Signals is a keeper collection of stories from a modern master, twelve new tales combined with eight from his previous books that mostly hew to Gautreaux’s signature material of seemingly plain folk in Louisiana, where the human and natural world come to abundant and colorful display. An early Grisham visiting writer (1996-97), Gautreaux’s splendid two novels, The Missing and The Clearing, along with his excellent stories, clearly mark him as one of our greatest living writers in the South.
Kevin Canty, who has visited Square Books on several occasions and is one of the writers Larry Brown most admired, has published his first novel in many years. The Underworld takes its name literally, from the true story of a fire in a silver mining town whose survivors all were connected in some way to those who perished, a story of the necessity for love in a devastated community, the sort of story that few writers can penetrate and bring to life the way that Canty can.
Born and raised in Alabama and now living in New Orleans, Rodney Jones is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Elegy for the Southern Drawl, a long-time favorite poet at Square Books, and now has created a technical tour de force, with characters and voices coming from nine parts of poetry within the concept of a novel over a time span of fifty years. We are thrilled he will be here with this newest and most ambitious book, appearing at the Book Conference and on Thacker Mountain Radio.