It is not unusual for me to get electronic solicitations for book sales and this week was no different. The Carlos Museum Bookshop at Emory is having a clearance sale through Saturday and Eagle Eye Book Shop is having a big book sale as well this weekend. In the email message from Eagle Eye they mentioned that Kathryn Stockett will be signing her book The Help for an hour on Saturday afternoon.
I noticed in the same email message, which listed Eagle Eye's signings for the next few months, that novelist Tayari Jones will be in Atlanta this spring as well. I've been interested in Jones ever since I read her essay Symbolism and Cynicism, published in 2008, about Black History month as cultural segregation, which appeared in Believer magazine. (Update: A blog review of Jones' novel Leaving Atlanta can be found here.)
Out of curiosity, I checked Jones' blog and she recently (April 26th) posted her views on the Southern Literary Society photo that appeared in February's Vanity Fair, which featured nine Atlanta writers dressed as belles in front of the Atlanta History Center's Swan House. She brings up several interesting points including being pigeon holed by the term “southern.” The posting includes a direct question for Kathryn Stockett.
Another related view about labeling can be found here. It's an excerpt from David Shield's 1996 book Remote.