Humidity is rising here at Hub City and summer is upon us! We're back for another author roundup--thanks for tuning in!
The Whiskey & Ribbons buzz parade continues! Leesa Cross-Smith's recent features and fun things include: a Mother's Day reads roundup, a BookRiot list cataloging some gorgeous writing from some gorgeous writers, an interview with Tara Anderson at WFPL, and coverage around her North Carolina events at Quail Ridge and the first ever Greensboro Bound Literary Festival. W&R was also featured in the Bitter Southerners' Summer Roundup, which in turn was mentioned by Hub City fav Sam Sifton in the New York Times What to Cook This Week!
Check out Leesa's article for Oxford American's The By and By: this one's about book touring and baseball.
In particularly cool news, Whiskey & Ribbons will be published in German from Bastei Lübbe in 2019, complete with fancy new cover and the Germain title Für Damals, Für Immer (which Leesa discovered translates loosely too "Back Then & Forever"). Congratulations, Leesa!
"When I wake up in the morning, [race] is not the first thing I think about. Evangeline, the character in my book, she doesn’t wake up in the morning and kiss a picture of Martin Luther King and think about her blackness. She’s just waking up to feed her baby and going to make some tea. Is it really a radical act for a black woman to not mention her race within the first couple of pages of the book?"
—Leesa Cross-Smith, for WFPL
In more baseball-writing news, Scott Gould reflects on the his lifelong relationship with the Atlanta Braves in an article for Town Magazine.
Jessica Handler (The Magnetic Girl, May 2019) chatted with Bitter Southerner Editor in Chief Chuck Reece, Altanta International School Headmaster Kevin Glass, and On Second Thought's new host Virigina Prescott at "Two Way Street" for Georgia Public Broadcasting about her favorite books ever. Give it a listen here!
Check out Ashley M. Jones's poetry in a compilation from The Sun on Love and Justice.
Kathryn Schwille's story "Pasture, Stubble, Shoulder of the Highway" is in the most recent issue of New Letters Magazine! Buy a copy here or read an excerpt of the story here. Her debut novel is What Luck, This Life, of which this piece is an excerpt, and it's available for pre-order now!
We hosted Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier (who once upon a time blurbed Julia's Frank's Over the Plain Houses!) in conversation with press co-founder John Lane. Check out these lovely photos the folks at GoUpstate snapped at the event.