during june and july, in an effort to identify mississippi writers and their literary agents, i have come across some really fine southern writing / writers i was not familiar with.
Steve Yarbrough: from Indianola. I’ve finished The End of California, and am staying up late reading Safe From the Neighbors, his most recent. Neighbors i especially recommend. It’s characters are affected by and react to the events of 1 October 1962 on the Ole Miss campus.
i am especially excited to have come across Olympia Vernon, from the tiny community of Osyka; literally on the louisiana state line and just six miles from where i grew up in pike county. her latest effort, A Killing in this Town, has recieved really good critical acclaim. i am anxious to get my hands on a copy.
an early post discribe my thoughts about Howard Bahr’s Pelican Road …
i have trouble understanding sometimes why anyone would read David Baldacci or even much of John Grisham’s commercial stuff ( although: Grishman’s A Painted House is as good as it gets ) when there are whole worlds of really good literary fiction out there just waiting for us to find it.
… and: Lynne Bryant: hurry, hurry with Catfish Alley !
four very different writers, different syles. all very mississippi.