In 76 year old murder case, author Kendall Bell puts reader on jury for new ‘trial’

New nonfiction book 'Triple Tragedy in Alcolu' by Kendall Bell
New nonfiction book ‘Triple Tragedy in Alcolu’ by Kendall Bell

If you grew up in South Carolina in the 1950s, chances are you’d eventually hear someone mention the case of George Stinney, Jr. Depending on the context of the conversation, you’d hear one of two things.

The 14 year old black teen executed for the horrific murder of 11 year old Betty June Binnicker was truly guilty and justice was served.

The 14 year old black teen was railroaded, pure and simple, and there’s no other way to see it.

A new book by Kendall Bell, Triple Tragedy in Alcolu, is out, and instead of hyperbole and innuendo, the author takes a neutral approach to his subject matter.
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Jennifer Reeser’s ‘Indigenous’ collection puts majority of other poets to shame

I knew what to expect from the poems of Jennifer Reeser in her new collection Indigenous. I knew I’d get what I’d gotten every time I read her poetry. Brilliance. This woman who speaks a number of languages, including Russian, French, and more than one Native American language, simply put, puts the majority of US poets to shame. Don’t believe me? Continue reading “Jennifer Reeser’s ‘Indigenous’ collection puts majority of other poets to shame”

From pogonip to Leap Day, TOFA is full of surprises and tips

The Old Farmer's Almanac 2020 photo by Indie Art South
Photo: Indie Art South

In today’s digital world, a publication enduring for 228 years is a thing of wonder. If you dive into the pages of The Old Farmer’s Almanac 228th Anniversary Edition, you’ll see why this book has made its way to millions of homes over the years. From explaining what the word pogonip meant to American Indians to little known facts about Leap Day in the leap year of 2020, TOFA has you covered. Continue reading “From pogonip to Leap Day, TOFA is full of surprises and tips”

Mystery-romance indie novel ‘Derelict’ added to Arts Market

Derelict by Rebecca Day
Image of ‘Derelict’ book cover courtesy of author.

The new mystery-romance novel ‘Derelict’ has been added to the Arts Market at Indie Art South as we continue to add items that readers might like. This novel was written by Rebecca Day, songwriter and frontwoman for The Crazy Daysies. Rebecca, as many readers already know, is my daughter.

The novel that surprised me is now surprising her. Why? Continue reading “Mystery-romance indie novel ‘Derelict’ added to Arts Market”

Revisiting a classic: Shirer’s work on The Third Reich

Nazi Youth with their first flag. From US Library of Congress
Nazi Youth with their first flag. From US Library of Congress; sometimes between 1923-1933.

Pt. 1

How much do you really know about the Nazis?

I was born in the aftermath of World War II, and there were so many of us born in hope after the great despair of the war, my generation acquired the now derogatory label ‘boomers’. It stands to reason that I would be very interested in that war, in what caused it, and why it mattered so much that we named it a world war after declaring the first World War would end all wars. I grew up hearing stories of oil cloth placed over windows when sirens would sound the alarm, and of ration cards for gas and sugar. I still have some of those ration cards.

Those are some reasons I am writing about my revisit of William L. Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. There’s another more immediate reason, though. Continue reading “Revisiting a classic: Shirer’s work on The Third Reich”