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 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 […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Richelle Putnam, Author of The Inspiring Life of Eudora Welty

AM: Thank you for talking to us about your latest book, The Inspiring Life of Eudora Welty. If my memory is correct, this is the first interview that Southern Literary Review has done about a work in the young-adult (or, as they say, YA) category. I’d like to start by asking about your decision to […]

Word of the South Festival

Word of South, a festival of literature and music with its inaugural event scheduled for April 11-12, 2015, is a unique blend of writers and musicians and an exploration of the relationship between the two disciplines. The festival will feature authors who write about music, musicians who also are authors, authors and musicians appearing together, […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Robert J. Ernst, author of “The Inside War”

APM: Thanks for taking the time to sit down for this interview, Bob. Your novel The Inside War is about an Appalachian mountain family during the Civil War. How long have you been interested in the Civil War? RJE: I have had an interest in the Civil War for many years. Specifically, the effect of […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Barbara Davis, Author of “The Wishing Tide”

APM:  Through my fault.             Through my fault.             Through my most grievous fault. So opens your novel The Wishing Tide. This refrain is repeated elsewhere in the novel in chapters attributed to the character Mary. It’s a rhythmic reminder, I think, of the crashing and retreating tides of love and life. What about this […]

“The Mockingbird Next Door,” by Marja Mills

Reviewed by Allen Mendenhall Nelle Harper Lee has been embroiled in lawsuits over the last couple of years and making headlines for her alleged litigiousness. Marja Mills’s The Mockingbird Next Door is a welcome and timely look at Nelle (as her friends and family call her) from another angle, one that offers us a fuller […]