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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 5th, 2001.

A special event of the fair was the celebration of National Family Literacy Day, November 1st. President Paula S. Wallace presented one of her books for children, Remember This, to Chatham Effingham Liberty Regional Library Executive Director Bill Johnson, Youth Services
Coordinator Judy Strong, Community Relations Coordinator Susan Lee, and to Executive Director of the Chatham/Savannah Authority for the Homeless, Craig Cashman. CEL Regional Library received 250 copies of Remember This for its participation in a program in which readers, such as story teller Jímiah Nabawi, go to help homeless parents learn how best to read to their children. The books are then given to the children to keep for their own. Starbucks also received 200 copies of the book for their participation in Savannah Promise, another literacy program. 

Next year's book fair calendar is already in the works, with plans to include a special Halloween party for area children. Storytellers from around the Savannah area will gather to tell ghost stories, and hand out candy, coloring books and prizes to the children.

Call for Papers

Delta Blues Symposium VIII: The Sacred and the Secular (deadline: January 15, 2002)

Faulkner and His Contempories (deadline: January 15, 2002)

Robert Penn Warren Circle (deadline: January 18, 2002)

Eudora Welty and Material Objects (deadline: February 1, 2002)

Appalachian Writers Association Call for Papers (deadline: February 15, 2002)

Southern Literary Journal (deadline: March 1, 2002)

The Survival of Flannery O'Connor (deadline: March 15, 2002)


Hurston/Wright Legacy Award 2002 (deadline: December 31, 2001)

South Carolina Fiction Project 2002 (deadline: January 15, 2002)

KSU Golden Age Poetry Contest (deadline: February 4, 2002)

O, Georgia Writing Competition (deadline: March 15, 2002)

William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition 2002 (deadline: April 1, 2002)

Fred Bonnie Memorial Award for Best First Novel (deadline: May 15, 2002)

Appalachian Writers Association Contests for 2002 (deadline: June 1, 2002)

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