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Literary Friday, Edition 136

New Promotional Opportunities for Authors 

We hear from lots of first-time authors, small presses or those of you who are self publishing. Since we can’t review all of your books, we’ve developed some new, affordable promotional opportunities just for literature. No matter your budget, we have a range of options — from a traditional ad to a guest post or sponsored Literary Friday — for you to choose from. And from now on any author/press/publisher advertising their work with us will get a mention in our Literary Friday roundup (see below) so that our readers can be sure to consider your book for their TBR pile.

Email [email protected] for the full range of options and pricing.


Literary News 

shoulderbonesWe have an interview with former intern and University of Mississippi graduate Mary Sellers on her new book of short stories Shoulder Bones.

Get the notes for Books & Film – Week 3 as we continue our discussion of Lyle Saxon’s Children of Strangers and start reading Rebecca Wells’ Little Altars Everywhere.

Learn about Savannah’s lesser known writer Conrad Aiken and the imagery that inspired him in our new photo essay series by Savannah College of Art and Design students Hannah Clark and Lily Avery.

Flavorwire’s 50 of the Greatest Literary Moments  on TV includes “True Detective”‘s The Yellow King and Poe’s “The Raven” as read by Lisa on the “The Simpsons.”


Literary Events 

The Cahaba River Literary Journal is holding a writing contest for its debut issue in April. All submissions must be about April (your cat named April, your wife, sister, secret love or the month itself) and postmarked February 1.

Birmingham Public Library will host an Authors Expo February 7, with two workshops, more than 100 authors selling their books and publishers on hand to discuss the process.

savbookfestThe Savannah Book Festival is February 12-15 with special guests Janet Evanovich, P.J. O’Rourke and Anne Rice.

OUTSpoken workshops will be held February 21 and March 28 at Sundress Academy for the Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee, to create a platform for the LGBTQ+ community to record and perform the experiences of sex- and gender-diverse individuals in the South.

Save the date for two Tennessee Williams celebrations in March, one in Key West, Florida, March 2-31 and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival March 25-29.

The Dahlonega Literary Festival in Georgia is scheduled for March 28-29 with featured authors Erika Marks, Ann Hite, Frances Mayes and Raymond Atkins.

Save the date for The Yokshop in Oxford, Mississippi, a three-day workshop with host M.O. Walsh scheduled for May 15-17.


Reading Recs From Our Sponsors 

aurariaanovelGeorgia author Tim Westover’s novel Auraria has been called a “top-notch, thoroughly American fantasy” and is currently available on Kindle for 99 cents. Read our review of the book here.

You may have noticed the lush background on our homepage throughout the month of January. It’s the world of author Sarah Addison Allen’s Lost Lake, full of “mystery, magic and wonderful surprises,” according to Fannie Flagg.


New in Southern Voice 

Runaway, a story about how tough it can be to go home again, by Jennifer N. Shannon.


Featured photo of Savannah by Hannah Clark. 

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. 


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