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. […]

Meet John Milliken Thompson, Author of The Reservoir – SLR August Read of the Month

     SLR selected John Milliken Thompson’s The Reservoir as the August Read of the Month. The book has received extensive praise among literary circles and the author is being recognized as “one to watch.” SLR contributor Philip K. Jason recently interviewed John Milliken Thompson about this exceptionally crafted novel and his journey as a debut […]

The Reservoir, by John Milliken Thompson

Click to Buy   The Reservoir by John Milliken Thompson Reviewed by Philip K. Jason      The world that Mr. Thompson creates in this astonishing novel has many centers of interest. It is a story of passion, of family feeling, and of spiritual testing. It is a crime story with meticulous development of trial procedure, […]

Philip K. Jason’s Father’s Month Pick

     SLR contributor Phil Jason selects his most influential read by a male Southern author. “One of my favorites is Larry Brown’s Dirty Work,” says Jason, “a brilliant (and very Southern) novel of the Vietnam War and its aftermath.” Click to Buy

Southern Comfort, by Fern Michaels

Southern Comfort By Fern Michaels Reviewed by Philip K. Jason   Click to Buy      Fern Michaels is a writing machine. Best known for the Sisterhood and Godmothers series, she has over 75 million books in print and is still going strong. Though she grew up in Hastings, Pennsylvania, Ms. Michaels moved to South Carolina […]

Velva Jean Learns to Drive, by Jennifer Niven

Click to Buy    Velva Jean Learns to Drive, by Jennifer Niven Review by Philip K. Jason      Jennifer Niven has fashioned a delightful and probing fiction set in the remote Appalachian communities of North Carolina. We first encounter the title character, Velva Jean Hart, in 1933. She is a ten year old whose mind is […]

Reynolds Price Set Bar High for Southern Lit

The literary world says goodbye to Reynolds Price, known by many as the voice of the south. Learn more about Price’s successful career by reading this New York Times article, and if you haven’t treated yourself to a Price read recently, try these:        

Author Anna Lillios Discusses Crossing the Creek: The Literary Friendship of Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Anna Lillios’ study of the fascinating friendship between Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings has resulted in renewed interest in the stories behind the stories.  Lilios’ recently took time to discuss the path that led her to write Crossing the Creek. She also speaks with SLR Contributor Philip K. Jason about plans for continued research and […]