Susan Cushman

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Biography

Susan Cushman is the author of the novel Cherry Bomb and memoir Tangles and Plaques: A Mother and Daughter Face Alzheimers. She is editor of Southern Writers on Writing and A Second Blooming: Becoming the Women We are Meant to Be. Her essays have been published in four anthologies and numerous journals and magazines. A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Cushman lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Schedule

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 2
Discussion
Women’s Journeys of Self-Discovery in Fiction

10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Capitol Building, Senate Committee Room A
Book Talk
Southern Writers on Writing

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


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Southern Writers on Writing

Contributions by Julie Cantrell, Katherine Clark, Susan Cushman, Jim Dees, Clyde Edgerton, W. Ralph Eubanks, John M. Floyd, Joe Formichella, Patti Callahan Henry, Jennifer Horne, Ravi Howard, Suzanne Hudson, River Jordan, Harrison Scott Key, Cassandra King, Alan Lightman, Sonja Livingston, Corey Mesler, Niles Reddick, Wendy Reed, Nicole Seitz, Lee Smith, Michael Farris Smith, Sally Palmer Thomason, Jacqueline Allen Trimble, M. O. Walsh, and Claude Wilkinson

The South is often misunderstood on the national stage, characterized by its struggles with poverty, education, and racism, yet the region has yielded an abundance of undeniably great literature. In Southern Writers on Writing, Susan Cushman collects twenty-six writers from across the South whose work celebrates southern culture and shapes the landscape of contemporary southern literature. Contributors hail from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida.

Contributors such as Lee Smith, Michael Farris Smith, W. Ralph Eubanks, and Harrison Scott Key, among others, explore issues like race, politics, and family and the apex of those issues colliding. It discusses landscapes, voices in the South, and how writers write. The anthology is divided into six sections, including "Becoming a Writer"; "Becoming a Southern Writer"; "Place, Politics, People"; "Writing about Race"; "The Craft of Writing"; and "A Little Help from My Friends."


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Cherry Bomb: A Novel

Through the combined efforts of a Rolling Stone Magazine photographer, a reporter for the Macon News, and a Catholic priest, a young runaway graffiti artist with a troubled childhood is given a second chance, when she is caught out as the author of street graffiti, and offered a place at the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design. Young and orphaned Mare leaves the mean streets of Macon, Georgia, and embarks upon an uncanny course of artistic and personal discovery. When she meets world-acclaimed, abstract expressionist painter, Elaine de Kooning, who has her own conflicted past, the two begin an alliance, unaware that their lives are already entwined. Against the formal artistic backdrop of SCAD, Elaine de Kooning mentors the edgy, sixteen-year-old Mare, who takes an intuitive interest in iconography, and enrolls in a workshop at a North Carolina monastery, in possession of a renowned weeping icon. In a surprising twist, it is here that past and present collide, as Mare is left to confront the dangling threads of her traumatized childhood, which ultimately weave together to create the fabric that heals her life.

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