Archives for April 2011

Year of Our Lord: Faith, Hope and Harmony in the Mississippi Delta

Click to Buy     Year of Our Lord : Faith, Hope and Harmony in the Mississippi Delta Written by: T.R. Pearson Photography by: Langdon Clay Review by: Paul H. Yarbrough      Year of Our Lord is a biography of an extraordinary man named Lucas McCarty who claims he is “white on the outside but black […]

Poet Laureate presents Louisiana Poets, Baton Rouge, La

Poet Laureate presents Louisiana Poets Noon–1:30 pm State Library 701 North Fourth Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Wednesday, April 13        In celebration of National Poetry Month, joinLouisiana’s Poet Laureate Darrell Borque as he hosts poets from around the state who will be reading their work.       Participants include Caroline Ancelet, Jack Bedell, Marilyn Burel, Sidney […]

Don’t Miss the Conference on Southern Literature April 14-16

 Conference on Southern Literature     April 14-16    Chattanooga, Tennessee      The Arts & Education Council’s 16th biennial Conference on Southern Literature will feature some of the most beloved writers in Southern literature. Highlights of this year’s event include a tribute to Harper Lee, the premiere of an Elizabeth Spencer documentary, keynote addresses by Dorothy Allison and […]

Southern Lit: All About Mules?

     If you haven’t read Rick Bragg’s latest Southern Journal in April’s issue of Southern Living magazine, check out his humorous take on what makes real Southern Literature:      “Scholars have long debated the defining element of great Southern literature. Is it a sense of place? Fealty to lost causes? A struggle to transcend the boundaries of […]

Meet Kevin Brockmeier, Author of The Illumination

Kevin Brockmeier is the author of the novels The View from the Seventh Layer, The Brief History of the Dead, The Truth About Celia, Things That Fall from the Sky, and two children’s novels.      His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Oxford American, The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories and […]

April Read of the Month: The Illumination, by Kevin Brockmeier

Click to Buy   The Illumination (Pantheon, Feb. 2011) by Kevin Brockmeier Review by Sean Ennis          Kevin Brockmeier’s newest novel, The Illumination, describes a world where all physical pain—from injuries or acute disease or chronic ailments—manifests itself as light.  A sliced thumb, lung cancer, arthritis, even acne shine in ways to match […]