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Robert Inman will be a featured interview in Publishers Weekly (Dec. 24, 2001). Inman's novel Captain Saturday (January 2002) is already receiving rave reviews about a TV weatherman who experiences a comedy of errors. The PW interview was conducted by Brewster Robertson.
Readers of Lee Smith have been eagerly awaiting her next novel, and the wait will soon be over. The Last Girls has been bought by Shannon Ravenel at Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill for a fall 2002 release.
The Last Girls, is the story of five southern women reuniting on the Delta Queen as they reminisce about the raft trip they made thirty years earlier down the Mississippi River.
This voyage is not new to Lee Smith: "I went down the Mississippi River myself in 1966, on a raft, with 15 other girls from Hollins College-inspired by reading Huck Finn. Though The Last Girls will be fictitious, I'll use the metaphor of the river journey, as a way to talk about women's lives."
The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs (LSU Press, January 2002) draws from 250 scholars and writers to create a dynamic collection of articles. The 1000-page volume was edited by Joseph M. Flora, Atlanta Professor of Southern Culture at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Lucinda H. MacKethan, Professor of English at NCSU-Raleigh. The range of topics include: Old South, New South, Lazy South, grit lit, and K-Mart fiction. The LSU Press claims the book is "the equivalent of nine hours of college credit."
We Wear the Mask: The Life and Times of Hattie McDaniel by California professor Dr. Jill Watts was bought at auction by HarperCollins associate publisher Carie Freimuth, on behalf of new Amistad editorial director Dawn Davis. Hattie McDaniel, who played Mammy in Gone With the Wind, was the first African-American to win an Oscar.
More Books Coming to Film in 2002!
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, based on the novel by Chris Fuhrman, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The story is set in 1974 Savannah, Georgia where a group of 8th grade Catholic school boys are caught drawing an obscene comic book about the sex lives of priests and nuns. Jodi Foster plays the key-role as the one-legged nun who becomes the object of the boys revenge. Fuhrman died of cancer before Altar Boys, his first novel, was published in 1994.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, based on the Rebecca Wells novel that developed a cult following among southern women, will be release in July 2002. The story follows a Louisiana mother/daughter relationship as the daughter discovers her mother's adventures with her three best friends bonded in the "Ya-Ya Sisterhood". An all-star cast makes the ensemble women's picture of the year -- (Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith, Shirley Knight and Fionnula Flanagan).
The Illustrated Word,
the first annual book fair sponsored by Design Press, the book division of
Savannah College of Art and Design, was held from October 19th through November
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