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In which a publisher becomes a bookseller, Mr. Harrison Scott Key (and his daughters) dutifully reads all of his negative reviews in the spirit in which they were not intended, and Mr. Terry Roberts remembers how it felt to be word-cursed as a child.
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When I was a boy growing up in the mountains north of Asheville, North Carolina, I lived in an old, quarry-stone farmhouse at a place called Sanders Court, because once upon a time it was a tourist court owned by Colonel Harlan Sanders (he of fried chicken fame).
My mother, Helen Roberts, was an eminently kind and devout woman, who believed in Billy Graham and the King James Bible. Every night when I went to sleep as a boy, she would sit by my bed, and I was required to recite the Lordâs Prayer and the 23rd Psalm.
Appreciate that my mother was a kind and gentle soulâsmart and funny and hard-workingâin her essence a giving and always sweet presence. If religion, in this case that old-time religion built on the solid rock of the gospel, came into your life through Helen Robertsâ mind and voice, then it was a religion that gave rather than took, forgave rather than judged.
On Sunday morning, however, Mama took my sister and I to a local Baptist Church where we were subject to sermons preached in the old style, full of fire and flameâsermons that imprinted the idea of Hell on the acute sensibility of a young boy much more intensely than the notion of Heaven. When you walked out the door of that Baptist church on Sunday at Noon, heaven might have been a distant, foggy notion but hell was real. It was pronounced in two syllables (âhay-ellâ), and you or I were in danger of going there. At any momentâ¦due to car wreck or sudden illness.
My problem was that I was word-cursed as a child. I actually listened when the preachers were thundering away. I actually lay awake and thought about what the words of 23rd Psalm might mean (âhe leadeth me beside the still watersâ â¦ âyea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of deathâ â¦). I wrestled with words on a visceral level, and I still do.
And so these many years later I ask youâ¦. Is there a god? Is heâor sheâloving and forgiving? Or angry and vindictive?
Out of that deep question came the character of Jedidiah Robbins, a prohibition-era evangelist and bootlegger. Thatâs right â¦ evangelist and bootlegger. An agnostic preacher and con man. A lost soul in search of his own salvation, wherever he might find it. Does he believe? And if so, in what?
The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival is his story, and I invite you to join him on his quest.
Terry Robertsâ direct ancestors have lived in the mountains of Western North Carolina since the time of the Revolutionary War. His family farmed in the Big Pine section of Madison County for generations and is also prominent in the Madison County town of Hot Springs, a consistent setting in his novels. Among his forebears are prominent bootleggers and preachers but no one who, like Jedidiah Robbins, fromÂ The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival, combines both occupations.
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2019 Southern Book Prize, the best books of Southern origin of the year, chosen by the people who would know â Southern independent booksellers.
All the finalists are published in the current calendar year and are Southern in nature â either about the South, or by a Southern author, or both. Over one hundred titles were nominated to this yearâs Prize, and finalists were chosen according to the number of nominations they received.
The announcement of the 2019 finalists represents a change in the timing of the Southern Book Prize, which in past years has occurred in the spring. âWe have heard from many of our members that they want more opportunities to promote Southern Book Prize titles during the holiday shopping season,â said SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell, âso we moved the timeline of the Prize forward to the fall.â
Another change is in how the winners will be selected from the list of finalists: Winners will be chosen by popular vote, and Southern indie bookstores will be encouraged to involve their customers in the voting process by creating in-store displays of the finalist titles as part of their holiday promotions. Each store will be provided postage-paid postcard ballots to hand out to booksellers and customers. An online ballot will also be available on November 10th. Returned ballots will be entered into a raffle to win a complete set of the finalist titles.
In-store voting will begin the week of the Love Your Bookstore Challenge, November 10-16, building on the momentum of the grassroots campaign to encourage book buying at local bookstores and giving store customers chances to win more prizes. Voting will run from November 10 through February 1, 2019.
Southern Book Prize winners will be announced on February 14, Valentineâs Day.
2019 Southern Book Prize Finalists
A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler (St. Martinâs Press)
The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Mommaâs Table by Rick Bragg (Knopf)
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Anatomy of a Miracle by Jonathan Miles (Hogarth)
Bren McClain Receives $10,000 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction for
ONE GOOD MAMA BONE
Author Ann Kidd Taylor given Special Recognition forÂ The Shark Club
The Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction has named the recipient of its 2017 literary award: Bren McClain for her novelÂ One Good Mama BoneÂ (Story River Books). McClain was honored at a ceremony at the New York Yacht Club where she received the awardâs $10,000 prize. Author Ann Kidd Taylor received Special Recognition at the ceremony for her novelÂ The Shark Club,Â for its originality and insight.
Since its inception in 2008, the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, founded by novelist Reba White Williams and her husband Dave H. Williams, has recognized annually a writer whose work is set in the South, exemplifies the tenets of Southern literatureâquality of prose, originality, and authenticity of setting and charactersâand reflects, in the words of Willie Morris, âhope for belonging, for belief in a peopleâs better nature, for steadfastness against all that is hollow or crass or rootless or destructive.âÂ Past recipients include Mindy Friddle, Stephen Wetta, Terry Roberts, Katherine Clark, and Kim Wright, 2016âs honoree for her novelÂ Last Ride to Graceland.Â Â Â
2017 award winner Bren McClain is a native South Carolinian, who now resides in Nashville, TN.Â One Good Mama BoneÂ is her debut novel and in addition to widespread acclaim was also aÂ finalist for bothÂ the Southern Book Prize by the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance and the 2018 Crookâs Corner Book. She is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and the recipient of the 2005 Fiction Fellowship by the South Carolina Arts Commission. She is now at work on her nextÂ novel,Â Took, which received the gold medal for the 2016 William Faulkner âWilliam Wisdom Novel-in-Progress. Â