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Southern mysteries lost their third author this year with the death of Nora DeLoach on June 20, 2001. The author of the "Mama" series died from complications from the treatment of leukemia. Nora DeLoach was a native of Orlando, Florida, presently living in Decatur, Georgia. She was married, the mother of three children, and grandmother of two boys.
"Crossroads," a new musical by Robert Inman and Mike Craver, will premiere October 4, 2001 at Piedmont Players Theatre in Salisbury, NC. For dates and tickets, contact the Meroney Theater.
The Spring 2001 issue of Southern Cultures is a special tribute to its founder John Shelton Reed. Doris Betts, Doug Marlette and Larry J. Griffin are among the academics remembering the author of Whistling Dixie, My Tears Spoiled My Aim and Other Reflections on Southern Culture, and 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South ( co-authored with his wife Dale Volberg Reed). Though retired, Reed will remain co-editor of Southern Cultures and will continue to write his "South Polls" feature.
The special John Shelton Reed issue of Southern Cultures ($8.95) is available by calling (919) 966-3561.
For those reading Sharyn McCrumb's The Songcatcher, there is an unrelated current movie by the same name that will compliment your reading experience. Songcatcher, starring Aidan Quinn and Janet Mcteer was released in June and is making its way across the country.
Set at the turn of the last century, Dr. Lily Penleric, a musicologist in search of academic recognition, journeys to Appalachia to study the area's Scottish and Irish folk songs. After befriending a local musician and learning of the community's struggle against coal mining companies, however, she discovers more than just scholarly pursuits.