Notes from Mayberry, North Carolina

What Andy Griffith and The Andy Griffith Show did for our family—and many others like ours—what brought us all together was how he showed that North Carolina could be a place to be proud of, and not a place always belittled on TV.

Announcing the Southern Cultures Music Issue and enhanced ebook

Southern Cultures has just released the 2011 Music Issue–in print, online, and in eBook formats–including an enhanced Kindle edition that includes all the tracks from this year’s free CD. The Avett Brothers headline our CD, which also features Doc and Merle Watson and a blend of many more new and classic Southern artists.

The Lost History of the Cherokee Freedmen Controversy

Today, over at the First Peoples blog, UNC Press author Celia Naylor writes about the history and current events surrounding the Cherokee freedmen controversy. In particular, she draws our attention to the historical import of the Dawes Commission, especially as regards sovereignty, race, and citizenship.

Manteo Booksellers, flooded during Irene, needs your help

Independent bookseller Steve Brumfield of Manteo Booksellers asks for assistance after Hurricane Irene flooded the store. Please contact NC Sen. Kay Hagan.

Remembering Reynolds

Today, we leave you with a lovely essay by Georgann Eubanks, author of Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains and Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont.  Here, she writes about the life and work of Reynolds Price–what he meant and continues to mean to her, to all of us readers, to North Carolina, …

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Look Out for Lookout Press, a new literary publisher in our state

North Carolina has a new publishing house! It’s true, and we’re happy to announce it here.  We’ve just heard that UNC Wilmington, Ecotone, the Creative Writing Program’s literary magazine, and the Publishing Laboratory at the University, have joined forces to help create and foster Lookout Books, under the direction of Emily Smith and Ben George. …

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Happy Birthday, Federico Gamboa!

Happy birthday to Federico Gamboa, whose novel ‘Santa’ inspired Mexico’s first “talkie,” several film adaptations, a radio series, TV remake, & comic book porn.

Bland Simpson and Scott Taylor at Harkers Island’s Waterfowl Weekend

This weekend is Waterfowl Weekend at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center at Harkers Island, North Carolina.  Our authors, Bland Simpson and Scott Taylor will surely be there.  Their book is The Coasts of Carolina: Seaside to Sound Country.  What it is, it seems to me, is a love letter to the southern …

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Celebrate Pauli Murray this Sunday in Durham

Hello all and happy weekend! Before we head off into the literal and very beautiful fall sunset today, we want to remind you about Pauli Murray’s 100th birthday celebration on Sunday.  We do hope you’ll attend, or click around the interwebs in her honor if you can’t be there in person. This Sunday, from 3 …

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Celebrate fruitcake! Come on!

Sing along with me . . . there’s a party going on right here . . . Read on to discover the missing link between dollbaby carriages, Truman Capote, Jay Leno, fruitcake, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, dark rum, and Harper Lee. The website for the Fruitcake Festival in Monroeville, Alabama proclaims, “It’s Fruitcake Weather!” and it …

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Susan Reverby Uncovers History of U.S. Medical Testing on Guatemalans

You’ve probably already heard: last Friday President Obama called President Alvaro Colom of Guatemala to apologize for a public health outrage committed 64 years ago.  In 1946, American doctors, with the support of the Public Health Service, conducted experiments on prisoners, the insane, soldiers, and prostitutes, who were initially used to infect the prisoners. Though …

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Banning Books is Alive and Well in America

The following are rulings on and objections to books in the last year.  Read on to see which books these are. 1. “The teacher must appropriately prepare students for parts of the book that may be considered provocative; limit the book to juniors and seniors; should a parent object to the book, board policy is …

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The Story of Service, Part 7: Somerset Place Plantation

On July 26, a mural named SERVICE was dedicated at UNC’s School of Government in the Knapp-Sanders Building. The mural depicts a gathering of African-American leaders at the counter of a diner, painted by Colin Quashie as a creative interpretation of the historical 1960 Greensboro, North Carolina sit-in. We are featuring each of the eight …

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The Story of Service, Part 6: The US Colored Regiment

On July 26, a mural named SERVICE was dedicated at UNC’s School of Government in the Knapp-Sanders Building. The mural depicts a gathering of African-American leaders at the counter of a diner, painted by Colin Quashie as a creative interpretation of the historical 1960 Greensboro, North Carolina sit-in. We are featuring each of the eight …

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Gerda Lerner’s 90th

We write today in anticipation of Gerda Lerner’s 90th birthday, coming up this Friday, April 30.  Her students and colleagues and publishers who know her as the founder of her field all shout “Happy birthday!” But whether you know her by name or not, she has certainly shaped the world of ideas around you.  And …

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