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                                                          August, 2004                                         Vol. 5, No. 7

Book News

Where Does Your City Fall?

Each year the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater looks for America's Most Literate Cities. The information is compiled from the U.S. Census data, newspaper circulation rates, magazine publishing, educational attainment levels, library resources and booksellers.

How did the South rank on the various components? The top three southern cities based on bookstores: Atlanta, Louisville and St. Louis. The top three southern cities based on periodicals published: Washington, Atlanta and Baltimore. The top three southern cities based on libraries: Montgomery, Shreveport and Norfolk. The top three southern cities based on newspaper circulation: Washington, St. Louis and Norfolk.

Most Literate Cities in the South
(from the National Top 100 List)
 6.  Washington DC
15.  Atlanta, GA
17.  Louisville, KY
18.  Birmingham, AL
22.  Austin, TX
24.  Norfolk, VA
25.  Baltimore, MD
28.  Charlotte, NC
 29.  Nashville, TN
 30.  Baton Rouge, LA
 36.  Tampa, FL
 37.  Miami, FL
 38.  Montgomery, AL
 39.  Oklahoma City, OK
 43.  New Orleans, LA
 48.  Virginia Beach, VA
 50.  Shreveport, LA
Porch Tales
Porch Tales are personal essays that bring memories of family, community, place and all those favorite stories passed on the porch. 
A Change of Life
by B. D. Faw
Dish Night
by Judy Lee Green





Book Reviews

Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother's Journey, Karen Salyer McElmurray
Spirits in the Field, Bruce Hopkins
'Mater Biscuit, Julie Cannon
Mary and O'Neil, Justin Cronin
The Cruelest Months, Dorothy K. Fletcher
Coyote Moon, John A. Miller
The Lord Had Something Better in Mind, Barbara J. Robinson
Cold Case Squad, Edna Buchanan
On My Father's Grave, Marshall Frank
In The Hope of Rising Again, Helen Scully
Journey of a Gentle Southern Man: Reflections from the Road, Jackie K. Cooper
Chances and Choices: Further Tales of a Gentle Southern Man, Jackie K. Cooper
Life Is Short, But It's Wide (In the Southern State of Reality), Ann Ipock
Stories from the Blue Moon Cafe III, edited by Sonny Brewer
From the Heart 2: More Stories of Love and Friendship,compiled by Kendall Bell
Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic, Edited by F. Brett Cox and Andy Duncan
Double Vision, George Garrett
Lives of the Saints, Nancy Lemann
Sportsman's Paradise, Nancy Lemann
Smoke in the Mountains Cookbook, Kent Whitaker



Southern Book Award Finalists
New Virginia People's Choice Awards

More News

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

August  Calendar
13-14 Georgia Literary Festival
19-21 Florida Magazine Association Conference
19-22 Hilton Head Writers Retreat

2004 Calendar

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