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                                                   March, 2003                               Vol. 4, No. 3

Book News
Featured Fiction Author
Creature of the Writing Habit
An Interview with Jill McCorkle
by Pam Kingsbury

Only twenty-six when she started publishing, many long time readers may feel as if they've "grown up" with Jill McCorkle. Her five novels July 7th, The Cheer Leader, Tending to Virginia,   Ferris Beach, and Carolina Moon encompass the many varieties of Southern womanhood. Her three collections of short stories, Crash Diet, Final Vinyl Days, and Creatures of Habit have balanced the themes of change and acceptance with a deft wit and graceful writing. It's hard to imagine Contemporary Writing or Southern Writing without her influence. 

Celebrating Our Culture
Is Hollywood Ready for the Sweet Potato Queens?
An Interview with Jill Conner Browne
by Robert L. Hall

Hailed by many thousands of perimenopausal women as “Her Majesty, the Sweet Potato Queen,” Jill Conner Browne started phenomena at once bizarre and important.  For she has managed to attract the following of women from all over the country and internationally as well, with the three books of humor that she has written concerning the trials, tribulations, and especially the funny side of middle-aged living. 

Featured Mystery Author
Mystery with Sass and Style
An Interview with Carolyn Haines
by Pam Kingsbury

If Carolyn Haines had not wanted to be a writer, she could have had a career in stand-up comedy. Her sense of humor and timing are impeccable. She's written romantic suspense as well as mysteries. Her "Bones" mysteries are anticipated by readers and have delighted reviewers. Eugene Walter, a mentor and dear friend, encouraged Haines' early efforts. We should all have such "literary" guardian angels.

In Search for Justice
An Interview with Mara Leveritt
by Robert L. Hall

Mara Leveritt, award-winning Arkansas investigative reporter and contributing editor for the Arkansas Times, provides an in depth study of murder in Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three.  Her book discusses the infamous triple child murder case which began in the shrouded forested area only a few yards off the much-traveled I-40 Interstate near West Memphis, Arkansas.  On the evening of May 5, 1993, three eight-year-old boys disappeared. 

Featured Women's Author
A Prescription for Good Reading
An Interview with Jeanne Ray
by Pam Kingsbury

At the recent "Southern Voices: Cross Roads & Common Threads" conference at the Hoover Public Library (Alabama), Jeanne Ray described becoming "the unwitting poster woman for change" in the last five years. Calling change "big and ambitious," she told the audience, "Until three years ago, when I started doing publicity for my books, the closest I came to public speaking was talking at the drive-up line Wendy's." 

Featured Mystery Author
Murder on the Gulf
An Interview with Dr. Wilma Knox
by Robert L. Hall

The Mississippi Gulf Coast area, with its attendant gambling barges, floating high into the air just off the shoreline, its restaurants, tourist areas, attractions and entertainment is a place very conducive to material for a book and ripe for any novelist or storyteller.  Luckily for us, Wilma Jones Knox, Ph.D., also thinks so. 

Porch Tales
Porch Tales are personal essays that bring memories of family, community, place and all those favorite stories passed on the porch.
First Language
By Nicki Toler
Martha Belle Remembers The Fire, 1890
by Pamela Bradley


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2003 SEBA Book Award Winners Announced

Fellowship of Southern Writers to Induct Eight

Delta Burke to Star in WB's Sweet Potato Queens

More News

Southeast Independent Bestseller List (managed by Book Sense and SEBA).

March  Calendar
2/28-3/1, 2003 Written in the Stars Writers' Conference
6-9, 2003 Athens Literary Festival
7-8, 2003 Writing Today
13-16, 2003 Sleuthfest
15, 2003 Hollins University Literary Festival
17-19, 2003 Central Piedmont Community College Literary Festival
19-23, 2003 The Virginia Festival of the Book
20-21, 2003 Cason Award and Tell About Alabama
20-22, 2003 Arts & Letters Festival
20-23, 2003 Art and Soul Conference at Baylor
26-30, 2003 The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
27-29, 2003 Tennessee Williams Scholars' Conference
27-29, 2003 Kentucky Women Writers Conference
28-29, 2003 Kentucky Writer's Workshop
28-29, 2003 Dreamin' in Dallas

2003 Calendar

Book Reviews
The Sweet Potato Queen's Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner), Jill Conner Browne, 2003
Eyesores, Eric Shade, 2003
Crossed Bones, Carolyn Haines, 2003
Eat Cake, Jeanne Ray, 2003
Julie and Romeo, Jeanne Ray, 2000
The Watermelon King, Daniel Wallace, 2003
The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer's Craft, Kim Stafford, 2003
The Solace of Leaving Early, Haven Kimmel, 2002
The Little Friend, Donna Tartt, 2002
One Foot in Eden, Ron Rash, 2003
Where There Are Mountains: An Enviromental History of the Southern Appalachians, Donald Edward Davis, 2003
Dividing Lines: Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in
Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma, J. Mills Thornton III, 2002

Willie Morris: Shifting Interludes: Selected Essays, edited by Jack Bailes, 2002 & Remembering Willie, 2000
The Belle Gone Bad: White Southern Women Writers and the Dark Seductress, Betina Entzminger, 2002
Cornbread Nation 1: The Best of Southern Food Writing, Edited by John Edgerton, 2002
Stories From Where We Live: The Gulf Coast, edited by Sara St. Antoine, 2002
Old Alabama Town: An Illustrated Guide, Mary Ann Neeley, 2002
The Vicar of Church Hill, Jody Rawley, 2002
From the Heart: Stories of Love and Friendship, compiled by Kendall Bell, 2003
Cheap Psychological Tricks for Lovers, Perry W. Buffington, Ph. D., 2002
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