Archives for November 2011

December Read of the Month: “Larry Brown: A Writer’s Life,” by Jean W. Cash

Reviewed by Philip K. Jason Professor Cash’s life story of Mississippi author Larry Brown sets a high standard for biographies of contemporary authors. Her study is a model of how to absorb abundant and varied research materials into a sturdy, accessible prose style. Cash neatly balances materials about Brown’s personal life, his progress as a […]

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Pinckney Benedict’s Miracle Boy and Other Stories

Click to Order Pinckney Benedict’s third collection of stories, Miracle Boy and other Stories, fearlessly merges Benedict’s well-established literary style with a darker, more “popular” approach to storytelling. Born to a family of West Virginia dairy farmers, and a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, Benedict burst onto the literary fiction scene in 1987 with […]

Meet Lisa Wingate, Author of Dandelion Summer

Award-winning novelist, Lisa Wingate, steadily produces quality reads and has established a massive fan base that crosses into both the ABA and CBA markets. Recently, she discussed her writing life with Julie Cantrell of SLR. We hope you enjoy the conversation.      SLR: Lisa, you’ve established yourself as a well-respected author who steadily produces quality […]

“The Color of Lies,” by Donna Meredith

Reviewed by Philip K. Jason In the season of Barack Obama’s successful presidential campaign, the stability of a small South Georgia town is threatened by racial stresses and strains. A racial slur is found on a school blackboard. A dynamic Afro-American minister threatens a law suit against the school system, challenging its treatment of Black […]

An Interview with James Nolan

by Philip K. Jason Our review of James Nolan’s Higher Ground was posted on November 8. Contributor and new executive editor Philip K. Jason interviewed Mr. Nolan about the book. Here it is: SLR: What inspired you to build a novel about New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina? JN: Three days after Katrina hit, […]

Karen White Does it Again! The Strangers on Montagu Street

New York Times bestselling author Karen White has no shortage of fans. A southern girl at heart, she has built a reputation for creating a sense of place in her southern-based novels and a unique ability to describe powerful character relationships. With the November release of the third book in her Charleston series, The Strangers […]

Meet Anne McKee, Author of Historic Photos of Mississippi

Anne McKee is a well-known southern historian and storyteller. In 2009, she released Historic Photos of Mississippi. Since then, the book has become a standard on coffee tables across the south, and it’s still gaining steam. Southern Lit Review enjoyed a lively chat with the delightful Anne McKee, and we hope you’ll learn a bit […]