“Plunder,” by Mary Anna Evans

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Review by Philip K. Jason Poisoned Pen Press. 306 pages. $24.95 hardback, $14.95 trade paper. This latest adventure of Ms. Evans’ protagonist, archaeologist Faye Longchamp, has many centers of interest. Faye is at work in the area where the Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico. That is, she is in Louisiana not far from […]

*CONTESTS, CONFERENCES & FESTIVALS

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– 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 Submit two copies of an unpublished fiction manuscript not to exceed 12 double-spaced […]

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

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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 […]

“The Color of Lies,” by Donna Meredith

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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

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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, […]

Higher Ground by James Nolan

Click to Order Higher Ground, by James Nolan Review by Philip K. Jason James Nolan was best known as a poet, poetry translator and critic before publishing an award-winning short story collection, Perpetual Care and Other Stories, in 2008. Higher Ground, winner of the William Faulkner-Wisdom Gold Medal in the novel category, adds another dimension […]

Meet Jennifer Niven, Author of September Read of the Month: Velva Jean Learns to Fly

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     At SLR, we ran a raving review of Jennifer Niven’s first Velva Jean novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, so we were thrilled when we received the sequel, Velva Jean Learns to Fly. Niven didn’t disappoint.      We’re pleased to select this title as our September Read of the Month, and we hope you’ll […]

September Read of the Month, Velva Jean Learns to Fly by Jennifer Niven

September Read of the Month Click to Buy   Velva Jean Learns to Fly By Jennifer Niven Reviewed by Philip K. Jason      Jennifer Niven won much praise and many readers with her first novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive. In that book, the focus is on Velva Jean’s teen years in Depression era Appalachia. […]