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                                                   October, 2003                               Vol. 4, No. 10

Book News The Teller of Gentle Stories
An Interview with Terry Kay
by Joyce Dixon
Terry Kay often laughs in front of his audiences -- "My problem as a Southern writer is that I didn't grow up in a dysfunctional family." As the eleventh child of twelve growing up in Hart County, Georgia, Kay grew up in a strong family that reflected the rural traditions of deep faith, coming to the aid of neighbors, and a type of gentle innocence when it comes to the outside world. It is from this heritage that Terry Kay draws his gentle stories.


Appalachian Sensibility
An Interview with Linda Scott DeRosier
by Joyce Dixon

The hills of Appalachia have produced many strong women with stories to tell.  Among them -- Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Linda Scott DeRosier. Each celebrates life's joys without overlooking the lessons of the hardships. And in the tradition of their Scot-Irish ancestors, they rejoice in song. 


The Literary Southern Ghost
An Interview with Sherry Austin
by Joyce Dixon

Readers often tease Sherry Austin -- "With all the ghosts right here in the South, why you want to be creating fictional ones?" But Sherry Austin is a writer of mythic fiction, a revival of Victorian ghost storytelling which is used as a means to present or change an attitude within the culture. Her blend of Southern Gothic with social commentary is fresh in southern writing. Her voice is lyrical and haunting. Sherry Austin is an author to watch.


Remembrance and Honor
An interview with Mary Wilder Crockett
by Adam J. Carozza 

As I was researching the early pioneers of  Pasco County, Florida, I happened to notice a more recent article about a Pinellas County event. The Suncoast News, February 8, 2003, “Former Slave: Black veteran, who bore arms for the Confederacy, to be remembered in Tarpon Springs ceremony.” I discovered through my research of the New Port Richey area in West Pasco County that African Americans restricted by Jim Crow laws were not permitted burial in white cemeteries.

Blue Ridge
Test your knowledge in this month's crossword puzzle.




Pat Conroy 2003 Recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Prize

UGA Press Flannery O'Connor Awards Named

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October  Calendar
2-4, 2003 UT Southern Literature Festival honoring George Garrett
2-4, 2003 Amelia Island Book Festival
2-5, 2003 Southern Foodways Symposium
3-4, 2003 James River Writers Festival
3-5, 2003 Moonlight and Magnolias
4, 2003 National Book Festival
8-11, 2003 Flannery O'Connor Symposium
9-26, 2003 Novello
9-11, 2003 Ozark Writers Conference
10-12, 2003 Southern Festival of Books
11, 2003 Chesapeake Writers' Conference
11, 2003 Heart of Georgia Literary Festival
16-18, 2003 Southern Women Writers Conference
17-19, 2003 South Carolina Writers Workshop Conference
18, 2003 Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Southern Breeze Fall Conference
24-26, 2003 Florida Writers Conference
24-25, 2003 Atlanta Antiquarian Book Fair
26-29, 2003 First Novel Fest
10/29-11/1, 2003 FIU Seaside Writers Conference
10/31-11/2, 2003 Cape Fear Crime Festival

2003 Calendar

Book Reviews
Songs of Life and Grace, Linda S. DeRosier
Lunch at the Piccadilly, Clyde Edgerton
The Valley of Light, Terry Kay
Death on a Cellular Level, Vicky Hunnings
Last Lessons of Summer, Margaret Maron
The Opposite Shore, Maryanne Stahl
Herod's Wife, Madison Jones
Ecstatic in the Poison, Andrew Hudgins
Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebook, Barbara R. Duncan & Brett H. Riggs
Guide to the Blue Ridge Parkway, 2nd edition, Victoria Logue, Frank Logue and Nicole Blouin
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