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Friday 03 February 2006


storySouth's new winter 2006 issue is out:

Women writers hold a special place in southern literature. From Gone with the Wind to The Color Purple, from To Kill a Mockingbird to the stories and novels of Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, and Carson McCullers, southern women have both defined the genre of southern literature and created its most enduring literary examples ... In this issue ... WA Bilen discusses why so many people misunderstand, and continually mistreat, our most iconoclastic southern writer in her penetrating essay Hiding Harper Lee.

I'm a big fan of Flannery O'Connor. Note to self: write something about Flannery O'Connor soon.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 03 February 2006

Calling Bristol

The folk at the Beyond the Book Project are asking, "Do you live in or near Bristol?" Errm, no. No I don't! Why are they asking? Well, the Beyond the Book team will be in Bristol (Avon, UK) in mid-February and are looking for readers to join their discussion groups. Online they have a questionnaire aimed at readers in the Bristol area to coincide with Bristol's Great Reading Adventure. (This year the Great Reading Adventure organisers have chosen Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days as their book.)

Posted by Mark Thwaite

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As you sow, so shall you reap. The bags packed,
Umbers and gold swollen between the purse-strings,
Getaway cars nose on a hot scent.
Under striped canvas the patrons gather,
Staring at blue, incorrigible seas.
The stubble burns a hole in summer's pocket;
Upon the baked crust of their world, the mice
Scatter their ashes to the harvest moon.

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