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December 2017 - News from the Appalachian Literary Scene

December 2017 - News from the Appalachian Literary Scene

On December 28, Anne Caudill, the widow of Harry M. Caudill who died in 1990, passed away. Anne worked closely with her husband in his writing career, both in research and editing. Best known for Night Comes to the Cumberlands, Caudill also wrote Theirs Be the Power that detailed how corporate interests ripped off the people of Eastern Kentucky – including Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s work in the Harlan County courthouse seeking coal lands for the Delano family interests. My Land Is Dying was one of the first books to explain and condemn strip mining for coal.

Entertainment Weekly magazine posted its 50 most anticipated books of 2018. It included Varina by Charles Frazier. In this novel, Frazier returns to the time and place of Cold Mountain, his first novel which was fabulously successful with the public and the critics. It is scheduled for release on April 3rd.

HarperAudio has released an audio cd, Love Poems and a Good Cry that combines two of Nikki Giovanni’s recent books - A Good Cry (2017) and Love Poems (1997).

Okra Pick for Fall 2017 from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance:

Fiction’

A Murder for the Books  by Victoria Gilbert

Heaven’s Crooked Finger by Hank Early

Tales of a Cosmic Possum by Sheila Ingle

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

 

The American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next lists for 2017

October 2017

The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan

September - Now in Paperback

The Risen  by Ron Rash

August

If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss

April - Now in paperback

My Father the Pornographer by Chris Offutt

February

Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson

January - Now in paperback


Fallen Land by Taylor Brown

 

Rita Sims Quillen of rural Scott County, Virginia, has been announced as the Final Judge for the 2018 Poetry Society of Virginia Book Award.