Anjali Enjeti discusses SOUTHBOUND and THE PARTED EARTH.
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Genevieve Hudson discusses her debut novel, BOYS OF ALABAMA.
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Morgan Jerkins discusses her new book, WANDERING IN STRANGE LANDS.
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“I’m interested in beautiful events that are wrong.”
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Brit Bennett discusses her second novel, THE VANISHING HALF.
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Malcolm Tariq discusses his debut collection, HEED THE HOLLOW.
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Garrard Conley, author of the new memoir
Boy Erased, discusses growing up in the deep South, mothers, writing for change, and political delusions. ...more
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Walter Mosley reflects on his father’s life in the Deep South and the influence he had on his son’s growth as a writer: When I was 13, I asked him what he wanted me to be when I grew up. He said he wanted me to do whatever I wanted, that he had no directive. I took […]
None of the imagery of Lemonade is foreign to those of us who grew up in the South or who have Southern roots. ...more
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My responsibility is to not be negligent and cause unnecessary harm. To a listener or reader. My allegiance is only to truth. ...more
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There are so many spaces in this country where I feel unsafe particularly because of my body. ...more
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What scares me in the current work is how much I trust the concept, what I’m trying to achieve. ...more
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The South is my favorite cousin. ...more
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Two authors take a trip that they did not take to a place that’s no place (but could be anywhere) in Wiley Cash’s feature on novelist T. Geronimo Johnson and his new book,
Welcome to Braggsville. ...more
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