SOUTH-What it means to be here in heart or in spirit

Foreword by Patti Callahan Henry

The South. It’s more than just a direction. Some say it’s the climate; others say it’s the landscape, the food, or its state of mind. Most agree, it’s simply the people. Southerners are natural born narrators, experts at telling unforgettable stories that collectively merge the charm of the Old South with the verve of the New South. The region is majestic and no matter the degree of diversity, people far and wide rejoice in the South’s beauty, simplicity, and grace.

SOUTH is a compilation of 50 essays and a portfolio of defining photography by 21 photographers in a stunning coffee-table edition that will harvest an emotional Southern craving, whether you’re from here, moved here, or just stopped in for a visit. Through words and images, SOUTH features compositions from inspiring people who have made differences in their communities, role models for the classy, New South. Each essay and photo is distinctive of the contributor’s region, state, or hometown, stretching from the Bayou of Louisiana to North Carolina’s Appalachian Trail.

SOUTH is a celebration of heritage and a treasure for future generations, a commemorative heirloom of Southern culture.

SOUTH features 50 emotional essays from notable musicians, athletes, journalists, writers, business leaders, artists, actors, clergy, chefs and more.

Author & Contributors
50 Characters of Note (The Essayists)
Amanda Baker, Actress, Los Angeles, CA
Becca Barnet, Artistic Taxidermist, Charleston, SC
Bryan Batt, Broadway, Film, Television Actor, New Orleans, LA
Kathryn Stripling Byer, Former Poet Laureate, NC
James Carville, Political Commentator, New Orleans, LA
Pat Conroy, Author, Beaufort, SC
Eustace Conway, Conservationist, Boone, NC
Holly Curcio, Former Kentucky Derby Princess, Hilton Head, SC
Dallas Davidson, ACM Songwriter of the Year, Nashville, TN
Margaret Evans, Editor, Beaufort, SC
Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY
Joseph A. Fry, PhD., Professor, Southern History, Las Vegas, NV
George Gatewood, Owner, Longwood Antique Woods, Lexington, KY
Jeffery W. George, The Nashville Road King, Nashville, TN
Malcolm Goodridge, Retired VP, American Express, Beaufort, SC
Chef Rusty Hamlin, Zac Brown’s Eat & Greets, Atkins Park, Atl., GA
Arthur Boyd Hancock IV, Thoroughbred Breeder, Paris, KY
Mike Harmon, Director of Golf, Secession Golf Club, Beaufort, SC
Chef Chris Hastings, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL
Steve Hein, Founder, Center for Wildlife Education, GSU
Patti Callahan Henry, Author, Birmingham, AL
Jim Irvin, Co-Founder of Firefly Distillery, Wadmalaw, SC
Wayne Jackson, Co-Founder, Memphis Horns, Memphis, TN
Coco Jones, Actress, Lebanon, TN
Naomi Judd, Country Music Artist, Nashville, TN
Libby Lane, Leather Handbag Designer, Bushland, TX
Jesse Langlais, Banjo Player, Town Mountain, Asheville, NC
Elizabeth Locke, Jewelry Designer, Beaufort, SC
Andie MacDowell, Actress, Model, Missoula, MT
Jimbo Mathus, Singer-songwriter, Taylor, MS
Ben Moise, Retired Game Warden, SCDNR, Author, Charleston, SC
Mary Alice Monroe, Author, Isle of Palms, SC
Sandy Moret, Owner, Florida Keys Outfitters, Islamorada, FL
Andrew Pearson, Dean, Cathedral Church of the Advent, AL
Dr. Bill Perry, Pastor Emeritus, Statesboro, GA
Roger Pinckney, Author, Daufuskie Island, SC
Ashley Rhodes, Event Planner, Bluffton, SC
Reese Rowland, FAIA, Architect, Little Rock, AR
Mark Sage, Antiques Dealer, Atlanta, GA
Rob Samuels, COO, Maker’s Mark, Loretto, KY
Capt. Tuck Scott, Orvis Endorsed Guide, Beaufort, SC
Dr. Marlena Smalls, Singer, Beaufort, SC
Southern Hospitality BBQ, New York, NY
Bill Thomason, President & CEO, Keeneland, Lexington, KY
Mark Thompson, The Mark & Brian Show, Lake Norman, NC
Milledge Webb, Former USMC, Beaufort, SC
Marjory Heath Wentworth, Poet Laureate, SC
And, 21 Noteworthy Characters
(The Photographers)
Marge Agin
Danielle Bordelon
Max Collins
Jim Crotty
Angie Davis
Don Davis
Joseph De Sciose
Janet Garrity
Eric Horan
Drew Knowles
Martha Lawrence
Glenn Michaels
Betty Parker
Karen M. Peluso
Catherine P. Smith
Tim Sayer
Mark Shaffer
Bobby Shiflet
Jeff Stager
Marci Tressel
Emily Webb

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