New Southern Harmonies

Authors: Rosa Shand, Scott Gould, Deno Trakas, George Singleton

Softcover (ISBN: 1-891885-00-6 )
$14.95

The first collection of short stories from the Hub City Writers Project brings together the work of four award-winning fiction writers from South Carolina. New Southern Harmonies is a literary sampler of their art.

Publication Date: Nov 1998
Dimensions: 6 x 8 in.
176 pages

This book received an IPPY award in 1999 from Independent Publisher magazine as the best book of short fiction by an independent press in North America.

The range of styles and subjects in these stories is as diverse as the landscape of the Palmetto State -- from the offbeat humor of George Singleton's "Outlaw Head and Tail," to the piercing passion of Rosa Shand's "Density of Sunlight," to the sprawling, strange drama of Scott Gould's "Nothing Fazes the Autopilot," to the unexpected twists of Deno Trakas's "Eugene."

While all these storytellers share the same home -- upstate South Carolina -- they do not share the same view of the world, and they have vastly different imaginations. Inside these pages are philosophers and barkeeps, movie-makers and artists, airplane pilots and eccentric great-aunts, love-struck teens and 40-something hoopsters. There are characters confronting race, defying convention, and exploring the meaning of love. Settings range from the "semi-jungle" of Uganda to the imaginary world of Christ Almighty, North Carolina; along the way, there are vine-covered Southern homesteads, damp campgrounds, and ubiquitous suburban malls. There's even a house at the bottom of a lake.

To tell more would be to reveal too many of the surprises found within the pages of New Southern Harmonies. These are some of the best tales told by the most celebrated fiction writers of the South Carolina Piedmont. Some are brand-new stories; others already have been discovered and published by such noted journals and magazines as The Kenyon Review, The Oxford American, Black Warrior Review, and Playboy. Together, they create a delightful chorus that is clear, powerful, and destined to endure.

Scott Gould

Scott Gould

Scott Gould is Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities. His poetry, fiction and nonfiction have been published in magazines and anthologies including Kenyon Review, Kansas Quarterly, Carolina Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, New Stories From the South, among others.

Rosa Shand

Rosa Shand

Rosa Shand is a fiction writer living in Davidson, N.C. Her stories have appeared in journals such as The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, and The South Carolina Review. Shand's novel, The Gravity of Sunlight (2000), was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; it also won the Jesse Jones Award for Best Fiction and the Stephen Turner Award for Best First Fiction.

George Singleton

George Singleton

Novelist George Singleton teaches writing at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. He has published more than a hundred short stories in national magazines and anthologies. His books include story collections The Half-Mammals of Dixie (2002), Why Dogs Chase Cars (2004), and Drowning in Gruel (2006); and two novels, Novel (2005) and Workshirts for Madmen (2009).

Deno Trakas

Deno Trakas

Deno trakas is the author of Because Memory Isn't Eternal: A Story of Greeks in Upstate South Carolina (Hub City Press 2010). Chairman of the English Department at Wofford College, Deno is a poet and short story writer whose work has appeared in Oxford American magazine, as well as five other Hub City books.