Allen Mendenhall Interviews Bren McClain, Author of “One Good Mama Bone”

AM:  Thanks for the interview, Bren.  Before we talk about your new book, One Good Mama Bone, I’d like to mention something we have in common: We both studied English at Furman University.  Who were your professors there? BM:  Dr. Stanley Crowe was my adviser.  Also Dr. Pate, Gil Allen and Ann Sharp.  Loved them. […]

SLR Managing Editor Allen Mendenhall Publishes New Book on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

SLR Managing editor Allen Mendenhall, who serves as associate dean and executive director of the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, offers fresh, fascinating insight and compelling evidence for how Emerson transformed Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.’s approach to law in his new book, Oliver […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Danny Johnson, Author of “The Last Road Home”

APM:  Congratulations on your debut novel, The Last Road Home.  What’s this book about? DJ: The book is about discovery. Two kids, Junebug who is a white orphaned farm boy, and Fancy who is the daughter of black sharecroppers, meet and form a bond at the age of eight. They spend their growing-up years discovering […]

“The Final Days of Great American Shopping,” by Gilbert Allen

Reviewed by Allen Mendenhall With so many journals and genres available today, the dependable reviewer has a duty to warn off the noble optimists and advise the faint-hearted when a book is not for them.  Obligation thus requires that I caution readers:  Gilbert Allen’s The Final Days of Great American Shopping, a collection of short […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Julia Nunnally Duncan, Author of “A Place That Was Home”

AM:  Julia, it’s great to have the opportunity to promote a regular contributor to Southern Literary Review.  Tell us a little about your new collection of essays, A Place That Was Home. JND:  Thank you, Allen. I appreciate your introducing my new book to your readers. A Place That Was Home is my first nonfiction […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Deborah Mantella, Author of “My Sweet Vidalia”

AM: You’re a transplant to the South. Yet the rich quality of your language is distinctly, authentically Southern. There’s something Natasha Trethewey about it. You must be a reader of Southern literature. DM: First of all, Allen, I am still trying to wrap my writermind around your Natasha Tretheway reference. I am truly honored. I’ve […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Derek Furr, Author of “Semitones”

AM: Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions about your new book, Semitones. I want to start by asking about the title. You provide an epigraph by John Dowland that works toward defining “semitones.” Could you explain the significance of this title, which I’m guessing has to do with the unique musicality […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Elizabeth Harris, Author of “Mayhem”

AM: I appreciate your taking the time to do this interview. Your writing has been called “literary fiction.” Your prose is beautiful and complex, allusive and fluid. The first pages of Mayhem call attention to “a crime whose mention makes men cross their legs,” locate readers in early 20th century Texas, and reference Herodotus and […]