2015 Authors

The Hard to Catch Mercy

A lifelong resident of the Carolina Low Country, William P. Baldwin is an award-winning novelist, poet, biographer and historian. He graduated from Clemson with a BA in History and an MA in English. He ran a shrimp boat for nine years then built houses, but the principle occupation of his …


Pasture Art

Marlin Barton has published two collections of short stories, The Dry Well and Dancing by the River, and two novels, A Broken Thing and The Cross Garden. His stories have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including Shenandoah, The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, Prize Stories: The O. …


Queen Sugar

Natalie Baszile has an MA in Afro American Studies from UCLA and earned an MFA at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers where she was a Holden Minority Scholar.  Queen Sugar won the Hurston/Wright College Writer’s Award and was runner-up in the Faulkner Pirate’s Alley novel-in-progress competition. She lives in …


I Only Left For Tea

Al Black is a northern born southern poet. Born and raised in Lafayette, IN, he’s been writing poetry for more than 50 years, but didn’t share his poetry until he moved to the Deep South in 2008. He often may be seen hosting Columbia area poetry events and is known to quietly …


Scent of Murder

James O. Born is a graduate of Florida State University and received a Master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Psychology. Born started his career in police work as a US Drug Agent (DEA) and was part of the late 1990’s Miami drug war. He then moved on …


Lowcountry Boneyard

Susan M. Boyer is the author of the Liz Talbot mystery series. Her debut novel, Lowcountry Boil, is a USA Today Bestseller, an Agatha Award winner for Best First Novel, and a Macavity nominee, among others. Susan loves beaches, Southern food, and small towns where everyone knows everyone, and everyone …


Palmetto Moon

Kim Boykin is the author of The Wisdom of Hair from Berkley, Steal Me, Cowboy and Sweet Home Carolina from Tule, and Palmetto Moon, also from Berkley. While her heart is always in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, she lives in Charlotte, NC, and has a heart for hairstylists, librarians, …


Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story

Rick Bragg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of the New York Times bestsellers All Over But the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, The Prince of Frogtown, and I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story. He has twice won the prestigious American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing …


Solomon's Whisper

After living in Wyoming, Washington, D.C., Washington state, and Colorado, Sandra Brannan returned to her hometown in South Dakota, where she is surrounded by family. She enjoys working with relatives in the mining business; living in the Black Hills with her husband, Joel; smiling with pride over the journeys taken …


No Place To Fall

Jaye Robin Brown lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina and teaches art at a public high school. NO PLACE TO FALL is her first book. Find her online at www.jayerobinbrown.com, on Twitter @JayeRobinBrown, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jayerobinbrown.


Civil War Canon: Sites of Confederate Memory in South Carolina

Thomas Brown has taught Civil War history at the University of South Carolina since 1996. He is the author of Dorothea Dix, New England Reformer (Harvard University Press, 1998), co-editor of Hope and Glory: Essays on the Legacy of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment (University of Massachusetts Press, 2001), and editor …


Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen

Francine Bryson has won more than 200 local and national baking competitions and was the runner-up and crowd favorite on CBS’s The American Baking Competition. Her childhood home in Greenville, South Carolina, was located between those of her Nana and Granny, both keen bakers who started teaching their secrets to …


Southern Heat

David Burnsworth became fascinated with the Deep South at a young age. After a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and fifteen years in the corporate world, he made the decision to write a novel. Southern Heat is his first mystery. Having lived in Charleston on Sullivan’s …


Save My Place

Olivia deBelle Byrd is the third generation of her family to call Panama City, Florida, home where she resides with her husband, Tommy. They are the proud parents of Tommy Jr. and Elizabeth. She is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and taught elementary school before staying home to raise her …


From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess

Meg Cabot is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Diaries series. Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Meg also lived in Grenoble, France, and Carmel, California, before moving to New York City after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Indiana University. She is …


The Doom of Ravenswood

Jim Casada has written or edited more than forty books, contributed to many others, and authored some five thousand magazine articles. Casada has edited five Rutledge anthologies—Hunting and Home in the Southern Heartland, Tales of Whitetails, America’s Greatest Game Bird, Carolina Christmas, and Bird Dog Days, Wingshooting Ways. A past …


The Doom of Ravenswood

Stephen Chesley is a semi-abstract artist working primarily in oils, charcoal, and metal. His work has been featured in a number of solo and group exhibitions and has been honored with a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Chesley’s previous collaborations with The Humanities CouncilSC include an illustrated …


Understanding Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy, born in Atlanta in 1945, was the first of seven children of a young career military officer from Chicago and a Southern beauty from Alabama, to whom Pat often credits for his love of language. The Conroys moved frequently to military bases throughout the South, with Conroy eventually …


Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention

Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan at 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. Claire is now the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen books, both traditionally and independently published, including her …


The Odyssey of Falling

Paige Crutcher works as a journalist for Publishers Weekly and studied English at Middle Tennessee State University. She is a certified yoga instructor and artist. She is the author of the contemporary young adult novel The Odyssey of Falling.


Animals That Make Me Say Wow!

Dawn Cusick writes award-winning nonfiction books for children that celebrate the intersection of science and fun. She is the author of Get the Scoop on Animal Poop, Get the Scoop on Animal Puke, Animal Snacks, Cool Animal Names, Animal Eggs, Animal Tongues, and the National Wildlife Federation’s Animals That Make …


The Map to Everywhere

John Parke Davis is the author of The Map to Everywhere, a middle grade adventure series co-written with his wife, New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan. He is also a published author of short fiction and works as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Western District of North Carolina, representing impoverished …


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Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love

Cheryl and Griffith Day are self-taught bakers who founded Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah, Georgia, in 2002. Cheryl honed her skills in her mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens, and her enthusiasm for enriching lives through the time-honored art of scratch baking is one of her most endearing qualities (along …


Water Unto Light

In 2006, Heather Dearmon won first place in the South Carolina Poetry Initiative and the State newspaper’s Single Poem Contest, followed by a first place award in the Kakalak 2009 Anthology of Carolina Poets. Dearmon’s poetry has appeared in many publications, including Earth’s Daughters and qarrtsiluni. Dearmons’s first collection of …


Mastering the Art of Southern Vegetables

Nathalie Dupree is the author of fourteen cookbooks, selling over half a million copies, and host of more than three hundred national and international cooking shows, which have aired since 1986 on the PBS, the Food Network, and the Learning Channel. She has appeared many times on the Today Show …


Soon: Stories

Pam Durban is the author of the novels The Laughing Place (winner of the Townsend Prize), So Far Back (winner of the Lillian Smith Award), The Tree of Forgetfulness, and the short story collection All Set About with Fever Trees. Her short fiction has been published in Georgia Review, Tri-Quarterly, Southern …


Driftwood

Elizabeth Dutton writes literary fiction and poetry and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and the Creative Writing Masters program at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Born and raised in California, Elizabeth now lives in Chesterfield, South Carolina, where she teaches English at the local technical college. Driftwood is her …


The Wilds

Julia Elliott’s fiction has appeared in Tin House, the Georgia Review, Conjunctions, Fence, Best American Fantasy, and other publications. She has won a Pushcart Prize and a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award. Her debut story collec­tion, The Wilds, was chosen by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, and Book Riot as one of …


moonShine review 10th Anniversary

Barbara V. Evers works as a professional trainer, public speaker, and writer. She is Myers Briggs certified and holds an MA in Professional Communication. Barbara also contributes her knowledge of writing as an editorproofreader for other writers. Her short stories and essays have appeared in the best-selling anthology, Child of …


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The Tilted World

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 …


We Could Be Oceans

Matthew Foley is a writer, spoken word artist, and an English teacher in Charleston, SC. In 2014, Matt was voted “Charleston’s Favorite Literary Artist” by the readers of Art Mag.  He is the founder of Holy City Youth Slam, a poetry organization for Charleston-area students. His first book of poetry, We …


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The Hurricane Sisters

Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. She divides her time between the New York area and the Lowcountry. She is the author of the bestselling novels: Sullivan’s Island, Plantation, Isle of Palms, Shem Creek, Pawleys Island, Full of Grace, The Land of Mango Sunsets, …


The Tilted World

Tom Franklin is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, which was nominated for nine awards and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger Award. His previous works include the Edgar-winning story, Poachers, from the collection …


Being Plumville

Savannah J. Frierson is originally from Blythewood, South Carolina, and has been writing since the age of twelve. She released her debut novel Being Plumville in March 2007 and has published several others since then. Her work primarily highlights the experiences of Black women in historical and contemporary settings as …


Becoming Jinn

Lori Goldstein was born into an Italian-Irish family and raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore. A former journalist, she currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband. Becoming Jinn is her first novel.


Long Man

Amy Greene was born and raised in the foothills of East Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, where she lives with her husband and two children.


Lost Cantos of the Ouroboros Caves

Jonathan Hannah grew up in a 300-year-old colonial house in rural Connecticut. His artistic media span digital through pen and ink and his preferred subject matters from the esoteric to the absurd. He lives in Beaufort, South Carolina, with Maggie Schein and her motley menagerie of rescued animals.


To the Wren Nesting

Kristine Hartvigsen is a Columbia-based writer who works in nonprofit communications. A former journalist and magazine editor, she continues to write for a variety of publications, including Jasper and Columbia Living magazines. Kristine is a two-time finalist in the South Carolina Poetry Initiative’s Single Poem Contest. In 2012, Muddy Ford …


The Last Days of Video

Jeremy Hawkins is the author of The Last Days of Video, published by Soft Skull Press (an imprint of Counterpoint Press). His fiction has appeared at Diagram, Pacifica, Molotov Cocktail, and other venues. He earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and he is an independent bookseller …


Katie's Cabbage

Karen Heid is an illustrator and an associate professor of art education at the University of South Carolina School of Visual Art and Design.


The Stories We Tell

Patti Callahan Henry is a full-time writer, wife, and mother. She is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include And Then I Found You, Between the Tides, and Driftwood Summer. Patti lives with her husband and three children in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Her new novel, The Idea of …


Spurrier: How the Ball Coach Taught the South to Play Football

Ran Henry grew up rooting for “that Spurrier kid” his father revered three mountains over in Johnson City, and spent his life as a writer at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the Florida Times-Union, the St. Petersburg Times and Tropic, the Sunday Magazine of the Miami Herald. Henry first officially interviewed …


Sisters of Shiloh

Kathy Hepinstall grew up outside of Houston, Texas. Kathy is the best selling author of The House of Gentle Men, The Absence of Nectar and Blue Asylum. She is an award-winning creative director and advertising writer. She currently resides in Santa Barbara, California with her husband. Becky Hepinstall grew up outside of Houston, …


Affair & Honor

Batt Humphreys is a former network news executive. During 20 years with CBS he managed the coverage events that have shaped our lives over a quarter century and as a reporter covering hurricanes, executions and more murders than he cares to remember. Dead Weight was his first novel. It won …


Waterline

Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger might wish she lived in a past era were she not so happy in this century reenacting colonial pirate adventures and the Civil War with the Charlestowne Few and the Pee Dee Light Artillery. A native of Manning, SC, Elizabeth moved to the edge of the continent …


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Where All Light Tends To Go

David Joy is the author of Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey, which was a finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award and the Ragan Old North State Award for Creative Nonfiction. His stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in Drafthorse, Smoky Mountain Living, Wilderness House Literary Review, Bird Watcher’s …


The World's Largest Man

Harrison Scott Key is the author of The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir (HarperCollins), and his essays and humor have appeared (or will soon) in The Best American Travel Writing, Oxford American, Outside Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Image, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. He holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction and a …


The Moment of Everything

Shelly King is a native Southerner who packed her bags and moved to Silicon Valley at the beginning of the Internet boom. She works for a major software company as a social media strategist and information architect. Her stories have been published in the GW Review, Epiphany, Slow Trains, the …


You're So Fine

USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer is a former CIA employee, journalist, and English teacher who lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with her family. She just finished her tenth book for St. Martin’s Press—Trouble When You Walked In, and her most recent release, You’re So Fine, was an …


Three Hens and a Peacock

Lester L. Laminack is a specialist in children’s literacy and professor emeritus at Western Carolina University. Laminack has written numerous books and articles for educators and is a familiar speaker at professional meetings and reading associations nationwide. He lives in North Carolina. Visit Lester L. Laminack’s website at: www.lesterlaminack.com


Fate Moreland's Widow

John Lane is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including My Paddle to the Sea; Begin with Rock, End with Water; and most recently Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems, winner of the 2012 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award for Poetry. A professor of English and …


Understanding Ron Rash

John Lang is a professor of English emeritus at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, where he taught from 1983 to 2012. He is the author of Understanding Fred Chappell (University of South Carolina Press) and Six Poets from the Mountain South as well as the editor of Appalachia …


The Very Least of Me: Poems and Stories

Len Lawson has an M.A. in English from National University in San Diego, CA. He teaches writing at Morris College in Sumter, SC, where he was named Professor of the Year in 2013. A Berfrois Poetry Prize finalist, Len has published several poems in literary journals and magazines including Jasper, …


Stolen Magic

Best-selling author Gail Carson Levine has written twenty-two books for children. Her best-known is Ella Enchanted, which won a Newbery honor in 1998 and was made into a motion picture in 2004. Most of her books are fantasy novels, but she has published two picture books plus a historical novel, …


Dog Soldier Moon

McKendree R. (Mike) Long III is a former soldier with two tours as an advisor to South Vietnamese Army units. His awards and decorations include the Parachutist Badge and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He’s a member of the SCV, DCV, NRA, WWA, MWSA, SASS, VFW, and Sertoma. He now devotes …


Watched

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-eight novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart. CJ has been called a “master within the genre” (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as “breathtakingly …


Nest

An associate professor of English at USC, Ed Madden is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Nest (Salmon 2014). His work also appears in Best New Poets 2007 and elsewhere. He is also the editor of Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio. In January 2015, he …


Pimento Cheese: The Cookbook: 50 Recipes from Snacks to Main Dishes Inspired by the Classic Southern Favorite

Perre Coleman Magness is the cook and writer behind the website The Runaway Spoon, which focuses on creative recipes with a Southern slant. Perre Coleman has studied food and cooking around the world, mostly by eating, but also through serious study in London, Morocco, Thailand, and Mexico. But her kitchen …


You Were Born One Time

Quitman Marshall’s new book of poems, You Were Born One Time (96 Press, 2014), won the SC Poetry Archives Book Prize. He was the founding host of the Literary Series at Spoleto Festival USA and a founding board member of the SC Book Festival. In 1996 he won the Writers …


Katie's Cabbage

Dr. Michelle H. Martin, the inaugural Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina, teaches children’s and young adult literature in the School of Library and Information Science. With teen author and humanitarian Katie Stagliano, she co-authored the picture book Katie’s Cabbage, and in 2004 …


Monday's Lie

Jamie Mason grew up near Washington DC, and lives in the mountains of North Carolina outside of Asheville with her husband and two daughters. Her first novel, Three Graves Full, debuted from Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books in 2013. Monday’s Lie, another literary suspense also from Gallery Books, hit the …


Hidden

Catherine McKenzie is the bestselling author of four novels, Spin, Arranged, Forgotten, and Hidden, as well as a novella, Spun. Born and raised in Montreal, she is a graduate of McGill University and McGill Law School. She lives and writes in Montreal, where she is a partner in a litigation …


The Last Sister

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Courtney McKinney-Whitaker holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of South Carolina Honors College, a master’s of library and information science from the University of South Carolina, and a master’s in English from Illinois State University. She lives in Illinois with her family. …


Punch.

Ray McManus is the author of four books of poetry: Punch. (Hub City Press, 2014) Red Dirt Jesus (Marick Press, 2011), Left Behind (Steeping Stones Press, 2008), and Driving through the country before you are born (USC Press, 2007). His poetry has appeared numerous journals, most recently in Blue Collar …


Every Father's Daughter

Margaret McMullan is the author of six award-winning novels including In My Mother’s House, How I Found the Strong, When I Crossed No-Bob and Sources of Light, nominated for the National Book Award. She received a Fulbright to research and teach in Hungary, and currently holds the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair …


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Dollbaby

Laura Lane McNeal was born and raised in New Orleans. After receiving two degrees from SMU, she went on to earn an MBA from Tulane. She spent most of her career in advertising, working for agencies in New York and Dallas, before returning to New Orleans where she became a …


Minnow

Born and raised in Beaufort, SC, James E. McTeer is a school librarian in Columbia, SC. He is the grandson of the late J. E. McTeer, whose thirty-seven years as High Sheriff of the Lowcountry (and local witch doctor) served as inspiration for Minnow. James McTeer is the winner of …


As Night Falls

Jenny Milchman’s debut novel won the Mary Higgins Clark Award, earned praise from the New York Times, and was chosen as an Indie Next and Target Pick. Her second novel came out the following year to starred reviews and was selected as a 10 Best by Suspense magazine. Jenny’s third …


Soulprint

Megan Miranda has previously published three novels with Bloomsbury: Fracture, Hysteria, and Vengeance. A biology major from MIT, she is constantly thinking about the “how” and “why” of things, leading her to imagine the “what ifs.” These scenarios make up the basis of Soulprint—an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller with a new …


Watershed Days: Adventures (A Little Thorny and Familiar) in the Home Range

Thorpe Moeckel is director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia (MFA) and Bowdoin College (BA) and is the author of five books, among them Odd Botany, Making a Map of the River, and Arcadia Road: A Trilogy. Moeckel …


The Summer's End

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty novels and children’s books. She explores the parallels between nature and human nature. Her new novel is the final book in a trilogy set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina: The Summer Girls, The Summer Wind, and in …


Katie's Cabbage

Patricia Moore-Pastides is the First Lady of the University of South Carolina, where she teaches healthy Mediterranean cooking classes for USC students. In addition Moore-Pastides, who earned a master’s in public health from Yale University, teaches adults and children through Columbia’s Cooking!, a community program offered by the university’s Cancer …


Dry Bones

Carole Morden was raised in a log cabin nestled in the Montana Rocky Mountains.   She eagerly anticipated the family’s two weekly trips to town. Sunday for church and Monday to the library.   Her love for reading, particularly fiction took her to worlds far beyond the mountains. She has worked as …


American Sycamore

Kathleen Nalley is the author of Nesting Doll (winner of the S.C. Poetry Initiative Prize), and the upcoming American Sycamore (Finishing Line Press). Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming in various journals, including, most recently, Night Block, The Bitter Southerner, Melancholy Hyperbole, and Night Owl, as well as …


Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League

Jonathan Odell is the author of two novels, The Healing (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2012) and The View from Delphi (MacAdam/Cage, 2004), which has been updated and republished as Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. Odell was born and raised in Mississippi, growing up in the institutional segregation of a …


Briar Rose

Jana Oliver has the perfect job—she listens to the voices in her head and then writes their stories. Her latest creation, Briar Rose, is a dark steampunk retelling of Sleeping Beauty, complete with Hoodoo, a vengeful Civil War ghost, and diabolical metal magic. Jana’s previous work includes the Demon Trappers …


Kill 'Em With Cayenne

GAIL OUST REGRETFULLY HAD TO CANCEL HER APPEARANCE AT THE 2015 SC BOOK FESTIVAL. Gail Oust is often accused of flunking retirement. It wasn’t until she and her husband retired to South Carolina that inspiration struck for a mystery. Hearing the words “maybe it’s a dead body” while golfing fired …


Hostie

Kate Salley Palmer, a native of Orangeburg, is former nationally syndicated political cartoonist with The Greenville News. Simon and Schuster published her first children’s book, A Gracious Plenty. After illustrating several more books by national publishers, Kate and her husband Jim started Warbranch Press, a regional publishing house in Clemson. …


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Elegy For A Broken Machine: Poems

Patrick Phillips is the author of two poetry collections, Boy and Chattahoochee, which won the 2005 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. His honors include both Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Discovery / The Nation Prize from the …


Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words

DR. JOHN PILLEY AND CHASER REGRETFULLY HAD TO CANCEL THEIR APPEARANCE AT THE 2015 SCBOOK FESTIVAL.   John W. Pilley is an emeritus professor of psychology at Wofford College. He has been working with Chaser since 2004 and has published the findings from their work in the journal Behavioural Processes. …


The Sheltering

Mark Powell is the author of three previous novels, Prodigals (nominated for the Cabell First Novelist Award), Blood Kin (winner of the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel), and The Dark Corner. Powell has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. In 2009 …


The Black Hour

Lori Rader-Day’s debut mystery, The Black Hour (Seventh Street Books, 2014), received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. Her short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Time Out Chicago, Good Housekeeping, and others. Her next book, the mystery Little Pretty Things, is out in 2015. …


Something Rich and Strange

Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to four other prizewinning novels, including One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; four collections of poems; and five collections of stories, among them Burning …


The Quaker Cafe

Brenda Bevan Remmes lives in an old family home near the Black River Swamp in South Carolina. A barrel of letters in the attic sparked her writing career with articles in Pee Dee Magazine, Caroliniana Columns, and a book, Everything Happens at the Crossroads. She began to fictionalize some of …


The Stick

For Clay Rice, silhouette artistry and storytelling have been in his family for more than 80 years. Clay estimates that in his 32-year career, he has cut over 1,000,000 silhouettes. His work has been featured in Country Living, The Washington Times, The Atlanta Constitution, and has appeared in the CBS …


Early Southern Sports and Sportsmen, 1830–1910: A Literary Anthology

Jacob F. Rivers III spent much of his youth hunting and fishing in the South Carolina lowcountry. He serves as the director of the Office of Veterans Services at the University of South Carolina and teaches Themes in American Writing in the Department of English. Rivers is the author of …


Miss Julia Lays Down The Law

Ann B. Ross holds a doctorate in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has taught literature at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. She is the author of fifteen previous novels featuring the popular southern heroine Miss Julia. In August 2014, Viking published Etta …


The Map to Everywhere

Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of the Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy and Infinity Ring: Divide and Conquer as well as the editor of Foretold: 14 Tales of Prophecy and Prediction. Currently she’s working on The Map to Everywhere, a four book middle grade series co-written with her husband, John Parke …


Famous All Over Town

Retired educator Bernie Schein is the author of If Holden Caulfield Were in My Classroom: Inspiring Love, Creativity, and Intelligence in Middle School Kids and, with his wife, Martha Schein, coauthor of Open Classrooms in the Middle School. He holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University with an emphasis in educational …


Lost Cantos of the Ouroboros Caves

A native of Atlanta, and now a resident of the South Carolina lowcountry, Maggie Schein was raised on stories. Schein holds a Ph.D. in ethics from the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought. An admirer of Taoist and Buddhist texts, philosophies, and practices, as well as the works of …


Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor

James Scott is an award-winning writer and former reporter and investigative journalist with the Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier. Scott is a recipient of the McClatchy Company President’s Award and was named the 2003 Journalist of the Year by the South Carolina Press Association. Wofford College honored Scott as its …


Understanding Pat Conroy

Catherine Seltzer, an associate professor of English and women’s studies at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, is the author of Elizabeth Spencer’s Complicated Cartographies: Reimagining Home, the South, and Southern Literary Production.


By the Red Glare

John Mark Sibley-Jones teaches English at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. Prior to moving to Greenville, he taught English literature for fifteen years at the University of South Carolina, where he won several teaching awards, including the Michael A. Hill Outstanding Honors Faculty …


A Life Afield

A. Hunter Smith is a native South Carolinian who has hunted and fished across the Southeast and the nation for the last forty-three years. For thirty years he worked as a hunting and fishing guide and now writes outdoor stories that stem from his experiences afield. He has been published …


Rebel Yell: An Oral History of Southern Rock

Michael Buffalo Smith hails from Spartanburg, S.C., also the hometown of The Marshall Tucker Band. It was that group that first inspired Buffalo to write about music. Since then, he has published six books, including Prisoner of Southern Rock: A Memoir, and his new book, Rebel Yell: An Oral History …


I Am A Town

Shari Smith, author of I Am a Town and a contributor to The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul, also is the producer of the “Shoe Burnin’ Show.” She has been published in Thicket Magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina, Western North Carolina Magazine, O. Henry Magazine, Pinestraw Magazine and Abilene …


Katie's Cabbage

Katie Stagliano is the founder and chief executive gardener of Katie’s Krops, a nonprofit organization with the mission to establish vegetable gardens of all sizes with the harvests donated to help feed people in need, as well as to assist and inspire other young people to do the same. Katie …


Faking Normal

Courtney C. Stevens grew up in Kentucky and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is an adjunct professor and a former youth minister. Her other skills include playing hide-and-seek, climbing trees, and being an Olympic torch bearer. Her debut novel, Faking Normal, also has a prequel novella, The Blue-Haired Boy. Her …


Wheels Up: Sky Jinks in the Jet Age

Steve Taylor is the author of Wheels Up: Sky Jinks in the Jet Age, an memoir that takes readers into a world few have seen, including harrowing landings in Vietnam, true antics of airline crew members, near-death at sea, and life-learning mistakes. Taylor, raised on a farm in Mt. Pleasant, …


75 Years of Marvel: From Golden Age to Silver Screen

Roy Thomas has been a comics writer since 1965, primarily for Marvel or DC Comics. Among the many hundreds of comic books he has written since then are Conan the Barbarian, The Avengers, Fantastic Four, All-Star Squadron, The Invaders, Sub-Mariner, Dr. Strange, Red Sonja, Wonder Woman, The Savage Sword of …


Art and Craft: Thirty Years on the Literary Beat

Bill Thompson was a book review editor, film critic and columnist, arts writer, and travel writer for the Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, from 1980 to 2012. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a former sportswriter in Virginia and Florida, he has …


Charleston, A Novel

Margaret Bradham Thornton is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Charleston, a novel, and the award-winning Tennessee Williams’s Notebooks (C. Hugh Holman Prize, best volume of southern literary scholarship, Society for the Study of Southern Literature). Thornton’s fiction debut is notable for its “lyricism and precision” (NYTBR) for …


New and Selected Poems

Marjory Wentworth’s poems have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize five times. Her books of poetry include Noticing Eden, Despite Gravity, and The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle and New and Selected Poems. She is the co-writer with Juan Mendez of Taking a Stand, The Evolution of Human Rights, …


The Sound of Glass

Karen White is the bestselling author of eighteen previous books. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit: www.karen-white.com or www.facebook.com/karenwhiteauthor


Dr. Kasie Whitener, President of Clemson Road Creative, is a professional educator and fiction writer. She’s instructed university English students, corporate sales organizations, call center employees, and writers groups. She writes GenX fiction and time-traveling vampires and blogs at GenxStories and Life on Clemson Road. Dr. Whitener resides in Blythewood …


The Ron Rash Reader

Randall Wilhelm is an assistant professor of American and southern literature at Anderson University. He has published numerous critical essays on American, southern, and Appalachian writers and his work has appeared in the Faulkner Journal, Mississippi Quarterly, Cormac McCarthy Journal, Southern Quarterly, Appalachian Heritage, and Hemingway Review, among others.


Don’t Talk to Strangers

Amanda Kyle Williams is the author of The Stranger You Seek, The Stranger in the Room, and Don’t Talk to Strangers. Williams is currently at work on her next Keye Street thriller.


Small Victories

Dave Williams is a native Texan and a graduate of the University of Texas. Following a stint in the Navy, he earned an MBA at Harvard, which began a forty-year Wall Street career; the last twenty as CEO of Alliance Capital Management. Over four decades, Dave and his wife, Reba …


Bloody Royal Prints

Reba White Williams worked for more than thirty years in business and finance—in research at McKinsey & Co., as a securities analyst on Wall Street, and as a senior executive at an investment management firm. She graduated from Duke, earned an MBA at Harvard and a PhD in Art History …


Farming, Friends, and Fried Bologna Sandwiches

Renea Winchester is a descendent of the Ridley’s of Oconee South Carolina and the Winchester’s of Rabun County, Georgia. She is a two-time winner of the Wilma Dykeman Appalachian Writer’s Award. Her worked earned her two prestigious nominations: Georgia Author of the year and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance book …


The Best I Can Be

New York Times Best Selling Author, Teri Woods, has authored, co-authored and published over 21 titles. She has sold millions of books worldwide; jump started the entire urban fiction genre and helped create a multi-million dollar stream of revenue for independent and major book publishing companies. She is currently releasing …