Southern Authors

From Faulkner, O’Connor, Capote, Lee - the South has a strong literary heritage.  This group will discuss authors, new and old, and the genre of Southern writing.

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Crushing on a Writer

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How to Build a Library

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Golden Isles Literary Festival

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Natasha Trethewey: The newest poet laureate

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Comment by Sarah Anderson Smith on June 5, 2014 at 6:33am

Hi Everyone.....does anyone know if Katherine Stockett ('The Help') is working on a new book?  

Comment by Sarah Anderson Smith on October 31, 2013 at 9:15am

Has anyone here read any of  Florence Kings' books?  Her best known work is probably the wonderful "Southern Ladies and Gentlemen,' a classic, in my opinion!  Her sharp wit and way of seeing the world (and especially the South and Southern women) is priceless.    she also writes great essays and book reviews for the American Spectator.

Comment by J Frank Dunkin on September 11, 2013 at 4:41pm

Alabama author J Frank Dunkin passed away unexpectedly on Aug 29, just days after approving the galley proof of his debut novel, "Bones of My Brother."  Please check his website and follow his Facebook page for information and updates on his book release.  You can also find excerpts, readings and book reviews there.

Comment by Trixie Wilkie on August 9, 2013 at 9:01am

Hey! I'm new and joining some groups. I'm looking forward to the discussions in this group and some reading suggestions. 

Comment by Sudy Vance Leavy on June 24, 2013 at 2:08pm
My friend is rereading Carson McCullers' "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter." My favorite is still "Member of the Wedding." This Georgia author like Flannery, found inspiration in New York. Today her childhood home in Columbus is preserved as a museum and writing center.
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Comment by Andrea Miller on June 24, 2013 at 12:20pm

I am excited to join this group. I am a new writer. My first novel will be released in early August by I will keep you guys posted with latest updates! :)

Comment by Catherine Hamrick on May 13, 2013 at 10:14pm

Transcendent read:

Faulkner's Rowan Oak (photographs by John Lawrence and text by Dan Hise, University of Mississippi Press/Jackson)

Take a mind-walk through the antebellum house in Mississippi where William Faulkner wrote his greatest works. The authors capture its soul in 38 wondrous, evocative pages.

The back cover whispers. . . .

"Now you can see the whole of Rowan Oak . . . house and grounds and surrounding woods, a place so lovely and darkly magical that you can never again wonder that here the gods chose one of our flawed relatives to tell us the truths of the human heart. Here was begotten most of the best work of America's best writer."

For a lengthy Faulkner celebration, go to:

“Faulkner and the Black Literatures
of the Americas”

Oxford, MS • July 21-25, 2013

Comment by Catherine Hamrick on May 13, 2013 at 9:36pm

Tell about the South . . .

"UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South founded Southern Cultures in 1993, and UNC Press has published Southern Cultures for the Center since 1996. The peer-reviewed quarterly has garnered awards for design, editorial vision, and individual essays, and its regional, national, and international audience is rapidly expanding. Throughout its history, Southern Cultures has remained the only publication on the South dedicated to reaching academic and lay readers. Contents: all aspects of southern cultures, including their music, history, art, literature, politics, and sociology—in interviews, essays, articles, personal reminiscences, fiction, poetry, photography, and surveys on contemporary trends."

Great porch-reading under Carolina blue skies--or anywhere you kick back.

Stop by Tar Heel country for this little piece of heaven:

Comment by Sudy Vance Leavy on May 10, 2013 at 1:03pm
Hearing Judith Ortiz Cofer read poetry selections was a delight this week. I went to the library and spent the afternoon reading one of her books on poetry. Cofer is the Regents' and the Franklin Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. She was inducted in the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2010.
Comment by Ms she on April 21, 2013 at 9:47pm
Hi, i have been browsing the titles and comments and wanted to join the conversation. I love the YaYa Sisterhood, and The Help. I also love reading Rick Bragg in Southern Living. Another southern author that I like to read is Pat Conroy. In fact I think I will pull out his Beach Music and re-read. Ms she

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