From riverboats to the poker table, here's what Southern writers like Twain had to say about a good game.
Ashton Lee's Christmas Gift Author of The Cherry Cola Book Club series and most recently A Cherry Cola Christmas, Ashton Lee guest posts this week about his quirky Mississippi family tradition. Find out how the term "Christmas gift" took on a whole new meaning in his family and share your own traditions when we chat with him on Twitter next week (more details coming soon). And if you're looking for an uplifting holiday read, pick up A Cherry Cola Christmas, where a special meeting of the Cherry Cola Book Club invites the town of Cherico, Mississippi, to a potluck to share food and stories in an effort to raise the townspeople's spirits. Literary News Kiese Laymon writes about Da Art Of Storytellin' in The Oxford American, accompanied by an original portrait of Outkast. The New Yorker compiles The Ten Best Weather Events in Fiction, and y'all know a hurricane made the list. Mental Floss goes Inside FBI Classified Spy Files on 10 Authors. Can you guess which revolution Capote was suspected of having ties to? In honor of Mark Twain's birthday this week, Open Culture discusses his Patented Inventions for Bra Straps and Other Everyday Items. A long lost play written by William Faulkner was discovered at the University of Virginia. And the
Debut of the 2014 Deep South Summer Reading List, Chipotle's author series and 'Goosebumps' the movie in Literary News, plus a Gabriel Garcia Marquez tribute in Georgia and a short short about a hammock. Happy Literary Friday!