“Ninety percent of our existence is tangents. So tangents are actually the real plot. But even more importantly, if you avoid a tangent you normally would have taken, you could create a rip in the quantum fabric of the universe”. –Serge Storms
Charles McNair's first novel, Land O' Goshen, was published in 1994 and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. McNair spent nearly two decades writing and rewriting his next book, Pickett's Charge.
Nominated for a 2014 Townsend Prize for Fiction, Pickett's Charge is the story of 114-year-old Civil War veteran Threadgill Pickett, who escapes from an Alabama nursing home and embarks on a wild, absurd, tragic quest for vengeance.
Random House recently published a new novel from Southern author (and Chattanooga resident) Susan Gregg Gilmore. She won acclaim for her first two novels, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen and The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove. The Funeral Dressis inspired by real seamstresses who worked at a Dunlap shirt factory in the 1970s.
WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviews Southern author Dorothy Allison.
In this interview, celebrated Southern author Dorothy Allison looks back on her novel Bastard Out Of Carolina, which was published more than twenty years ago (and was nominated for a National Book Award). Readers discover (or re-discover) it every year--it’s both wildly humorous and shockingly brutal. In this interview, Allison talks about using her own family legends as source material. Allison also talks about leaving the South, teaching young writers, and discusses her long-in-progress new novel She Who.
WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviews poet Maurice Manning.
Kentucky native Maurice Manning is in Chattanooga for the Celebration of Southern Literature (April 17 – 20), where he was inducted into the prestigious Fellowship of Southern Authors. In this segment, Manning reads a selection from his new yet-to-be published book, talks about working Southern characters and narratives into his poems, and explains why he never met another living poet until he was in college.
Jamie Quatro, author of 'I Want To Show You More,' joins WUTC for an interview.
Grove/Atlantic published Barry Hannah, Charles Frazier and other celebrated Southern authors. Now, Grove/Atlantic is adding Jamie Quatro to their roster. Quatro’s debut collection of short stories, I Want To Show You More, comes out in March, and she visited WUTC for an interview.