Wednesday, July 16, 2008
This Goodly Land: Alabama's Literary Landscape
This Goodly Land: Alabama’s Literary Landscape is an online literary portal which allows for the exploration of Alabama’s literary landscape. The interactive online map of Alabama links biographical sketches of Alabama authors to parts of the state that are significant to them. The site contained 60 author profiles when it was launched in January 2007 and now contains 134 author profiles.
“This Day in Alabama History” is an exciting new feature that allows anyone to see what happened on today’s date or any other month-day combination. According to the site, “There are still a few blank dates, but we’ve got events for over 85% of the calendar year.” Other new features include a video made during the spring with author Peter Huggins. In the video, Peter reads his poem “An Airfield in Alabama” and discusses what “place” means to him.
The site also contains a blog which will be used to announce new features, new author profiles, upcoming promotional events and other great new features. The blog will contain announcements of special aspects of the site that deserve attention.
This Goodly Land contains resources for teachers and librarians. Lesson plans include exploring Alabama authors, investigating aspects of To Kill a Mockingbird as well as many others.
Visit this site to explore the abundance of Alabama’s rich literary history, past, and present.