Congratulations to LSU Press author Lawrence N. Powell, who was recently elected as a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. Fellows are chosen in recognition of the literary and scholarly distinction of their historical writing. LSU Press recently published The New Orleans of George Washington Cable: The 1887 Census Office Report, edited with an introduction by Mr. Powell.
Just in time for April’s observance of National Poetry Month, LSU Press author Danny Heitman has published an op-ed in The Christian Science Monitor arguing for the continued importance of poetry. “While I’m not a poet myself, I’ve really deepened my appreciation for poetry over the years by reading the exceptional, Pulitzer Prize-winning line of poetry published by LSU Press, and that, in no small part, is why I try to promote poetry through national commentaries such as this one,” Heitman said of the op-ed. Readers can check out the piece here.
Although Heitman isn’t a poet, his new LSU Press title, A Summer of Birds: John James Audubon at Oakley House, has been hailed for its poetic sensibility. Nationally renowned historian Neil Baldwin praised the book as “satisfying and artful: local history as poetic metaphor.”
The Cincinnati Post put it best when it said,
Some time not too far off, a date toward the end of May could replace Groundhog Day as a critical augury on our national weather calendar. . . .it is the end of May when the National Weather Service makes its forecast for the June 1 to Nov. 30 season.
With hurricane season at hand, the Center for Public Integrity Investigation of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans, City Adrift, responds to the questions, How could all of this have happened in twenty-first-century America? And could it all happen again?
On a more intimate level, New Orleans photographer David Spielman’s Katrinaville Chronicles details through poignant photographs and personal e-mails, the challenges and hardships he endured while staying in New Orleans during and after Katrina. Southern Living declares “[Spielman] uses incredible images and candidly written words to reveal the everyday struggles of survivors in a city turned upside down. He touches the true human side of an event that affected so many.”
The LSU Press staff was saddened to learn that the LSU tiger mascot, Mike V, passed away at 2:23 a.m. on May 18. Mike V was born October 19, 1989, and has been at LSU since he was four months old. He was 17 years old at the time of his passing.
Mike V made his first game appearance during an LSU-Alabama basketball game in 1990. He was the third-longest serving mascot in school history. Read about Mike and the history of LSU’s tiger mascots in Mike the Tiger: The Roar of LSU by Dr. David G. Baker and W. Sheldon Bivin. The younger set can learn more about tigers in Tales of Mike the Tiger: Facts and Fun for Everyone by Dr. David G. Baker and Margaret Taylor Stewart.
From now until May 13, the traveling exhibit "Vanishing Wetlands: Two Views," showcasing images from the book Marsh Mission: Capturing the Vanishing Wetlands, by photographer C C Lockwood and artist Rhea Gary, will be housed at the Conservatory of the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. The purpose of this exhibit is to bring the subject of coastal restoration to the forefront of political discussions and educate the public on the value of Louisiana’s coastline. For more information on the garden or the exhibit, click here for the U.S. Botanic Garden website.
Locally, LSU’s Hill Memorial Library is hosting the exhibit "An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature," based on the book An Unnatural Metropolis by LSU’s Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography Craig E. Colten. The exhibition is open now until June 2, and features images and excerpts from his book relating the challenges of New Orleans’ extreme environmental limitations, including the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. For more information, click here to visit LSU’s Speical Collections website.
During the months of January and February, south Louisiana is alive with the spirit of carnival. For those of you who are partaking in the local festivities or just wishing you were, LSU Press has several titles that are sure to get you in the mood for Mardi Gras.
J. Mark Souther’s New Orleans on Parade, featured as one of Foreword Magazine’s annual Big Ten Picks of University Presses (January/February 2007), traces the city’s twentieth-century embrace of tourism as its economic strong horse, marketing its peculiar and extravagant cultural identity while at the same time struggling with racial, social, and political uncertainty. Souther includes a timely analysis of the effects of Hurricane Katrina on tourism, and ways in which New Orleans might reemerge as an even more enthralling tourist destination. His mix of cultural exploration, engaging narrative, and history is not to be missed this season.
If you miss living in or visiting Louisiana, Frank de Caro’s Louisiana Sojourns: Travelers’ Tales and Literary Journeys might be just what you need to help you get through carnival season. This collection compiles the stories of famous and not-so-famous visitors to Louisiana, vividly recounting the state’s rich history, culture, and environment. These captivating and entertaining tales might just be the nudge you need to book next year’s visit.
For something a bit more contemporary, check out Wide Awake in the Pelican State: Stories by Contemporary Louisiana Writers, edited by Ann Brewster Dobie with a foreword by Ernest J. Gaines. The writers contributing to this volume describe Louisiana characters as varied as the colors of beads and doubloons thrown at parades-some living high and others down on their luck-as they fathom the tragic depths and comic heights of love, betrayal, family, change, and life writ large.