Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Video: "Where Are You From?"

Back in the fall of 2006, when we were getting This Goodly Land ready for public launch, we knew that we would have to address the issue of what constitutes an "Alabama author." We saw and liked an essay written by Todd Keith, then editor of PORTICO Magazine, on what it means to be a Birmingham writer. We asked Todd if he would adapt this to Alabama writers as a whole, and he agreed. "Literary Alabama: Is There Such a Thing As an 'Alabama Writer'?" has been on our site from the beginning.

This past spring, we asked local author and Auburn University English instructor Peter Huggins to make a video with us and say something about his relationship with Alabama. Fortunately for us, Peter had recently published an essay on the meaning of place in literature, and he adapted it for our purpose. The resulting video, "Where Are You From?", is now on our Web site and available for viewing.

Midge Coates, Project Manager
This Goodly Land: Alabama's Literary Landscape

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