Literary Friday, Edition 85
We’re keeping things light today, but want to remind everyone that books, especially Southern literature, make great Christmas gifts. Support your favorite authors and local independent bookstore this weekend while you’re out getting those last-minute gifts. Need ideas? Our Fall/Winter Reading List is a great place to start!
Literary News & Blogs
Read a review of Charles McNair’s Pickett’s Charge, one of our Fall/Winter Reads about the last living Confederate in the United States, by graduate student Micah Levi Conkling.
Speaking of Ann Hite, during our Twitter chat with her last week she advised everyone to be on the lookout for her special holiday story, Discarded Christmas Spell, available for free download this week.
One of our Southern Voice writers, Jamie Berube, has a post on Project: Underblog about Savoring the Christmas-time Chaos. In case you’re too busy to read it, she suggests stopping to take in the sounds and smells of the holiday season.
Flavorwire’s 15 Best Book Covers of 2013 gives a nod to Alyssa Nutting’s Tampa and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch.
Yesterday marked the date Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was originally published 170 years ago. Flavorwire also offers up Great Literary Christmas Tales That Aren’t ‘A Christmas Carol,’ including those by Capote, Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
The Southern Lit Lovers Group on Goodreads is currently reading The Christmas Pearl by Dorothea Benton Frank. Join in the discussion through December 31.
The Key West Literary Seminar will be held January 9-12 and 16-19 this year with the theme “The Dark Side.” Guest authors include Megan Abbott, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Percival Everett, Gillian Flynn, Attica Locke and Joyce Carol Oates.
The Atlanta History Center begins its 2014 Winter/Spring Lecture Series January 14 with James Carville and Mary Matalin on their new book Love and War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home. Future lectures will include Erskine Clark, Deborah Johnson, William Link, Kelly Corrigan, Nancy Horan, James McPherson, B.J. Novak, Karen Russell and more.
In Southern Voice
We compiled some of our favorite holiday stories submitted over the years. Enjoy, and we’ll be back with new work next week.
The Smallest House by James Waine Carpenter
When I Became North Carolinian by Noelle A. Granger
Sticky Fingers by Kelsey Savage
Virgin Snow by Susannah Sharpe Cecil
Stacked books image by ginnerobot on Flickr.