Melanie Rae Thon, Silence and Song

One of my favorite writers and one of my greatest teachers is Melanie Rae Thon. She's received  a Guggenheim, Whiting, appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize anthologies, and more. She's currently at U of Utah, teaching creative writing and environmental humanities. I can't believe I only recently saw this short film introducing her brilliant book,… Continue reading Melanie Rae Thon, Silence and Song

Flannery & Caroline, 10/9 @ Inkwood Books (Haddonfield)

Flanagan, a 1987 graduate of Haddonfield Memorial High School, has been researching the relationship between the two mid-20thcentury writers for four years. She has traveled to libraries in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and other Southern states to track down and compile copies of the letters the two women wrote to each other. “It was sort… Continue reading Flannery & Caroline, 10/9 @ Inkwood Books (Haddonfield)

Philadelphia Weekly Fall Book Picks: Flannery & Caroline

Thanks to the Philadelphia Weekly newspaper for selecting THE LETTERS OF FLANNERY O'CONNOR AND CAROLINE GORDON as a fall reading pick (22 September 2018): Learn about the craft of writing and the friendship between two of the most renowned 20th-century American Southern writers. Compiling a collection of letters between Flannery O'Connor and Caroline Gordon, Associate Professor… Continue reading Philadelphia Weekly Fall Book Picks: Flannery & Caroline

Flannery & Caroline in Philadelphia

The Letters of Flannery O'Connor and Caroline Gordon with Christine Flanagan.  Wednesday, October 17, 2018 ~ 6:30 pm Philadelphia City Institute 1905 Locust Street (19th & Locust on W. Rittenhouse Square) Philadelphia, PA 19103-5730 215-685-6621 This correspondence showcases the little-known friendship between Flannery O'Connor and novelist Caroline Gordon, whose critiques not only fostered O'Connor's career but occasioned… Continue reading Flannery & Caroline in Philadelphia

On Christine Flanagan: Interview with Fiona McVie

The remarkable reader and endlessly curious Fiona McVie has made it her mission to interview as many writers as she can for her blog, Authors Interviews --and she has topped 5,300 author interviews so far. She interviewed Christine Flanagan in late July, 2018, for THE LETTERS OF FLANNERY O'CONNOR AND CAROLINE GORDON.  Read the full interview… Continue reading On Christine Flanagan: Interview with Fiona McVie

The Scaffolding of Friendship

One of the most famous (and beautiful) lines of O'Connor's Wise Blood is her description of Taulkinham: The black sky was underpinned with long silver streaks that looked like scaffolding and depth on depth behind it were thousands of stars that all seemed to be moving very slowly as if they were about some vast… Continue reading The Scaffolding of Friendship