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Finalists Are Named for Southern Fiction Award

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The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction has announced its finalists. The annual award is given to a writer whose work is set in the South and exemplifies the tenets of Southern literature—quality of prose, originality, and authenticity of setting and characters. This year’s finalists are: Joshilyn Jackson, The Almost Sisters (William Morrow) Bren McClain, One Good Mama Bone (The University of South Carolina Press) J.C. Sasser, Gradle Bird (Koehler Books) Stephanie Powell Watts, No One Is Coming to Save Us (Ecco)  “Originality and creativity are the hallmarks of this year’s shortlist,” said judge Katherine Clark. “The main characters in these novels include a ghost, a cow, a skeleton, and a house. The finalists are indicative of the wide range of talent producing contemporary Southern fiction.” Here’s a…

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Bonding Over Books with Actress Sarah Jessica Parker

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The book world can be a kind and caring place. Authors are supportive to each other and many enjoy engaging with their readers. Book groups connect people to each other allowing them to discuss the stories authors write, current events and personal life. Books can bring people together from all over the world, highlighting issues, relationships and perspectives, binding us to each other. This appreciation of literature and the excitement over reading is what created an opportunity for me to spend some time bonding with Sarah Jessica Parker. I was thrilled to have the unique opportunity to discuss authors and books with her earlier this month and there was no shortage of words between us once we got down to…

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Stephanie Powell Watts’ ‘No One is Coming to Save Us’ Packs Emotional Punch

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Read on for a review of No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts, named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Entertainment Weekly, Nylon, Elle, Redbook, W Magazine, and The Chicago Review of Books and highly recommended by Oprah! In a small town in North Carolina an African-American family is reaching for the American Dream. Life is hard and full of disappointments as it seems like a dark cloud is hovering over them. Ava is desperate for a baby yet she battles infertility and secretly reaches out to an online community for support and advice. Her husband, Henry, is upset about the decline in the furniture industry where he works, is cheating on Ava…

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