Silas House, Southernmost
In this tender novel about judgment, courage, heartbreak, and change, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men after a flood in a small Tennessee town. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew – and risks losing everything. “An urgent and beautifully written literary thriller about a man on the run that explores themes like the pain of atonement and the necessity of reconciliation, being published at a time when understanding across cultural and political divides seems wider than ever.” – Salon.com
The Oxford American is excited to continue its 2019-2020 South Words readers series with Silas House, author of Southernmost. Moderating the discussion is OAcontributor and editor-in-chief at Sibling Rivalry Press, Seth Pennington. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and there will be a book signing after the reading. Books will be for sale onsite.
This special event is free to attend. Please reserve your RSVP tickets on this page.
Our Presenting Sponsor for South Words is the UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication, and the reading series is presented in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System’s Six Bridges Book Festival. Additional season partners include the Clinton School of Public Service, Arkansas Arts Council, Department of Arkansas Heritage, and Villa Vue at SoMa.
Silas House is the author of five novels. His book for middle-grade readers, Same Sun Here, was a finalist for the E. B. White Read-Aloud award. A frequent contributor to the New York Times and a former commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, House is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the winner of the Nautilus Award, the Appalachian Writers Association’s Book of the Year, and other honors. In Southernmost, a tender novel about judgment, courage, heartbreak, and change, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men after a flood in a small Tennessee town. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew—and risks losing everything.
Seth Pennington is editor-in-chief at Sibling Rivalry Press and is author of Tertulia, which was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Chapbook Award. He was editor of Assaracus and poetry editor of Equinox, the literary magazine of University of Arkansas-Little Rock, and has been honored as co-editor of Joy Exhaustible by the American Library Association and by the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress for his editorial, layout, and design work with SRP. He was a 2019 Open Mouth Poetry Retreat Fellow and the recipient of the Richard Stanley Cooper Literary Award for Creative Writing. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with his husband, Bryan Borland.