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Literary Friday, Edition 130

Interview, Chat & Giveaway With Lynn Chandler Willis 

wink-of-an-eyeNorth Carolina author Lynn Chandler Willis had only flown in and out of Dallas, but she fell in love with the Texas landscape while watching the movie “No Country for Old Men.” Amid the heat and dust, she found a home for character Gypsy Moran, a private investigator who’d been in her head for years. She plopped Gypsy down in his hometown of Wink, Texas, where he becomes involved in the suspicious suicide of a local sheriff’s deputy and disappearance of several teenage girls. Willis also submitted her novel Wink Of An Eye to the Private Eye Writers of America Competition and became the first woman to win since 1998. She talks about using setting as a character, why she fell in love with Wink and breaking into the male-dominated mystery genre in this week’s interview.

We’ll also be chatting with her from 1-2 CST (2-3 EST) today using the hashtag #southernlit. Sign into our chat room here to participate and have the chance to win your own copy of Wink Of An Eye.


Literary News 

Anne Rice’s new novel Prince Lestat won Goodreads Readers Choice Award for 2014 in the Best Horror category. Intern Ali Cortez reviews this new addition to the Vampire Chronicles here.

Also on Goodreads, the Southern Lit Lovers Group starts their December read and discussion on the 8th with Billy Coffey’s In the Heart of the Dark Wood.

ignatiusmugFormer intern Mary Sellers has published her first book titled Shoulder Bones: A Collection of Short Stories about the Macabre, Femininity, and the Southern Childhood for Kindle.

The Shoe Burnin’s Shari Smith has published her first nonfiction book, a collection of heartwarming stories called I Am A Town.

LSU Press has a collection of Confederacy of Dunces themed merchandise, including mugs, throw pillows, shirts and more, on sale in honor of the 35th anniversary of the book.


(Non)Required Reading

Read our six nominations from this past year’s Southern Voice selections for The Pushcart Prize, an annual collection that represents hundreds of presses and thousands of writers of short stories, poetry and essays.


Literary Events

Truman capote Christmas memory copyTruman Capote’s A Christmas Memory will be performed December 7 at Birmingham Public Library December 7 and December 13 at Reynolda House in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

See Virginia Willis December 7, Rick Bragg December 9, and save the date for the launch of Colleen Oakley’s launch party for Before I Go January 6 at Foxtale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, Georgia.

The Key West Literary Seminar takes place January 8-11 with the topic “How the Light Gets In: Literature of the Spirit,” which will investigate literature’s relationship to the inexplicable.

Save the date for a booksigning with Natalie Baszile for Queen Sugar at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, January 30.


New in Southern Voice

The Snowball Bush, a short story about a plant that thrives despite the bad memories surrounding it “looking for all the world like dazzling white snowballs ,” by Rebecca Elswick.


To find out more about your favorite Southern authors’ haunts and hangouts, download the Deep South Literary Trail App, available direct from iTunes and for Android and perfect for those fall road trips. 

The Snowball Bush
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