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Silas House Speaks the Truth

With the publication of his seventh novel, “Lark Ascending,” the Appalachian writer tells a riveting tale set in a frightening future, but he’s also hard at work on reckoning with — and reconciling — the conflicting facts of his mountain home.

Music and Principles

Salvation South has lots of music for you this week — and a touching story about an important value: standing by the folks who fought alongside you.

Repeatedly Almost Famous

In the late 1960s, a soul band called the Chevelles came together in Milledgeville, Georgia. By the time they graduated high school, they already had a hit record and had performed at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater. But they never got their due. Here’s their story.

Zainullah Zaki Comes to Texas

Salvation South contributor Russell Worth Parker helped write “Always Faithful,” the story of how a U.S. Marine major worked to get his Afghan translator out of the country when it fell last year. Today, the translator is building a new life in Texas with his wife and four children. (With a review of the book by J.A. Dailey)

Making Women Cry

In 2015, novelist Jonathan Odell, a Mississippi native, shared the stage with a legend of Southern literature, Pat Conroy, at Georgia’s Decatur Book Festival. In this lovely remembrance, he recalls how Conroy treated his fans like family.

Shouting, Shaking and Loving Like Family

In Salvation South’s story lineup this week, we do a deep dive into the Ring Shout — an essential piece of Southern culture. We throw in some Elvis Presley and Pat Conroy for a bonus.

Blood Memory

The Ring Shout — an ecstatic and transcendent spiritual dance rooted in West Africa — rose historically through the South as a tool of Black resistance. Today, its cultural significance and power serve the purpose of collective healing and the expression of Black joy.

Elvis Saves

How a Yankee found religion in the music of the boy from Tupelo

Digging on Willi

Musicians as exciting as Willi Carlisle come along once in a blue moon.

Willi Carlisle’s Song of Himself

“Salvation.” It’s right there in our name. It’s an elusive state attained via unexpected detours and poorly drawn maps. Willi Carlisle’s second album, “Peculiar, Missouri,” lays bare the peculiar path that this Arkansas man traveled to a place where he can see salvation waiting for him.

Jericho Road

An Episcopal priest’s poem ponders what we mean when we ask the question, “And who is my neighbor?”

Conquer the Soil

Atlanta’s Abra Lee is on a quest to recognize Black America’s greatest horticulturists.

Not Now

A short story about a North Carolina country woman who takes a bus into a better, brighter life — but one that lasts only for a day.