Alabama Center for the Book at AU launches online literary map

AUBURN – The Alabama Center for the Book has launched “This Goodly Land: Alabama’s Literary Landscape, ” an online literary map that gives readers of all ages quick and easy access to literary information about Alabama writers. The Web site highlights Alabama’s literary past, present and future through the state’s authors and their works.

The Alabama Center for the Book is a program of Auburn University’s Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts.

In addition to using the online map to locate authors by county, users can search the site by author name or book title. Information for each author includes a photo or image, a biography, a list of selected works, the author’s interests and themes, awards and honors, suggestions for further reference and the location of the author’s papers.

“This online literary resource will guide students, adult readers and scholars as they explore Alabama’s rich literary culture and heritage,” said Jay Lamar, director of the Alabama Center for the Book. “Readers will experience a virtual connection to the culture of Alabama and the writers who lived, created and are buried there.”

The authors included in this project have been selected by a committee made up of scholars and experts in Alabama literature. So far more than 200 writers have been chosen for “This Goodly Land” including poets and playwrights, novelists and essayists, memoirists and journalists, short story writers and children’s authors.

Entries range from Fannie Flagg and Rick Bragg to Zora Neale Hurston, Truman Capote and Harper Lee and include Alabama’s first poet laureate, Samuel Mintern Peck.

Organizations that partnered to provide help and support for this project include the Alabama State Council on the Arts; the Alabama Council of Teachers of English; the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries; the Alabama Writers Forum; the Alabama Public Library Service; the Alabama Humanities Foundation; and AU’s College of Liberal Arts with technical support.

The project was funded by the Alabama Council of Teachers of English, the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Arts Car Tag fund.

The Alabama Center for the Book is the state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Its purpose is to promote books, reading, literacy, publishing and public libraries to citizens of the state. Among its other projects are the Alabama Book Festival, Letters About Literature and Alabama Gets Caught Reading.

To find out about Alabama authors and literature using “This Goodly Land” go to www.alabamaliterarymap.org.

For more information about other projects of the Alabama Center for the Book, call (334) 844-4946 or go to www.alabamabookcenter.org.

(Contributed by Mark Wilson.)

Contact: Mark Wilson, (334) 844-4948 (wilsom3@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)