Beth Ann Fennelly
Anthologizing Women | Saturday, May 16, 9:30 -10:20, Carolina Meeting Room A
Married to Writing | Saturday, May 16, 11:50 - 12:40, Lexington Meeting Room A
Writers Rock and Read: A Literary Hootenanny | Saturday, May 16, 3:00 - 4:30, Lexington Meeting Room A
Beth Ann Fennelly has won grants from the NEA, United States Artists, and a Fulbright to Brazil. Her honors include the Kenyon Review Prize and three inclusions in The Best American Poetry. Fennelly has published three volumes of poetry, along with her nonfiction book, Great with Child. She directs the University of Mississippi’s MFA program, where she was named the 2011 Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Tom and Beth Ann are married, and live in Oxford, Mississippi with their three children.
Book Title: The Tilted World
The year is 1927, and Hobnob, Mississippi is drowning. It’s been rain on rain for days, and the people of this modest town in corn country, population 3,244, are growing reckless, jobless, hopeless. The national headlines of the day reflect a dire state: “Seven more die in flood along the Mississippi…Additional levees broke today on both the Missouri and Illinois shores…Somebody’s house passed through Memphis today en route to the Gulf of Mexico.” Commerce Secretary, Herbert Hoover, in charge of flood relief for President Coolidge, has been courting the press and has his eyes firmly set on the White House. But, when the mysterious disappearance of two federal revenue agents in Hobnob threaten the momentum of Hoover’s positive news cycle, he sends fellow agents and long-time partners Ted Ingersoll and Ham Johnson, on a mission to sniff out rumors of moonshining and foul play.
Set against the rich backdrop of Prohibition-era lawbreakers and one of the most harrowing, yet largely forgotten, natural disasters in American history, The Tilted, a soulfully written tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, dynamite and deluge—and a man and a woman who find unexpected love—from New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, Tom Franklin, and his wife, Pushcart Prize winning poet, Beth Ann Fennelly.