Archive for November, 2009

Son of NewSouth Author Phil Noble Creates Hope Plus Web Site

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 by Randall Williams

In a case of the acorn not falling far from the tree, Phil Noble Jr., son of the author of NewSouth’s 2003 memoir Beyond the Burning Bus — about the civil rights movement in Anniston, Alabama — is launching an international website, Hope Plus, that promotes social politics.

Phil Jr. grew up in Anniston, which gained infamy in 1961 when a KKK-led mob attacked and firebombed a bus carrying Freedom Riders across the South in a test of the Kennedy administration’s commitment to enforcing new regulations barring segregation in interstate travel. Phil Sr. was the pastor at the time of the Presbyterian church in Anniston, and he subsequently was one of the leaders of efforts to undo the racial tension and to peacefully desegregate Anniston. He describes this historic effort in his critically acclaimed memoir.

Phil Jr., meanwhile, grew up to become a leader in progressive politics in South Carolina and Washington. He has become an expert at using technology and social networking media for good causes through PoliticsOnline.

The Hope Plus web portal will extend these good works internationally by offering “online tools to enable social projects such as building schools and fighting pollution.” According to the BBC, the site will launch in December at the Copenhagen Climate Change conference.

Chicken Man Gets Positive Notice from News & Record

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 by Lisa Harrison

A nice review for a very nice book. That’s how we characterize the write-up of Michelle Edwards’ classic of Jewish children’s literature, Chicken Man, which appeared in “Page Turners,” a blog of the Greensboro, North Carolina News & Record.

From the review:

This story is filled with Jewish history references, but not so many that a non-Jewish reader can’t enjoy it. The artwork, which includes a labeled map of the village and illustrations of each job Rody takes on, adds humor to the tale. 

Chicken Man is the story of Rody, a hard worker on an Israeli kibbutz who demonstrates that it’s not what you do but the love you put into the doing that makes a difference. The book, by Michelle Edwards, is a National Jewish Book Award winner. It was reissued by NewSouth Books in hardcover and paperback. NewSouth’s new edition of Chicken Man includes an updated afterword by the author, discussing how kibbutz life has changed in Israel since Chicken Man was first published. There you can get “all the information you need to enjoy the book without having to Google ‘Jewish culture,'” says reviewer Kim Stack Mills.

Chicken Man is available directly from NewSouth Books, or your favorite local or online retailer.