Submitted by bookshelf on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 2:02pm
I'm a born-and-raised Seminole, but that doesn't mean I don't admire other university's legacies from afar. It's part of what makes us Southern, I think: Our passion for our schools and our teams. We shout "War Eagle" and send in our alumni checks and root, root, root for the home team.
Why shouldn't that school pride be represented on your bookshelf?
This Saturday, we're welcoming former Tallahassee Democrat president and publisher Carrol Dadisman to the store, where he'll be signing copies of his new book, Dear Old U-G-A. It's a beautiful coffee table book, filled with history and pictures about the University of Georgia. Dadisman tells the university's story through the eyes of the Red and Black student newspaper, which means you get to experience the school's history as it happened, 1893 to present. (And I've got to say: As a former college journalist, I think that makes the book all the more special.)
Christmas is coming, and football season will be over before you know it. Wrap up something special for the passionate UGA fan in your life. Pair Dear Old U-G-A with an Everfan cape or another university-centered book -- I've listed our favorites below.
Submitted by bookshelf on Tue, 10/08/2013 - 7:06pm
One of my all-time favorite movies -- aside, of course, from You've Got Mail -- is Stranger Than Fiction. It's a movie made for book-lovers like me, and in it, the main character, Harold Crick, realizes he's going to die. This, naturally, terrifies him, and he decides to seek counsel (for reasons I won't explain here) from an English professor, who offers Harold this advice:
Dr. Hilbert: "Harold, you could just eat nothing but pancakes if you wanted!"
Harold Crick: "What is wrong with you? I don't want to eat nothing but pancakes! I want to live. I mean, who in their right mind in a choice between pancakes and living chooses pancakes?"
Dr. Hilbert: "Harold, if you pause to think, you'd realize that answer is inextricably contingent upon the type of life being led... And, of course, the quality of the pancakes."
What I'm trying to say is, pancakes are important. Breakfast is important. And even though pancakes and books seem an unlikely combination, you know by now we're all pretty passionate about the food we eat. It's why we've partnered with Lucy & Leo's, and it's why we try to sell local, USA-made products in the store.
This past summer in Atlanta, we were looking for quality food products to sell alongside Lucy & Leo's cupcakes, and the truth is, it's hard to find good food. We scored big with ShugLove, our new candy line, but we still felt like something was missing. Enter Southern Culture Artisan Foods.
Based in Decatur, Georgia, Southern Culture launched just a year ago after owner Erica Barrett had grown tired of boring breakfasts. Now she creates speciality pancake mixes -- including our favorite, Bourbon Salted Pecan (!) -- that are organic, locally-made, and sustainable. (And we taste-tested them, so we know what we're talking about: These mixes make absolutely delicious pancakes.)
I guess it could seem like a stretch to carry gourmet pancake mixes in a bookstore, but a) I really like breakfast, and b) I'm convinced pancake mixes matched with a dish towel or recipe cards or a Pines and Plantations cookbook would make a pretty stellar Christmas gift. And they're only $6.50 a mix, which means you can afford to buy one for yourself and one for someone you love.