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Conroy Country

If you want to know a man, visit a place he loved. For the late novelist Pat Conroy, that place was Beaufort, South Carolina.

10 questions for author Colson Whitehead

The author of The Underground Railroad discuses slavery, his writing process, and being on both Oprah and Obama's reading lists.
Southern Comfort Southbound

Southern Comfort

Author Anton DiSclafani’s trip to Mississippi revives her flagging spirits.

42. Listen to a fable at the Wren’s Nest

To hear Akbar Imhotep, one of the rotating storytellers here, weave a Brer Rabbit tale is to witness a maestro preserving an almost lost art form.

9. Binge on books

The annual book fest makes me so proud to be an Atlantan. A quarter of a million folks come together over Labor Day weekend for the AJC Decatur Book Festival to hear from renowned authors—and enjoy local musicians, craft beers, cooking demos, a children’s parade, poetry slams.

Q&A with Natasha Trethewey

With Emory professor Natasha Trethewey named poet laureate of the United States, discussions of Southern identity get a higher profile.

Just Being Myself

Asking someone who has made a career out of studying Southern identity to share his feelings about being a Southerner himself is a bit like asking a dermatologist to describe his own skin.

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