Saturday, December 17, 2005

"Writers" on Mississippi Public TV

I just got a dvd copy of a program I had the pleasure of being part of for Mississippi Public Broadcasting. The show is called "Writers". It's an hour long panel interview discussion hosted by Gene Edwards. The show I was in is called "Historical Fiction Writers".

I got to sit around chatting with Edward P. Jones (Pulitzer Prize winner for The Known World and author of Lost in the City) and Jeffrey Lent (Bestselling author of In The Fall and Lost Nation). It was an enjoyable show to film, and it wasn't too bad to watch either. I don't think I said anything too embarrassing, and Edward and Jeffrey have tons of insightful and humorous stories to tell.

If you are interested you could find info about the program at Mississippi Public Broadcasting.


Friday, December 16, 2005

UK Covers for Pride of Carthage

First up is the hardback version, which is published by Transworld. I thought it was quite nice.

The first attempt at the paperback is below. I wouldn't have complained about this one, but I'm decidedly not a good judge of these things. The publisher didn't feel this one would jump off the shelves. They even thought the bookstores weren't ordering it in the quantities they wanted to see. So what to do? Just change the cover. Same book inside, but wearing a new suit. You can click on either of them to see them in larger versions.

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Post Road

I'm happy to say I recently got a copy of Post Road (no. 11) magazine that features a piece I wrote. Post Road is a very cool journal, published twice a year out of Cambridge, MA. They feature fiction and nonfiction, poetry, photography, criticism, and they run recommendations, wherein authors recommend favorite books. That's how I got in it. I recommended A Scot's Quair, by the Scottish writer Lewis Grassic Gibbon. I only learned of the book while living in Scotland. Really enjoyed it, though, and - obviously - I recommend it. Among other things, I said this about it...

"It's a melancholy work told in the cadence and vernacular of rural Aberdeenshire, filled with beautiful moments - most often prompted by sadness - and infused throughout with a longing that's hard to define, but which will be painfully familiar to anyone old enough to look back on moments gone forever."

There are also pieces in this edition from Ann Hood, Cathy Day, Ben Jones, Jessica Shattuck and Elizabeth Cox, just to name a few. There's a Q&A with Jonathan Ames, wherein he talks about transvestites, David Letterman, sex and toilet humor. The mag's website is at Post Road.