Meet Jennifer Niven, Author of September Read of the Month: Velva Jean Learns to Fly

     At SLR, we ran a raving review of Jennifer Niven’s first Velva Jean novel, Velva Jean Learns to Drive, so we were thrilled when we received the sequel, Velva Jean Learns to Fly. Niven didn’t disappoint.      We’re pleased to select this title as our September Read of the Month, and we hope you’ll […]

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

In That Sweet Country: Uncollected Writings of Harry Middleton

Reviewed by Philip K. Jason When the celebrated nature writer, Harry Middleton, died in 1993, he left behind scores of uncollected periodical pieces published in such places as Field and Stream, the New York Times, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Sports Illustrated, and Southern Living – this latter magazine the home of Middleton’s “Outdoors South” column from […]

Philip K. Jason

Philip K. Jason, Professor Emeritus of English from the U. S. Naval Academy, has published twenty books and now reviews for several national and regional periodicals, including Florida Weekly. He is the author of five volumes of poetry and the co-author of the Creative Writer’s Handbook, now in its 5th edition.   Learn more by visiting […]