“Confederado,” by Casey Clabough

Review by Christopher Bundrick One of the first things that stands out about Casey Clabough’s Confederado is the fantastic job it does pacing action and generating narrative tension. The prologue is a terrific example of this. Beginning in media res, the book’s first line— Every time the hell-bent little mare took a curve of the […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Coleman Hutchison

Click here for a review of Apples and Ashes. Click image below to purchase this book. Thank you, Dr. Hutchison, for doing this interview, and congratulations on the publication of this fine book, Apples and Ashes. You address this question at length in your book, but I’ll ask the question anyway for the benefit of […]

May Read of the Month: “Slant of Light,” by Steve Wiegenstein

Review by Cameron Williams The concept of utopia—an ideal community composed of men and women living together in social and political harmony—has been a popular trope in literature since Plato first penned The Republic.  Slant of Light (Blank Slate Press), Steve Wiegenstein’s first novel, breathes new life into this genre, (re)imagining the possibility of utopia […]

“Apples & Ashes,” by Coleman Hutchison

Apples & Ashes: Literature, Nationalism, and the Confederate States of America (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2012).  277 pgs. Review by Allen Mendenhall Confederate literature and literary culture have not received the critical consideration that they warrant.  Not only that, but they have been dismissed as scant and mediocre.  Scholars of the South and […]

“Gone,” Edited with Photography by Nell Dickerson

Review by Allen Mendenhall   BelleBooks.  118 pages. I’ve always maintained a spectator’s curiosity in the rituals and practices of photography.  I can’t take a good picture, no matter which side of the camera I’m on, but I appreciate the idea of reducing the world to a more manageable form, something I can look at […]

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 […]