The University of Arkansas Press Author Showcase series continues on Tuesday, August 9 at 6:00pm in the Fayetteville Public Library. This quarterly series is designed to showcase the amazing talent that the University of Arkansas Press publishes each year.
Professor Brooks Blevins discusses the new book, Back Yonder, which spotlights the classic Ozark writer Charles Wayman Hogue. This is the first book in the Chronicles of the Ozarks series, which aims to make classic Arkansasan works available to modern readers.
Hogue’s stories of growing up in the Ozarks were widely acclaimed and the New York Times said he could “brilliantly illuminate mountain life to its very heart and in its most profound aspects.” Back Yonder is a memoir of rural life in Arkansas during the post-Civil War era that shows a family making its way in rugged, impoverished, and sometimes violent place.
Brooks Blevins, who provides the introduction to the book, is a native of the Arkansas Ozarks and is the Noel Boyd Professor Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University. His books include Ozark favorites such as Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol’ Boys Defined a State; Hill Folks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers, and Their Image; and, Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South.
Books will be available to purchase at the event.