Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What's out??

Here's another roundup of recent Southern books being published. We've got an eclectic mix, as usual!

Wiley Cash's first novel A Land More Kind Than Home is set in the mountains of North Carolina. Here's what the Library Journal has to say:
"The River Road Church of Christ in Signs Following is a secretive place, with newspapers taped over the windows so you can’t see in, and the minister, Carson Chambliss, is often seen on a Sunday morning carrying cages made of wood and chicken-wire into the building. Still, the neighbors pay little attention until an autistic child becomes the victim of a special healing service, and the local sheriff launches an investigation."
Mississippi author Jonathan Odell sets his second novel The Healing during plantation-era slavery slave-era. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the book "transcends any cliches of the genre with its captivating, at times almost lyrical, prose; its firm grasp of history; vivid scenes; and vital, fully realized people, particularly the slaves with their many shades of color and modes of survival — none more so than Polly Shine and Granada."
 New Orleans resident Michael Jeffrey Lee recently published Something In My Eye, a collection of short stories that won the 2010 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Says Sarabande Books, who published Lee's collection, Lee's stories are "bizarre and smart and stilted, like dystopic fables told by a redneck Samuel Beckett. Outcasts hunker under bridges, or hole up in bars, waiting for the hurricane to hit."

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Meet Southern stars for lunch

If you happen to live in the Chapel Hill, NC, area or are going to be there on February 19-20, you will want to check out the "Writers for Readers Book and Author Luncheon." It's going to be at the fancy Carolina Inn, and all the Southern big guns will be there: Lee Smith, Daniel Wallace (of Big Fish fame), Kevin Wilson (The Family Fang),  Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Natasha Trethewey, and The New York Times best seller, Robert Goolrick.

You can buy tickets from The Orange County Literacy Council website.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Southern books to check out...

Here's a random list of Southern-style books I've found while rambling online... I haven't read any of them, but they all look interesting, and I'm going to try to check them out this year.

Flannery O'Connor: The Cartoons. Before she became an author, O'Connor wanted to be a cartoonist. Here's an anthology of her cartoons for high school and college publications.

Preachers and misfits, prophets, and thieves: The minister in Southern fiction by G. Lee Ramsey, Jr. An exploration of the weird world of religious zealots in Southern fiction such as Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood.

Southern Fried Women by Pamela King Cable. Ten short stories featuring women of the "real" South; these ain't your typical Southern Belles!

In Love with the Enemy by Brigett Scott. This is the first novel from Scott, who is also an assistant professor at Nicholls State University in Louisiana. Her book features a "small-town Southern girl" who looks to be a regular "Jane Bond"!