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                                                          June, 2004                                         Vol. 5, No. 5

Book News
Family: Everybody’s Story
An Interview with Bret Lott
By Robert L. Hall

I had been waiting for a good interview to walk by, and here, in black and white, was my chance: Bret Lott, author of the novel, Jewell, which was selected for Oprah’s Book Club in 1999.  And now, as I kept reading, I found out that he is the new editor of The Southern Review.  We have a saying for folks like that in Arkansas—that is, folks who seem to have it all going their way: we call it ‘falling into the hog trough,’ if you’ll pardon the southern vernacular?


An Interview with Julie Cannon
by Joyce Dixon 

The bond of women to earth was celebrated by Margaret Mitchell in Gone With the Wind; the soil gives strength, rebirth, renewal of faith, and a sense of tradition. It is this bond that comes clearly across in Julie Cannon's writing. Through her fruitful "Homegrown Series," Cannon pays homage to the sense of community in small towns. Where blood kin and church family support the trials life gives us through faith, humor, and love.

When Fatherhood is Under Attack
An Interview with Dean Tong
by Joyce Dixon

An event in Dean Tong's life changed a promising career in medicine to one of activist for fathers and forensic consultant on child abuse, domestic violence, and child custody cases. He is a published author, international speaker, and has appeared as a media commentator for high profile cases such as: Elian Gonzalez, Jon Benet Ramsay, and Michael Jackson.  


Porch Tales
Porch Tales are personal essays that bring memories of family, community, place and all those favorite stories passed on the porch. 
Pickin' on the Porch
by Pam Hauck

My Neighbor's Secret

By Wayne Scheer









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June  Calendar
2-4 Nashville Screenwriters Conference
4-5 Southern Christian Writers Conference
5-6 Carrboro Poetry Festival
11 Southern Arts Federation Regional Media Arts Meeting
12 Georgia Author of the Year Awards
14-18 EKU Creative Writing Conference
20-26 Southeastern Writers Association
25-27 Hub City Writers Conference: Writing in Place

2004 Calendar

Book Reviews
CASH, the Editors of ROLLING STONE
Cash: An American Man, Bill Miller
A Song I Knew By Heart, Bret Lott
'Mater Biscuit, Julie Cannon
Losing the Moon, Patti Callahan Henry
Right As Rain, Bev Marshall
At Home In Covington, Joan Medlicott
The Cruelest Months, Dorothy K. Fletcher
The Big Bust at Tyrone's Rooming House: A Novel of Atlanta, James Gallant
Heaven in a Hole in the Ground: And Other Earthy Stories, Ann R. Davis
Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel, Mike S. Adams
Snippets, Beth Boswell Jacks
Chattooga: Descending into the Myth of Deliverance River, John Lane
The Whiteness of Child Labor Reform in the New South, Shelley Sallee
Tender Hooks, Beth Ann Fennelly
The Ha-Ha, David Kirby
Brightwood, R.T. Smith
Lowcountry A to Z, Betsy Strickland, Eric Horan (photography)
The Woman Equestrian, Jane R. Slaughter
Explore Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Jan Arrigo
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