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                   Our Culture of Storytelling

                                                   February, 2003                               Vol. 4, No. 2

Book News
Celebrating Our Culture
The Civil Rights Movement
from Behind the Lens
An Interview with Charles Moore
by Pam Kingsbury

"The photographs were never about me. They were always about the people who were laying their lives on the line for basic civil rights. I look back and I can't believe there was ever a time in this country when ANY citizen could not vote. The times were appalling."


Featured Historical Fiction Author
The Power of the Individual
An Interview with Susan Carol McCarthy
by Joyce Dixon

Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands is an eye-opening novel based on real events during the days when the Klan held the power in Florida, and the actions of one man to bring it to its knees.  In her debut novel, Susan Carol McCarthy tells her father's story and that of Harry T. Moore using records that have been sealed for more than 40 years.


Featured Fiction Author
Running Toward the Future
An Interview with Michelle Richmond
by Pam Kingsbury

Michelle Richmond may well epitomize the contemporary Southerner. She's traveled the world, yet returns to the South of her childhood in her fiction -- creating, expanding, and transcending what it means to be a Southern writer.  Richmond's fictional women are running toward their futures rather than away from their pasts. After reading her work, it's hard to imagine she's not doing the same.


Featured Fiction Author
Romance Hits a Home Run
An Interview with Ivan Scott
by Joyce Dixon

There is a quality of romance in nostalgia that captures the inner child and can create an intimacy that plots between the sheets -- miss.  Ivan Scott has written such a romance in his debut novel.  To understand Ivan Scott's love of baseball, family, and the aura of soulmates, you just have to listen to his passion on the subjects.


Featured Inspirational Author
Spirit Soaring Through Words
An Interview with Vanessa Davis Griggs
by Pam Kingsbury

Vanessa Davis Griggs, who lives in Birmingham, is establishing a national reputation in the Christian fiction genre. Her first novel, Promises Beyond Jordan, set in Birmingham and Atlanta, was a finalist in for the Black Writers Alliance 2002 Gold Pen Awards.  Her work has been praised for blending elements from traditional African-American writing as well as the Christian and romance genres. 

Featured Romance Author
Writing Humor Comes Naturally
An Interview with Peggy Webb
by Pam Kingsbury

Peggy Webb has been earning a living at writing romances, columns, and women's fiction for almost twenty years. A native of Lee County, Mississippi, she currently resides in a hundred year old farmhouse outside of Tupelo. The author of fifty-five romance novels, her work has been praised for its' humor and originality. The Accidental Princess, her most recent release, was selected for Silhouette's Readers' Ring Discussion Group. 


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


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The Chautauqua South Fiction Award goes to Susan Carol McCarthy

Diane McWhorter to Receive Cason Award

Diane Batts Morrow Wins Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Publication Prize

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February  Calendar
1/31-2/2, 2003 Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Spring Conference
1-2, 2003 Richard Helms Seminar on How to Publish Your Own Book
6-8, 2003 Florida Suncoast Writers
6-9, 2003 Florida Christian Writers' Conference
7-9, 2003 Southern Expressions: Gulf Coast Writers Conference
15, 2003 On the Brink: Emerging Southern Writers
14-16, 2003 Reading Out Loud
18, 2003 Discover the Magic
18-23, 2003 Natchez Literary Celebration
21-23, 2003 Florida Romance Writers' Fun in the Sun
21-23, 2003 Southern Voices
22, 2003 Much Ado About Books
22-23, 2003 South Carolina Book Festival

2003 Calendar

Book Reviews
Powerful Days: The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore, Charles Moore (Photography, Michael S. Durham (Text), 2002
Water Street, Crystal E. Wilkinson, 2002
Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands, Susan Carol McCarthy, 2002
Dream of the Blue Room, Michelle Richmond, 2003
Trash, Dorothy Allison, 2002
Distant Son: An Alabama Boyhood, Norman McMillan, 2002
Candle in the Darkness, Lynn Austin, 2002
Sutter's Cross, W. Dale Cramer, 2002
Gay Street: Stories of Knoxville, Tennessee, Jack L. Mauro, 2000
Old Murders, Frankie Y. Bailey, 2003
Close Harmony: A History of Southern Gospel Music, James R. Goff, Jr., 2002
More Tellable Cracker Tales, Annette J. Bruce, 2002
An Invincible Summer, Ivan Scott, 2002
Key to a Cottage, Marian Coe, 2003
Sweet Hush, Deborah Smith, 2003
From the Heart: Stories of Love and Friendship, compiled by Kendall Bell, 2003
Cheap Psychological Tricks for Lovers, Perry W. Buffington, Ph. D., 2002
Hearts of Darkness: Wellsprings of a Southern Literary Tradition, Bertram Wyatt-Brown, 2003
The Biloxi Gambler, Wilma Knox, 2001
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