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Southern Fiction
Southern Fiction
by Tema Stauffer

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Daylight Books (October 2022)

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Hardcover in paper over boards.
100 pages, 10x12in
37 color photographs


Foreword by Casey Cep
Essays by Lauren Rhoades and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

SOUTHERN FICTION explores the history of the American South using its literary tradition as a road map by focusing on environments that have shaped the imaginations of 20th-century Southern writers. These large-format color photographs depict domestic settings, vernacular architecture, and rural landscapes that visually resonate with the history, culture, and atmosphere of the Deep South. The images capture a fascination with the beauty, mystery, and layered complexity of the South. The book includes essays by contemporary writers Casey Cep, Lauren Rhoades, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers.

Tema Stauffer is a photographer based in Asheville, North Carolina whose work examines the social, economic, and cultural landscape of American spaces. She is currently an Associate Professor of Photography at East Tennessee State University. Her work has been exhibited at Sasha Wolf, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, and Jen Bekman galleries in New York, as well as galleries and institutions internationally. In 2018, Daylight Books published a monograph of her Upstate series portraying the lingering legacy of American industrial and agricultural history in and around Hudson, New York. The book was nominated for the Unveil’d Photobook Award 2018 and the prints were exhibited at ETSU’s Reece Museum, Tracey Morgan Gallery, ilon Art Gallery, and Hudson Hall. Her work is represented by Tracey Morgan Gallery in Asheville, where her current series, Southern Fiction, was exhibited in Fall 2021. The production of this body of work received support from ETSU’s Research Development Committee through Small Grant Awards in 2019 and 2021 and Major Grant Awards in 2020 and 2022. She was also the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in 2021. Daylight Books will release her second monograph, Southern Fiction, in fall 2022.

Contributing Writers:

Casey Cep is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Lauren Rhoades is a writer and the director of grants at the Mississippi Arts Commission. Formerly, she served as director of the Eudora Welty House & Garden, a National Historic Landmark and literary house museum in Jackson. Her fiction, essays, and book reviews have been published in the Southwest Review, phoebe, StorySouth, the Mississippi Books Page, Eudora Welty Review, and elsewhere. Lauren received an MFA in creative writing from the Mississippi University for Women. She is currently at work on a memoir-in-essays.

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a novelist, poet, and essayist. Her first novel, The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois, was an Oprah’s Book Club pick; Love Songs was long-listed for the National Book Award in Fiction, included in “10 Best Books of 2021” lists for the New York Times and the Washington Post, selected as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the Kirkus Prize for Fiction, the Prize for First Novel of the Center for Fiction, and nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work: Debut. Her fifth poetry collection, The Age of Phillis, was long-listed for the National Book Award in Poetry and won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work: Poetry. A native Southerner, Jeffers now lives and teaches on the prairie, where she holds the Paul and Carol Daube Sutton Chair in English at the University of Oklahoma.

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