Oct 17

September Roundup: News, Events, Reviews

September was quite a month here at LSU Press! Blood Work: Imagining Race in American Literature, 1890—1940 by Shawn Salvant won 2016 C. Hugh Holman Award; Galaxie Wagon: Poems by Darnell Arnoult won the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing; and Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge won both a Certificate of Merit from the Association of Recorded Sound Collections Awards and the 2017 Blues Book of the Year from Living Blues magazine. Lee Upton, Kathryn Fontenot and Trent Brown wrote fantastic posts for the LSU Press Blog. And we published new books by Jennifer Atkins, Trent Brown, Nicole Cooley, Kathryn Fontenot, Earl J. Hess, and Gordon C. Rhea.

Below you’ll find a list of our October titles, upcoming events with our authors, and some selected publicity from September. And if you want to keep up with LSU Press in real time, follow us on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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Selected Publicity and Praise

Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems, 1997-2015 by Bruce Bond

Blackout Starlight is a milestone release. . . One can certainly read Bond for the sheer delight of beholding a thing well done. Fellow poets, however, will benefit from a deep consideration of his ambition, vision, and delivery.”—Colorado Review

Girl after Girl after Girl: Poems by Nicole Cooley

“. . . this collection, her fifth, is attempting something special in its unconditional study of mothers, daughters, and sisters—of all ages. That she employs time travel in her poems is impossible to explain, so we’ll just enjoy the experience.”—Foreword Reviews

The Cemeteries of New Orleans: A Cultural History by Peter B. Dedek

“Four stars. . . . An excellent primer on some of our city’s most important cultural treasures.”—New Orleans Magazine

Black Labor, White Sugar: Caribbean Braceros and Their Struggle for Power in the Cuban Sugar Industry by Philip A. Howard

Howard makes some of the strongest arguments for the development of a black class consciousness that crossed ethnic lines.”—World Sugar History Newsletter

Schooling in the Antebellum South: The Rise of Public and Private Education in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama by Sarah L. Hyde

“. . . Sarah Hyde treats us to a long-due examination of white education in the antebellum South.”—The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth

The Language of Vision: Photography and Southern Literature in the 1930s and After by Joseph R. Millichap

“His purposes in this slim volume are synthetic and, in the best sense of the word, provocative: to bring together two rich artistic and critical traditions in ways that demonstrate the mutually enlivening creative interplay at work, and that inspire further investigation.”—Modernism/Modernity

William & Mary commissioned a poem from Brenda Marie Osbey. You can watch her performance here:

Damn Yankees! Demonization and Defiance during the American Civil War by George C. Rable

“Award-winning Professor Emeritus George C. Rable has once again added to the historiography of the Civil War with his outstanding Damn Yankees! Demonization and Defiance during the American Civil War. . .”—H-War

On to Petersburg: Grant and Lee, June 4-15, 1864 by Gordon C. Rhea

“Unparalleled. . . .”—New York Journal of Books

From Nothing: Poems by Anya Krugovoy Silver

“In these poems, bracing honesty coincides with the quiet transformations of language. Especially moving are the expressions of praise that take shape in the absence of consolation.”—The Cresset Journal

The Richmond Times-Dispatch published an article on Ron Smith’s poetry.

Extreme Civil War: Guerrilla Warfare, Environment, and Race on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier by Matthew M. Stith

“Stith has researched his subject well and produced an engaging and well-balanced book. It deserves the attention of all Civil War historians.”—Kansas History

Aug 17

Event: Why Are We Still Fighting the Civil War? A Conversation

Nov 16

Jump Start Your Holiday Shopping at Season’s Readings

Jump Start Your Holiday Shopping at Season’s Readings
Join Faye Phillips, Billy Cannon, and LSU Press for Holiday Book + Journal Sale
Tuesday, November 29, 4:30–6:30 p.m., The Club on Union Square

This November, as you’re making your plans for the holiday season, pencil Season’s Readings into your calendar! As part of LSU’s Holiday Spectacular 2016, LSU Press and The Southern Review welcome you to our annual book and journal sale, with gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list. A copy of The Golden Band from Tigerland signed by author Faye Phillips will hit just the right note with the music fans in your life, while armchair historians will pore over Stanley Nelson’s tireless investigation into Klan murders of the 1960s, Devils Walking. Aviation expert Vincent P. Caire, cocktail connoisseur Liz Williams, and poets Alison Pelegrin and Ava Leavell Haymon will also be in attendance to sign copies of their books, along with Billy Cannon and his biographer, Charles deGravelles.

This year’s Season’s Readings, on Tuesday, 29 November, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Club on Union Square (formerly the Faculty Club), boasts a wide array of great titles at 20% off, more than a dozen local authors, and free gift wrapping. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, coffee, and a cash bar while you shop great books and mingle with local authors. Free parking will be available from 4:30 to 8:30 in the Union Square Parking Garage.

Special guests will be in attendance to sign copies of LSU Press books:

The Golden Band from Tigerland’s Faye Phillips
Devils Walking’s Stanley Nelson
Military Aviation in the Gulf South’s Vincent P. Caire
Lift Your Spirits’s Liz Williams
Fonville Winans’s Louisiana’s Cyril Vetter
Waterlines’s Alison Pelegrin
Afton Villa’s Genevieve Trimble
Legendary Louisiana Outlaws’s Keagan LeJeune
Billy Cannon and his biographer Charles deGravelles
Louisiana Wild’s C. C. Lockwood
A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook’s Cynthia LeJeune Nobles
Seat Yourself’s Alex Cook
Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon
Hungry for Louisiana’s Maggie Richardson
River Road Rambler’s Mary Ann Sternberg
Best of LSU Fiction editors Nolde Alexius and Judy Kahn

Many other LSU Press titles and issues of The Southern Review will be available for sale. The Club on Union Square is located at the corner of Highland Road and Raphael Semmes, across Highland from the LSU Union.

For more information on Season’s Readings please contact LSU Press at 225.578.8282 or visit www.lsupress.org. Presented with support from the LSU Barnes & Noble.

Apr 15

The Southern Review Celebrates Its 80th Anniversary at the Strand!

Readings by Stephen Dunn, David Wojahn, Jayne Anne Philips and more
Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway, New York, NY, on 1 May 2015, 7:00 PM

The Southern Review celebrates 80 years of publishing the best of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by established and emerging writers. A stellar line-up of The Southern Review’s poets and novelists joins the journal’s editors to mark this anniversary milestone on May 1st at 7 PM at the third-floor Rare Book Room of the Strand Bookstore (828 Broadway) in New York. Readers can buy a copy of The Southern Review or a $15 gift card at the Strand in order to attend this event.

Guest readers include poets Stephen Dunn, David Wojahn, and Chloe Honum. Stephen Dunn is the author of seventeen collections of poetry, including the recent Lines of Defense; he won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for Different Hours and has received numerous awards and honors for his work. He is Distinguished Professor (emeritus) of Creative Writing at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and has also taught at Columbia University, NYU, University of Michigan, Princeton, and the University of Washington. David Wojahn is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems (2006), which was a named finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the O.B. Hardison Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library; and World Tree (2011), which received the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize. He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University and in the low-residency MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of Fine Arts. Chloe Honum is the author of The Tulip-Flame, winner of the 2013 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, The Paris Review, and Poetry, among others.

Novelists Jayne Anne Phillips and Karl Taro Greenfield will also be at the Strand to read from their work. Phillips is the author of five novels, most recently Quiet Dell and two widely anthologized collections of stories. She is Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program at Rutgers University. Karl Taro Greenfield is the author of eight books, including the new novel The Subprimes. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Prize stories, as well as in The Southern Review.

For more information about the event and the journal, please visit http://www.strandbooks.com/event/the-southern-review, or contact the LSU Press Marketing Department at 225.578.8282 / erolfs@lsu.edu.

Oct 14

Start and Finish Your Holiday Shopping at Season’s Readings

Join LSU Press and The Southern Review for Holiday Book + Journal Sale
Meet Local Authors and Support Louisiana’s Non-Profit Publisher
Friday, November 21, 2014, 4:30–6:30 p.m., LSU Faculty Club

Music fans, food lovers, art aficionados, architecture enthusiasts, history buffs, fiction and poetry readers—check off everyone on your holiday shopping list in one evening at LSU Press + The Southern Review’s holiday book and journal sale. This year’s Season’s Readings, on Friday, November 21, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Faculty Club, boasts a wide array of great titles, more than a dozen local authors, and free gift wrapping.

Special guests will be in attendance to sign copies of LSU Press books:

The Next Elvis’s Barbara Sims
The Louisiana Field Guide editors Ryan Orgera and Wayne Parent
The Cottoncrest Curse‘s Michael Rubin
The War of 1812, Conflict and Deception’s Ronald Drez
Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon
Huey “Piano” Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues’s John Wirt
Accalia and the Swamp Monster’s Kelli Scott Kelley
Louisiana Saturday Night’s Alex V. Cook
“The Bone Lady” Mary Manhein
African American Foreign Correspondents’s Jinx Broussard
Along the River Road‘s Mary Ann Sternberg
The Architecture of LSU’s J. Michael Desmond
Louisiana Aviation‘s Vincent Caire
Treasures of LSU editor Laura F. Lindsay
Best of LSU Fiction editors Nolde Alexius and Judy Kahn
Nature Photographer C. C. Lockwood

Many other LSU Press titles and issues of The Southern Review will be available for sale. New releases as well as favorites like A Confederacy of Dunces and Fonville Winans’ Louisiana will be discounted 20 percent, and gift wrapping will be free.

The LSU Faculty Club is located at the corner of Highland Road and Raphael Semmes, across Highland from the LSU Union. For more information on Season’s Readings please contact LSU Press at 225.578.8282 or visit the event page on Facebook. Presented with support from the LSU Barnes & Noble.

Mar 14

New Orleans: The Underground Guide book launch party at All Ways Lounge

WHO: Michael Patrick Welch

WHAT: A dance-themed book launch party for New Orleans: The Underground GuideThe event will include  a live interview and performance by Trixie Minx plus Cherry Brown, sensual sword swallowing by Ri Dickulous, and the Gris Gris Strut dance troupe with backing band Lil Current Vocal Club.

WHEN: Saturday, March 15th at 9 PM

WHERE: All Ways Lounge & Theatre

Oct 13

Clementine Hunter will be the focus of the next Ogden Museum book club meeting, Oct 29

Clementine Hunter, by Art Shiver and Tom Whitehead, will be the topic of discussion at the next Ogden Museum book club meeting on Tuesday, October 29th at 5:30 PM. Ogden Museum docent Maureen O’Dwyer will lead the book discussion.

This event is open exclusively to museum members. Find out more about the Ogden Museum and how you can become a member here.


Feb 13

Author of Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Her Art shares insight into the celebrated artist’s personality

An often-repeated story about Clementine Hunter is she did not like people. Far from the truth, the reality was she did not like certain people, but she overwhelmingly liked kids and visitors who came to learn and listen.

The best example is one I witnessed on a Tuesday afternoon when I made my weekly visit down Cane River from Natchitoches.

As I was driving up, I saw Clementine sticking her head in a car window talking to the driver. She stepped back and the car drove off.

When I got out, Clementine walked over to my car, and I asked, “Who was that?”

She grinned and said, “They wanted to know where Clementine Hunter lived, and I told them just up the road.”

Later, I took two friends from Baton Rouge, Diana and Paul Burns, out to visit the artist, and Diana told Clementine she had just had a little boy they named Reed. Clementine asked questions about the newborn kid and then gave the Burns a fresh painting as a present for Reed.

The artist liked sincere and honest visitors. The loud and boisterous types were not welcome guests. These are the ones who would be the source of stories about Clementine Hunter not liking visitors.

We have all experienced the phenomenon of something becoming true once it is in print.

Having collected an extensive archive of over 1,200 printed stories, articles, and memorabilia related to Clementine Hunter, I have struggled to correct erroneous “facts” that have been published or retold over the years.

An impetus for Art Shiver and me to write the Hunter biography for LSU Press was to put in print a researched and documented version of what all happened at Melrose, not only with Clementine and her art but also with the other stories of Melrose and its visitors that continue to be told.

You can hear more stories about Clementine and learn about her work at a book signing and lecture on February 21 at 6 p.m. at the Old Governor’s Mansion hosted by the Foundation for Historical Louisiana. Authors Art Shiver and Tom Whitehead will also be signing on February 22 at 5 p.m. at the LSU Barnes & Noble.

Sep 12

LSU Museum of Art and LSU Press Celebrate Artist Clementine Hunter

LSU Press and the LSU MOA recognize the life and work of artist Clementine Hunter through a stunning new exhibit and the release of the first comprehensive biography on the artist. On September 13, 5:30 p.m.–8 :30 p.m. at the LSU Museum of Art, authors Art Shiver and Tom Whitehead will be signing copies of Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art in conjunction with the opening reception of the exhibit, Louisiana’s Artist: Clementine Hunter.

Art historians have noted that Clementine Hunter is one of the most important African American artists in recent history. The exhibition, Louisiana’s Artist: Clementine Hunter, along with the release of the LSU Press book Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art by Art Shiver and Tom Whitehead, provide a retrospective of the self-taught artist’s life and work. The exhibition visually highlights the range and passion of an artist who, in depicting the activities of her daily life, unknowingly documented one of the most significant times in history for Louisiana’s African American communities. The exhibit includes some never-before-seen paintings, as well as quilts, glass bottles, and the artist’s palette on loan from the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Louisiana State Library, Louisiana State Museum, and Tom Whitehead’s personal collection.

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Mar 12

Louisiana Bound in Lake Charles

Please join LSU Press and The Southern Review in Lake Charles, LA for Louisiana Bound (6-8 p.m., Thurs., April 5) featuring speakers MaryKatherine Callaway, Director of LSU Press, and Judy Kahn and Nolde Alexius, co-editors of Best of LSU Fiction, at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center (809 Kirby Street, Lake Charles, LA). Reception to follow | RSVP to pblevasseur@lsu.edu. Special thanks to Donna & Rick Richard, III / Empire of the Seed Historic Properties and The Arts and Humanities Council for SWLA.