Hub City Press News Roundup
It's officially springtime in South Carolina, so we figured it's time for a brand new round up of fantastic, spectacular, and all around exciting Hub City Press author news!
In continuing Whiskey & Ribbons buzz news, check out Leesa Cross-Smith's Writers Recommend entry at Poets & Writers, and listen to a Literary Atlanta podcast on why Whiskey & Ribbons is one of four new Southern books you need to read (in the company of Michael Farris Smith's The Fighter: our keynote fiction instructor for this year's Writing in Place Conference.)
Thomas McConnell's novel The Wooden King officially hit shelves this week! We have signed copies at the store and the office, so if you order directly from the press, you'll receive a signed copy while they last.
Give Kathryn Schwille's short story "Veil" a read over at StorySouth. Set in the same town as the stories in What Luck, This Life, this is a great preview of her debut novel out in September!
"My brother, on his deathbed, could not get out of his mind the big things he’d screwed up in his life. Each would nag at him for a day or so until he seemed to come to terms with it, then he’d move on to some other mismanaged affair. Carl believed he’d mistreated his first wife, which he had, and he fretted that he’d ignored our aging father, which was also true. There was one event Carl never mentioned, though, and I wonder if he thought of it at all."
In Hub City authors winning prizes news:
Huge congratulations to Julia Franks, who is is this year's recipient of the Townsend Prize for Fiction for her novel Over the Plain Houses. The finalists for the 2018 award represented the very best achievements in letters by Georgia writers over the course of the preceding two years, reflecting the prize’s celebration of the Southern voice in all its intricacies and incarnations. The finalists for the 2018 Townsend Prize for Fiction included Sarah Domet, Joshilyn Jackson, Martha Hall Kelly, Man Martin, Thomas Mullen, Stacia Pelletier, Jonathan Rabb, Christopher Swann, and Daren Wang.
And cheers to Hannah Palmer, who won a Bronze Medal IPPY Award for Flight Path! The Independent Publisher Book Awards are given every year to authors from indie presses, and this year the 410 total medalists represent books from 41 U.S. states plus Guam and District of Columbia; 6 Canadian provinces; and 12 countries overseas.
Congratulations, Julia and Hannah!
At the close of National Poetry Month, Ashley M. Jones discussed her poem "What It Means To Say Sally Hemings" from Magic City Gospel for the Poetry Society of America's "In Their Own Words" feature. Ashley describes how evoking her historical-women heroes has influenced her poetry, and how calling on these women can free them from the silence time has placed them under.
"We know these things aren't true, that history is painted over to make us seem more heroic, more loving, more okay with the way things are. I'm interested in the facts, and in the discrepancies between the story in our history and the reality of what happened."