Square Books is one of the big, legendary American bookstores. It's not because it's all that old – it was established in 1979 – but, rather, for the southern literati who've made it their second home. Writers such as: Willie Morris, Barry Hannah, Larry Brown and so many others native to – or adopted into… Read More Square Books, Oxford, MS: The Past That is Not Past
A big part of me wants to use today's platform to go on a tirade against all the callous people I've dealt with over the past few weeks but what good would that really do. Eveyone falls into the Deep Pit at one time or other and the fact I live on a… Read More Sunday Salon: March 18, 2012
"Our pride must be strong, for we know the value of the human mind and soul. We must teach our children. We must sacrifice so that they may earn the dignity of study and wisdom. For the time will come. The time will come when the riches in us will not be held… Read More Carson McCullers
My hands were itching to talk books with you all week but my wishes were thwarted due to a Typepad glitch. Seems the goodly blogging platform had quite a taste for all things Bluestalking. Not only would it not let me save new posts, it ate the last two I wrote as well and of… Read More Bleak House, Various and sundry.
Well, now. It's taken me eleven days but I have actually finished my first book of the year. I won't review it here, as it's slated for publication in Library Journal next month and I consider it theirs, but once it's up I'll link to it, I promise, though I've been woefully shameful about that.… Read More Finally, first finished book of 2012!
I'm in love again, people! Real, true love. With this writer: Ellen Gilchrist. She's a southern writer, born in Natchez, MS. Though I've heard her name, I'm only now reading her works. I am smitten. Nora Jane: A Life in Stories I have a love/hate relationship with my native Mississippi. One side of my family… Read More Love, Actually
Larry Brown’s Father and Son "The truth of the matter is that Brown is one of the best writers we have, able in a sentence or or two to cut to the heart of things." – The Washington Post With themes reminiscent of Faulkner, Larry Brown’s writing is a pared-down, sparing portrait of characters who… Read More Southern Literature Project: Larry Brown’s ‘Father and Son’
It’s been a while since I’ve taken on a reading project. Considering my schedule (and attention span, let’s be honest) formal reading projects traditionally tend to have a really high failure rate with me. I’ve gotten pretty far into a few of them, but ultimately real life has a real tendency to derail… Read More Literature of the American South