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Bryan Stevenson

The founding attorney for the Montgomery, Ala.-based Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson works in a broken system of justice. The indigent clients EJI represents deal with issues such as mental ...

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Marcie Cohen Ferris Goes Through the Food Lens

In "The Edible South: The Power of Food and the Making of an American Region (University of North Carolina Press, 2014, $35), Marcie Cohen Ferris uses the lens of food ...

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Jerry Lee Lewis

By the end of 1957, the world knew Jerry Lee Lewis. "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On" and "Great Balls of Fire" were early slices of unbridled rock 'n' roll energy. ...

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Stories of the South

Since 1989, the Eudora Welty Writer's Symposium has hosted southern authors at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. The symposium provides a platform for authors specializing in southern fiction ...

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The Fault with Free Love

Darcey Steinke spent much of her youth in the suburbs of Roanoke, Va., where she saw the effects of the '60s social movements.

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Lit Highlights October 2014

Mississippi's weather is unpredictable. Thankfully, October always has plenty of great literary offerings, whether you're escaping that last bit of summer heat or relaxing indoors on a nippy autumn afternoon.

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'Driving While Black'

Brandon resident Pam Johnson's historical nonfiction novel, "Justice for Ella" (iUniverse, 2014, $19.95), reveals Mississippi on a collision course with the Civil Rights Movement.

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The Friendly, Film-School Slasher

"Director's Cut" (Dogwood Press, 2014; $22.95) is the fifth novel in the Oakdale series, suspense stories that share the same backdrop—a rural town in northeast Mississippi.

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Lit Highlights September 2014

Fall might mean football season to a lot of people, but the conscientious bookworm knows changing leaves mean that your favorite bookstores are changing their shelves.

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Analysis: Book Takes Fresh Look at Miss. History

The book is called "A New History of Mississippi," and a new approach is what Dennis Mitchell wanted when he wrote it.

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Shaking up the Rom-Com

"Shaking the Sugar Tree" is about a gay father raising a child on his own, which Wilgus based on a surprising fact. Mississippi has the highest percentage of same-sex couples ...

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Sully Carter: Noir Journalist

In the first fiction novel for Mississippi-born author Neely Tucker, he wants to tackle the issues of race, media sensationalism and social justice in a realistic light, all under the ...

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John Currence's Big Bad Cookbook

Chef John Currence spells out his cooking manifesto before we get to the first recipe. It includes advice such as make your own bread, buy quality ingredients, cut the "low-fat" ...

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Bright Ideas

Are you feeling uninspired? No challenges left? Did you read another depressing statistic about Mississippi? I have a cure for that. Read Polly Dement's "Mississippi Entrepreneurs."

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The Natchez Novelist

In 2011, author Greg Iles was just a week away from the deadline for his next novel, a follow-up to the best-seller "The Devil's Punchbowl," when he was involved in ...

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