Joe Formichella

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Biography

Joe Formichella is a multiple literary award winner, including a Hackney Literary Award for short fiction; he was also a 2008 Foreword magazine/IPPY national finalist for nonfiction book of the year for Murder Creek, a finalist for a New Letters Literary Prize, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Scarpete Stories is his most current novel and a new novel, Caduceus, is due out within the year. He lives near Fairhope, Alabama, at Waterhole Branch Productions with his wife, author Suzanne Hudson.

 

 

 


Schedule

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room A
Discussion
A Couple of Independent Authors, and How They Got There

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room A
Book Talk
Southern Writers on Writing

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


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Scarpete Stories

Scarpete is a literary detective investigating the mystery and death of the author who created him. His stories are the clues he uses to piece together what might have happened, and why.

 

 

 

 


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Southern Writers on Writing

Contributions by Julie Cantrell, Katherine Clark, Susan Cushman, Jim Dees, Clyde Edgerton, W. Ralph Eubanks, John M. Floyd, Joe Formichella, Patti Callahan Henry, Jennifer Horne, Ravi Howard, Suzanne Hudson, River Jordan, Harrison Scott Key, Cassandra King, Alan Lightman, Sonja Livingston, Corey Mesler, Niles Reddick, Wendy Reed, Nicole Seitz, Lee Smith, Michael Farris Smith, Sally Palmer Thomason, Jacqueline Allen Trimble, M. O. Walsh, and Claude Wilkinson

The South is often misunderstood on the national stage, characterized by its struggles with poverty, education, and racism, yet the region has yielded an abundance of undeniably great literature. In Southern Writers on Writing, Susan Cushman collects twenty-six writers from across the South whose work celebrates southern culture and shapes the landscape of contemporary southern literature. Contributors hail from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida.

Contributors such as Lee Smith, Michael Farris Smith, W. Ralph Eubanks, and Harrison Scott Key, among others, explore issues like race, politics, and family and the apex of those issues colliding. It discusses landscapes, voices in the South, and how writers write. The anthology is divided into six sections, including "Becoming a Writer"; "Becoming a Southern Writer"; "Place, Politics, People"; "Writing about Race"; "The Craft of Writing"; and "A Little Help from My Friends."

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