, has received the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities.  The award is North Carolina's highest honor in the field of humanities.  Read the article linked below for more information.  Congratulations, Fred! 

Former UNCG professor wins state honor [NC News & Record]

Jun 10

Hamilton’s book a Tankard Book Award finalist

9780807134740 John Maxwell Hamilton's latest book, Journalism's Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting, has been named as one of three finalists for the 2010 Tankard Award, sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).  The winner will be announced on August 4th. Click the link below to read more.  

AEJMC Announces 2010 Tankard Book Award Finalists

May 10

Finley wins prestigious D. B. Hardeman Prize

9780807133453 Keith M. Finley, author of Delaying the Dream: Southern Senators and the Fight against Civil Rights, 1938-1965, was recently awarded the prestigious D. B. Hardeman Prize offered by the Lyndon B. Johnson Library for the best book that furthers the study of the US Congress.  

Dr. Betty Koed, Assistant Historian in the Office of the United States Senate, and a member of the Hardeman Prize Committee, had this to say about Professor Finley’s book:

"The Senate of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s, with its dominance by seniority, its tradition of nearly unlimited debate, and its club-like atmosphere, was uniquely suited to the cause of civil rights opposition. As Finley argues, "Southern senators, in effect, transformed the chamber into a citadel of their interests." As the Civil Rights movement advanced, segregationists realized that their strength to defend Jim Crow was waning, and subsequently they shifted their strategy to one of delay rather than complete obstruction. That shift did not happen suddenly, but developed gradually, beginning with the battle over antilynching bills in the 1930s. By forming strong coalitions with northern and western conservatives, segregationists devised a "southern strategy" for legislative action that successfully forestalled civil rights reform for three decades. Finley is by no means an apologist for the segregationists, but he skillfully uncovers the multi-layered tactics of the southern caucus that so successfully dictated policy, while exploring the constitutional arguments carefully devised by southern senators.

Delaying the Dream is an excellent addition to the literature on civil rights reform in America. In particular, Finley deftly describes the Senate of the mid-20th century. He emphasizes the necessity of understanding Senate rules and procedures as well as the importance of committee action, while adding another chapter to the continuing debate over the filibuster. Delaying the Dream is essential reading for civil rights historians and those seeking to understand the Senate's unique folkways."