South Bound Lecture Series

Susan Cushman

Wed., Sept. 1, 2021
6:00 PM

Author of John and Mary Margaret, a novel that explores white privilege and the ill-fated interracial romance of two lovers of literature.
The event is free, but donations are suggested
On Zoom - register for the invite.

About the Book

John & Mary Margaret's story covers over 50 years of the couple's lives and romance in Mississippi and Memphis, and is set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and continuing through current-day events.

The novel is ultimately an exploration of white privilege and romance as we watch Mary Margaret grow up in Jackson, Mississippi and participate in sorority life at Ole Miss in the late 1960's while John pursues his dream to study law at the predominantly white university.  What happens when what begins as a shared love of literature between the two blossoms into a romance?  How will the couple cope?

About Susan Cushman

Susan Cushman reads and writes in several genres, including novels, short stories, and memoirs.  John and Mary Margaret is her second novel and is set in her alma mater Ole Miss and her current residence of Memphis, TN.  Susan's other works include Friends of the Library, a collection of short stories, the novel Cherry Bomb and Tangles and Plaques: A Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimer's, a personal memoir.   


Susan was co-director of the 2013 and 2010 Oxford  (Mississippi) Creative Nonfiction Conferences and a panelist at the 2017 Decatur Book Festival.  Susan also spoke at the 2012, 2017, and 2018 Southern Festival of Books.  Other recent appearances include the Mississippi Book Festival,  Louisiana Book Festival, Mississippi Writers Guild Conference, the Alabama Writers Conclave Conference, the  Pat Conroy Literary Center Visiting Author Series, the Southern Literary Festival, and the Association of Writers and Writing Professionals annual conference. Her latest adventure involves leading a monthly creative writing workshop group with twenty residents of a senior living facility.

For more information on Susan Cushman and her publications see