TALES n “porch dogs,” nell dickerson (john f. blair).
Photographer Nell Dickerson has found a memorable way to pay homage to her Southern heritage. Her new book “Porch Dogs” captures a nostalgic piece of Americana with 60-plus portraits of man’s best friend on timeworn porches across the South. The candid collection of animals and architecture – eight years in the works – is sure to bring a smile, with a colorful assortment of canines ruling the roost, from South Carolina to Louisiana, Florida to Tennessee. The porches span three centuries, with the oldest dating back to 1730. “I love the South and have a lifelong commitment to preserve its culture,” said Dickerson, who grew up in the Mississippi Delta and now resides in Memphis with her Yorkshire terrier, Teeny Baby. “Both architecture and dogs manifest that rich, complex world that defines the South.” Available wherever books are sold on April 2; available for preorder from IndieBound, Amazon and blairpub.com.
n “Z: A NOVEL OF ZELDA FITZGERALD,” THERESE ANNE FOWLER (ST. MARTIN’S PRESS, MARCH 26, 2013)
n “LITERARY CHARLESTON & THE LOW COUNTRY,” CURTIS WORTHINGTON (TRINITY UNIVERSITY PRESS)
“Z” shares the story of the bold and enigmatic Zelda Fitzgerald, who defies her parents at the age of 17 to run off with a young Army lieutenant with ambitions of becoming the next great American writer – F. Scott Fitzgerald, of course. As Scott transcends into sudden literary stardom, Zelda becomes the vivid, scandalous, ultimately tragic belle of the flapper ball. This poignant tale, told through Zelda’s eyes, unveils the passion, glamour, indulgence and heartbreak that defined their relationship and the Jazz Age era in which they reveled. 52 www.southernSeasons.net
This literary anthology offers a captivating new way to visit the Old South. Contributions from 34 local and internationally renowned writers – from Edgar Allen Poe and Henry James to James Dickey and Pat Conroy – animate the historic plantations, storied alleyways and beautiful beaches of South Carolina. Featuring short fiction, nonfiction and poetry, the book paints a vibrant portrait of a place known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture and mannered charm.
n “southern VAPORS,” LYNN GARSON Atlanta attorney Lynn Garson grew up in the lap of Southern luxury, the daughter of a prominent Buckhead family who lived in a Tara-esque home at the end of West Paces Ferry Road. But despite her privileged childhood, she was plagued by anxiety and depression into adulthood, leading to three stays at mental institutions and a painful divorce. In her intimate and humorous memoir, Garson chronicles the ups and downs of her life – from school and work to marriage, children and divorce. She hopes that by sharing her personal story she can help others to take back control of their own lives.