Review of “Diary Of A Mad Fat Girl” & Giveaway
Florida schoolteacher Stephanie McAfee wrote and self-published her debut novel, Diary Of A Mad Fat Girl, as an e-book in 2010. Readers quickly fell in love with McAfee’s main character Graciela “Ace” Jones and her cast of friends, and the book became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. And that was all before it was ever in print. Now in a revised and expanded form, McAfee’s hilarious novel is finally in print. Read our full review here, and comment on this post with your best “fat girl” story to win one of three copies of the book, courtesy of New American Library.
To enter to win:
Comment on this post ONLY with your best “fat girl” story. For example, what do you eat when no one’s looking? Have you ever ripped a piece of clothing that wasn’t even close to your size in a dressing room and then hightailed it outta there? We suggest checking out “Mad Fat Friday,” a special blog posted every Friday by Ace Jones or one of her friends, for more ideas.
Three winners with the best, and funniest, stories will be chosen by MARCH 16 and announced during next week’s Literary Friday. Winners will be notified by e-mail and will receive books directly from New American Library.
Actor Andy Garcia is planning to make a film about the last 10 years of Ernest Hemingway’s life. Anthony Hopkins will play the writer, and Garcia says he’s trying to get Annette Bening to play Mary, Hemingway’s third, and final, wife. This news comes on the heels of a slew of other announcements of literary adaptations in the works. See our “The South on Screen” story to find out which of your other favorite writers might grace the big screen soon.
North Carolina’s Outer Banks tweeted earlier this week about Group Tour Magazine‘s Nights (and days) in Rodanthe Tour. Nicholas Sparks fans will remember his book “Nights in Rodanthe,” and people who saw the movie with Diane Lane and Richard Gere will remember the amazing beach house. The movie was shot in and around the village of Rodanthe, North Carolina, so fans can see the actual sites for themselves, including that unforgettable house. We’re definitely adding some of these spots to our Literary Trail App!
New in Southern Voice
For the month of March, we’re presenting three stories described as short shorts. Staying true to their name, these stories say in a lot in very few words and span topics from peanut butter, leaving Kansas and a boy, his grandpa and God.
Knoxville, Tennessee’s International Biscuit Festival is adding a Southern Food Writing Conference this year. To be held May 17-18, the conference will feature New Orleans Times Picayune restaurant critic Brett Anderson, features editor for Southern Living magazine Jennifer Cole, Sheri Castle, author of “The New Southern Garden Cookbook,” and several more speakers.
What We’re Reading
“Alligator Lake,” the latest book by “Catfish Alley” author Lynne Bryant, just arrived in the mail.
“A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells Story Of Survival” marks the upcoming 100th anniversary of the sinking by telling the story one couple who survived. It was written by by Julie Hedgepeth Williams, a professor of Journalism at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
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