Facing South will be shutting down until January 2 for some much-needed holiday R&R. We've had a big year, with the Institute having on impact on issues from the Gulf Coast to the Gulf War.

We thank you for reading, and for joining us as we ignite a new debate about change in the South. Another South is possible!

Still looking for some last-minute gift ideas for your favorite Southerner or South-watcher? Since we posted our last list, readers have sent in some great recommendations:

(1) "Make Cornbread Not War" T-Shirts and Bumperstickers from the Southern Foodways Alliance

(2) "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Parts" Spike Lee's masterpiece on Katrina, now on DVD

(3) "At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968" Civil Rights history by Taylor Branch

(4) "Taking the Long Way," defiant pop-country CD by The Dixie Chicks

(5) "On Agate Hill," latest novel from North Carolina's Lee Smith

(6) And don't forget a Gift Membership or Donation to the Institute for Southern Studies!

And if you haven't had a chance to donate to the Institute's end-of-year fundraising drive, make your contribution today -- we're half way to our $15,000 goal!

Contribute online here or via snail mail by mailing your check payable to Institute for Southern Studies to: ISS, P.O. Box 531, Durham, NC 27702.

Thanks, and Happy Holidays!