Southern Literature

The State of Things
12:48 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

This Dark Road to Mercy

Author Wiley Cash
Credit photo by Tiffany B. Davis

Author Wiley Cash talks about his new book, 'This Dark Road to Mercy'

Wiley Cash's latest novel, "This Dark Road to Mercy," is set in his hometown  of Gastonia, N.C. 

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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Author Elizabeth Spencer, 92, Offers Advice For Young Writers

In 1960, Elizabeth Spencer became a southern literary icon with the release of her novella, "The Light in the Piazza." The film version of the book starred Olivia de Havilland.

More than fifty years after her acclaimed Italian love story, Spencer is still writing.  Her newest collection of short stories is "Starting Over" (Liveright, 2013).

All of the narratives in the book stem from her two southern homes: Mississippi and North Carolina.

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Southern Literature Mourns Louis Rubin

Credit Algonquin Books


William Faulkner may be one of the most well-known writers of the 20th century. But you might not associate his name with southern literature if not for Louis Rubin

Rubin helped develop the genre of southern literature in its own right. A well-respected writer, an adored teacher and the founder of the Southern Literary Journal and the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Rubin is regarded as one of the icons of southern writing.

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