Pete Candler's A Deeper South

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Take a Southern Journey with Pete Candler 

Moderated by Kristen Green

In A Deeper South: The Beauty, Mystery, and Sorrow of the Southern Road, Pete Candler offers a travel narrative drawn from twenty-five years of road-tripping through the backroads of the American South. Featuring Candler's own photography, the book taps into the public imagination and the process of both remembering and forgetting that define our collective memory of place. Candler, who belongs to one of Georgia's most recognizable families, confronts the uncomfortable truths of his own descendants' roles in the South's legacy of white supremacy with a masterful mix of authority and a humbling sense that his own journey of “unforgetting” and recovering has only just begun.

 

With the wit of a Southern storyteller and the eye of a photographer, Candler takes the reader on a journey that spans two continents, six states, and countless miles of asphalt. Along the way, we meet the "galaxy's no. 1 Elvis fan," stop to ponder roadside markers and small-town monuments, and contemplate what makes the South both distinct from, and emblematic of, the nation of which it is a part. The stories that he uncovers can only be found off the beaten path, away from the curated tourist experiences and mass culture located near the interstate exit ramp. A Deeper South is about Candler's journeys to see the South and understand it, and he invites us to ride along.

 
 
Pete CandlerPete Candler was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. 
He is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Bitter Southerner, Washington Post, and elsewhere.
He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
 
 
 
 
Kristen Green is a reporter and the author of the New York Times bestseller Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County, which received the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Nonfiction and the People's Choice Award. She has worked as a writer for two decades for newspapers including the Boston Globe, the San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She holds a master's in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, and lives with her husband and two daughters in Richmond, Virginia.
 
 

Event date: 

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Event address: 

10464 Ridgefield Pkwy.
Gleneagle Center
Henrico, VA 23223
A Deeper South: The Beauty, Mystery, and Sorrow of the Southern Road By Pete Candler, Rosanne Cash (Foreword by) Cover Image
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$27.99
ISBN: 9781643364797
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Published: University of South Carolina Press - May 21st, 2024

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