A Place Like Mississippi

Ralph Eubanks takes us on a literary road trip from Ward's Gulf Coast to Faulkner's hills

February 13, 2021 at 7 pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting; 9 pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio; 3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Thursdays 6 pm (CT) University of Mississippi; Fridays 9 am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio

This Saturday, Feb. 13 we’re delighted to welcome author (and frequent visitor and friend) Ralph Eubanks and his evocative new memoir A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape. We’ll talk to Ralph about landscape and literature and why Eudora Welty favored a certain Jitney Jungle store.

Musical guests TBA

Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers

Air times:

Saturday, Feb. 13– 7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

3pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Thursdays 6pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Fridays 9am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio



Ralph Eubanks

Ralph Eubanks’ latest book A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape (Timber Press) From Faulkner and Welty to Wright and Ward. The book is a literary road trip through Mississippi starting on the Gulf Coast with Jesmyn Ward up through Eubanks’ own Piney Woods with Michael Farris Smith. Willie Morris’ Yazoo Delta and Eudora’s Belhaven lead to Lewis Nordan’s Itta Bena, the poets of Parchman penitentiary and Faulkner’s Oxford among many others.

Ralph Eubanks is author of Ever Is a Long Time and The House at the End of the Road. He has also contributed articles and reviews to the Chicago Tribune, Preservation, The Hedgehog Review, The American Scholar, Time, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, The New Yorker, and NPR.

Eubanks is a recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship and has been a fellow at the New America Foundation. Eubanks lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and three children, and is currently visiting professor of Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

A Place Like Mississippi is further proof that while Mississippi is 50th in many things, when it comes to riveting, textured, literary art, we one of one, as is the genius of Ralph Eubanks.” —Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy: An American Memoir.