A much-requested followup to our annual Summer Reading List, Deep South's Fall/Winter list invites you to curl up with a few mysteries, new releases & nonfiction reads from down South. You'll recognize some of the authors on the list, from James Lee Burke to John Grisham and Karen White. Others may not be familiar, but we think you'll want to know who New York Magazine is calling the next Cormac McCarthy and which author's new novel is being compared to "Deliverance."
We've also got plenty of anticipated second novels from authors whose first books are still being talked about. So, grab a blanket, light a fire and start reading.
A Mississippi town remembers its Civil War history by lighting 12,000 luminaries each November.
by Debi Lander
This Saturday, the city of Corinth, Mississippi, will recall its history with the staging of the Grand Illumination: the fourth annual lighting of 12,000 luminaries on the battlefield and throughout historic downtown venues. Hundreds of volunteers will assemble to light candles in honor of the men, from both the South and North, who lost their lives during the Siege and Battle of Corinth in 1862.
Rows and rows of flickering candlelight resembling tombstones will materialize across the poignant landscape like a haunting sunset view of Arlington Cemetery. The Illumination and events throughout the weekend associated with it have been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. On both Saturday and Sunday, attendees can visit with living history enactors who will camp and give demonstrations at the Civil War Interpretive Center. Cannons will also be fired at different intervals throughout the day on Saturday and once on Sunday afternoon.
A special, and surprising, guest, former zookeeper and Texan Doug Baum, will be the highlight of the weekend when he arrives with a camel to re-enact the part of Old Douglas, the mascot of the 43rd Mississippi Infantry. How
Are you a serious writer? Although I’ve been a writer my entire life, a few years ago I began to think seriously about writing. Why am I writing? What purpose does it serve? Who really cares? Those questions, and others, plagued me. Regardless of my doubts, writing became an obsession and I stopped worrying about the last question.
Thousands of people convened on Tech Square in Atlanta’s Midtown for the 10th annual Taste of Atlanta October 22-23. With delicacies like duck fried rice, gyros, fall off the bone ribs and grilled corn, the event offered a taste from over 80 restaurants.
As All Hallow’s Eve draws near, the veil between this world and the spirit world becomes thinner and thinner, allowing the way for spirits and ghosts to walk among the living. Nowhere are there more spirits who are forever searching, longing or seeking revenge than along the Natchez Trace. This historic piece of land has a storied past, colored with much evil, deceit and heartache.
by Judy Smith
15 artists. 12 rooms. 1 night only. It's Oxford, Mississippi's fifth-annual One Night Stand Motel Art Show. On October 29, the Ole Miss Motel will double as an art gallery for an evening, when 15 up and coming artists from Mississippi and Tennessee each transform a hotel room into their own gallery space.
Blogger Beth McKibben shares her family's apple picking experience at a North Georgia orchard.
Normally I am not a ghost-believing kind of girl, but I know Huntsville has a rich history with all sorts of quirky characters. I wasn't familiar with the town's many ghost stories before, but am certainly aware of them after attending Huntsville Ghost Walk last weekend.
Haunted sites, storytellers and tour guides come alive during the month of October. We challenge everyone to at least one good scare this Halloween!
Poe-inspired decor and decorations for Halloween never go out of style.