Archives for August 2010

Tennessee Williams Tribute

The Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes in Columbus, Ms., from September 6 to 12, 2010, celebrates the playwright with scholarly panels, plays, tours and receptions. This is one of many events scheduled each year across the Southern Literary Trail. The Southern Literary Trail is a collaboration of eighteen southern towns from Natchez to […]

Meet Mary Jane Ryals, Author of Cookie and Me

Textbooks, poetry, novels—Mary Jane Ryals writes them all. Cookie and Me, her debut novel, will be released in September by Kitsune Books. Ryals was named the first Poet Laureate of the Big Bend in 2008 and released her first book of poetry, The Moving Waters, the same year. Ryals performs with a popular poetry troupe, […]

Cookie and Me, by Mary Jane Ryals

Thirteen-year-old Rayann Wood narrates the poignant tale of her dysfunctional family and the redeeming power of friendship in the novel Cookie and Me, by Mary Jane Ryals (Kitsune Books, Sept, 2010). Sassy yet poetic, southern yet universal, Rayann’s voice rings out as true and wise and unforgettable as Scout’s in To Kill a Mockingbird. Set […]

Donna Meredith

After 29 years of teaching high school English, journalism, and TV production in West Virginia and Georgia, Donna Meredith retired to provide a more convenient door-opening service for her Pomeranians. When she isn’t responding to yaps, she writes. With advanced degrees in both English and journalism, Donna has also participated in graduate fiction writing workshops […]

Algonkian Park Workshop

The Algonkian Park Workshop   September 15 – September 19 Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, Virginia This conference offers workshops on novel writing, as well as readings, discussions, and a manuscript consultation. The faculty includes fiction writers Robert Bausch and Michael Neff and agent Paige Wheeler. The cost of the conference is $865, which includes lodging, breakfast, […]

Meet James Lee Burke, Author of The Glass Rainbow

With yet another bestseller on his hands, Louisiana author James Lee Burke kindly took a few minutes to answer questions from SLR contributor Phil Jason. Why is it important to remind readers that Dave Robicheaux’s Vietnam War experiences have shaped him and are never really distant?   Dave’s war experience serves as a background to […]

The Glass Rainbow, by James Lee Burke

 Review by Philip K. Jason  The publication of a new Dave Robicheaux novel is always a cause for celebration. This classic detective series is perhaps the best case to be made that no real distinction need exist between genre writing and literary writing. With The Glass Rainbow, the 18thRobicheaux installment, James Lee Burke is at […]

Don’t Miss Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference & Workshops

The Oxford Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference & Workshops  November 11-14, 2010 • Oxford, Mississippi   Lee Gutkind • Robert Goolrick • Dinty W. Moore • Beth Ann Fennelly • Kristen Iversen Mike Rosenwald • David Magee • Jeff Kleinman • Gillian MacKenzie • Tom French Stella Connell • John T. Edge • Neil White • Margaret […]