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Bob Zellner Talks Civil Rights Activism on WKRF’s The Jim Engster Show

Friday, December 19th, 2008 by Brian Seidman

Civil rights activist Bob Zellner spoke about his new memoir The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement on December 16 with WKRF Louisiana’s Jim Engster.

In the interview on The Jim Engster Show, Bob talks about his early forays into the civil rights movement while a student at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama and his work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Bob also relates his experiences in Louisiana, including being jailed at the East Baton Rouge Parish prison for his desegregation work, the forming of his organization GROW in New Orleans, and his graduate study at Tulane University. Bob speaks with a number of callers about meeting Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, being expelled from Huntingdon for his civil rights work, and the recent presidential election of Senator Barack Obama.

Listen online to Bob Zellner on the Jim Engster Show. Bob also reads from The Wrong Side of Murder Creek on YouTube.

Bob also recently spoke with WCBM Maryland’s Maggie Pascal on Turning the Tide. He will also appear on WPOJ Portland’s Thom Hartmann Show on December 24.

The Wrong Side of Murder Creek is available directly from NewSouth Books,, or your favorite local or online book retailer.

Fall NewSouth Books Receive Publishers Weekly, Library Journal Starred Reviews

Thursday, September 25th, 2008 by Lisa Harrison

Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal for upcoming Fall 2008 titles do NewSouth Books proud. Publishers Weekly (August 18, 2008) featured The Yazoo Blues, a sequel to John Pritchard’s Junior Ray, one of Barnes & Noble’s Top Ten Sensational Debut Novels of 2005. Library Journal (August 15, 2008) featured The Wrong Side of Murder Creek by Bob Zellner with Constance Curry, a compelling memoir about Zellner’s role in the civil rights movement.

From the Publishers Weekly review:

In this insightful, laugh-out-loud follow-up to his debut novella, Junior Ray, Pritchard again indulges the profanely backwoods, occasionally backwards, voice of Mississippi “good ol’ boy” Junior Ray Loveblood. 

Between expletives and misanthropic digressions, Junior Ray reveals a lifetime of deep, unlikely friendships, even getting at an occasional truth in a humble manner that’s–as Junior Ray might put it–“as soft as a quail’s fart.”

Read the full review at the Publishers Weekly website.

From the Library Journal review:

Zellner’s memoir focuses on his experiences as a civil rights activist from 1960 to 1967. He tells a story that is sometimes horrific, always interesting, and ultimately inspirational about a white Southerner’s commitment to racial justice. 

Read the full review at the Library Journal website.

The Yazoo Blues and The Wrong Side of Murder Creek are both available at their respective links, or from your favorite local or online book retailer.