The UGA Libraries will host a book publication event and a lecture by an Emory University faculty member.
A reading and reception to mark the publication of The Tangible Past in Athens, Georgia will be held Dec. 4. Matthew Bernstein, chair of film and media studies at Emory, will discuss “‘Selznick’s March’: The Atlanta Premiere of Gone with the Wind” on Dec. 5. Both events, which will be held at 4 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, are open free to the public.
The Tangible Past in Athens, Georgia is a collection of 18 essays by a variety of Athenians. The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library served as the source of much of the material. Five of the book’s 13 authors are UGA alumni, two currently work for UGA and two are UGA retirees.
Bernstein’s lecture will offer an in-depth look at the challenges of staging the 1939 premiere of Gone with the Wind in a segregated Southern city and the ways in which the Atlanta premiere crystallized many of the issues David O. Selznick faced in making the film.