Good news in the mail today: A copy of the 2007 edition of New Stories From the South, guest-edited by D.C. author Edward P. Jones. The District isn’t the South, you say? Mr. Jones understands. From his introduction:
Hither and yon, they still debate whether Washington, D.C.—-where I was born and came to know what is true and what is not so true—-is a part of the South. It might well be that that debate is why I have never stood up straight and asserted that I was a bona fide son of the South. I’m in the room, but I’ll stand in the corner for the evening, if it’s all the same to you….Still, so much is about the heart, wherein the soul dwells, and so maybe my heart, when all the standing in the corner is done, doesn’t care if Washington is north or south of the Mason-Dixon line….The heart knows that just about every adult—-starting with my mother—-who had an important part in my life before I turned eighteen was born and raised in the South.
That said, D.C.-area authors don’t make much of a showing in the collection, with the notable exception of Angela Threatt, who has an MFA from the University of Maryland and whose featured story, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” first appeared in Arlington-based Gargoyle Magazine. The collection comes out August 14.