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 […]

“Confession,” by Richard Freis

Reviewed by Donna Meredith Confession could just as easily have been titled Obsession, although that name has been snapped up by numerous other books and a popular perfume. This debut novel by Richard Freis is the first person tale of 55-year-old George Burden’s fixation on a woman much younger than his wife—even younger than his […]

The Yokshop

Interested in writing fiction? Memoir? Whether you are a novice or expert, come hone your writing skills at THE YOKSHOP (June 7th-9th), a weekend long writers’ conference in Oxford, Mississippi. Have your work read and discussed by published and critically acclaimed authors in one of America’s great writing towns. This year’s faculty features fiction writers […]

Shelby Foote

Author profile by Meredith Edwards Shelby Dade Foote, Jr. was an American historian and novelist. His most famous work is The Civil War: A Narrative, a three-volume history of the war published over the course of two decades. His history was characterized by a literary style, and included Shakespearean metaphors and colloquialisms. He understood facts […]

Rhett DeVane Interviews Lynne Bryant, Author of “Alligator Lake”

  RD:  You choose to show both the good and bad sides of life in the Deep South. How do you find this balance in your fiction? Do you feel as if your novels make any statements about the South? LB:  For every racist or bigoted person I’ve ever encountered, I’ve met an open-minded, loving […]

“Alligator Lake” by Lynne Bryant

Review by Rhett DeVane Lugging painful emotional baggage is difficult enough, but carting that baggage back to a small Mississippi town after ten years takes courage. When twenty-eight-year-old Avery Pritchett returns home to Greendale—“a place where racism reaches as deep and dark as the bottom of Alligator Lake”—for her brother’s wedding, she has more to […]

“Diary of a Mad Fat Girl,” by Stephanie McAfee

Reviewed by Patricia O’Sullivan High school art teacher Graciela ‘Ace’ Jones thinks she has a big derriere, but in her hometown of Bugtussle, Mississippi, Ace is better known for her big mouth. In fact, Ace’s rants are famous in Bugtussle – like the time she stood up to a pack of mean girls bullying her […]

Adele Annesi Interviews Julie Cantrell

AA: You’ve written nonfiction in the past, but this is your first novel, correct? JC: I have published two children’s picture books (Zonderkidz, 2009), and I have contributed to a dozen books, including the most recent coffee table book, Mississippians (Ed. Neil White, 2011 and 2012), but this is my debut novel. AA: What was […]