It occurs to me that some people may find my little blog through an article I wrote for January’s Southern Living. I was thrilled, as Southern Living‘s “Best New Southern Author,” to share space in a special section of the magazine with Malaprop’s Bookstore (best bookstore), Only Burger (best food truck), the Avett Brothers (new kings of Southern Rock), and Shenandoah National Park (best summer escape), among other Southern favorites.
I wrote about my grandparents in the article in part because my grandmother, Mildred Boggs, was an avid reader of Southern Living. I wish I could have surprised her with the issue. But I have a student–a soon-to-be-Marine–who says Southern Living is his favorite (he loves to cook). So I’ll take him a copy next week, in case he hasn’t seen it.
If you’re curious about Mattaponi Queen, a collection of linked stories set on and around the Mattaponi Indian Reservation in Virginia, here are a few stories you can read online:
“Opportunity,” a story about a lonely elementary school principal, was published in storySouth.
“Jonas,” a story about a couple dealing with a sex change, first appeared in FiveChapters.
“Homecoming,” which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, is about a teenager from Brooklyn who moves to King William County to live with his grandmother. It was published in At Length, a journal specializing in longer fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
(And if you have a book club interested in reading Mattaponi Queen, I would be glad to visit with you via Skype or–if you’re local–in person. I live in Chatham County, North Carolina, and as a rural person, I have a fairly broad definition of “local.”)