Sue Monk Kidd has become a publishing and cultural phenomenon, and her newest book, The Mermaid Chair, is solidly on the best-seller lists.
By Don Noble
On the evening of March 29, Sue Monk Kidd spoke to a sold-out house in Homewood, Alabama. Ms Kidd was given the key to the city of Homewood at the end of her presentation. There were two men in the audience of approximately 600.
Calvin Woods has written a song called, "Wave Your Flag and Say Alabama." Our music director David Duff talked with him about for this edition of Alabama Life. Also, the storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham has a summertime story.
Brewer's series of books are a true grab bag--fiction, nonfiction, poetry-some of it reprinted and some of it original, and, of course, some of the thirty-two pieces are wonderful, some not.
By Don Noble
As the title indicates, this is volume four in the series of collections of Southern writing Sonny Brewer is editing. Blue Moon books are meant to compete with the annual New Stories from the South volumes edited by Shannon Ravenel and put out by Algonquin, but there are important differences.
On this Mother's Day edition of Alabama Life we listen to a conversation recorded at the StoryCorps MobileBooth last November when Nidia Spence interviewed her mother, Lillian Kirby. Then we visit with Alabama folk artist Charlie Lucas, and finally hear a butterfly story from the Storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham.
Elizabeth Dewberry is a native of Birmingham, and her first two, very successful novels, were set there, with the third set in New Orleans. His Lovely Wife is set in Paris at the time of of Princess Diana's death.
Podcasting Alabama Life and other programs from Alabama Public Radio; a bit of linguistic analysis from the Storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham. Have you heard of ALL those old sayings? I'll bet you haven't!
On this episode of Alabama Life, we replayed two stories first heard on NPR. We cannot include them in the podcast or web version, but you can follow the links below to hear more about them. Click the MP3 link above to hear the podcast version of Alabama Life.
Even though many of these ten stories originally appeared in very fine journals such as The Southern Review and Carolina Quarterly, there has been a little buzz about how Sidney Thompson of Fairhope, Alabama, was having trouble publishing them as a collection. These are good stories, but they are also odd and disquieting stories.
The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra is wrapping up the season with a double header. Our classical music host David Duff asked about it when he spoke to the general manager of the orchestra. Also, President Bush visited Alabama on April 19. He spoke at Tuskegee University, and we'll hear a little bit from his speech today's program. The Storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham, talks about one of her trashy hobbies. And finally, a few items from the APR Events Calendar.
A Writer's Life, all 430 pages of it, is the story of several false starts, books begun but not finished, from l992 until the present. Talese may have been suffering from an ailment we might call "perfectionist's block."
Unusually dry in southern parts of Alabama? Get the details on this episode of Alabama Life. Plus the storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham remembers a baby Easter chick she got as a kid. It didn't turn out so well.
Truman Capote wrote the first draft of Summer Crossing in the fall of 1946 in Monroeville, Alabama, on an extended visit "home." But Capote continued to work on the manuscript on and off, for another six years, first abandoning it for Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948), the story collection A Tree of Night (1949), and the essay collection Local Color (1951).