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                                                   November, 2003                               Vol. 4, No. 11

Book News
Getting Black on White: The Craft of Writing
An Interview with John Dufresne

by Elaine August

Dufresne has been compared to John Irving, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor and Max Shulman. Perhaps he has a touch of all of them. The native New Englander writes about the South in such a way that it is hard to believe his roots are actually north of the Mason-Dixon line.

Let's Eat! Deep South Cuisine
An Interview with Chef Bob
by Joyce Dixon

According to Chef Bob, “To excel as a cook, passion is the main ingredient.” The appreciation of food preparation runs strong in Vaningan’s ancestry. A descendent of North Carolina share cropping settlers and Cherokee blood, the family moved to Alabama and started a legacy for cookery based on Deep-South Cuisine. Sir Robert "Chef Bob" Vaningan is only one of six Chefs in the world to obtain the rank of Knighthood.

"Literature as Spectator Sport"
An Interview with Sonny Brewer
by Pam Kingsbury

Sonny Brewer owns Over the Transom Bookstore in Fairhope, Alabama, and is board chairman of the non-profit Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts. He has played an active role in the literary culture of Fairhope and Alabama through the bookstore's Thursday Author Evenings, the annual Southern Writers Reading, and two widely praised anthologies. Though he may claim that he views "literature as a spectator sport," Sonny Brewer is the coach of the game on his field.

Flu Comes to a Southern Town
An Interview with Rick Maier
by Joyce Dixon

Rick Maier used his knowledge and experiences as a father, executive, community activist and free-lance columnist to create a thriller dealing with a flu epidemic attacking the citizens of Macon, Georgia. He shows how the community deals with mass death, crime, family and faith as his novel, Bone Dust, follows the employees of one company.

Down in the Valley: Visiting the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum
By Kathy Riley Williams

John Lair lies buried behind a sturdy stone wall in a tiny cemetery in the sleepy hillside hamlet of Mount Vernon, Kentucky. The flat granite stone covering his Rockcastle County grave lauds a man who did his hometown proud. Today, John Lair is still remembered for introducing Kentucky’s musicians and singers to the larger world.  Twenty years after his death, Lair’s legacy is alive in well in the form of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Porch Tales
Porch Tales are personal essays that bring memories of family, community, place and all those favorite stories passed on the porch.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
by Sandy Williams Driver
Seasonal Wisdom
By Joan Shaddox Isom


Test your knowledge in this month's crossword puzzle.


Jewish South Hits the Newsstand

Tribute: Virginia Lanier

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

November  Calendar
2 St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading
2 The Write Stuff at Hawkinsville, GA
2-9 Miami Book Fair International
6-9 Texas Book Festival
6-9 Hilton Head Writers Retreat
7-8 Fairhope Book Fest
8 Louisiana Book Festival
8 Kentucky Book Fair
8 Day in Darien (GA) Authors at Books on the Bluff
14-15 Valley Book Festival in Roanoke, VA
14-16 North Carolina Writers Network Fall Conference
20-22 Tennessee Reading Association Conference
21-23 Southern Writers Reading
22 Authors, Readers & Chefs!

2003 Calendar

Book Reviews
Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home, By Janisse Ray
How to Build a Tin Canoe: Confessions of an Old Salt, Robb White
Thirty Years A Slave: From Bondage to Freedom, Louis Hughes
Maria's Journal, MacKenzie Cross
Wild Hands Toward the Sky: A Novel, Ray Elliott
Deadly Greed, Clark Cox
Southern Histories: Public, Personal, and Sacred, David Goldfield
Bone Dust, Rick Maier
Last Car to Elysian Fields, James Lee Burke
Death on a Cellular Level, Vicky Hunnings
They Write Among Us: New Stories and Essays From the Best of Oxford Writers, Edited by Jim Dees
A Kentucky Christmas, edited by George Ella Lyon
From A Race of Storytellers: The Ballad Novels of Sharyn McCrumb, Edited by Kimberly M. Holloway
The New Great American Writers Cookbook, Edited by Dean Faulkner Wells
Cooking in the Deep-South with Chef Bob, Sir Robert "Chef Bob" Vaningan
Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way, Sallie Ann Robinson
God's Little Chillun Plantation Cookbook, Martha Dawkins Massey
Farewell, Georgia: Four Folktales, Ben Towle
Nurse's Night Before Christmas, David Davis with James Rice (Illustrator)
Country Music Night Before Christmas, Thomas N. Turner, James Rice (Illustrator)
The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction, John Dufresne
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