We are happy to announce the winning and selected writing for Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 4.
Watch the book trailer for James Tate Hill’s Nilsen Prize-winning novel Academy Gothic here on YouTube.
Congratulations to the winner and finalists of the 2014 Nilsen Prize for a First Novel.
A Ghost at the Edge of the Sea
Emily Breunig, Los Altos, CA
Beth Castrodale. Jamaica Plain, MA
Author and editor Kate Bernheimer will be visiting Southeast in September as a part of the Nilsen Visiting Writer Series.
In his latest literary thriller, David Armand weaves together the stories of an eccentric cast of dark, frighteningly realist characters, each under suspicion of murdering a young girl, Amber Varnado, whose body is found hidden in a deep gorge at the opening of the novel.
Hard-boiled noir meets academic satire in Academy Gothic. Tate Cowlishaw is late for another faculty meeting when he discovers the body of Scoot Simkins, dean of Parshall College. Cowlishaw might be legally blind but sees that a man with three bullets in his head didn’t put them there himself. The police disagree.
From Tickfaw to Shongaloo is a comic Southern tale told in the first person by Raylene, a local gossip in little Stokely, Louisiana. Bert Dilly the postmaster (we learn), has been spreading town gossip (like everyone else), fueled by his habit of being a little too involved with the local mail (opened or not). A disgruntled maiden lady writes a scathing letter of complaint, which is reported to the state postmaster, and Bert’s brother, J.T., accuses Bert of mental incompetence (he wants the family land). Bert is replaced until the charges can be taken up by a federal court in Baton Rouge.