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Topograph: New Writing from the Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond

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Topograph surveys the literary landscapes that have emerged in recent decades, exploding tarnished ideas about Southern fiction. For anyone interested in the latest writing trends, this collection offers a broad spectrum of styles including formally innovative essays, adventurous flash fiction, and minimalist poetry, alongside more traditional storytelling and memorable tr

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Paperback, 234 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Novello Festival Press
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Jeff Jackson
May 09, 2011 Jeff Jackson rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I edited this so take the rating w/the requisite grain of salt. But I do want to mention that the book includes new and exclusive work from John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats, Blake Butler, Scott McClanahan, Jack Pendarvis, Andrew Ervin, Frank Lentricchia, Sally Keith, Jon Pineda, and Alan Michael Parker. Plus amazing pieces from new writers you may not know: Alec Neidenthal, Megan McShea, Maryke Burger, Amy Bagwell, and Jody McAuliffe. All the proceeds from the book help the ailing library sy ...more
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Feb 18, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
The latest (and apparently last) book from Novello Press is a collection of short stories from the American South. Thankfully, you won't find any nostalgic reminiscences about the "good old days" of segregated lunch counters, free labor, and forced politesse. There's not even a single ode to grandma's old scrap bag. Instead, Topograph is a reflection of the 21st century South, to which writers have often emigrated from states outside the Confederacy.

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Jeff Jackson's first novel "Mira Corpora" was published by Two Dollar Radio in 2013. It was a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The novel received advanced praise from Don DeLillo, Dennis Cooper, David Gates, and Justin Taylor and positive reviews from the Wall Street Journal, Bookforum, HTMLGiant, and Vice. His short fiction has been featured in Guernica, The Collagist, the anthology ...more
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