Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas A Selection of Books, New and Old, From a Variety of Publishers On L2L: December 1, 2017 (click to listen to the episode) About the Episode With the holiday season upon us, this week’s episode of Listening to Literature examines some new books, and some old books, that could make good gifts for the book lover in your life. The holidays, though, don’t have to mean buying something from a store. Sharing your favorite work of literature with others or asking someone what he or she has read recently can open undiscovered avenues with family members or an old friend or can start conversations that lead to new friends. This episode features synopses of recent books from a variety of genres as well as excerpts of some classics, including Marcel Proust’s À la Recherche du Temps Perdu (aka In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past), the poetry of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “Landor’s Cottage.” Correction Ronald Keith Gaddie is a co-author of the book The Three Governors Controversy: Skullduggery, Machinations, and the Decline of Georgia’s Progressive Politics, along with Charles S. Bullock III and Scott E. Buchanan. Dr. Gaddie’s last name…

Pulling at a Thread

Pulling at a Thread Tony Morris On L2L: November 17, 2017 (click to listen to the episode) About the Book Dr. Tony Morris’s most recent book, Pulling at a Thread, is a poetry collection divided into four sections: “Back Roads,” “After the Long Season’s Run,” “The Joy of Madness Made,” and “Four Sonnets + One.” It was a finalist for both the 2014 Anhinga Poetry Prize and the Philip Levine Poetry Book Prize, and it has been called “a tour de force cross-country car trip through America,” with “a fullness and music that will lift you up.” “In Pulling at a Thread,” writes R. T. Smith, “Tony Morris demonstrates how following a single strand can reveal life’s patterns in their brilliant complexity.” About the Author Dr. Tony Morris is a poet and a professor of creative writing and English—although he didn’t initially set out to become an academician. Until his mid-thirties, Dr. Morris worked a series of odd jobs, including fixing bicycles, glazing windows, and selling encyclopedias, as well as ten years as a machine operator in a carbon paper factory. In 1992, however, he quit the factory job, started college, and found a life in journalism. He began writing…

Conrad Aiken and “A Letter From Li Po”

Conrad Aiken and “A Letter From Li Po” Orlando Montoya   On L2L: October 20, 2017 (click to listen to the episode)   About the Event “Snow”: The Conrad Aiken Festival An evening of poetry and prose readings, words to inspire curious minds, and an ice cream social, all centered on the writer’s brilliant short story “Silent Snow, Secret Snow” Hosted by Orlando Montoya 7 p.m., Saturday, October 28, 2017 Unitarian-Universalist Church of Savannah 311 E Harris St, Savannah, GA 31401 (Troup Square, Habersham and Macon streets) For more information: http://www.uusavannah.org/ About Conrad Aiken In 1889, writer Conrad Aiken was born in Savannah. During his lifetime, he became known as a poet, playwright, essayist, and novelist. Scholar Jay Martin, in a 1962 book titled Conrad Aiken: A Life of His Art, calls Aiken “one of the most prolific of modern American writers” (Martin 1962: 3). Aiken’s first book was published in 1914, and he later served as a Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress — a position we now call the U.S. Poet Laureate — and earned honors such as the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the Gold Medal in Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a…