Literary Friday, Edition 111
Interview, Chat & Giveaway With Erika Marks
Set on Folly Beach, South Carolina, Erika Marks’ latest book, It Comes in Waves, has all the makings of a great summer read: a beach setting, lost love, betrayal and a sexy sport. For competitive surfer Claire “Pepper” Patton, the waves of Folly once held the promise of a loving future and a bright career until her fiance, Foster, broke the news that he and Claire’s best friend, Jill, were in love. When Claire returns 18 years later, she’s forced to come to term with the life — and waves — she left behind. It Comes in Waves is Marks at her best, and we talk to her about her fascination with surfing, the longevity of friendship and growing as a writer in this week’s interview.
We also offer up two suggested pairings for the book — Red Berry Sangria in honor of Claire’s red bathing suit and Paula Deen’s Crab Bites reminiscent of the crab balls from the Crab Trap Marks makes out mouths water over in the book. Consider whipping up a batch of either before this afternoon’s chat with Marks from 1-2 CST (2-3 EST) via Twitter using the hashtag #southernlit. Our chatroom on Twubs is back in business this week, so you can sign in here. Once lucky chat participant will also win a copy of It Comes in Waves.
A Message From TurnRow Book Co.
A mecca for Southern lit lovers located in Greenwood, Mississippi, TurnRow Books has been presenting authors for readings and booksignings all summer. Next week brings the opportunity to meet two authors from the Summer TurnRow 20 — a list of 20 books read and loved by bookstore staffers. Author of Fourth of July Creek Smith Henderson stops by on Monday, July 14, to sign and read from his debut novel. One of the summer’s most anticipated releases, Fourth of July Creek follows a social worker, whose life in small-town Montana is as topsy-turvy as those of the clients he is hired to help, including an anti-government survivalist hellbent for Doomsday. Henderson’s signing and reception starts at 5:30 p.m., with a reading to follow.
On Wednesday, July 16, best-selling Southern author Patti Callahan Henry visits TurnRow to sign and read from her new novel The Stories We Tell. A Deep South summer read as well, The Stories We Tell explores the transformational impact of keeping secrets and the importance of seeking the truth in all aspects of life and love as mother Eve Morrison attempts to sort out the mysterious, conflicting circumstances surrounding a car wreck involving her husband and sister. Henry’s reception will start at 5:30 p.m., with a reading to follow at 6:30 p.m.
If you’ve never been to TurnRow Books or haven’t visited in a while, consider making the trip next week for a dose of Rhythm & Books in the Mississippi Delta. Summer TurnRow 20 books can also be ordered from the store and shipped straight to your door.
House on Mermaid Point author Wendy Wax guest blogs this week about how the Florida Keys location for her new book insisted she go there.
Biographile presents Great Writers on Life-Changing Summers, which includes authors like Tampa‘s Alissa Nutting writing about a call center, a camper and a vampire wedding and Meg Waite Clayton on her summer with Scout Finch, through July.
The site also teamed up with Paste for a Summer Writing Contest and is accepting nonfiction stories through July 23.
Laura Lane McNeal’s Dollbaby was released July 3 and is described as a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets set in Civil Rights-era New Orleans.
The Mockingbird Next Door: Life With Harper Lee is also out this month as an account of Chicago journalist Marja Mills’ time spent with Lee and her sister, Alice, in Monroeville, Alabama. Stay tuned for our review next week!
Hemingway Days will take place in Key West, Florida, July 15-20, with highlights including the “Papa” Hemingway look-alike contest, prose and poetry readings, an offbeat “Running of the Bulls,” marlin tournament and the culmination of an internationally recognized short story competition directed by Ernest’s author granddaughter Lorian Hemingway.
The annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, with the theme “Faulkner and History,” will take place July 20-24 in Oxford.
Save the date for the Decatur Book Festival August 29-31 in Decatur, Georgia, with keynote speaker Joyce Carol Oates.
New in Southern Voice
If You Steal From Here, a mother-daughter story set against the backdrop of the 2011 Casey Anthony murder trial, by Erika Seay.
To find out more about Southern authors’ haunts and hangouts, download the Deep South Literary Trail App, available direct from iTunes and for Android. The app has recently been updated with several new sites and lots of new photos just in time for those summer road trips!