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                                                   December, 2003                               Vol. 4, No. 12

Book News
Catching Southerners with Their Pants Down
An Interview with Suzi Parker
by Joyce Dixon
 
A couple of years ago, the article "Genie in the Bottle: The Sex Drink That’s Rocking Little Rock" for Nerve.com had been picked up by the wire services, and every woman was dying to get their hands on Niagara, the blue aphrodisiac bottled drink. The exposure had negative and positive effects on freelance writer Suzi Parker. The one clear conclusion was that Suzi has a talent for uncovering the hidden kinky side of "the nation's premier sexual hothouse."
 
Thoughts in Flow
An Interview with Suzanne Hudson
by Charlotte J. Robertson
 
Brad Watson described her writing as “Bawdy, grotesque, beautiful, gruesome, ribald, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny…” Suzanne Hudson has demanded the respect of readers of Southern Literature in her novel In a Temple of Trees Watson continues, “Such is the paradox of Hudson’s novel, a deeply dark, often absurd but always true vision of the ugly, old racist South.
 
Southern Gentry
An Interview with William Rawlings, Jr.
By Joyce Dixon

William Rawlings, Jr. reminds one of Margaret Mitchell's characters. He is a product of tradition, family heritage and loyalty to community like Ashley Wilkes. Yet, he yearns for adventure and is a natural entrepreneur like Rhett Butler. Rawlings has one foot in the past and one in the future.

Thinking Like a Painter 
An Interview with Frederick Barthelme
by Robert L. Hall

Barthelme’s is a literary minimalist (although he might dispute the label) who uses persistent themes and motifs that recur throughout his fiction. Much of his fiction is set in the “New South” of shopping malls and neon signs.  Popular culture references fill his work and, in the process, destroy the uniqueness of his fictional settings, making them seem commonplace.  

 

Porch Tales
Porch Tales are personal essays that bring memories of family, community, place and all those favorite stories passed on the porch.
 
            The Christmas Cactus
          by Dorothy K. Fletcher
 
            Apron Memories
         by Sandy Williams Driver
 
           The Little Red Hen
         by June Reneé Cottingham

 

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Tribute: Alabama Journalist Bailey Thomson

Library of Virginia Literary Awards Presented

Baldacci's Christmas Train Re-Issued for 2003

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2004 Calendar

Book Reviews
Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller, Marshall Chapman
 
Some Things I Never Thought I'd Do, Pearl Cleage
Wild Hands Toward the Sky: A Novel, Ray Elliott
In a Temple of Trees, Suzanne Hudson
 
Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt, Suzi Parker
A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat, Senator Zell Miller
Mudhouse Sabbath, Lauren F. Winner
 
Fortunes of the Dead, Lynn Hightower
The Lazard Legacy, William Rawlings, Jr.
 
A Very Southern Christmas: Holiday Stories from the South's Best Writers, edited by Charline R. McCord & Judy H. Tucker
A Kentucky Christmas, edited by George Ella Lyon
Christmas Stories from Louisiana, edited by Dorothy Dodge Robbins and Kenneth Robbins
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