The New Year promises to be a triumphant one for Southern authors.
Jamie Kornegay and his wife opened TurnRow Books in Greenwood, Mississippi, in 2006. Since then, they've stocked the shelves with a continuous supply of Southern and Mississippi Delta literature, from fiction to cookbooks, memoirs and children's books. This month, Kornegay can add his own debut novel Soil to the collection. We interviewed him recently about the book, the writers who've influenced him and also asked him about the next wave of Mississippi writers whose books he'd excited to promote. Listed below, these writers all have connections to the state, whether being born there or having attended or taught at Ole Miss. Their books, including several signed copies, can be found at TurnRow and online here. The Southern Cross by Skip Horack Citrus County by John Brandon The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn Rivers by Michael Farris Smith Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward The Teeth Of The Souls by Steve Yates The Story Of Land And Sea by Katy Simpson Smith The Three-Day Affair by Michael Kardos My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
Wales celebrates Southern lit, Paul Theroux travels South, James Lee Burke on what you should be reading, save the date for the Southern Festival of Books and a humorous description of Florida locations in Southern Voice. Happy Literary Friday!
An interview, chat & giveaway with Erika Marks, Wendy Wax guest blogs about the location for her new book, great writers on life-changing summers and new fiction set against the backdrop of Casey Anthony's murder trial. Happy Literary Friday, brought to you by TurnRow Books!
Earlier this month, the Belles on Wheels tour of Gallery Books' indie romance authors rolled through the South, starting in Atlanta and concluding in Greenwood, Mississippi, on May 13. In Greenwood, the belles descended upon TurnRow Books for readings and signings at one of the South's best independent bookstores. See pics below, and read a recap from blogger Tamara Welch, who was in attendance, here. Belles on Wheels bus rolls through downtown Greenwood A crowd gathers at TurnRow to see the belles Belles, from left, Lauren Billings and Christina Hobbs (of Christina Lauren), Kresley Cole and Alice Clayton The belles, from left, Alice Clayton, Emma Chase, Jennifer Probst, Lisa Renee Jones, Kyra Davis, Kresley Cole, Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, with Jamie Kornegay of TurnRow Books up front