Wednesday, March 27

Director's Cut: SFA Book Series, with Inspiration from Athens

"Director's Cut" is a new(-ish) weekly series on our blog, chronicling the travels and musings of our director, John T. Edge. 

I lived in Athens, Georgia in the 1980s. That was a great time for music—REM, Love Tractor, the Squalls—but (for me, at least) a not-so-great time for college. Let’s just say I was less than focused and move on.

In the years since my departure from Athens and the University of Georgia, I’ve returned many times. For The Oxford American I wrote an Athens-focused piece about the Klan, a murder, and a diner. For the SFA, I worked with locals and colleagues to stage a Potlikker Film Festival in Athens. More recently, I’ve traveled to Athens to eat Hugh Acheson’s food and drink deep from Steven Grubbs’s wine list.

A couple weeks back, along with Brett Anderson, SFA board vice-president and Nieman Fellow; Elizabeth Engelhardt, SFA board member and University of Texas professor; and Psyche Williams-Forson, SFA founder and University of Maryland professor, I traveled to Athens to meet with the good folks at the University of Georgia Press.

This fall, UGA will publish The Larder: Food Studies Methods from the American South. It’s a collection of new essays by leading food studies scholars that showcases interdisciplinary methodologies employed in the American South to study food and cultural life.

That book will be the first in the series Southern Foodways Alliance Studies in Culture, People, and Place. The series, for which Brett, Elizabeth, and Psyche will serve as advisers, explores key themes and tensions in food studies—including race, class, gender, power, and the environment—on a macro scale, and also through the micro stories of men and women who grow, prepare, and serve food.

The series presents a variety of voices, from scholars to journalists to writers of creative nonfiction. If you’re one of those sorts of people and you have a book proposal that’s ready to shop, drop us a line.