AHF’s “Sense of Place: Stories of Alabama in History and Fiction,” June 26 – 29

There are still about two weeks left to sign up for the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s SUPER Institute, “Sense of Place: Stories of Alabama in History and Fiction,” which will be held at Auburn University at Montgomery from June 26 – 29. Nancy Anderson will be the lead scholar, and I will be the master teacher for the workshop.

The SUPER teacher workshops are open to Alabama teachers. About this workshop, the program website explains:

This three-day residential institute will introduce teachers to resources – people, texts (nonfiction and fiction), places (in Montgomery), movies (drama, rather than documentary), and art – for them to use to introduce their students to Alabama’s rich and varied history and culture. Scholars will guide teachers in the interpretation of new resources in their particular depiction of place in Alabama.

“Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk”

I wanted to take a minute to congratulate Kathleen Rooney on the success of her newest book, the novel Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. I first encountered Kathleen’s work through her poetry, and I’m quite proud that her essay, “Facing South,” is the closing selection in Children of the Changing South. I’ve known since first reading her poems fifteen years ago that Kathleen is one hell of a good writer. Anything she writes is worthy of a reader’s time, and I’m pleased for her that so many people are seeing that. Lillian Boxfish has been named a National Indie Bestseller and has been praised by People magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist.