Tweedy to Present Reading of Debut Novel


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 7, 2009 – Joanna Beth Tweedy will read from her new novel published by Southeast’s University Press, The Yonder Side of Sass and Texas, at 7 p.m. April 15 in Kent Library, a special event that is free and open to the public.

A combination of rural homeland, poetic prose, and humor about two unforgettable sisters from Illinois’ Shawnee hills, The Yonder Side has received praise from poets and novelists alike. 

“The prose crackles like a splash of water on a hot skillet, and there’s a surprise on every page,” says bestselling author Robert Hellenga (Sixteen Pleasures, The Fall of a Sparrow, Blues Lessons).

New York poet Patrick Carrington calls Tweedy’s debut novel, “A rollicking ride of unexpected turns, a new voice that is not to be missed.”

An ardent foreign-adventurist with home soil leanings, Tweedy, a poet and novelist, was born and raised in a foothilled fraction between the Ozarks and Appalachia. She is presently an associate dean of academic affairs at Benedictine University at Springfield, where she is also the founding editor and host of Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public Radio program in partnership with Illinois Public Radio’s hub-station, WUIS, National Public Radio member and Public Radio International affiliate.

Tweedy’s book will be on a book tour this summer. Book tour locations include New York, N.Y.; Boston, Mass.; Richmond, Va.; St. Louis, Mo.; Memphis, Tenn.; New Orleans, La.; Houston, Texas; Phoenix, Ariz.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Madison, Wis.; and Chicago, Ill.

For further information, contact the University Press at (573) 651-2044 or Susan Swartwout at (573) 651-2641.