On The Bookshelf

I headed over to LeMuria, Miss Welty’s bookstore, yesterday afternoon to grab a copy of Katy Simpson Smith’s debut novel…

Story of Land and Sea

The Story of Land and Sea…

Story of Land and Sea

A native of Jackson, Miss Smith attended Mount Holyoke College and received her PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and  then an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Oh, and I understand she has a cat named Eudora!  Quite appropriate for a Welty fan, wouldn’t you agree?

Her novel is set during the Revolutionary War – (I love to read historical fiction as it makes the past come alive for me) – but I suspect that writing about the distant past is not an easy task.  After all, the past is perhaps resistant to being brought out into the limelight of the present and so a writer faces the difficult task of giving a representative picture without letting their own imaginative recreation result in a false account.

I loved meeting her and having a brief chat about our mutual love of all things Welty…

Story of Land and Sea

a great crowd showed up for a signed book and the opportunity to hear the author read excerpts from the novel…

Story of Land and Sea

LeMuria’s annex, the dot com building, is a wonderful venue for readings…

Story of Land and Sea

Katy was so gracious!  I loved the way she introduced herself saying, “I don’t know when I will get married but when I do I expect this is how it will feel, so many friends and family gathered to celebrate.”  Indeed, having grown up in my beloved Belhaven neighborhood, attending local public schools, the daughter of two Millsaps College professors, she was surrounded by supportive friends and family, as well as those of us who are just now  making her acquaintance!

Don’t be fooled by her pretty, girlish demeanor – there are some serious brains in her pretty head!

But she is really cute…

Story of Land and Sea

Well, really more than cute as this photograph by Annemarieke van Drimmelen for Vogue proves…

Annemarieke van Drimmelen

 I have not read the book yet (obviously!) but Katy gives us a clue as to who will be reading The Story of Land and Sea –

“Readers who admire thoughtful, lyrical, religiously inflected literary fiction, and readers who have a taste for historical settings and themes.”

Sign me up!…

Katy Simpson Smith

There are a couple of other books on the bookshelf here OPP which I have read and am preparing reviews of – for you!  One is another historical novel and the other a novel written by a neighbor and friend.

Stay tuned to the bookshelf…

dogs in bookshelves

 

 I so appreciate each of you who read along with me!

 

 

 

 

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  1. Leslie Dement Cox says:

    …and we appreciate YOU – our very own eyes, ears and voice ON THE WORLD!!!!! As always, THANK YOU – and thank God for making you YOU with a passion for living life to the fullest and a gracious and generous heart more than willing to share all that you love and discover on your journeys!!!