Archives for December 2011

“Lions of the West,” by Robert Morgan

Robert Morgan.  Lions of the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion.  Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2011. Good histories don’t just tell stories; they make arguments.  Robert Morgan’s arguments in Lions of the West, subtle though they are, run as follows: historians and storytellers cannot help but view dramatic […]


Reviewed by Paul H. Yarbrough If you haven’t read any of Ann Ross’s Miss Julia series, you have missed a clever protagonist and delightful character with whom you could have become quite close. Miss Julia is a light-plotted Miss Marple with a touch of Jan Karon’s easy-going, Southern, genteel, feminine style (think Mitford series). Ms. […]

Bonnie Armstrong

  Bonnie Armstrong’s short stories have appeared in Apalachee Review and Seven Hills Review and her poems in the Penumbra Chapbook. After spending many years as a faculty member and administrator in higher education, she now focuses on writing projects. In her spare time, she provides instructional design consultation at Florida State University and ballroom […]

“The Lacuna,” by Barbara Kingsolver

Reviewed by Bonnie Armstrong Barbara Kingsolver’s first novel in ten years, The Lacuna, opens with the words: “In the beginning were the howlers.”  The howlers are monkeys on an island off the coast of Mexico, and the year is 1929. Born in the United States, Harrison William Shepherd spent his boyhood in Mexico with his […]


— assembled by Philip K. Jason  The 2012 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize Postmark deadline: January 30 (annual) Submissions accepted: December 1 – January 30 Eligibility and Guidelines:   The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. Submit two copies of an unpublished fiction manuscript not to exceed 12 double-spaced […]