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Derrick Harriell with STRIPPER IN WONDERLAND

Derrick Harriell

The percussive poems of Stripper in Wonderland move from birth to death, funk to hip-hop, and racism to religion as Derrick Harriell explores the life of a modern black man transplanted from the American Midwest to the Deep South. Harriell summons the ghosts of the past as he deals with the realities of the present. He carefully winds images and words together to produce powerful, often graphic, poems that inform our view of one another as they punch through our assumptions.

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ISBN: 9780807165522
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Published: Louisiana State University Press - February 1st, 2017

Jim Dees with THE STATUE AND THE FURY (at the Lyric)

Jim Dees

In 1997, Oxford, Mississippi sought to build a statue to honor the 100th birthday of native Nobel laureate, William Faulkner. In this funny and heartfelt memoir, Thacker Mountain Radio host Jim Dees, chronicles the year-long civic contretemps that erupted over a magnolia tree that was cut down to make room for the sculpture. The same year, Oxford became embroiled in a “trees versus development” dispute that saw citizens arrested for blocking bulldozers.

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ISBN: 9781936946808
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Published: Nautilus Publishing Company - October 18th, 2016

Geoff Dyer with WHITE SANDS (at the Lyric)


From “one of our most original writers” (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine) comes an expansive and exacting book—firmly grounded but elegant, often hilarious, and always inquisitive—about travel, unexpected awareness, and the questions we ask when we step outside ourselves.

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ISBN: 9781101870853
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Published: Pantheon Books - May 3rd, 2016

Michael Farris Smith with DESPERATION ROAD

Michael Farris Smith

Russell Gaines returns home from a prison term only to confront two brothers with revenge on their minds. And when he meets a homeless woman and her child, his troubles are compounded. Michael Farris Smith sets his characters on a path that was begun by Faulkner and continued by Larry Brown but it is one not confined to the Deep South but part of the undercurrent of American society. While it may be a road of desperation it can also be, sometimes, one of redemption. In Smith's case, it is all that and more in a powerful, unforgettable work.

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ISBN: 9780316353038
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - February 7th, 2017


A stunningly original debut collection about lives across history marked by violence and longing.

A brother and sister turn outlaw in a wild and brutal landscape. The daughter of a diplomat disappears and resurfaces across the world as a deadly woman of many names. A young Philadelphia boy struggles with the contradictions of privilege, violence, and the sway of an incarcerated father. A monk in sixteenth century England suffers the dissolution of his monastery and the loss of all that he held sacred.

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The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062490759
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Published: Ecco Press - January 17th, 2017