Sunday, August 29, 2010

More On the Oil Spill

In the summer, 2010 issue of Vanderbilt Magazine, Gaillard offered additional reflections on the oil spill. “For some of us,” he wrote, “the stakes are first of all aesthetic. We love the pelicans and the great blue herons, the cypress trees and the white sand beaches, and that haunting, subtle beauty of the marsh. Now, suddenly, the images of oil-soaked birds and deep red stains in the sawgrass savannah are themselves enough to break people’s hearts. But the damage, of course, goes deeper than that.” For full text, click here.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Village Wisdom

Frye Gaillard wrote the foreword for Village Wisdom: Immersed in Uganda, Inspired by Job, Changed for Life, a memoir in photographs and words by North Carolina artist Carrie Wagner. The book, published in the spring of 2010 by Butler Mountain Press of Asheville, NC, tells the story of Carrie and her husband Bob, who spent three years as Habitat for Humanity volunteers in Uganda. In the Foreword, Gaillard summarized the book this way: “It is a memoir offered with humility and heart, and for some of us lucky enough to read it, it carries a certain measure of discomfort. We are reminded of the magnitude of global need, and how little most of us do to meet it, and the opportunities we are missing in the process. It may well be that the resulting unease is the greatest single gift of this book.”
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

To Live and Write in Dixie

Gaillard co-edited and wrote the foreword by this collection of new work by Alabama poet P.T. Paul. To Live and Write in Dixie was published in the winter of 2010 by Negative Capability Press, founded and operated by Alabama Poet Laureate Sue Walker. In the foreword, Gaillard called Paul’s book “…A thoughtful body of work, soaring in places, earthy in others, touching the heart and soul of the South.”

Monday, February 1, 2010

Tribute to Chancellor Alexander Heard

The fall 2009 issue of Vanderbilt Magazine contains Frye Gaillard’s personal tribute to the late Vanderbilt University Chancellor Alexander Heard, one of the greatest educators of the 20th century. Gaillard writes of his own student days at Vanderbilt and his interactions with Heard during those years in the 1960s. But more importantly, he writes about Heard’s steady hand at the helm of one of the South’s most respected universities.

Native American Exhibition

Gaillard wrote the text for a traveling photography exhibition depicting the lives of Native Americans east of the Mississippi River as the 20th century drew to a close. For the past ten years these photographs, taken by award-winning photographer Carolyn DeMeritt, have traveled to venues throughout the South. Now an 80-page catalogue published in association with the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University offers a permanent record of this historic exhibition. This catalogue, entitled “We’re Still Here:” Native Americans of the South and East, can be ordered through In addition, Gaillard’s 1998 book, As Long As the Waters Flow, which gave rise to the photography exhibition, is still available through John F. Blair, Publisher, Winston-Salem, NC.

“Frye Gaillard in words and Carolyn DeMeritt with images have filled a broad gap in our knowledge…”

-- Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

“… A moving story of survival … a hopeful, exhilarating tale…”

-- Studs Terkel, author of Hard Times

Deliver Us from Weasels

Gaillard wrote the preface for this new collection of columns and other writings by the award-winning journalist and editor, John Grooms. Grooms’ intelligent, acerbic commentary set the tone for Creative Loafing, a weekly alternative paper in Charlotte, NC, which he edited and built into a major journalistic force. This book-length collection of Grooms’ best work was published in November, 2009, and is available through Main Street Rag Publishing Company, Charlotte, NC.

American Crisis, Southern Solutions

Gaillard contributed a chapter to this collection of commentary by some of the South’s leading scholars and authors. The book, edited by Anthony Dunbar, was published in 2008 by NewSouth Books of Montgomery, AL. Gaillard’s chapter, a profile of African-American doctor Regina Benjamin, drew renewed attention in 2009 when President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Benjamin to be Surgeon General of the United States.

Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas

This engaging collection of essays, published in 2008 and edited by journalist Ann Wicker, contains two chapters by Frye Gaillard. Gaillard wrote about singer-songwriter Marshall Chapman, a native of Spartanburg, SC, and country music legend Arthur Smith, composer of “Duelin’ Banjos.” The book is available through Novello Festival Press, Charlotte, NC.

Making Notes is a rollicking road trip through the music of the Carolinas,” wrote former Rolling Stone publisher Terry Hummel. “If you really love music, don’t miss this book.”

The Way It Was: A Memoir

Gaillard edited and wrote the introduction for this 2007 collection of remembrance by Charlotte writer Tom Peacock. The book, published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company, features Peacock’s reflections on growing up in the Depression, as well as his own look back at World War II. “His recollections are rich in their array of characters,” Gaillard wrote, “and his wry observations are deepened by the depth of his gentle understandings.” The Way It Was, the first book-length collection of Peacock’s writings, was published when he was 87 years old.

Encyclopedia of Alabama

Gaillard contributed two entries, one on Rosa Parks, the other on Ralph David Abernathy, to this online encyclopedia created by Auburn University. EOA was cited as a "Best of Free Reference" by the Library Journal, the library field's leading professional publication.

Conference on Hurricane Katrina

In March 2007, Gaillard presented a paper at a conference entitled, “Through the Eye of Katrina: The Past as Prologue,” a national gathering of historians sponsored by the University of South Alabama’s Department of History in association with the Journal of American History. Gaillard’s paper, exploring the effects of the storm on the Alabama fishing village of Bayou La Batre, was published with those of the other scholars in the December 2007 edition of the Journal of American History.

Inspired Cooking

In 2007, First Presbyterian Church in downtown Charlotte published an elegant collection of essays and recipes to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the church. Gaillard contributed a remembrance of U.S. District Judge James B. McMillan, an elder in the church, who, in his official capacity as a federal judge, had ordered the total integration of Charlotte's public schools. The landmark ruling, at least for a time, forced Charlotte to confront its history of segregation, and in the book, entitled Inspired Cooking: Recipes and Reflections from the Heart of Charlotte, Gaillard celebrated McMillan's legacy of courage and faith.