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                                                            June, 2002                               Vol. 3, No.5  

Book News

Marly Youmans, author of The Wolf Pit (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001), is the recipient of the 2001 Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction. 

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Book Reviews

Savannah Blues, Mary Kay Andrews, 2002
The Long Journey, Wayne Greenhaw, 2002
Enemy Women, Paulette Jiles, 2002
Covington Trilogy, Joan Medlicott, 2000-2002
TALK: A Novel in Dialogue, Corey Mesler, 2002
In My Father's Garden, Lee May, 2002
Haunting Refrain, Ellis Vidler, 2002
Making Crime Pay, Andrea Campbell, 2002
A Storm in Flanders: The Ypres Salient, 1914-1918, Tragedy and Triumph on the Western Front, by Winston Groom, 2002
Will's War, Janice Woods Windle, 2002
To Yield A Dream, Oxford Stroud, 2002
Every Man Must Build A Home, L. A. Heberlein, 2002
Alberta Clipper, John Salter, 2002
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Featured Fiction Author
Chasing the Blues Away
An Interview with Mary Kay Andrews
by Joyce Dixon

Mary Kay Andrews makes her debut as a mainstream Southern fiction author with Savannah Blues, a humorous tale of intrigue set in the antique market of Georgia's first city. An antique picker herself, Andrews drew on her antique experiences to create an informative and on the edge of your seat treasure hunt.


Featured Author
"I'm just a shameless eclectic."
An Interview with David Galef
by Robert L. Hall

"People used to look at what I'd published -- it was all over the map, and they didn't know what to make of it.  I guess I'm just a shameless eclectic."

So comments David Galef, Associate Professor of English at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, on his varied writing: short stories, poetry, non-fiction, humor, scholarly essays, and reviews.


Book to Film
The Joy of Sisterhood
by Joyce Dixon

Those who were introduced to Rebecca Well's Ya-Ya Sisterhood in 1996, have been eagerly awaiting the feature film version of these life-long friends who are seen at three different periods in their lives.  It joins "Steel Magnolias" as a women's ensemble film that blends the complex relationships of female friends as well as the mother-daughter relationship with the eccentric, drama queen qualities of Southern womanhood.


Featured Library
Magness Community House & Library Opens Southern Heritage Room
by Joyce Dixon

One of the best ways to build a strong appreciation of a regionís past as well as celebrate itís culture, is to create a center for research and study.  In McMinnville, Tennessee (about 80 miles east of Nashville), the Southern Heritage Room has recently opened in the Magness Community House and Library. 

A Gathering of Southern Words
Into Harper Lee Country
The Alabama Writers Symposium 2002
by Wayne Greenhaw

That evening at the Literary Coffee House in the Alabama Southern library, the center-piece of the campus with a life-size replica of the Monroe County courthouseís clock tower, a silhouette that hovers like the spirit of Atticus and Scout Finch always in the air, I talked with several fellow writers about exploring the territory. 

This is Harper Lee country. Itís Truman Capote country. Itís our country.

Porch Tales
Porch Tales are personal essays that bring memories of family, community, place and all those favorite stories passed on the porch.
by Alec Clayton
by Ulmer Speed



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