Allen Mendenhall Interviews Stephen Roth, Author of “A Plot for Pridemore”

AM: Pridemore, Missouri—the setting for your novel, A Plot for Pridemore. Why this place in particular? SR: Missouri has been my home for the past 26 years, so it made sense to write about a part of the country that was very familiar to me. I also felt that basing Pridemore in Missouri would allow […]

Southern LitFest 2015

Bourbon, Literature and Southern Charm: Southern LitFest 2015 June 5 & 6, Newnan, Georgia Good food, great literature, bourbon on an inviting porch, Market Day on the square, fiddlers picking a bluegrass tune …people having a great time talking about books, films and Southern culture in a classic small town setting. Highlights include: On Friday evening: […]

“Farming, Friends, and Fried Bologna Sandwiches,” by Renea Winchester

Reviewed by Lynn Braxton It’s not often you pick up a book on farming and cooking for entertainment. Not so with Farming, Friends, and Fried Bologna Sandwiches, Renea Winchester’s latest, a work of homespun advice and useable content, including mouth-watering recipes, 82 of them to be exact, mostly hand-me-downs from family and friends both past […]

January Read of the Month: “Sweetwater Blues,” by Raymond L. Atkins

Reviewed by Cameron Williams When Palmer Cray is found guilty of vehicular manslaughter, he’s sentenced to fifteen years in Sweetwater State Correctional Facility. On his eighteenth birthday, his first day in the joint, Palmer is issued his “Sweetwater Blues,” the denim shirt and trousers that will be his uniform for the extent of his incarceration. […]

“From Proper Nouns to Slant Sonnets: A Conversation with Poet Anya Silver About Place and Time”

Sarah Hughes Interviews Anya Silver Sara Hughes: I am so excited to sit down with you and discuss your second collection of poems. For readers who are unfamiliar with your work, breast cancer is a major topic you write about, so we want to make sure we talk about it, but I’m also really interested […]

“Emigration to Liberia,” by Matthew F.K. McDaniel

Reviewed by Allen Mendenhall Emigration to Liberia is the story of the nearly 500 African-Americans who left Columbus, Georgia, and Eufaula, Alabama, from 1853 to 1903, to emigrate to Liberia, the West African nation that was founded in 1822 by United States colonization. Matthew F.K. McDaniel marshals evidence from written correspondence and newspapers to piece […]

Donna Meredith Interviews George Weinstein

DM:  I read this novel right after finishing The Whistling Season, by Ivan Doig. A struggling rural family and community stand at the center of Doig’s novel and yours. Yet they couldn’t be more different.  The adults in Hardscrabble Road have a severe deficiency of parenting skills. Many types of abuse occur in this novel, from […]

“Hardscrabble Road,” by George Weinstein

Reviewed by Donna Meredith Hardscrabble Road, by George Weinstein, is a hard novel to read—not because it is poorly written, but because the MacLeod family at the heart of the story is so dysfunctional that at times it makes you want to cry. The tale is set in South Georgia during the Depression. Yet it […]