Daylight Books (October 2022)
(signed copies sold out)
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.
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.