Write On, Mississippi!
Write On, Mississippi! Chapter 10: Casey Cep
Casey Cep is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The New Republic, among many other publications. Her first book, Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, will be published by Knopf in May of 2019.
A proud graduate of the Talbot County Public Schools, she has an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.Phil. from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Write On, Mississippi! Chapter 9: Helen Ellis
Southern ladies have a code: If you don’t have something nice to say, say something not-so-nice in a nice way. Join author Helen Ellis, a New Yorker who clings to her Alabama accent like mayonnaise to white bread, as she tells you the unvarnished truth about what you think Southern ladies mean and what they really mean when they say things like, “Bless your heart,” and “He ain’t right,” and “You don’t need to get me anything!” Subscribe and take an unforgettable journey into the inner sanctum of the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady.
Helen Ellis is the author of "American Housewife" and "Eating the Cheshire Cat." Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City. You can find her on Twitter @WhatIDoAllDay and Instagram @americanhousewife.
Write On, Mississippi! Chapter 8: Ron Nixon
Ron Nixon of Lauderdale, Mississippi, is The New York Times’s homeland security correspondent. He is based in the Washington bureau, where he covers border and aviation security, immigration, cybercrime and cyber security, transnational crime, and violent extremism.
Mr. Nixon is the author of “Selling Apartheid: Apartheid South Africa’s Global Propaganda War” (Jacana Media, June 2015). He serves as the visiting associate for Journalism and Media Studies at The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Write On, Mississippi! Chapter 7: Marshall Ramsey
Marshall Ramsey is a two-time Pulitzer Finalist (2002 and 2006). His editorial cartoons are nationally syndicated by Creators Syndicate and have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger. He is the author several successful books including three cartoon collections, two short story collections (Fried Chicken and Wine and Chainsaws and Casseroles) and the delightful children’s book Banjo’s Dream.
Write On, Mississippi! Chapter 6: Kiese Laymon
Kiese Laymon is an American writer, editor and a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. Laymon is the author of three full-length books: a novel, Long Division, and two memoirs, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America and Heavy.
Write On, Mississippi! Chapter 4: Robert St. John & Wyatt Waters
Robert St. John is the author of ten books, including three previous collaborations with watercolorist Wyatt Waters. His 11th book, A Mississippi Palate, another collaboration with Waters was released November 1st. Their book, An Italian Palate, was written in Europe while St. John, his wife, and his two children traveled through 17 countries on two continents for six months. He and Waters lead group tours to Italy twice a year.
Write On, Mississippi! Chapter 3: Salman Rushdie
Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (born 19 June 1947) is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was deemed to be "the best novel of all winners" on two separate occasions, marking the 25th and the 40th anniversary of the prize. Much of his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. He combines magical realism with historical fiction; his work is concerned with the many connections, disruptions, and migrations between Eastern and Western civilizations.
Write On, Mississippi! Chapter 2: Jon Meacham & Julia Reed
Jon Meacham is a renowned presidential historian, contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, contributing editor at TIME, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Vogue and Newsweek, where she writes the magazine's Food and Drink column. She is author of Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena and The House on First Street, My New Orleans Story.