Tuesday, August 29th, 2006 by

John Egerton, contributor to NewSouth’s Where We Stand and author of the forthcoming Ali Dubyiah and the Forty Thieves, will appear at the Atlanta Journal Constitution Decatur Book Festival this weekend, September 2 and 3. Egerton will speak on the panel “Tricksters of the New South” with Roy Blount, Jr. and George Singleton, as well as “Writing Around the Edges of Southern Foodwaysé─¨ with John T. Edge and Marcie Cohen Ferris.

John Egerton has been a é─˙professional South-watcheré─¨ for half a century. Beginning in high school in the 1950s, through two years in the U. S. Army, five years earning two college degrees, five more as a college news bureau reporter, six as a magazine writer, and for the past thirty-five years as an independent journalist and author, he has seldom strayed far from his lifeé─˘s work: following the social and cultural, political and economic trends that forever have made the American South the unique place that it is, for better and worse. Until the publication of Ali Dubyiah and the Forty Thieves, all his published writing, including more than fifteen books, has been classified as nonfiction. He calls his new book é─˙a fable … a parable … a cautionary taleé─¨ in the genre of é─˙political science-fiction,é─¨ and he claims that he é─˙did not so much author it as synthesize it from hundreds of sources, compile it, and become by default the one to present it to the reading public. Fables doné─˘thave authors. Theyé─˘re found, heard, passed down.é─¨

Ali Dubyiah and the Forty Thieves will be available in mid-September 2006; pre-order now from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite local or online book retailer.

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