Cover To Cover is the anchor program for GPB’s literary coverage. Cover To Cover features a collection of distinctive Southern voices interviewing Georgia writers, Southern writers, and writers dealing with the South. The GPB Southern Lit Cadre will provide you with a varied, weekly glimpse at fiction, non-fiction, history, poetry, and even the occasional ‘old school’ nod to Flannery O’Connor or William Faulkner.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Diehard Rebels

This week on Cover to Cover:

Jason Phillips persuasively answers a Civil War mystery: Why did so many Confederates doggedly keep fighting when any rational observer would have recognized looming defeat? Examining a most impressive array of sources, particularly soldiers' letters and diary entries from 1863 to 1865, Phillips explores how religious faith, cheerleading propaganda, admiration of the officer class, hatred of Yankees, military discipline, bonding in the ranks, and stubborn denial of the obvious were all factors. Phillips eloquently and poignantly recounts the deprivations and sacrifices that were endured by Confederate diehards in vain hope of eventual victory and the haunting legacy of that resistance for all Southerners, black and white, over the next 100 years. Interview is by Southern Lit Cadre member and Georgia Historical Society Major Domo Dr. Stan Deaton.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Art of Keeping Secrets

Southern writer Patti Callahan Henry takes her first dip into writing mystery in her new novel The Art of Keeping Secrets. Its the story of a widowed woman who uncovers a secret about her husband that turns everything she believes on its head. Callahan-Henry reveals the power secrets can have in our lives as her characters walk the gossamer line between betrayal and trust. Join Melissa Stiers on Cover to Cover this Sunday for a conversation with the author that delves into this mysterious tale and uncovers the idiosyncrasies of Callahan Henrys own writing life.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New Georgia Encyclopedia

How does one put together an encyclopedia from scratch? John Inscoe, a professor of history at the University of Georgia, faced that tall order and succeeded admirably. Inscoe is the general editor of the New Georgia Encyclopedia, an online publication that is a treasure trove of information on all things Georgia-related, from history to politics to Nascar . The NGE is a project of the Georgia Humanities Council in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, the Office of the Governor, and the Technical College System of Georgia. In this interview, Inscoe talks about the challenges of riding herd on all the information, the wide array of subjects covered, what got in and what didn't, and the future of the printed book in the digital age.

Join Emory Mulling this Sunday at 8:00PM on Cover to Cover to learn more about this powerful new educational tool. Only on GPB Radio (and online too!).

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

8,186,453 People

...within 57,906 sq. miles makes Georgia the 10th most populous state and 24th largest in land mass. These quick facts are among a smörgåsbord of knowledge found at The New Georgia Encyclopedia. This week on Cover to Cover, host Stan Deaton, speaks on this fantastic resource for history, georgraphical info, and simple trivia about our Peach State. Tune in this Sunday at 8:00PM on GPB. Click here to listen from the comfort of your computer.