Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Gautreaux stories among Winter Okra Picks

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has chosen its Winter Okra Picks, books they are looking forward to reading in the coming months. Among them are “Signals: New and Selected Stories” by Tim Gautreaux, which will be released Jan. 17. The Miami Herald says of the book, “A widely celebrated novelist gives us a generous collection of exhilarating short stories, proving that he is a master of this genre as well.” Gautreaux is the author of three novels and two earlier short story collections. After teaching for 30 years at Southeastern Louisiana University, he now lives, with his wife, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The other Winter Okra Picks are:
The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis (Hogarth)
The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish (HarperCollins)
Eveningland: Stories by Michael Knight (Atlantic Monthly Press) 
Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Shadra Strickland (Chronicle)
Mercies in Disguise by Gina Kolata (St. Martin's)
My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King (Henry Holt)
One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain (University of South Carolina Press)
Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit and Whiskey by Troy Ball (Dey Street Books)
The River of Kings by Taylor Brown (St. Martin's Press)
The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers (Algonquin)
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson (St. Martin's)

Cheré Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country.” She writes Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Write her at