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Literary Friday, Edition 131

Interview & Chat With Martha Woodroof 

smallblessingssmA tribute to bookstores, nice people and the challenge of accepting ourselves, Martha Woodroof’s debut novel Small Blessings will have you counting your own blessings this holiday season. Inspired by college campus life and a college bookstore coffeeshop she once worked in, Woodroof’s novel is a charming story about living a life that’s kind and filled with human connection. Her “nice” people are English professor Tom Putnam, his neurotic wife Marjory, her mother Agnes, new hire at the college bookstore Rose Callahan, little boy Henry who turns up claiming to be Tom’s son and a quirky cast of characters that make up the faculty. We promise you’ll fall in love with Woodroof’s characters in Small Blessings and want to settle right into life in her idyllic Virginia small town.

Get to know Woodroof in our interview and then chat with her on Twitter today from 1-2 CST (2-3 EST) using the hashtag #southernlit. Our co-host is Tamara Welch of Traveling With T, and you can sign into our chat room for easy access here.


Literary News 

We have 10 Gifts for Southern Lit Lovers, from ornaments to books, candles and custom jewelry.

hemingwriteRead a guest post from author Sandra Jones on Dealing in the Delta: Card Readers and Riverboat Cheats of the Late 1800s in relation to her new historical romance Her Wicked Captain.

The South gets a new literary event with the Tybee Island Book Festival announced for September 2015.

Check out The Hemingwrite personal typewriter on Kickstarter, which would allow writers to work without the Internet but then save their work digitally.

One of our Southern Voice writers, Tom Honea’s book A Confluence of Rivers is out in paperback.

The Huffington Post’s 2015 Books We Can’t Wait to Read includes Welcome to Braggsville about a group of Berkeley students that trek to the South to protest a Civil War reenactment by putting on their own parody and a new title by Toni Morrison.


Literary Events 

fitzgeraldsxmasfullThe F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, will hold an open house December 13 with holiday refreshments and a reading of Fitzgerald’s short story “A Luckless Santa Claus” at noon.

Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory will be performed December 13 at Reynolda House in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Save the date for the launch of Colleen Oakley’s 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.

booksigning with Natalie Baszile for Queen Sugar at Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, is scheduled for January 30.



New in Southern Voice 

The Winter Sun, a story about finding companionship on a cold winter’s day, by Mary Beecroft.


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 Winter Sun
Bacon-Sorghum Snicke