Announcing the 2015 SIBA Book Award Finalists
(Columbia, SC) April 13, 2015 -- The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 SIBA Book Award, recognizing great southern literature from the last year. There are twenty-one books on the 2015 list, showcasing the broad range of Southern styles and settings, and representing booksellers' favorite hand sells of the year in fiction, nonfiction, children's, young adult, and cooking. Whether your reading tastes run towards the gothic (A Dark Road to Mercy) or the poetic (Brown Girl Dreaming), the sweet (Blue Ribbon Baking) or the savory (Heritage), the country ballad (Wayfaring Strangers) or rock ‘n roll (Jerry Lee Lewis) there is a book on this list that you are going to love. A southern indie bookseller has said so, and they are in a position to know.
- This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash, William Morrow & Company, 9780062088253
- Natchez Burning by Greg Iles, William Morrow & Company, 9780062311078
- The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Viking Books, 9780670024780
- Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash, Ecco, 9780062349347
- Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal, Pamela Dorman Books, 9780670014736
- Long Man by Amy Greene, Knopf Publishing Group, 9780307593436
- Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg, Harper, 9780062078223
- Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott, Harper, 9780062092892
- Rebel Yell by S. C. Gwynne, Scribner, 9781451673289
- Factory Man by Beth Macy, Back Bay (Hachette), 9780316231435
- Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia by Fiona Ritchie, University of North Carolina Press, 9781469618227
- The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region by Marcie Cohen Ferris, UNC Press, 9781469617688
- Heritage by Sean Brock, Artisan, 9781579654634
- Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen by Francine Bryson, Clarkson Potter, 9780804185783
- Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook by Perre Coleman Magness, St. Martin's, 9781250047298
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulsen Books, 9780399252518
- The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage, Kathy Dawson Books, 9780803736719
- A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, Scholastic, 9780545552707
- Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, 9780375870514
- League of Seven by Alan Gratz, Starscape/Tor/Macmillan, 9780765338228
- Revolution by Deborah Wiles, Scholastic, 9780545106078
Finalists will be judged by a juried panel of SIBA booksellers, and winners will be announced on July 4, "Independents Day." More information about the SIBA Book Awards can be found at sibaweb.com/siba-book-award.
- Published: 14 April 2015
Spring into a New Okra Season!
Columbia, SC – Southern Independent Booksellers have just picked a fresh crop of Okra -- the 2015 Spring Okra Picks, the best southern lit, fresh off the vine. All the chosen books have a strong Southern focus and are published between April and June, 2015, and all of them have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your plate and in your TBR stack. So it is very likely the next time you visit your local Southern indie bookstore, someone will hand you one and say, “You’ve got to read this!”
The 2015 Spring Okra Picks
Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer's Search for Wonder in the Natural World by Leigh Ann Henion
9781594204715 | Penguin Press | 03/24/2015 | 26.95
Trisha's Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life by Trisha Yearwood
9780804186155 | Clarkson Potter Publishers | 03/31/2015 | 29.99
The Water and the Wild by Katie Elise Ormsbee
9781452113869 | Chronicle Books | 04/14/2015 | 16.99
Lowcountry Boneyard by Susan M. Boyer
9781941962473 | Henery Press | 04/21/2015 | 15.95
The Bone Tree by Greg Iles
9780062311115 | William Morrow & Company | 04/21/2015 | 27.99
Valiant by Sarah McGuire
9781606845523 | Egmontusa | 04/28/2015 | 16.99
Minnow by James E. McTeer II
9781938235115 | Hub City Press | 05/01/2015 | 24.95
At the Corner of King Street by Mary Ellen Taylor
9780425278253 | Berkley Books | 05/05/2015 | 16.00
The World's Largest Man: A Memoir by Harrison Scott Key
9780062351494 | Harper | 05/12/2015 | 26.99
Anything Could Happen by Will Walton
9780545709545 | Push | 05/26/2015 | 17.99
The Evidence Room: A Mystery by Cameron Harvey
9781250031150 | Minotaur Books | 06/02/2015 | 25.99
Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll
9780385755078 | Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | 06/09/2015 | 16.99
A Week at the Lake by Wendy Wax
9780425274477 | Berkley Books | 06/23/2015 | 16.00
Okra Picks are chosen every season by Southern Independent Bookstores. For more information visit sibaweb.com/okra.
- Published: 01 April 2015
When my Northern friends ask if I was religious growing up in the South, I laugh.
Religion soaked the land like bourbon on an Episcopalian’s fruitcake. And you didn’t have to go to a church to get it. Religion was everywhere. In the schools, in the hardware store, on restaurant menus, in the line at the bank, on the football scoreboard, on the side-panels of delivery trucks, on the lips of nearly everybody you encountered even while running the most secular of errands. I’ve heard of people who got saved while standing in the A&P checkout line.
Shortly after I was baptized at the age of 8, my mother began infecting me her own brand of fiery fundamentalism. Now my mother didn’t have the interests expected of a typical 1950’s housewife. She wasn’t a great cook, an immaculate housekeeper nor a doting mother. Even though she took an occasional swat at those socially prescribed duties of the era, you could tell from consistently undercooked tuna fish casserole, the spider-webs which grew in corners to the size of a child’s head, and her tribe of attention-starved babies, her heart just wasn’t in it. And the more successful my father became, the more her poverty-plagued upbringing embarrassed her, to such an extent that she dreaded any social functions that as the wife of a prominent man she was obligated to attend.
Like many women of that era, other avenues for creativity were severely limited. Not even church could provide an outlet. She attended services sporadically and never even taught Sunday school. I’m not sure they would have let her if she had wanted to.
You see, my mother was bad to take a drink and drive her Lincoln soused on the streets of Hazlehurst, Mississippi.
Besides sneaking whiskey from my Daddy’s Jim Beam commemorative decanters and drunk driving, her other passion was collecting Green Stamps. Anytime my mother uttered the word redemption, you could be sure it wasn’t heaven she wanted access to, but the auspiciously named S&H Green Stamp Redemption Center, all the way up in Jackson.
When my mother said excitedly, “We’re going up to the Redemption Center”, it even sounded holy. Like meeting Jesus ought to sound. Her pursuit was steeped in more rituals than any Baptist Church and just as much zeal. It was a religion of two, my mother and me.
Like with the wise men’s sojourn, our trip could commence only after a season of calculation and ritual. You had to be smart about it. First of all, we traded only with the stores that answered positively to our inquiries when we asked, “Do you give Green Stamps?” We were ruthless. We didn’t have money to waste on the tightfisted grocer who answered, “No.”
Every shopping trip was strategically designed to rack up the most stamps possible. And after the cashier handed us our strip of stamps we lost no time in rushing home and pulling all of our booklets from that one drawer in the kitchen dedicated solely to their safe-keeping. It was my job to lick the stamps and then hand them to my mother, who skillfully arranged them on the pages, keeping them within the box-shaped grids, smoothing out the wrinkles with the flat of her hand. This was no calling for amateurs.
Next we would count all the books we had completed, as if we didn’t already know. Counting was one of the rituals. And I can still remember the thrill of Mother sticking the very last stamp in the very last box on the very last page of a book and then getting to begin a brand new one. I don’t think I’ve experienced a moment as hopeful or as full of promise since.
Then we went to the redemption catalog and studied the colorful displays of transistor radios, wall clocks in the shape of sunbursts, and the most modern in kitchen appliances. Without having to ask your husband for a dime. Which may have been the point of it all. Why for just 718 books you could even get a real car.
A part of me wanted desperately for my mother to have these things. Both her and my daddy had escaped a suffocating dirt-farm poverty and my mother’s eyes would always light up when she saw nice, “store bought” things. That was the look she had when she flipped through the S&H Redemption Catalogue. She had a hunger for a miracle as fierce as any penitent. And even at that age, I believed if I could satisfy that hunger for her, she would always be happy. Maybe she would even stop getting drunk.
That catalogue, filled with its shiny miracles, inspired hours of praying for the day we would finally gather up our stamps, get in the car and make our pilgrimage to…The Center. To “get redeemed” as mother put it. Our Star of Bethlehem would take us up Mississippi State Highway 55 and guide us directly to Jackson. I couldn’t sleep at all the night before.
Yet there is one thing that puzzled me. I never understood the way I felt on the return trip, after we surrendered our booklets to the S&H man, who was not nearly as excited as we were. He had checked every page officiously and ripped them up right in front of us, without exhibiting the least reverence and awe. Then he unceremoniously handed over our stainless steel toaster and our coffee percolator. The mood coming home was a sense of an immense letdown.
Just like with church’s brand of redemption, I was pretty sure my S&H ordeal wouldn’t make much difference, no more than getting baptized by my preacher. Sure enough, Mother went on drinking, graduated to overdosing on tranquilizers, finally ending up in psychiatric wards where shock treatments were administered liberally. She even lost the memory of our trips to Jackson.
It wasn’t until many years later, it dawned on me exactly why I felt so deflated on the way back home with the shiny treasures we’d traded for. I wanted the stamps back! The gifts cheapened the real experience. The grocery shopping, the awful taste of the glue, filling the booklets, the ritual of counting and recounting, the catalog gazing, the mutual conspiring. That was my mom at her happiest and her best. That’s what was precious.
As an adult I’ve tried to allow my mother her own story, rather than limiting her to a supporting character in mine. In doing so, I’ve changed much of my thinking about her. In fact, I don’t think she was your regular drunk. I think she drank at people. Like my overbearing father. Whenever he disrespected her, that’s when she had her most spectacular drunk-driving episodes. Her accidents became community events designed to humiliate him. Like when he moved us to a new town and was trying his best to establish his reputation as a reputable businessman. That Christmas Eve, after he berated my mother, she got drunk and flipped her Lincoln in the Mayor’s yard. Another time she ran a school bus of children into a ditch. I believe she was saying to my father, “I might only be your pitiful wife, but remember this: No matter how high you climb, I have to power to bring you down to where you started. Treat me right.”
I believe she drank at a society that had hemmed her in, limited her to doing things she felt were soul killing. She drank at a God who admonished her to be subservient.
Yes, those long ago days with my mother, performing our Green Stamp rituals, were as close to a holy event as I’ve ever come. In those moments I believe I saw the truth of my mother, and the woman as she was meant to be.
Jonathan Odell is the author of Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League published in March, 2015, from Maiden Lane Press. Find out more at JonathanOdell.net
- Published: 15 March 2015
Announcing the Ultimate Southern Reading List! The 2015 SIBA Book Award Long List
Over one hundred titles made the 2015 SIBA Book Award "Long List" -- all books that made somebody's "best of the year" list in Southern literature. Books were nominated in five categories: Children's, Cooking, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Adult. To be eligible the nominee had to be a book that was Southern in nature, or by a Southern author, or both. And the nomination had to come via a Southern Independent Bookstore.
Bookstores that are members of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) will vote on the long list to determine the finalists in each category by April 1. Finalists are then judged by a jury of SIBA booksellers, and the winners in each category will be announced on July 4, 2015 "Independents Day."
For more information about the SIBA Book Award, visit sibaweb.com/siba-book-award
The Long (Long, Long, Looooonnng) List!
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd, Scholastic, 9780545552707
Bird on Water Street by Elizabeth O. Dulemba, Little Pickle Press, 9781939775054
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, Nancy Paulsen Books, 9780399252518
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage, Kathy Dawson Books, 9780803736719
Hostie by Kate Sally Palmer, Warbranch Press, 9780966711493
The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316240772
Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House by Eric Litwin, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316322447
Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen by Francine Bryson, Clarkson Potter, 9780804185783
BTC Old Fashioned Grocery Store Cookbook by Alexe Van Bueren, Clarkson Potter, 9780385345002
Down South: Bourbon, Pork, Gulf Shrimp & Second Helpings of Everything by Donald Link, Clarkson Potter, 9780770433185
Drink the Harvest by Nan Chase & DeNeice C. Guest, Storey, 9781612121598
The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region by Marcie Cohen Ferris, UNC Press, 9781469617688
Good Catch: Recipes and Stories Celebrating the Best of Florida's Waters by Pam Brandon, University Press of Florida, 9780813060156
Heritage by Sean Brock, Artisan, 9781579654634
Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook by Perre Coleman Magness, St. Martin's, 9781250047298
The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig: A Culinary Tour of Fifty of the South's Best Restaurants and the Recipes That Made Them Famous by Chris Chamberlain, Thomas Nelson, 9781401605025
Southern Holidays by Debbie Moose, UNC Press, 9781469617893
The Southern Pantry Cookbook: 105 Recipes Already Hiding in Your Kitchen by Jennifer Chandler, Thomas Nelson, 9781401605216
Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook: Recipes and Stories to Celebrate the Bounty of the Moment by Nancy Vienneau, Thomas Nelson, 9781401605179
A Far Gone Night by John Carenen Neverland Publishing, 9780990314851
All I Have in This World by Michael Parker, Workman, 9781616201623
Arcana by Jessica Leake, Talos, 9781940456140
Between Wrecks by George Singleton, Dzanc, 9781938103797
By The Red Glare by Mark Sibley-Jones, USC Press, 9781611173994
Byrd by Kim Church, Dzanc Books, 9781938604522
Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn Dingman, Harper, 9780062276728
Charleston by Margaret Thornton, Ecco, 9780062332523
Citizens Creek by Lalita Tademy, Atria Books, 9781476753034
Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal, Pamela Dorman Books, 9780670014736
Don't Ever Look Back by Daniel Friedman, Minotaur, 9781250027566
Don't Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams, Bantam, 9780553808094
Each Shining Hour: A Novel of Watervalley by Jeff High, New American Library, 9780451419279
Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth, Bloomsbury, 9781620403013
The Forsaken by Ace Atkins, Putnam Adult, 9780399161797
The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons, Grand Central Publishing, 9780446527958
The Gone Dead Train by Lisa Turner, William Morrow, 9780062136190
House on Mermaid Point by Wendy Wax, Berkley Publishing Group, 9780425263327
How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer, St. Martin's Press, 9781250047021
Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank, William Morrow, 9780062132529
Ice Garden by Moira Crone, Carolina Wren, 9780932112965
In the Heart of the Dark Wood by Billy Coffey, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 9781401690090
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, Viking Books, 9780670024780
It Comes in Waves by Erika Marks, New American Library, 9780451418869
Life Intercepted by Charles Martin, Center Street, 9781455554669
Limestone Gumption by Bryan Robinson, Five Star, 9781432827786
Long Man by Amy Greene, Knopf Publishing Group, 9780307593436
A Long Time Gone by Karen White, New American Library, 9780451240460
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen, St. Martins Press, 9781250019806
Miss Julia's Marvelous Makeover by Ann B. Ross, Viking Books, 9780670026111
Natchez Burning by Greg Iles, William Morrow & Company, 9780062311078
Palmetto Moon by Kim Boykin, Berkley Publishing Group, 9780425272107
Queen Elizabeth's Daughter by Anne Barnhill, St. Martins Press, 9780312662127
Risky Undertaking: A Buryin' Barry Mystery by Mark de Castrique, Poisoned Pen Press, 9781464203060
Save The Date by Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martins Press, 9781250019691
Season of the Dragonflies by Sarah Creech, William Morrow & Company, 9780062307521
The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson, Amy Einhorn Books, 9780399157721
A Shelter of Others by Charles White, Fiddleback Press, 9780988687257
The Sheltering by Mark Powell, USC Press, 9781611174342
Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain, St. Martins Press, 9781250010711
Sister Golden Hair by Darcey Steinke, Tin House Books, 9781935639947
Something Rich and Strange by Ron Rash, Ecco, 9780062349347
Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon, Putnam Adult , 9780399167447
A Southern Girl by John Warley, Story River Books , 9781611173918
Southern Heat by David Burnsworth, Five Star, 9781432828004
Starting Over: Stories by Elizabeth Spencer, Liveright Publishing Corporation, 9780871406811
The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate, Tyndale House Publishers, 9781414388267
The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith, Harper, 9780062335944
Stories We Tell by Patti Callahan Henry, St. Martins Press, 9781250040312
Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe, Gallery Books, 9781476709017
Tell the World You're a Wildflower by Jennifer Horne, University of Alabama Press, 9780817318451
This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash, William Morrow & Company, 9780062088253
Thorn Tree by Heather Marshall, MP Publishing, 9781849823074
Three Story House by Courtney Miller Santo, William Morrow, 9780062130549
Tiger Shrimp Tango by Tim Dorsey, William Morrow, 9780062092816
To See the Moon Again by Jamie Langston Turner, Berkley Publishing Group, 9780425253021
The Whiskey Baron by Jon Sealy, Hub City Press, 9781891885747
The Wilds by Julia Elliott, Tin House, 9781935639923
Wink of an Eye by Lynn Chandler Willis, Minotaur Books, 9781250053190
Bearwallow by Jeremy Jones, Blair, 9780895876249
Beautiful at All Seasons by Elizabeth Lawrence, Duke University Press, 9780822357766
Blessed Experiences by James Clyburn, USC Press, 9781611173376
Call to Action by Jimmy Carter, Simon and Schuster, 9781476773957
Clouds of Glory by Michael Korda, Harper, 9780062116291
Dreaming Bears by J. Michael Holloway, Epicenter Press, 9781935347309
Elemental by Bill Brown, 3:A Taos Press, 9780984792566
Everglades by Mac Stone, University Press of Florida, 9780813049854
Factory Man by Beth Macy, Back Bay (Hachette), 9780316231435
Farming, Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches by Renea Winchester, Mercer University Press, 9780881465044
Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg, Harper, 9780062078223
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbott, Harper, 9780062092892
One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul, St. Martin's Press, 9781250040497
Poems of the American South by David Biespiel, Everyman's Library, 9780375712449
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen, Dutton Books, 9780525426813
Rebel Yell by S. C. Gwynne, Scribner, 9781451673289
Rough Beast by Tim Peeler, Future Cycle, 9781938853555
Strong Inside by Andrew Maraniss, Vanderbilt University Press, 9780826520234
The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America by Scott Cowen, Palgrave MacMillan, 9781137278869
The Loyal Lieutenant by George Hincapie, William Morrow, 9780062330918
The Only Sounds We Make by Lee Zacharias, Hub City Press, 9781938235009
The Same Sweet Girl's' Guide to Life: Advice from a Failed Southern Belle by Cassandra King, Maiden Lane Press, 9781940210032
Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir by Frances Mayes, Crown Publishing Group, 9780307885913
Unbreakable by Thom Shea, Clovercroft, 9781940262376
Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia by Fiona Ritchie , University of North Carolina Press, 9781469618227
Web of Water by John Lane, Hub City Press, 9781938235054
Without Mercy: The Stunning True Story of Race, Crime, and Corruption in the Deep South by David Beasley, St. Martin's Press, 9781250014665
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard, Delacorte, 9780385740579
Compulsion by Martina Boone, Simon Pulse, 9781481411226
League of Seven by Alan Gratz, Starscape/Tor/Macmillan, 9780765338228
Revolution by Deborah Wiles, Scholastic, 9780545106078
Running from Lions by Julian Vaca, Createspace, 9781491204573
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan, Greenwillow Books, 9780062220141
Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, 9780375870514
The Last Days of California by Mary Miller, Liveright Publishing Corporation, 9780871405883
The Sittin' Up by Shelia Moses, Putnam Publishing Group, 9780399257230
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316405058
- Published: 01 March 2015
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
Michael Farris Smith
I did a brief stint in Oxford, Mississippi back in 1997. I lived a half block off the Square, in a big house divided up into apartments, right across the street from the original office of The Oxford-American. One evening I walked over to Square Books, for the first time, and on the front table I found a story collection called Big, Bad Love, and a novella titled Ray. This was my introduction to both Larry Brown and Barry Hannah.
By the time I went to sleep that night, whatever time that was, I had devoured both books. Inhaled them. Loved them and immediately loved the writers who had written with such striking, beautiful prose. I remember that what kept occurring to me as I read was the notion that I knew the people they were writing about. I knew those winding, dark, bumpy back roads. I knew the dimly lit bars and cheap brands of bourbon and the feelings of loneliness and wonder that these characters were experiencing. It was only recently that I had become a reader and most of what I had read were the big names. Hemingway, Faulkner, Dickens, Fitzgerald. Those were the only names I recognized. But when I met the stories of Larry Brown and Barry Hannah, I realized what it meant to be a Southern writer in the here and now. I knew their Mississippi first hand and it shook me.
What I didn’t know, but now realize, is that was the beginnings of my becoming a writer. I didn’t start writing for another couple of years, but that feeling was in me, and the nights I later spent on the balcony of Square Books, drinking coffee and reading more Brown and Hannah, and then William Gay and Richard Yates and Harry Crews, those nights and those writers and their stories had gotten into me and were not to let go. Literary Cowboys, that’s what they were to me. And the more I read of the Southern grit, the more I found in myself and my own landscape.
It wasn’t only the fiction of Brown and Hannah and others like them that influenced me, but I have been just as inspired by reading their interviews, and listening to what they had to say about the struggle. The time it took to get someone to accept their stories, to read their novels, to accept them out there somewhere. Hannah called writing a matter of life and death. Brown described the years of rejection and the burned manuscripts in his backyard. They both preached stamina, belief, loving the work no matter what the end result. During my learning years (which are still ongoing and I suspect they will always be), their notions of hanging on, and believing in your work stuck with me as I went through the rejection and gnashing of teeth that all writers experience. From afar, they kept me going through both their work and encouragement.
Eventually, all of this led to some published stories, and then my Paris novella The Hands of Strangers, and now Rivers. My own Mississippi novel. And when it came time to look for other writers to share the manuscript with, to ask for blurbs, to say, “Hey, man. You’ve really influenced me,” the Literary Cowboys were no longer around. Larry Brown, Barry Hannah, Harry Crews, William Gay. Those were the first names that came into my head, and it was bittersweet to know they were gone.
But we move on and try to carry the torch, knowing what giant boots these are to fill. And I think about that evening back in 1997, when I had nothing to do, and the last light fell across the quaint Mississippi town, and I meandered over to the independent bookstore and began to look around. Get ready, is what I would say to myself now. There they are.
Michael Farris Smith has been awarded the Transatlantic Review Award, Brick Streets Press Short Story Award, Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, and the Alabama Arts Council Fellowship Award for Literature. He is a graduate of Mississippi State and the Center for Writers at Southern Miss. He lives in Columbus, Mississippi, with his wife and two daughters. His first novel, Rivers, was published by Simon & Schuster in September 2013.
- Published: 27 September 2013