A new wave of southern female writers describe a region’s troubled legacies. They include Kathryn Stockett (The Help), Susan Rebecca White (Bound South), Karin Slaughter (Broken), Emily Giffin (Heart of the Matter), Joshilyn Jackson (Gods in Alabama), and Natasha Trethewy (Beyond Katrina). Others are Jessica Handler (Invisible Sisters), Sheri Joseph (Stray), and Amanda Gable (The Confederate General Rides North).
Ozarks boy Daniel Woodrell has just brought out The Bayou Trilogy, a trade paperback collection of three novels about a boxer-turned-cop named Rene Shade who keeps law and order in the swamp town of Saint Bruno. Read Craig McDonald’s two-part interview with Woodrell here and here.
Planning a cross-country tour of Beat sites? Bill Morgan offers guidance to the playing grounds of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and the rest in Beat Atlas: A State by State Guide to the Beat Generation in America.
In a lengthy interview, author Peter Conners discusses his White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg, the story of a plot to turn on the world.
Francisco Goldman writes in Newsweek about Mexico City in the wake of the death of his beloved young wife, Aura. His memoir/novel about their short life together, Say Her Name, is an astonishing declaration of love.