Excerpt from “BS,” by Steven L. Parker

This excerpt comes from Chapter One of Steven L. Parker’s novel, BS, published by Red Dirt Press of Shawnee, Oklahoma, released in June 2015. Parker serves as an Appellate Judge for the Southern Plains Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and as District Judge for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. A lawyer by trade, […]

Excerpt from the Novel “This Side of the River,” by Jeffrey Stayton

Nashville is a rock, the past fossiled in the memory of its stone. It tells me the future embedded in the living rock. I cannot sleep. I dare not sleep. Cat Harvey will send for me. Maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow, maybe next month. I will go to him, knowing that he has been cursed with […]

Southern Literary Review Honors Medgar Evers

This month, Southern Literary Review honors Medgar Evers, the African-American Civil Rights leader from Mississippi who was murdered in 1963.  Our Read of the Month, reviewed by William Aarnes of Furman University, is Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers (University of Georgia Press, 2013), a collection of poems by Frank X. Walker.  That review will be followed […]

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What Southern Titles Inspire Kerry Madden?

     In honor of Mother’s Day, SLR contributors are letting you in on their deepest secrets by confessing the names of books by southern female authors that have most influenced their lives.      For novelist Kerry Madden, the list is topped with two of Lee Smith’s works: Fair and Tender Ladies as well as Oral History. Click to Buy Click to Buy        […]

Southern Lit: All About Mules?

     If you haven’t read Rick Bragg’s latest Southern Journal in April’s issue of Southern Living magazine, check out his humorous take on what makes real Southern Literature:      “Scholars have long debated the defining element of great Southern literature. Is it a sense of place? Fealty to lost causes? A struggle to transcend the boundaries of […]

Kerry Madden’s Tips to Surviving Book Promotion

Yesterday, author Kerry Madden posted one of the best tiplists for book promotion I’ve ever seen. If you aren’t John Grisham or JK Rowling, it’s likely you’ll benefit from Kerry’s advice. Read the entire post at A Good Blog is Hard To Find and learn when to start marketing your book (long before it hits shelves), how children and tourists […]