Recent Events, News, Reviews and Appearances:
- Book Review by Barbara J. Shircliffe, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Volume 110, No. 1, Winter 2012.(may require subscription to access)
- Book Review by Brian L. Hackett, West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies, New Series, Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 2012. (may require subscription to access)
- Crawfish Bottom wins the Clay Lancaster Heritage Education Award given by the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation in June 2012.
- Kentucky Historical Society, “Food For Thought: Crawfish Bottom,” May 16, 2012.
- Symposium on Urbanization in the US and China, Shanghai, China, March 29, 2012: Participated on a panel made up of scholars from the US and China discussing research on Crawfish Bottom and oral history’s role in the documentation of urban change.
- “Using Oral History to Document Urban Change,” Beijing, China, March 26, 2012: Participated in a public roundtable discussion at the US Embassy’s Cultural Affairs Office.
- Filson Historical Society, January 18, 2012: Author of Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community, Douglas A. Boyd comes to speak at the Filson Historical Society
- Kentucky Book Fair: There’s Still Something About a Hardback, Frankfort State Journal, November 13, 2011.
- Book review: ‘Crawfish Bottom’ a fascinating subject, Bowling Green Daily News, November 6, 2011.
- Regional Author day at Joseph Beth Books in Lexington Kentucky
- Presentation/Book Signing at the Orlando Brown House on Friday, November 11, from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, November 11th as a precursor to the Kentucky Book Fair and part of Downtown Frankfort’s Candlelight Tour.
- Kentucky Book Fair, November 12, Frankfort, Kentucky.
“Crawfish Bottom is a fascinating story well told. By combining narrative skills with sound theory and original methodology in his use of oral and archival sources, Boyd revives the memory and narrative of a community that was wiped out in the name of progress.”
—Alessandro Portelli, author of They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History
“Urban planners seldom listened to the communities they bulldozed, but oral history can recapture the historical memory of what has been lost. Crawfish Bottom provides a vivid and layered history of the colorful community that once existed on the banks of the Kentucky River, in the words of its inhabitants and in a critical analysis of their interviews.”
—Donald A. Ritchie, author of Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide
“This captivating book conveys a portrait of a community physically lost to urban renewal. As important, Crawfish Bottom contributes to our understanding of the nature of popular memory. Boyd goes beyond generalizations and uses the skills of the historian and folklorist to document the process by which community identity and self-understanding are created, challenged and reshaped in both past and present, and most interestingly by the very intervention of the oral historian. This book will be of great interest to all those interested in the nature and study of community.”
–Tracy K’Meyer, author of Civil Rights in the Gateway to the South: Louisville, Kentucky, 1945-1980