What’s Inside: A Century of Women and Handbags, 1900–1999
One of only three purse museums in the world, ESSE Purse Museum & Store is the culmination of owner Anita Davis’ dream of exploring concepts of art, history, and the feminine. The name ESSE comes from the Latin infinitive for “to be,” which embodies what visitors will find in the museum: that a purse is not just a utilitarian bag in which a woman carries her necessities, but an extension of her personal space, her essence, and of the things that make her “her.” This book will serve as an extension of the museum's permanent exhibition, contemplating the purse as container of women's' history through the decades of the 20th century. Decade by decade, readers will join collaborators in conjuring the life and habits of women of the era though images of the period's handbags and contents, histories, artistic renderings, and historical fictions.
November 8, 2018
uncertain, but unafraid: contemporary portraits of the american south
As a photographer and musician, art informs most aspects of Joshua Asante’s life. Asante is a guitarist and lead vocalist for two bands, Velvet Kente and Amasa Hines. Whether he is behind a camera lens or onstage, the aim remains the same: clarity, positivity, and ascension through art. Et Alia is proud to work with him on his first book of photography, featuring images shot across the South.
Asante is a child of gospel and blues and yearning. In Uncertain, But Unafraid he revisits those refrains tirelessly, seeking them out in the faces and spirits of the people he’s encountered over the last decade and a half.
Visit Asante at Church of Chaos.
Renaming the American Landscape
Renaming the American Landscape is a series of photographs documenting natural phenomena and human interactions in United States nature reserves. The images provide rare witnesses to a mass geese migration at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife in northwest Missouri—up to one million birds take part at its peak. However, Loess Bluffs was, until recently, named Squaw Creek, an example of how derogatory language was once routinely woven into the American landscape.
Visit Slagle at www.derekslagle.com.
Rooted: Central arkansas farm and table
Lacey Thacker and Sara Mitchell
Rooted takes readers on a food tour through Central Arkansas. From a buffalo farm raising the state’s only commercial buffalo to a local chocolatier receiving national recognition to a third-generation farm creating their own sustainable techniques, this book celebrates the growers, creators, and food providers committed to creating a healthier and higher quality food experience for consumers.
One interviewee referred to the web of providers in Arkansas as “deep local” because this group of people all know and support each other. This new generation is taking Arkansas’ long agricultural history and putting their own spin on the future of the local movement.
Closet Cases: LGBTIQ Writers on What We Wear
"We shape our identity as LGBTIQ people by what we put on our bodies. We signal to each other with our clothes in silent community on the street. Jean jackets can be armor. Bracelets can be spiritual totems. A belt can save your life, or take it. So this is not merely a "fashion book." It's a collection of artifacts that testify to the power of fashion as a verb, to the complex and lovely strategies that govern what we do in the LGBTIQ community to build authentic selves that are both comfortable and seen."
Visit Volpert at meganvolpert.com.