An interview with Teeny Templeton series author Michael Lee West. "The Great Gatsby" trailer debut. Inside the App with Ernest Hemingway & the premiere of "Hemingway and Gellhorn" on HBO. A Guide to Movies About Librarians & NPR's 15 Summer Reads. Literary events, the Twitter chat schedule & new nonfiction in Southern Voice. Happy Literary Friday!
by Jamie Berube
Last Sunday night I talked to my best friend on the phone for four hours.
Our conversation was full of nonsense and thoughtfulness and sprinkled with plenty of bad jokes followed by fits of laughing; it was a good talk that we both needed. It's hard being far away from your best friend. She lives in Florida, 2,500 miles away from my West coast home.
It would take more than a long telephone conversation to compensate for the year that's gone by since we've spoken face to face, but it lessens the sting of long distance to just hear her voice. And it makes me feel like I'm back in Florida, sitting with her and a glass of Merlot on my mom's front porch late on a summer night.
Sometimes I'm jealous that she still lives in the town where we grew up - the place where I wept through adolescence, had my first kiss, and learned how to drive through tropical storms and hurricanes; hearing her voice makes me miss my Southern roots.
But like any twenty something aspiring writer with a slightly wounded past, I have a confusing and conflicted relationship with the place where I grew up.
If you've read writers like Dave Eggers
Many of you have probably heard about missing college student Mickey Shunick, who disappeared in Lafayette while riding her bike home early Saturday morning. The house Mickey left from is only about six blocks from our office, so this case is hitting especially close to home.
by Erin Z. Bass
The author of the Teeny Templeton series talks red velvet cake, secret family recipes and reveals the title of her next book before tomorrow's Twitter chat.
We're still on the road in South Georgia and have been visiting lots of farms, growers, wineries and more. The state is working hard to develop its agri-tourism business, and we've been forging a trail from Vidalia to Valdosta.
More author chats, literary events & blogs, a giveaway of "The River Witch," recommended culinary reading & new fiction in Southern Voice. Happy Literary Friday!
Tomorrow morning, we fly to Atlanta and then get whisked to Statesboro and Vidalia, Georgia, for Travel Media Marketplace.
by Chris Antenen
"Got change for the machine?" Mel Cooper pulled a crumpled bill from his pocket.
Sven jerked his head toward the door.
Mel got his change inside the store, pulled a Dr. Pepper from the dispenser, and stood at the edge of the porch, drink in hand, looking over an array of life-size wooden birds. He chose one of them with his free hand.
by Beth McKibben
After only its second year, the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival is already becoming a must-attend event, not only in Atlanta, but in the South. The excitement filled every nook and cranny of the May air in Midtown this past weekend. Everyone from chef to sommelier to festival goer walked around with a smile on their face, giddy with Southern pride.
by Rebecca Lynn Aulph
Rachel Turner already had people singing with a country twang in the shower thanks to her Nashville-inspired Music City Suds soap line. Soon, she’ll have folks wanting to take a bite out of one her bars while they’re lathering up. With soap names like “Friends in Aloe Places” and “Stand By Your Mandarin,” Music City Suds offers "hit single" bars that come wrapped in a piece of reclaimed sheet music.