SouthBound Lecture Series
Wed., April 4, 2018
Presented by the Writers@Work program at Chattanooga State.
Free Event (but please make a reservation.)
Join Southern Lit Alliance as we welcome author, and Fellowship of Southern Writers member George Singleton.
Light refreshments will be served during a reading and discussion. Singleton will sign books at the conclusion of the program.
About the Author
George Singleton was born in Anaheim, California, but raised in Greenwood, South Carolina, thereby qualifying him for inclusion in the hallowed halls of the southern writer. He has written seven collections of short stories, three novels, and an instructional book on writing fiction. He graduated from Furman University in 1980 and received his MFA from UNC, Greensboro shortly thereafter. He was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers in April of 2015 after accepting the Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Wofford College where he currently teaches. His works have appeared in many magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Magazine, Playboy, Oxford American, and The Southern Review.
Singleton shares that he grew up wanting to be a track coach, but a college injury changed that trajectory. After some interest in law, he decided to pursue his love of writing that had appeared in his late teens. His writing has led to a number of awards and accolades including a finalist for the 2013 SIBA Book Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Hillsdale Award for Fiction from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. George is also a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
Calloustown, the seventh collection from master raconteur George Singleton, who's been praised by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as the unchallenged king of the comic Southern short story,” finds the author at the absolute top of his game as he traces the unlikely inhabitants of the titular Calloustown in all their humanity. Whether exploring family, religion, politics or the true meaning of home, these stories range from deeply affecting to wildly absurd and back again, all in the blink of an eye.
The Half-Mammals of Dixie
This second collection of short stories by a bright star in Southern fiction showcases a town so tiny it missed the map, the gleefully off-the-wall Southerners who refuse to be pigeonholed, and a South far removed from big-city Atlanta and proper Charleston. As the author says of his characters, "They're regular people just trying to get by." Among them: a boy whose reputation is ruined when he appears in a head-lice documentary; a lovelorn father who woos his third-grader's teacher with creative show-and-tells; and a former pharmaceuticals salesman who waits for the word of God to tell him what to paint on next the "primitive" canvases he sells for big bucks to an art dealer.