I recognized the ring tone as I answered my cell — Elvis singing Blue Suede Shoes. I’d assigned it to my grandmother because it was her favorite song, and Elvis her favorite singer.
Interview with The Gates of Evangeline Author Hester Young Even if you missed our live Twitter chat with Hester Young last night, you can still read our interview with her about her spooky debut The Gates of Evangeline. Possibly one of the most anticipated Southern reads of the fall, the book combines a mother’s grief with eerie premonitions, a historic plantation and long-buried secrets of love, money, betrayal and murder. And even more good news: It's just the start of a trilogy about character Charlie Cates. Young tells us the novel's setting in the Louisiana swamp came to her in a dream one night where a little boy asked to tell her how he died. It doesn't get much more Southern Gothic than that. Read the chat feed for more inside details here! Literary News M.O. Walsh's My Sunshine Away made Booklist's list of Top 10 First Novels for 2015. Head to West Virginia for some literary tourism with Homer Hickam and James McBride over at Bookriot. The lineup for the 30th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival has been announced, with Megan Abbott, Dorothy Allison (pictured) and Dick Cavett on deck March 30-April 3. Mary Louise Parker's Dear Mr. You makes Flavorwire's 10 Must-Read Books for November.