Don’t forget! The 23rd annual Southern Festival of Books is this weekend (October 14-16) at War Memorial Plaza. Park in the downtown library lot and head over for big names like Chris Bohjalian, Tom Perrotta, Charles Frazier, Erin Morgenstern (you may have heard a little something about her new novel The Night Circus), Walter Mosley, and Ann Patchett. Or check out some up-and-coming authors in some of the smaller venues. Here’s who I’ll be seeing:
This is supposed to be as riveting as a good detective story.
This one has been described as better than The Devil in the White City (if that’s possible).
Reading My Father: A Memoir
by Alexandra Styron
This was so, so good, and I’ve never even read any Styron. I do, however, have a weakness for biographies of postwar American authors (Yates, Cheever, etc.).
Still in Print: The Southern Novel Today
with Josephine Humphreys, Clyde Edgerton, and the hilarious George Singleton
The Family Fang
by Kevin Wilson
Wilson’s writing is snappy and enjoyable, and I loved his last reading at the festival for his short story collection Tunneling to the Center of the Earth.