Children of the Changing South

Foster Dickson’s edited collection Children of the Changing South: Accounts of Growing Up During and After Integration is available from McFarland & Co., Publisher in a paperback edition for $19.99. The collection contains memoirs by eighteen writers and historians who recall their formative experiences in the South. The earliest memoirs are set during the turbulent Civil Rights era, and later memoirs examine Southern culture during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Foster Dickson is available for book signings and talks on the subjects covered in the collection, including the post-Civil Rights era South, changing roles for Southern women, and school integration.

Contributors include Jim Grimsley (How I Shed My Skin), Ravi Howard (Driving the King), and Kathleen Rooney (Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk).

From the publisher’s description:

Although much attention has been paid to the adults who led, participated in, or witnessed the civil rights movement, much less attention has been given to those who were children during that era. Especially in the South, these children of the 1950s and afterward came of age in the midst of major societal shifts regarding race, gender, social class, and industry as the South re-branded itself the “Sun Belt.” In this collection of memoirs, writers, teachers, scholars and historians recall growing up in the South from the late 1950s to the early 1990s, revealing how the region changed over time, as well as how a Southern childhood varied across time, race, gender, socio-economic status, and geography. By viewing these remembrances through the lens of multiculturalism, this collection offers anuanced understanding of how the pre-civil rights movement South evolved into the South of the 21st century.

The 2017 Alabama Book Festival

On Saturday, April 22, the Alabama Book Festival will be held in Montgomery’s Old Alabama Town. On the website, there is information about the event, featured authors, directions, lodging, all that good stuff. The festival is free and has something for all ages.

My students and I will be there, selling our literary magazine Graphophobia, showing off back issues, and otherwise talking about the program. We’ve had a display table in the exhibitors area every year since 2007. If you’re at the festival, come see us!