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.
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It’s getting hot in herre, so hot, so shave off all your beards…
Andrew Johnson, during his impeachment hearing (via badasscivilwarbeards)
…Oh, those halcyon (cool) days of No Shave November…
Such a Tease
James E. English must have teased his
burnsidessideburns to get them to stand out like that (literally).