Behind the Scenes — News — Book Tour
Reading in Sanibel Island, Wednesday March 13, 2013. To know more, click here
Listen to my radio and television interviews...
The French translation is published in Paris, April 5, 2012: click here
Read a literary academic review of The Dry Geass of August — click here
Listen to Chapter 1 read by Anna Jean Mayhew:
Awarding Ceremony of the Sir Walter Raleigh Award took place downtown Raleigh November 18, 2011 — read the story here
Public Reading can help the poor and people in need — read the story here
An odd exchange
I arrived at a bookstore for a reading recently, and a customer standing at the front counter looked up as I walked in. She said to me, "You look smaller in your picture." I said, "Okay." Then she said, "I don't like your book." I said, "Okay." Then she said, "I didn't like what you did to Mary." I finally recovered my equanimity and asked her, "Would you recommend my book to someone else?" She said, "Sure, I'm buying four copies for you to sign." That's the weirdest exchange I've had thus far on my tour. — May 23, 2011
The shortest email (July 11, 2011)
I have a small bookcase although I am an avid reader. Your book will go into my bookcase.
A hilarious praise (November 4, 2011)
Received by my son, Scott:
Scott, I don't know whom to blame, you or your mom Anna Jean Mayhew. You for suggesting her book, or her, for writing the book. I am on my honeymoon and my wife, who is reading The Dry Grass of August, is ignoring me because she just can't put the book down. Thanks again!
I got the look! (February 16, 2012)
On my way to the Southern Voices Conference, at security today at RDU (Raleigh-Durham International Airport), a nice guy takes my drivers license, checks it, me, it, then asks, "Are you an artist?" I said, "Yes! I'm a writer... how did you know?" He handed me back my license and said, "You got the look." Yippee, I've been profiled!
A.J. Mayhew's first reading — Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC, March 29, 2011. For more information, click here
I'm in good company...
Miami Herald, May 29, 2011 — Lee Smith answers the question: "What are you reading now?"
“I have been just knocked out recently by two new novels about race, racism and denial in the American South. Lyrical and powerful, The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin tells the tale of a Klansman’s daughter in Civil Rights-era Mississippi and what she witnesses one hot summer. In The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew, Jubie Watts, a white teenager, leaves Charlotte, N.C., in 1954 with her family and their black maid for a Florida vacation that turns into tragedy. Both great reads, perfect for book groups.” — May 29, 2011 — Lee Smith, author of Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, now out in paperback
An example of the thank-you notes I am getting:
“Thank you for a wonderful read! Just finished in the wee hours, tears raining on my pajamas. I plan to recommend this book to all of my friends. As a mother of tween/teen readers, I can't tell you how thrilled I am to find a book so well written, one that I can donate to their small school library that is not imbued with vampires, drugs and teen promiscuity. We listened to Mildred Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry in the car, and your book reminds me of her classic literary style. I was thrilled to see you are already writing another one, and I am eager to travel where your pen will lead. What an incredible inspiration you are to me and to both of my girls. Keep up the good work. With Sincerest Gratitude.”
Have a look — A Blast from the Past — Previous stops on my book tour...