Tag Archives: Alabama Writers’ Forum

Book Review: Yazoo Clay by Schuyler Dickson

My latest review for Alabama Writers’ Forum is currently available on the AWF website. Dickson’s ambitious story collection is a co-winner of the Tartt First Fiction Award given annually by Livingston Press of the University of West Alabama. Read the review here:

https://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/review_archives.html/article/2022/09/14/yazoo-clay

Book Review: Homer Hickam’s New Memoir

My latest book review for Alabama Writers’ Forum is now available on their website. Fans of the book, Rocket Boys, and its movie adaptation, October Sky, will be interested in the further adventures of their protagonist.

Read it here:

https://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/review_archives.html/article/2022/08/22/don-t-blow-yourself-up-the-further-true-adventures-and-travails-of-the-rocket-boy-of-october-sky

Alabama Writers’ Forum Reviews

I have two new reviews at Alabama Writers’ Forum. James Seay Brown Jr.’s Distracted by Alabama is a refreshing frolic through some of the state’s lesser traveled attractions. Christopher Shaffer revisits his youthful tour of duty as a teacher in post-Cold War Slovakia in the very entertaining Moon over Sasova.

Catch them both here:

https://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/

New Book Reviews for Alabama Writers’ Forum

My latest reviews about two sharply contrasting books have just been posted on Alabama Writers’ Forum. Deep South Dynasty by Kari Frederickson is a fascinating history of an influential Alabama family, the Bankheads. Barry Marks’s new poetry, My Father Should Die in Winter, examines grief and hope. Check them out at https://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/

Edward O. Wilson Biography

My review of Richard Rhodes’s new biography of naturalist Edward O. Wilson, Scientist, is now available on the Alabama Writers’ Forum website.

http://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/review_archives.html/article/2022/02/21/scientist-e-o-wilson-a-life-in-nature

Books for the New Year

Two of my recent book reviews have just been published on the Alabama Writers’ Forum website (www.writersforum.org). Fight Songs by Ed Cotton is particularly appropriate on the day of the NCAA college football championship game.

https://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/review_archives.html/article/2022/01/10/fight-songs

Hank Lazer’s field recordings   of mind    in morning is a contemplative book of poems which asserts that “living now / must be / elegiac.” The book is accompanied by music by Holland Hopson.

https://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/review_archives.html/article/2022/01/10/field-recordings-of-mind-in-morning

 

 

New Reviews of Southern Fiction

To all of the kind people who responded to my most recent post about missing books (“Page by Page, Measuring a Life”) — Thank You! The books have been found, but I was so moved by the concern and generosity of many.

Here are links to my most recent reviews for Alabama Writers’ Forum:

https://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/review_archives.html/article/2021/10/13/this-ditch-walking-love

https://www.writersforum.org/news_and_reviews/review_archives.html/article/2021/10/13/fugitives-of-the-heart

Book Review: Magic City Rock by Blake Ells

Blake Ells documents Birmingham, Alabama’s often overlooked rock and alternative music scene in his new book, Magic City Rock: Spaces and Faces of Birmingham’s Scene. I enjoyed reviewing it for Alabama Writers’ Forum. You can read my review here:

Alabama Writers’ Forum : News & Reviews : Book Review Archives : Magic City Rock: Spaces and Faces of Birmingham’s Scene (writersforum.org)