"You may be as surprised as I was at the picture that emerges in these pages," writes Cecil Bothwell in the introduction to The Prince of War: Billy Graham's Crusade for a Wholly Christian Empire. "It is not the story of a man of peace." Indeed, Bothwell's book, due out Nov. 15, "gives us a Graham who shrewdly managed his public image while offering religious blessing to both prejudice and war," writes religious scholar Seth Dowland in the Mountain XPress. Bothwell will be making appearances to promote the book around the Southeast in November and December -- you can see a schedule here.
Five papers are duking it out in the 128,000-population Northern Colorado town, and two of them have an alt-weekly pedigree, Westword reports. The Rocky Mountain Chronicle debuted in October, arising from the ashes of former AAN member Rocky Mountain Bullhorn, and the mostly direct-mailed Fort Collins Weekly launched in early 2003, with Boulder Weekly alum Greg Campbell and Joel Dyer at the helm. The other three are faux-alts, including one owned by Gannett's Coloradan, which Campbell calls "one of the weakest, worst daily newspapers I've ever come across." Chronicle Editor Vanessa Martinez (pictured) predicts they won't all survive. "I think some of them are going to fall by the wayside," she says.
Bullhorn Publisher Joseph Rouse announced yesterday that the newspaper's Feb. 2 issue had been its last, according to the Coloradoan. Rouse said negotiations to merge with another alt-weekly had been underway but ended abruptly on Wednesday. The Bullhorn was founded as a monthly in 2000 by Rouse and former editor Vanessa Martinez, then both 22. The newspaper was relaunched with a weekly format in 2003 and was awarded AAN membership in 2004.
Six AAN member papers in the Southeast picked up 61 percent of the awards in SPJ's Green Eyeshade Awards' print (weekly/monthly) division. SPJ has announced the finalists for the awards, and the order of finish will be announced at the Green Eyeshade Banquet April 5. Creative Loafing Atlanta and New Times Broward-Palm Beach picked up six each, while Miami New Times snagged four. Memphis Flyer has two nominations, and Mountain Xpress and Creative Loafing Charlotte came in with one each.