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Capitol Book & NewsMontgomery Advertiser Column November 9, 2003
This is our 120th column, but our first ever COLLEGE ISSUE. Listed below, in no particular order, are some books about, and upcoming literary events at, some of our favorite area colleges.
There's a brand new book out about Auburn University . It's entitled Auburn: Plainsmen, Tigers, and War Eagles, but it's not nearly so sports-centered as that title might lead you to believe. In fact, it's a history of the University, told mostly in pictures, and no, that's not an Auburn joke. This one is not intended to be an in-depth history; rather, it's a fun stroll down nostalgia lane, and Auburn folks will find something on every page that they'll remember about their old school. It's written by Elizabeth D. Schafer, an Auburn graduate and the daughter of two Auburn faculty members, and the author of last year's hugely successful book about Lake Martin . ($19.95 paperback)
Another Auburn book, this one called Auburn 101, is a board book, sturdy enough that when readers tire of reading it they can chew on it for a while without hurting it, and no, that's not an Auburn joke either. The book is meant for very young children, and it's really very cute, filled with pictures of Auburn iconography presented in such a way that children will not only be indoctrinated into the Auburn way of life, but may just learn a few words and colors and numbers along the way. If you're an Auburn person, and you have very young children or grandchildren, this is the book for you. ($9.95)
The University of Alabama 101. Just like Auburn 101, except.....
Wow. The folks out at AUM have pulled off a real coup. They are bringing one of the preeminent book illustrators/designers in the whole world to Montgomery to lecture on the art of wood engraving. Barry Moser (incidentally an Auburn alum) has illustrated over 200 books in his career, and the source works for these illustrations hang in some pretty prestigious places, like the Metropolitan Museum in New York , the National Gallery of Art, the British Museum , and the Library of Congress. Moser's style is very distinctive, and people all over the world collect every book he illustrates, though Moser dislikes the term "illustrator." He prefers "booksmith," since he does not just illustrate books. He designs them, he does the typography, the calligraphy, the letter spacing. He even designs the book binding and the copy on the end flaps. Pick up a Barry Moser book, and you'll know you're holding something special in your hands.
This is an unbelievable opportunity for anyone interested not just in book illustration and design, but in wood engraving in general. It's like if you lived 500 years ago, and liked to paint, and learned that daVinci was coming to town. The lecture is Wednesday, November 19th, at 6:30 PM in Room 112, Goodwyn Hall, Auburn University Montgomery campus. For more information call the AUM Art Department at (334) 244-3377. This is big. It's also free, and open to everyone.
Not to be outdone by AUM, Huntingdon has their own blockbuster literary event coming up this Thursday, November 13, at 7:30 PM in Flowers Hall with their Readings and Discussion with Poets, which will feature presentations from four poets. And not just any four poets, but Juliana Gray, Joel Brouwer, Jim Murphy, and Andrew Hudgins, a Pulitzer nominee, alumnus of Huntingdon and also alumnus of Lanier High School, where he was a classmate of Thomas, though he, Andrew, hardly ever mentions that. He's also, just so you know, a world class poet, the likes of whom it is rare - extremely rare - for you to have a chance to see in Montgomery .
Andrew has published five books of poetry with Houghton Mifflin: Babylon in a Jar, The Glass Hammer, The Never-Ending, After the Lost War, and Saints and Strangers. His new collection, Ecstatic in the Poison ($24.95 hardcover), has just been published by Overlook Press to excellent reviews.
The Thursday night event is free, and open to the public. During the day prior to the free event, the visiting poets will present workshops for students and interested writers at 1:15 and 2:30 PM The workshops are free for Huntingdon students, $25 for Huntingdon alumni, and $40 for other students. Workshop space is limited. To reserve a space, contact Dr. Cecile Gray at (334) 833-4374._________________________
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