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New Book of Southern Tales Has Ornery Wisdom from Author & Canine Friend


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (PRWEB) February 25, 2013

There are certain truths that are universal, and then there are regional truths of great validity. Deep Fried Southern Tales are among those with impeccable veracity and are so compelling one can even share them with their best canine friend. In this instance it is shared to a large Labrador retriever whose moniker is Mr. Grady (a.k.a. Mr. Gravy), author A. Everette James, Jr.s confessor, confidant, even spiritual taste-tester and wise sage. James (and Mr. Grady) sizzle with homespun wisdom, with the phonetic, spiritual complexity of southern humor as it is commonly heard in favorite watering holes.

These tales are largely related in the Southern vernacular, a universally known regional form of communication that is understood and appreciated by most of the realm. The subjects and stories are neither profound nor profanejust interesting flashes of everyday life in a rural construct. Sometimes the protagonist talks directly to Mr. Gravy while others he speaks to hear the sound of his own voice. Often, the narrative has a sly, dry, sidesplitting sense of humor. These tales are a dose of ever-lovin sunshine on a morning when one is overcome from an assured pair of hands adept at spritzing the human spirit awake with cold water.

Each tale stands on its own. Thus the reader has a broad-spectrum selection opportunity to choose any sequence they wish. They all have Mr. Gradys imprimatur. Among many qualifications, he has been to obedience school. James trusts his friends nose with his life, as long as it is not sniffing a juicy bone. Down home, deep fried, southern as mint julep, the tales resonate with a compassion that takes the voice of the critical reformer with the ornery wisdom of someone who has seen many things and lived to tell the tale.

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About the Author

Everette James grew up in rural Eastern North Carolina. His family made a living as tobacco farmers, warehousemen, and even owned a small tobacco redrying plant. Dr. James graduated with honors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke Medical School. He did his residency at Harvard, attended Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and taught in medical schools for thirty years. Moving back to rural North Carolina he changed from writing medical texts to nonmedical fiction and nonfiction. Dr. James has produced three novels, two texts of nonfiction and a book of short stories. This short story compilation is a result of observation and experiencing the culture of the rural South.

Deep Fried Southern Tales * by A. Everette James Jr.

Publication Date: February 7, 2013

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New Books from Southern New Hampshire University MFA Faculty Draw National Attention and Acclaim


(PRWEB) April 27, 2012

The SNHU MFA faculty is making a splash in the publishing world this spring, as four newly released books are drawing critical praise and climbing bestseller lists.

Wiley Cash, Katherine Towler, Mark Sundeen, and Jessica Anthony all recently launched exciting new publications, including a Southern novel, a nonfiction story of a man who chose to live without money of any kind, a thoughtful essay collection about poets thoughts on spirituality and writing, and an innovative e-book that includes its own App.

The books are all enjoying national attention and acclaim a testament to the prestige and talent of SNHUs MFA faculty, said the programs director, Diane Les Becquets. We are proud to have such incredible, accomplished authors teaching in our program, she said. Our creative writing students are working with some of the best writers in the country.

Even before its April 17 debut, Cashs A Land More Kind than Home was already catching the eye of readers and critics across the country. The novel, published by William Morrow, is a dark and haunting mystery about the death of a disabled boy during a Pentecostal service in a small North Carolina town. Kirkus Reviews described it as an evocative work about love, faith and redemption, while Library Journal declared, Lovers of Southern fiction should not miss this one. Cash was also recently featured in a Q&A with Publishers Weekly. He will spend the next few months on a book tour through the South, a trip that he and his wife are also using to raise money for local literacy projects and public libraries.

In March, Tupelo Press published A God in the House: Poets Talk about Faith, edited by Towler and Ilya Kaminsky. The book, which debuted at number 20 on the national poetry best-seller list and was featured in the February issue of Poetry magazine, brings together nineteen of Americas leading poets in a collection of conversations about spirituality and the craft of writing. Since its publication, the book was also selected as a prose feature on Poetry Daily and caught the attention of the religion editor at The Huffington Post, who asked Towler to become a Huffington Post blogger. Towler, who is a founding member of the SNHU MFA faculty and author of the Snow Island trilogy, says she believes the book is appealing to a wide audience because many Americans are hungry for a dialogue about spiritual life. The poets we spoke with addressed questions about doubt and faith so eloquently. The conversations are an exploration of the dimensions of faith without an agenda or dogmatic point of view. This seems to be resonating with people.

Meanwhile, Sundeens The Man Who Quit Money landed on the Los Angeles Times Bestsellers list and enjoyed worldwide publicity through a feature in a mini-documentary on the BBC. The book, published by Riverhead/Penguin in March, is the story of a man who decided to live without earning, receiving, or spending a single cent. Daniel Suelo lives in caves in Utah, does not pay taxes or accept food stamps or welfare and declares himself to be happy and free. The Philadelphia Inquirer described the book as mind-blowing; an extraordinary and thought-provoking book, while Kirkus Reviews called it a modern picaresque a sophisticated blend of memoir, biography, romantic travelogue, history and psychology. Sundeen will embark on a book tour in May through the Pacific Northwest before joining the MFA programs summer residency in June.

In February, Anthony brilliantly scaled the digital divide between print and e-books with her release of Chopsticks, in collaboration with designer Rodrigo Corral. An homage to multimedia storytelling, Chopsticks is a book, but its also an iPhone and iPad app filled with songs, videos, photographs and instant messages that bring the story of young love to life. In an interview with App magazine, Anthony said the project was an opportunity to experiment with traditional forms of character development. If a character is watching television in a novel, then what they are watching is at a distance to the reader. When the reader has the chance to actually see what the character sees, the video itself becomes part of the narrative. Published by Razorbill, the book was described by School Library Journal as spellbinding and inventive while Kirkus Reviews called it eerie and edgyand effective as Poe. Anthony is also the author of the adult novel The Convalescent.

Students in Southern New Hampshire Universitys low-residency MFA program work one-on-one with faculty members. All four authors are teach year-long in the program.







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