Allen Mendenhall - Managing Editor of Southern Literary Review

Allen Mendenhall is associate dean at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law and executive director of the Blackstone & Burke Center. His books include Literature and Liberty (2014), Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Pragmatism, and the Jurisprudence of Agon (2017), The Southern Philosopher: Collected Essays of John William Corrington (2017) (editor), and Lines from a Southern Lawyer (2017). Visit his website at AllenMendenhall.com.

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Hubert Crouch, Author of “The Word”

  AM: Thanks for taking the time to talk to Southern Literary Review about The Word, your second novel. Jace Forman, the protagonist of your first novel, Cried For No One, is back in this novel. How has your experience as a trial lawyer shaped Jace’s character, if at all? Is it even possible to […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews M. Maitland DeLand, Author of “Nashville Mercy”

AM: Dr. DeLand, thanks for the interview. I’m thankful for the opportunity to talk with you about your debut mystery novel, Nashville Mercy. How did you draw on your Southern roots and medical background to develop the plot of this book? MMD: My entire extended family is in the medical field. Since I was a […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Howard G. Franklin, Author of “Gideon’s Children”

APM: It’s a privilege to do this interview on the occasion of the publication of your novel, Gideon’s Children. This book is quite a bit different from your previous book, An Irish Experience. You’ve gone from travelogue to novel. What prompted the change? HGF: Thank you, Allen, for the opportunity to connect with readers of […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Stephen Roth, Author of “A Plot for Pridemore”

AM: Pridemore, Missouri—the setting for your novel, A Plot for Pridemore. Why this place in particular? SR: Missouri has been my home for the past 26 years, so it made sense to write about a part of the country that was very familiar to me. I also felt that basing Pridemore in Missouri would allow […]

“A Late Encounter With the Civil War,” by Michael Kreyling

Reviewed by Allen Mendenhall Now that it’s 2015, the sesquicentennial of the Civil War has come to a close. Those who don’t follow such anniversaries may not have noticed it was ever here, but it was, although without the fanfare or nostalgia that marked the commemorations at the semi-centennial and the centennial. Michael Kreyling, a […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Tom Turner, Author of “Palm Beach Nasty”

AM:  Hi, Tom.  Thanks for talking to us about your new novel, Palm Beach Nasty.  It’s a crime thriller, and we don’t have a chance to feature many crime thrillers—a genre that’s very popular.  What brought you to the genre? TT:  Thanks for interviewing me, Allen. In answer to your question: Honestly, when I started […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews F. Diane Pickett, Author of “Never Isn’t Long Enough”

AM: Hi, Diane. You were born in Atlanta. So was I, in Piedmont Hospital. And you live in Destin now, where I spent many weeks of my childhood. We’ve probably crossed paths at some point. Where do you do your writing down there at the beach? FDP: I was born at Emory University Hospital. I […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews David Joy, Author of Where All Light Tends to Go

AM: We’re thrilled to interview you at Southern Literary Review, David. Thank you. Your novel is Where All Light Tends to Go, a story about the underbelly of North Carolina, where outlawing is, the opening lines tell us, “as much a matter of blood as hair color and height.” Tell us how Jacob McNeely, your […]