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The Salvation of Miss Lucretia in Southern Literary Review
Ted M. Dunagan, an author for distributed press NewSouth Books, is on his fourth book in the series of Ted and Poudlum. The Salvation of Miss Lucretia was released in April, and recently received a glowing review from Mollie Waters, for Southern Literary Review.
Mark Twain proved in his works that children are often smarter than adults, and Dunagan appears to have embraced Twain’s premise…Another beauty about Dunagan’s writing is that he truly understands place. All four of his works are set in Clarke County, Alabama. Dunagan grew up in this area, and his knowledge of both the location and its challenges shine through in his careful, but not overdone, descriptions. Having lived in the rural South before segregation, Dunagan understands the difficulties Ted and Poudlum face because of their interracial friendship.
The first book in the series, A Yellow Watermelon, won Dunagan tons of accolades, including three Georgia Author of the Year awards.
A Southern author writing hilarious and sensitive novels that children and adults can enjoy? If that’s not crushworthy, we don’t know what is!
Here’s a great article about Merge Records, which is celebrating its 25th anniversay, up at Indy Week. Congratulations, Merge! Everyone should give them some love today.
Southerners do have, they’ve inherited, a narrative sense of human destiny.
I just found a new favorite family! Here’s Robert Knapp:
And his brother Anthony:
WHERE DO I JOIN?
You can tell Robert was the one holding down the family business while Anthony dropped out of school and started making canoes out of fallen trees and selling them at the farmer’s market.
While our social media manager was out of town, it seems we missed a bevy of news from our authors and our distributed authors. As we ease back in to our weekly series, we thought we’d give you a quick peek at recent updates.
Jeremy B. Jones continues on with his tour for Bearwallow. After giving a reading at Malaprop’s Books in Asheville, NC, and at West Virginia Wesleyan College as part of their Visiting Writer Series, Jeremy hopped a plane to Iowa City to read at the famous Prairie Lights. The Bookmarks Festival also announced their line-up for the September 6th celebration in Winston-Salem, and Jeremy is on the list. He’ll be appearing with fellow authors Robert Morgan and Mary Alice Monroe for a panel on Southern Identity. Whew!
There’s also a fascinating interview with Betty Adcock up on Paris Review's blog. Adcock is a contributor to Eno Publisher's 27 Views of Raleigh, and when asked what challenges she faced as a Southern female poet in the 1960’s, she had this to say:
Poetry had a hard time gaining traction among women writers in the South. Part of the reason is that there were so many good models to follow in fiction—Katherine Anne Porter, Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Doris Betts. They were like comets. But the poetry world was controlled by the universities in the South, and women didn’t have access to the faculty lounges and English departments back then. I never considered myself a feminist poet, as it were, because I don’t write out of that drive. But perhaps my work helped change the way the Southern experience is seen in poetry.
Read the entire interview here. Friend of Blair’s, Quail Ridge Books also gets a nice mention.
Well, that’s our wrap-up for now. If we missed something, let us know! And check back tomorrow for a heaping helping of Throwback Thursday.
Our social media mastermind has returned. Look for a big update tomorrow about everything we missed while she was away!
Our social media will be on vacation until the 22nd. See you soon!
These three strands, tightly woven, form the springboard for the author’s meditations. By crafting the narrative in a way that tangles these stories together, Jones strengthens the portrait of a motley mountain. A shredded memoir, braided into cohesion, becomes the perfect vehicle for exploring a crisis of identity.