Bard of the South: Sept. Newsletter

A Southern Missive:

Bardofthesouth.com  Issue Date: Sept 2013

A Southern Missive: Containing special news, interviews, reviews, and articles, written by Rickey E. Pittman—award-winning author, storyteller, college writing instructor, folksinger, and songwriter.

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About the Bard of the South:  Rickey E. Pittman

Read his complete bio here:

IN THIS ISSUE:  Civil War Fiction

Books about the Civil War continue to be churned out. I think the War Between the States must be one of the most popular topics to write about. Through the years, I’ve managed to build up a respectable library on the War. I’m working on a book for one of my publishers, Booklocker, on how to write about the Civil War. This book is on the list of my future projects, and as soon as I get a lot of rat killing done, I can see to it.

As an English teacher for both the high school and college levels, I’ve read and taught many books about the Civil War that are in the genre of fiction. If you’re a teacher, or just one who is interested in reading good Civil War fiction, here’s a list of those books with a few comments.

Read the whole story here:

Previous columns are here:

August 2013 http://www.bardofthesouth.com/?p=2121

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Stories of the Confederate South:

A Review by Cassie A Barrow.

t is essential in today’s society to have books that tell the story of the Confederacy to a younger audience. To do so successfully, the writer must be witty, entertaining, yet relate the truth about the time period, even in fiction.  Stories of the Confederate South is such a book that has a menagerie of different accounts pertaining to the War Between the States. This publication is perfect for middle school-aged children . . .

Read the whole review here:

You can order Stories of the Confederate South here:

Email rickeyp@bayou.com and receive a free study guide for Stories of the Confederate South by Rickey E. Pittman!

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Costumed Storytelling, Music, and Author Events

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Book the Bard of the South for your school, library, organization, festival, church, banquet or other event. His positive, energetic presentation of stories and songs are sure to delight and edify those in attendance.  His rates are reasonable and he pays his own travel and lodging expenses.  Last year, he made 143 presentations, so book soon as his calendar is filling up quickly.  You can see a list of some of the venues he’s been a part of here:

Contact information:

Rickey E. Pittman

Cell 318-547-2906

Email: mailto:rickeyp@bayou.com

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This Month’s Short Story:  

The Heart Is Not Made of Bone—Krio Proverb

I was sent to Freetown, Sierra Leone by the Dallas Morning News to write a story on the nation’s recovery after its bloody civil war.  One night I went to Paddy’s Bar and Chinese Restaurant. Paddy’s was a favorite haunt of Westerners and had a reputation for being a place where Africa met the world. The food was good, the drinks affordable, and usually the bar was crowded to capacity. I had made an appointment to meet with Father Ambrose, a priest whose mission and village in the northern district was overrun by RUF soldiers. I knew it would not be a pretty story—there were no pretty stories coming out of Sierra Leone—but I hoped it would give me insight into the soul and hearts of the nation’s people. My first question was: “What is the most important truth you’ve learned from your experience?”  He sipped on his Scotch, then answered: “I learned that the heart is not made of bone.”  Father Ambrose and I talked and drank long into the night. His bandaged right hand rested on the bar, a reminder of a night he and many others would never forget. Here is the story he gave me that I submitted to my editor. It was never published . . .

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Read the whole story here:

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Whispers, Warnings, and Links I like

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Soon, I’ll have a whole newsletter devoted to the Rio Grande Valley, but if you’re interested in Border news, I’d suggest you check out Sylvia Longmire’s bloghere:

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You can visit my calendar on my website to see my schedule.  If in your area, I’ll be happy to meet you and help you in any way I can.

Coming Soon: A children’s picture book: Ariel: Therapy Dog of the Rio Grande Valley (Sarah Pub.) by Rickey E. Pittman and Norlene Chamberlain.  Pittman has written a song about this real-life standard French poodle. You can preview the song here:

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Interesting Civil War Fact: Did you know that in the War Between the States, merchants who followed the troops as they marched and sold them goods they couldn’t obtain from the local quartermaster were called sutlers.  At every Civil War reenactment today, you will still find merchants who call themselves sutlers.

The National Civil War Association says this about them: During the Civil War, sutlers followed the armies, camping right up alongside them.  They provided invaluable support to the soldiers by selling clothing, food and tinwear along with other dry goods.

Today sutlers are no less important as they were then, not only providing much of the supplies needed but by their presence creating the most realistic re-enactments possible for not only our enjoyment but the public as well.

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