We’ve been gleaning some helpful tips from an ongoing #dearpublisher discussion on Twitter lately, one of which is to provide a list of Twitter handles of our authors. While we have 1,500 tweeple following us and a list of our authors, we thought we’d take it one more step to make it easier for readers to find their authors. Now, on every book page with a tweeting author, you’ll find a link under “Special Features” called “Follow The Author On Twitter,” which links to that author’s Twitter account.
Whether or not you’re a Twitter convert, we recommend checking out our tweeting authors. Their 140-character messages range from updates on new research to weekend plans with the family, and convey the information slightly faster than books! To make it as easy as possible, we’re adding a widget in the sidebar that features tweets from our authors, just below the widget for our own tweets. And now: meet our tweeting folks:
Lynn Coulter @lynn_coulter
Lynn Coulter is a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in Delta Sky, Family Circle, Southern Living, and other publications. She lives with her husband and son in Georgia. Her book, Gardening with Heirloom Seeds: Tried-and-True Flowers, Fruits, and Vegetables for a New Generation, has helped many readers become true green thumbs! (She guest blogged for us about her appearance at Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival in April.)
Laurent Dubois @soccerpolitics
Laurent Dubois is professor of history and Romance studies at Duke University. He is author of A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Carribean, 1787-1804 and Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France.
John T. Edge @johntedge
John T. Edge is director of the Southern Foodways Alliance. He is author of several books, including Fried Chicken: An American Story, and serves as general editor of the book series Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing (volumes 1, 2, and 3 of which are available from the University of North Carolina Press). He is an editor of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 7: Foodways.
Buck Goldstein @buckgold1
Buck Goldstein is University Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and coauthor of Engines of Innovation: The Entrepreneurial University in the Twenty-First Century with UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp.
Sandra Gutierrez @sandralatinista
Sandra is working on a fantastic cookbook that’s not yet published, but trust us, you’ll want to get to know her. She keeps up a blog, Sanda’s Kitchen Studio, where she writes about her culinary adventures and posts delightful pictures and recipes. This snack will hold us over, but we’re really looking forward to the main course!
Blair L.M. Kelley @profblmkelley
Blair L. M. Kelley is associate professor and director of graduate programs in the History Department at North Carolina State University. She’s one of our most Twitter-active authors, and the author of Right to Ride: Streetcar Boycotts and African American Citizenship in the Era of Plessy v. Ferguson. She was recently featured on WUNC’s The State of Things and she also guest blogs for us.
Paul Knipple @PaulKnipple
Paul Knipple shares a common interest with the UNC Press gang as a lover of food. He and he wife, Angela, are working on a cookbook not yet published, but you can learn more about their latest adventures through their blog.
Malinda Lowery @malindalowery
Malinda Maynor Lowery (Lumbee) is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a native of Robeson County, North Carolina. She is author of Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation and has produced three documentary films about Native American issues.
Joe Miller @joeagogo
Joe Miller has been writing about health, fitness, and the outdoors for about 18 years. His writing first appeared in the Travel section of the Raleigh daily newspaper The News & Observer, in features about hiking, cycling, climbing, and other adrenaline-inducing adventures. His features turned into a weekly column, which evolved to cover health and fitness on his blog, Get Going NC! His book, Backpacking North Carolina: The Definitive Guide to 43 Can’t-Miss Trips from Mountains to Sea, is due out Spring 2011.
Stephen Prothero @sprothero
Stephen Prothero is professor of religion at Boston University and author or editor of several books, including American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon and A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America. He’s a regular Tweeter and contributor to CNN’s Belief Blog.
Anne Whisnant @amwhisnant
Anne Mitchell Whisnant received her Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is now Director of Research, Communications, and Programs for the Office of Faculty Governance and adjunct assistant professor of history. She has worked as a consultant to the National Park Service and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. She wrote Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History, which has more information available online at www.superscenic.com.