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                  Our Culture of Storytelling

                                                              June, 2005                           Vol. 6, No. 4

Book  News

The Mississippi Magnolia Ruby Elzy
An Interview with David E. Weaver
by Joyce Dixon

A healthy curiosity and a desire to know more about a person or topic has lead to many a great book. In much the same manner David Weaver started a journey that became a passion -- that of learning about soprano Ruby Elzy, who created the role of Serena in the original production of Porgy and Bess. But Ruby was so much more than that...so much more.

Celebrating Small Town America
An Interview with Jim Black
by Orrin C. Judd

Often the birth of a novel originates in a self-published gift for family and friends. That is how Jim Black created There's a River Down in Texas back in 1999. As word spread, other wanted copies and over the next two years he made and sold over seven hundred.


The Personality-Driven Humor Book
By Marsha Marks

There comes a time in every writer's life when her insecurities rise to the surface and cause her to freak out over every edited word. This time occurred for me, in November 2004 as my first personality-driven humor book FLYING BY THE SEAT OF MY PANTS: Flight Attendant Adventures on a Wing and a Prayer, came back from line edit. 


Southern Poet Laureates 2005
By Joyce Dixon

The poet laureate is a mysterious appointment. There is no uniform term length. It could be two-years in one state and a lifetime appointment in another. Some are appointed by the state legislature, while the governor appoints others.  


Byron Herbert Reece:

Georgia’s Appalachian Poet/Novelist

By Joyce Dixon

Byron Herbert Reece was a simple man of the land, and it was his love of the land that inspired his writings. Though his life was cut short by his own hands, his body of work lives on. In 2005, Reece is being remembered and honored by the State of Georgia as "Georgia's Appalachian Poet/Novelist."



Porch Tales

Porch Tales are personal essays that bring memories of family, community, place and all those favorite stories passed on the porch. 
A Dove’s Tale
By Randy Sparkman
Digging Up Bones
By Brenda S. Brown


Book Reviews

Oprah's Faulkner Summer

Marshall Chapman on XM

Southern Baby Launch

SEBA Book Awards  Announced

More News

One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner, Jay Parini
Landscapes of the Heart: A Memoir, Elizabeth Spencer
Black Diva of the Thirties: The Life of Ruby Elzy, David E. Weaver
The Poet of Tolstoy Park, Sonny Brewer
River Season, Jim Black
Gods In Alabama, Joshilyn Jackson
The Untelling, Tayari Jones
The Three Mrs. Parkers, Joan Medlicott
Julie and Romeo Get Lucky, Jeanne Ray
Sweet Vidalia, Rebecca Pace Watkins
Puttin' on the Grits: A Guide to Southern Entertaining, Deborah Ford
Being Dead is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral, Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays
Flying by the Seat of My Pants: Flight Attendant Adventures on a Wing and a Prayer, Marsha Marks
PINHOOK: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land, Janisse Ray
Natural Tunnel: Nature's Marvel in Stone, Tony Scales
Rediscovering the South's Celtic Heritage, Barry Vann
Birthright: A Novel of the Civil War, Clay Blount
A Boy Named Sue: Gender and Country Music, Edited by Kristine M. McCusker & Dine Pecknold
Goin' Back to Sweet Memphis: Conversations with the Blues, Edited by Fred J. Hay, Illustrated by George D. Davidson
His Longing (The Small Penis Oratorio), Paul Allen
History, Passion, Freedom, Death, and Hope: Prose About Poetry, Kelly Cherry
TWENTY: South Carolina Poetry Fellows, edited by Kwame Dawes
The World:  poetic connections, Janet Carr Hull
The White Train, John Spaulding
Noticing Eden: Poems, Marjory Heath Wentworth
Joy in the Morning, Claude Wilkinson
The Strangler Fig & Other Tales: Field Notes of a Conservationist, Mary A. Hood
The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life, Pat Conroy with Suzanne Williamson Pollak
Paula Deen & Friends: Living It Up, Southern Style, Paula Deen with Martha Nesbit
The All Animal Band, written by Jim Moore, illustrated by Norris Hall
Carolina's Story: Sea Turtles Get Sick Too! by Donna Rathmell, photography by Barbara J. Bergwerf
Bitsy & the Mystery at Amelia Island, Vonda Skinner Skelton



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