Stories From the Blue Moon Cafe: The American South in Stories, Essays, and Poetry

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Thirty of today's finest Southern writers serve up an intoxicating blend of stories, essays, and poetry. From the Civil War to the Cold War, country music to the blues, a mother and daughter to a boy and his dog, this is the South in all its sorrow-and all its splendor. Stories from the Blue Moon Café is a delightful mixture of Southern spice: the good, the bad, the heart-breaking, and the hilarious.

Featuring: Marlin Barton € Rick Bragg € Jill Conner Browne € C. Terry Cline, Jr. € Pat Conroy € Tom Corcoran € Beth Ann Fennelly € Patricia Foster € Tom Franklin € William Gay € Jim Gilbert € W.E.B. Griffin € Winston Groom € Melinda Hayes € Frank Turner Hollon € Silas House € Suzanne Hudson € Douglas Kelley € Tom Kelly € Michael Knight € Bev Marshall € Barbara Robinette Moss € Jennifer Paddock € Judith Richards € Richard Shakelford € George Singleton € Monroe Thompson € Sidney Thompson € Brad Watson € Steve Yarbrough

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Sonny Brewer owns Over the Transom Bookstore in Fairhope, Alabama. He was the editor of the city magazine in Mobile, Alabama, associate editor of an Alabama weekly newspaper, and a feature columnist. He edited an anthology of Fairhope writers and artists called Red Bluff Review, and is the author of a parable on aging cleverly disguised as a children's book, Rembrandt the Rocker, and a book of dimestore philosophy called A Yin for Change.

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Of the 30 short stories featured in this quixotic and eclectic collection, the most notable are perhaps the refreshing, well-chosen selections by lesser-known voices of the New South. Still, an impressive lineup of brand-name authors including Rick Bragg, Pat Conroy, William Gay, W.E.B. Griffin, Winston Groom, Melinda Haynes, Silas House, Brad Watson and Steve Yarbrough round out the mix. The common bond and creative wellspring of the collection is the annual gathering of authors called Southern Writers Reading, held the weekend before Thanksgiving in the artsy town of Fairhope, Ala. Local bookstore (Over the Transom) owner Sonny Brewer is the originator and driving force behind the loosely organized writers conference, and editor of the anthology. The addition of local luminaries W.E.B. Griffin and Winston Groom, and the inclusion of other locals C. Terry Cline Jr. and Judith Richards, was a natural extension of the idea. As the project took shape, like a snowball rolling downhill, it picked up other deserving writers in its path. If the stories (mostly previously unpublished) have anything in common, it is their brevity. But in the space of a few pages each, they range widely in setting and subject matter: from Griffin's "Going Back to the Bridge in Berlin," about an ex-serviceman's return to his post-WWII posting, to Richard Shackelford's "From Tucson to Tucumari, from Hatchabee to Tonopah," about an old trucker's death. The true accomplishment of this freespirited venture is the discovery of such gifted voices as Jennifer Paddock and local bookstore clerk Jim Gilbert. This collection may well become a yearly objet d'art.
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