This week, I’m welcoming back, scholar, translator, teacher, and novelist,
Betty Jean Craige.
Betty Jean Craige is University Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and Director Emerita of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia.
She received her B.A. in Spanish Literature from Pomona College (1968) and her M.A. (1970) and Ph.D. (1974) in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington. She taught at the University of Georgia from 1973 to 2011.
Dr. Craige has published books in the fields of Spanish poetry, modern literature, history of ideas, politics, ecology, and art. She is a scholar, a translator, a teacher, and a novelist.
In 2010, Dr. Craige published in both hardback and audiobook Conversations with Cosmo: At Home with an African Grey Parrot. In 2011 and 2012 she published a weekly Sunday column in the Athens Banner-Herald titled “Cosmo Talks.”
Dr. Craige’s essays have appeared in PMLA, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, andThe Athens Banner Herald.
Dr. Craige has received the University of Georgia Alumni Society Faculty Service Award (1994), the Albert Christ-Janer Award for Creativity in Research (2003), the Blue Key Service Award (2010), and the Women’s Studies Faculty Award (2011). She has also received awards for teaching, including the Honoratus Medal from the Honors Program. The title “University Professor” was granted to her in 1995 as “highest recognition for significant impact on The University of Georgia.” On May 13, 2004, she received the Governor’s Award in the Humanities.
On December 20, 2003, Dr. Craige delivered the graduate and professional schools’ commencement address at the University of Georgia. On January 27, 2012, she gave the University’s Founders Day Lecture. On September 17, 2013, she accepted the Jeannette Rankin Fund Founders’ Award. In March of 2014, UGA’s Comparative Literature Department honored her by establishing an annual lecture in her name.
Dr. Craige was Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Delta Prize for Global Understanding. Most recently she has written a murder mystery titled Downstream, published by Black Opal Books on November 26, 2014.
Her latest mystery is:
A Witherston Murder Mystery
Things were always dangerous in a blizzard, but his was beyond the normal—something strange was definitely going on…
On a cold winter evening in the small mountain town of Witherston, Georgia, antique dealer Hempton Fairfield auctions off rare Cherokee artifacts, Appalachian antiques, and a young African Grey parrot. Late that night, a blizzard stops traffic for a three-mile stretch of the Witherston Highway, prohibiting anyone’s arrival or departure and stranding an eighteen-wheel semi full of chickens. The next morning two bodies are discovered in the snow, the chickens are running free, and the parrot is missing, leaving a number of unanswered questions. What happened? Where’s the parrot? How did the chickens escape the stranded truck? Who rightfully owns the remnants of the thousand-year-old Cherokee civilization? Who killed the two men? And, most importantly, how many more bodies will turn up before the killer is caught?
Visit Betty Jean at: http://www.bettyjeancraige.com
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Fairfields-Auction-Witherston-Murder-Mystery-ebook/dp/B01AXN3546/ref=pd_sim_351_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=61LF69%2BLdzL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_OU01_AC_UL160_SR107%2C160_&refRID=1B0EYY0M7AA5BZS4VHYE
Betty Jean and I would love to hear from you, so please feel free to leave a comment.
Other works by BJ:
Lorca’s Poet in New York: The Fall into Consciousness. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1977
Literary Relativity. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1982
Reconnection: Dualism to Holism in Literary Study. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1988 (cloth and paper) Winner of Frederic W. Ness Award
Laying the Ladder Down: The Emergence of Cultural Holism. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1992. (cloth and paper) Winner of Georgia Author of the Year for Non-fiction
American Patriotism in a Global Society. SUNY Series in Global Politics. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996 (cloth and paper)
Eugene Odum: Ecosystem Ecologist and Environmentalist. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2001. (paper edition, 2002)
Conversations with Cosmo: At Home with an African Grey Parrot. Santa Fe: Sherman Asher Publishing, 2010. Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Silver Award (Category Pets) (2011)
Conversations with Cosmo: At Home with an African Grey Parrot. Red Planet Audiobooks, 2010
Parola di Papagallo (Italian translation of Conversations with Cosmo). Mediterranee, 2013