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2018 MISSISSIPPI BOOK FESTIVAL

August 18, 2018, marked the fourth annual Mississippi Book Festival, an expanding and highly energetic literary lawn party gracing the beautiful, oak – draped grounds and surrounding buildings of the historic Mississippi State Capitol in downtown Jackson. The first two years of the festival, I worked as a volunteer in the Author Panelist room, having the opportunity to meet the visiting authors as well as local writers scheduled to present. In 2017 and again this year, I joined other writers outside in the Authors Alley tent on Mississippi Street, bordering the south lawn of the Capitol. This was an amazing opportunity to visit with many of my readers and to meet many new ones. Lots of signed books were discussed and placed in the hands of readers that Saturday in Authors Alley. Mid-August weather in Mississippi with its 90+ degree humidity will never dampen literary spirits, and fortunately we escaped the forecasted downpour! Thank you to Holly Lange and the other organizers and supp…
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IPPY Award Winning Novelist Darden North Presents at Prestigious 29th Annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration  Novelist's Latest, "The 5 Manners of Death" Earns 2018 Fiction Award Nomination from Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Medical thriller "The 5 Manners of Death" has been nominated for the Fiction Award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Buffalo, Wyoming – How do medical thrillers and mysteries fit into the Southern Gothic literary genre? That is the exact topic WordCrafts Press and IPPY Award-winning author Darden North explored when he addressed the 29th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration held at the Natchez Mississippi Convention Center from February 22 through 24. Dr. North presented at the celebration on Saturday afternoon, February 24. "Speaking at the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration was both an honor and a challenge for me as a physician and mystery/thriller author to sh…

" Southern Gothic" Author Presentation at 29th Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration

I was honored to present as a writer at the 29th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, exploring the topic “Southern Gothic.” This time-honored tradition has a reputation as one of the South's most significant conferences devoted to literature, history, film, and culture. The event was held at the Natchez (MS) Convention Center February 22-24, 2018, and I spoke Saturday, February 24 at 3:30 pm. Most of the program was free-of-charge, and there were book signings.

How do medical thrillers and mysteries fit into the Southern Gothic literary genre? If you caught my presentation at the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, then you know the truth.
I would also like to share that my fifth novel, “The 5 Manners of Death,” was nominated for the 2018 Fiction award by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.


--- Darden 
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Be careful what you throw away

Generation Dementia by Michael  Hartnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Generation Dementia" is my fortunate introduction to Hartnett's writing, a unique style unfolded in this novel's plot, blending what the reader could at first assume is pure fantasy, but in reality is plausible fiction. Narrator and protagonist Hash reveals his own coming of age story in which his high school in Frick Village seems obsessed with garbage collection. Hash's personal involvement in the student program, Operation Pick-up Kids, shows his attempt to complete the void in his life through other people's garbage. Much of his fascination centers on the information gathered from a set of discarded and now obsolete computer floppy discs, the diary of newsman Levon Gallagher, who inspired Hash's own mother to begin her own blog. It is not until his mother's death that Hash reads his mother's musings and grows closer to her. The void she has left becomes obvious as he tries to fi…

Darden North on Blog Tour for "The Five Manners of Death"