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Literary Friday, Edition 71

Summer’s End Book Giveaway

The arrival of Labor Day signaled the end of white pants and summer reading, but we’re not quite done over here. As we make way on our shelves for fall/winter reads, we need to find a home for the two books pictured below. Comment on Literary Friday and tell us why they should be yours, and we’ll choose two winners at random on Monday.


Literary News

Michael Farris Smith’s “Rivers” and “Jim Henson: The Biography” made Goodreads’ September 2013 Movers & Shakers. Stay tuned for our interview with Smith and a book giveaway of “Rivers” next week!

The Huffington Post has a few fall reading picks from “The Unbreakable Child” author Kim Michele Richardson, including “Looking for Me” by Beth Hoffman and “The Storycatcher” by Ann Hite.

My Own MiraculousAnother exciting tidbit for fall reading is that Joshilyn Jackson is releasing an original e-short called “My Own Miraculous” in October. Sounds like an excuse to finally give in and get that e-reader.

Speaking of Jim Henson, his company, along with Grosset & Dunlap of the Penguin Young Readers Group, is looking for the author of a new novel set in the world of Henson’s The Dark Crystal. Submissions will be accepted from October 1 through December 31.

Wilton Barnhardt’s “Lookaway, Lookaway” got a well-deserved positive review in The New York Times, which called the book “an excellent long novel that’s not long enough.”

The AJC Decatur Book Festival announced that it drew a record 85,000 people over Labor Day weekend. “The 2013 AJC Decatur Book Festival was an amazing success and broke all attendance records,” said Program Director Philip Rafshoon.

(Non)Required Reading 

The New Yorker‘s profile of Claire Danes, who was interviewed in Charlotte, North Carolina, while on the set of “Homeland,” is a fascinating look at the actress who will bring back her character of Carrie Mathison on September 29 and who literally puts her whole body into whatever role she’s playing.

Literary Events

Non-Morgan, Eduard Prussen, woodcut of Edgar Allan PoeThe 12th annual Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes continues through September 8 in Columbus, Mississippi. The Stella Shouting Contest is today at 5:30 p.m., followed by “Period of Adjustment” at Mississippi University for Women at 8 p.m. Tomorrow includes the Streetcar Run and a showing of “Suddenly, Last Summer,” with the Victorian Home Tour and a booksigning by Michael Farris Smith on Sunday.

A major survey of Edgar Allan Poe’s career opens October 4 at Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. Comprising more than a hundred works that explore Poe’s fiction, poetry, literary criticism and influence on diverse writers, “Terror of the South” will be on display through January 26.

The Southern Festival of Books in Nashville will take place October 11-13 at War Memorial Plaza. This year’s authors include Ace Atkins, Rick Bragg, Wiley Cash, Therese Ann Fowler, Tom Franklin, Ann Hite, Jill McCorkle, Mary Alice Monroe, Susan Rebecca White and many more.

Save the date for the Louisiana Book Festival, scheduled for November 2 in Baton Rouge this year. More details coming soon!

New in Southern Voice 

A pair of stories about having babies by two returning authors: Chinese Babies by Kathleen Brewin Lewis and If I Let My Babies Be Born by Jessica Wimmer.


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  • Rose Chandler Johnson / September 6, 2013

    The illustrated history of St. Simon’s Island looks dreamy. And I don’t have a copy of Karen White’s latest book. These should be mine, Deep South Magazine….really, they should.

  • Emerald Barnes / September 6, 2013

    Oh I must have these books! They look so wonderful! And I love anything Southern. 🙂

  • acvillefan / September 6, 2013

    I would love to read both of these! “Island Time” because I love the barrier islands of Georgia and like probably everyone else love taking pictures of that area, and would love to see someone else’s interpretation of the landscape through visuals, as well as learn about the history. “The Time Between” simply because I should be reading more excellent women’s fiction!

  • malina / September 6, 2013

    A gift for my mom, she loves St Simon’s. Eugenia Price her favorite author used this location in her books.

  • KW / September 6, 2013

    Oh please please pick me 🙂 I love books….and the south!

  • Jennifer Huelsebusch / September 6, 2013

    I absolutely love all of Karen White’s books! She writes about the south and it makes me want to visit!

  • Carl / September 6, 2013

    Ah, you’re making me homesick for the beautiful blue Atlantic with both of these books. We don’t have that kind of landscape or history here in Arizona. Calgon, take me away!

  • Sally W / September 6, 2013

    Oh I need Island Time to convince my husband to take a trip over there {plus it looks amazing} ….And Karen White’s new book…. Mommy needs a new book that is abou adults! 🙂

  • Britney Adams / September 6, 2013

    This frazzled mom of three needs an escape and these books will provide the perfect getaway! Pretty please!!

  • Debra in Alabama / September 6, 2013

    Would love to be the proud owner of these books. I love the south!

  • jlessad / September 7, 2013

    winning this choice of books would give make me “a well read person” 🙂 I would love to be chosen the winner

  • Suzy / September 7, 2013

    I’ve wanted to read Karen White’s A TIME BETWEEN for months! And the cover is beautiful. As for Island Time, it’ll be like my vacation.

  • GinaD / September 7, 2013

    Why should you give these books to me? Hmmmm…….#1 I love photo books and since Island Time has photos of St. Simons Island I could show them to my husband to try and convince him to take me there and to Savannah which is fairly close!! #2 The Time Between looks like a great book and I would love to read it. #3 Please pick me 🙂

  • Anne / September 7, 2013

    these captivating books soothe my heart and soul. The beauty, setting and summer is a favorite for me. Just recovering from treatment and this is a treasure. Many thanks.