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April 2018 - News from the Appalachian Literary Scene

April 2018 - News from the Appalachian Literary Scene

On Thursday, April 5th, Nikki Giovanni delivered the 2018 Wilma Dykeman Stokely Memorial Lecture at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee.


The Finalists for the 2018 Southern Book Prize have been announced. Winners will be announced on July 4rh.

Literary Fiction

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

The Weight of This World by David Joy

Juvenile Fiction

Serafina and the Splintered Heart by Robert Beatty

Biography and History

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home by Denise Kierman


The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced its Spring 2018 “Okra Picks,” a dozen books that have been published or will be published this Spring that they feel deserve special attention:


Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin

Country Dark by Chris Offutt

Southernmost by Silas House

Varina by Charles Frazier


Varina by Charles Frazier debuted on both the New York Times and the Indie Best top ten lists in its first week, and it was #1 in Hardcover Fiction on the April Southern Indie Bestseller list from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance.