Jeanie Thompson, executive director of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, interviews Ace Atkins and Rheta Grimsley Johnson, two authors who will be joining 70 others at the 3rd Annual Alabama Book Festival, April 19 in Montgomery’ Old Alabama Town from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s latest book Poor Man’s Provence, chronicles her home away from home in Cajun Louisiana. Grimsley, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, is an award-winning reporter and columnist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution and has earned numerous awards for her writing, including the National Headliner Award for commentary in and Scripps Howard's Ernie Pyle Memorial Award. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and is also author of Good Grief, the authorized biography of Charles Schulz. Currently she writes a syndicated column for Kings Features Syndicate.
Ace Atkins, a native of Troy, Alabama, is the author of critically acclaimed Nick Travers crime novels, including Crossroad Blues, Leavin’ Trunk Blues, Dark End of the Street, Dirty South, and White Shadow. Atkins talks with Thompson about his new novel Wicked City, a fictionalized account of Phenix City, Alabama in the 1950s.