Saturday, November 7, The Thacker Mountain Radio Hour welcomes back author George Singleton upon the release of his collected stories, You Want More – Selected Stories along with alt-bluegrass poets, The Snarlin Yarns.
Hosts: Jim Dees and our house band, the Yalobushwhackers
Saturday. Nov. 7 – 7pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting
9pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio
Thursdays 6pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi
Fridays 9am (CT) WYXR Memphis Community Radio
George Singleton’s latest book is the story collection You Want More – Selected Stories from Hub City Press.
These thirty stories, collected for the first time, span 20 years and eight collections from one of the South’s best known and most acclaimed short story writers. Singleton’s recent story collections include Staff Picks, Calloustown, Stray Decorum and Between Wrecks.
You Want More has earned starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.
Publisher’s Weekly, calling Singleton a “Southern literary master,” said, “this smashing collection combines satire, tragicomic premises, and small-town South Carolina locales.”
Kirkus wrote that “Singleton has Charles Portis’ gift for writing a satire both ruthless and lined always with affection.”
Singleton himself says, “In a perfect world, if I could ever write a perfect short story, this is what I would want: For someone to go, ‘Man, that made me laugh, it made me cry a little bit and it makes me understand why my neighbor acts the way she does.’”
Ogden, Utah’s The Snarlin Yarns, an alt-bluegrass and improv poetry quartet, have released their debut CD, Break Your Heart, recorded at Dial Back Sound in Water Valley, Mississippi. The band has also released the singles, Captiva and Eye on Me.
The group’s songs are known for their lyrics, narratives and literary flights of whimsy. The album’s tangled narratives encompass office romances, creation myths, debauched lumber barons, seventeen-year cicadas, the apocalypse, pharmacy girls, and “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”
Tunes are highlighted by poet and “linguistic contortionist” Abraham Smith’s fully improvised spoken-word passages.