Southern writer reads at public library

Lauren Sanchez

Avid readers of southern fiction and those interested in a new kind of writing should plan to visit Bowling Green Public Library tonight.

That’s where author Michael Morris will discuss the writing process, as well as his new book and where he draws his inspiration. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and will include a question and answer session.

Morris is the author of “A Place Called Wiregrass” and the recently released “A Slow Way Home.”

Originally from Florida, Morris said he incorporates southern culture into all of his work because it’s what he knows.

Morris said he enjoys writing about the southern way of life because it’s like no other, and he “likes trying to capture the dialect” of southern people.

“A Slow Way Home” takes place in the South and tells the story of a boy named Brandon who is in the middle of a custody battle between his mother and his grandparents. Morris said he drew inspiration for the novel from a 1998 court battle.

“I was in the process of writing my first novel,” Morris said, “when the Supreme Court looked at a case regarding the custodial rights of grandparents. I had been wanting to write about it – that’s what spurred the idea.”

Morris said everyone can relate to the book, especially those who have a close relationship with their grandparents. He treasures the closeness he had with his grandparents.

This will be Morris’ first visit to Bowling Green. He was asked to come after Lisa Rice, assistant director of the library, saw him read at a book fair in Nashville.

“He read from ‘Wiregrass’ and I absolutely loved it,” Rice said.

When “A Slow Way Home” was released in October, Rice read it and knew she had to invite him to Bowling Green.

“It’s a great book,” she said. “I just re-read it a week ago and it was just as good the second time.”

Rice said she enjoys Morris’ writing because he writes about situations that real people can relate to.

“A Slow Way Home” was named one of the Best Novels of 2003 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Following the reading and discussion, fans will be able to meet Morris. The event is scheduled to end at 8 p.m.

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