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Good Advice, Great Grits, and a Grand Time

My first book tour for Catfish Alley was a combination of the familiar places and faces that remind me of my rootedness in Mississippi, combined with the brand new experience of being a published author—something I will always consider a privilege.     My first morning at Mama’s I was up early before the sun drinking in the scents of […]

A Mississippi Independent Bookstore Tour

 I’ve just returned from a whirlwind tour of some of Mississippi’s independent bookstores. It was great fun to meet the owners and managers of these wonderful stores and bring them a galley copy of Catfish Alley. These are the kind of bookstores where the owners know their customers, and where that comfortable sense of place […]

Musings on Mississippi History

The two decades from 1920 to 1939 are fascinating times in Mississippi’s history. Out of the great paradox of events simultaneously swirling through these years– the jazz age, prohibition, the great Depression, the Great Migration of 2 million blacks from the South to other areas of the United States (1910 to 1930), the great Mississippi flood of 1927, arose an amazing number of writers, activists, and entertainers.

A Mississippi Book Review

One of my favorite books to reread when I want to get that Mississippi “sense of place” is Growing Up in Mississippi, edited by Judy H. Tucker and Charline R. McCord. This little book is chocked full of memories, stories, and verdant descriptions of Mississippi childhoods by a widely varied group of people including authors, […]

Reading Trixie Belden and Picking Blackberries

Growing up, I spent most of my summers with Grandma and Aunt Mary. Grandma’s house was where my mother, along with eleven of her fourteen siblings, was born. The house is a big rambling farm house, built just after the Civil War. It sits at the end of a long driveway and, at that time, […]