Join us from 1-2 CST today (2-3 EST) when we chat with Lynne Bryant, Mississippi-born author of “Alligator Lake.” We’ll be chatting on Twitter and Facebook about Bryant’s new book, included in our Summer Reading List, its message about race in the modern South and summer reading in general. Look for the hashtag #southernlit and also a giveaway of the book during the chat.
To find out more about Lynne and “Alligator Lake,” read our interview with her here.
What We’re Reading
Re-Reading The Great Gatsby With Book Riot. The literary site has chosen F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic as its first book club read and will be posting related material through August.
Erika Robuck’s “Hemingway’s Girl.” Thanks to Erika for sending us an advance copy. We can’t put this Key West literary love story down!
Literary News & Blogs
Tybee Island’s Mermaid Cottages mentions our Literary Beaches in its weekly roundup related to Mary Kay Andrews.
Summer Reading Flowchart from teach.com. Are you in the mood for new money or old money? Pre or post-slavery?
Underground New York Public Library. This one’s not Southern, but the site’s gorgeous pictures show what subway riders are reading daily.
Book Riot’s The Well-Redheads recommend the best books of 2012 so far, one about a crazy road trip to New Orleans for fans of “A Confederacy of Dunces.”
Birmingham Public Library’s exhibit, “Eudora Welty – Exposures and Reflections,” includes 40 photographs and excerpts from the Mississippi author’s short stories and novels, on display through July 20 on the fourth floor.
The city of Oxford remembers William Faulkner July 6, on the 50th anniversary of the author’s death, with a marathon reading of his final novel at Rowan Oak, keynote addresses in the courthouse and a screening of “The Reivers” at The Lyric Theater.
Mary Kay Andrews will answer questions and sign copies of “Spring Fever” at Seaside Sisters on Tybee Island at 5 p.m., followed by readings and signings on St. Simon’s Island and in Savannah through July 7.
Kimberly Brock will sign copies of “The River Witch” at Malaprop’s in Asheville, North Carolina, July 14 at 7 p.m., accompanied by special guests Erika Marks (author of “Little Gale Gumbo”) and Anna Kline & the Grits And Soul Band.
New in Southern Voice
“Passing Time,” a story about snapping beans and getting older by Amanda Inman.