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July 2020 News form the Appalachian Literary Scene

July 2020 News form the Appalachian Literary Scene

Glenis Redmond has been selected for South Carolina’s highest award for achievement in the arts, the Verner Award, for 2020. She is the Poet-in-Residence at the Peace Center in Greenville, South Carolina and founded the Greenville poetry slam and co-founded the Asheville, North Carolina youth poetry slam. She has lectured widely in the United States and abroad. Her most recent poetry book is What My Hand Say (2016), and she contributed to two anthologies last year, A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia and Furious Flower.


Among the books included in Publishers Weekly’s FALL ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE:


The Fighting Bunch: The Battle of Athens and How World War II Veterans Won the Only Successful Armed Rebellion Since the Revolution by Chris DeRose, forthcoming in November.


She Come by It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah Smarsh,

forthcoming in October.


Murder in Hotel 1911: An Ivy Nichols Mystery by Audrey Keown forthcoming in August.


How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons) by Barbara Kingsolver, forthcoming in September.

Make Me Rain by Nikki Giovanni, forthcoming in October.

In Religion and Spirituality - Fiction

Mountain Laurel by Lori Benton, forthcoming in September.

The Librarian of Boone’s Hollow by Kim Vogel Sawyer, forthcoming in September

In Religion and Spirituality – Non-fiction

Always a Guest: Speaking of Faith Far from Home by Barbara Brown Taylor


Publishers Weekly’s June 29th issue gave a special boxed and starred review to

She Come by It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah Smarsh, due out in October. It concludes, “Smarsh’s luminescent prose and briskly tempered storytelling make for an illuminating take on a one-of-a-kind artist.”

The July 6th issue of Publishers Weekly gave a special boxed and starred review to

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi, due out in September. It is partially set in Huntsville, Alabama, where the author grew up. The review ends, “At once a vivid evocation of the immigrant experience and a sharp delineation of an individual’s inner struggle, the novel brilliantly succeeds on both counts.”

Publishers Weekly’s July 6th issue has a special insert for the American Booksellers Association’s Children’s Institute, virtual this year. In that section is a special boxed feature on Ash Van Otterloo and her book, Cattywampus due out in August.

Ron Rash’s forthcoming story collection, In the Valley, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly that concluded, “The skillful craftsmanship of these tales and their subtle but powerful climaxes make for profoundly moving reading.”


Suzanne Samples, a lecturer at Appalachian State from Harrisville, West Virginia, won the Prime Number Magazine Short Fiction Award from Press 53. She is the author of Frontal Matter: Glue Gone Wild which won a Best Indy Book award from Kirkus Reviews in 2019.


Dolly Parton’s forthcoming Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics was recognized as one of Publishers Weekly’s “Deals of the Week” when Folio Literary Management sold it to Chronicle Books.