100+ Southern Writers

The list starts with author and then a good starter title.

  • Dorothy Allison -- Bastard Out of Carolina
  • Mary Kay Andrews -- Savannah Blues
  • Tina McElroy Ansa -- The Hand I Fan With
  • Lois Battle -- The Florabama Ladies’ Auxiliary & Sewing Circle
  • Wendell Berry -- Jayber Crow
  • Rick Bragg -- All Over But the Shoutin’ (B)
  • Jeanne Braselton -- A False Sense of Well Being
  • Larry Brown -- Joe
  • Olive Ann Burns -- Cold Sassy Tree
  • Fred Chappell -- I Am One of You Forever
  • Mark Childress -- Crazy in Alabama
  • Kate Chopin -- The Awakening
  • Pearl Cleage -- Babylon Sisters
  • Pat Conroy -- The Water Is Wide
  • Robert Dalby -- Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly
  • Pat Cunningham Devoto -- The Summer We Got Saved
  • James Dickey -- Deliverance
  • John Dufresne -- Louisiana Power and Light
  • Pamela Duncan -- Moon Women
  • Tony Earley -- Jim the Boy
  • Clyde Edgerton -- Walking Across Egypt
  • Ralph Ellison -- Invisible Man
  • William Faulkner -- As I Lay Dying
  • Fannie Flagg -- Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe
  • Shelby Foote -- Shiloh
  • Connie May Fowler -- Before Women Had Wings
  • Dorothea Benton Frank -- Sullivan’s Island
  • Tom Franklin -- Hell at the Breach
  • Charles Frazier -- Cold Mountain
  • Ernest J. Gaines -- A Lesson Before Dying
  • Tim Gautreaux -- The Clearing
  • William Gay -- The Long Home
  • Kaye Gibbons -- Ellen Foster
  • Ellen Gilchrist -- I, Rhoda Manning, Go Hunting with My Daddy & Other Stories
  • Karin Gillespie -- Bet Your Bottom Dollar
  • Ellen Glasgow -- The Romantic Comedians
  • Gail Godwin -- A Mother and Two Daughters
  • Jim Grimsley -- Winter Birds
  • Allan Gurganus -- The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
  • Beth Henley -- Crimes of the Heart (play)
  • Patti Callahan Henry -- When Light Breaks
  • Carl Hiaasen -- Tourist Season
  • Home Hickam -- Rocket Boys (B)
  • Cathy Holton -- Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes
  • Silas House -- Clay’s Quilt
  • Josephine Humphreys -- Rich in Love
  • Zora Neale Hurston -- Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Joshilyn Jackson -- Gods in Alabama
  • Paulette Jiles -- Stormy Weather
  • Edward P. Jones -- The Known World
  • Jan Karon -- At Home in Mitford
  • Terry Kay -- To Dance with the White Dog
  • Francis Parkinson Keyes -- Dinner at Antoine’s
  • Sue Monk Kidd -- The Secret Life of Bees
  • Nanci Kincaid -- As Hot as It Was You Ought to Thank Me
  • Cassandra King -- The Same Sweet Girls
  • Harper Lee -- To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Michael Malone -- Handling Sin
  • Charles Martin -- When Crickets Cry
  • Bobbie Ann Mason -- In Country
  • Jill McCorkle -- Ferris Beach
  • Sharyn McCrumb -- If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O
  • Carson McCullers -- The Member of the Wedding
  • Tim McLaurin -- Keeper of the Moon (B)
  • Larry McMurtry -- The Last Picture Show
  • Joan Medlicott -- The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love
  • Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
  • Mary Alice Monroe -- The Beach House
  • Robert Morgan -- Gap Creek
  • Willie Morris -- North toward Home (B)
  • Flannery O’Connor -- A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
  • David Payne -- Early from the Dance
  • T. R. Pearson -- A Short History of a Small Place
  • Walker Percy -- The Second Coming
  • Katherine Anne Porter -- Pale Horse, Pale Rider
  • Eugenia Price -- Lighthouse
  • Reynolds Price -- Kate Vaideb
  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings -- Cross Creek (B)
  • Sheri Reynolds  -- The Rapture of Canaan
  • Ann B. Ross -- Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind
  • Gwyn Hyman Rubio -- Icy Sparks
  • Ferrol Sams -- Run with the Horsemen
  • Mary Lee Settle -- O Beulah Land
  • Louise Shaffer -- The Three Miss Margarets
  • Anne Rivers Siddons -- Homeplace
  • George Singleton -- Drowning in Gruel
  • Lee Smith -- Fair and Tender Ladies
  • Nicholas Sparks -- A Walk to Remember
  • William Styron -- A Tidewater Morning
  • Lalita Tademy -- Cane River
  • Peter Taylor -- A Summons to Memphis
  • Adriana Trigiani -- Big Stone Gap
  • Augusta Trobaugh -- Resting in the Bosom of the Lamb
  • Alice Walker -- The Color Purple
  • Paula Wall -- The Rock Orchard
  • Daniel Wallace -- Big Fish
  • Ashley Warlick -- Seek the Living
  • Robert Penn Warren -- All the King’s Men
  • Ken Wells -- Meely LaBauve
  • Rebecca Wells -- Little Altars Everywhere
  • Eudora Welty -- The Ponder Heart
  • Michael Lee West -- Crazy Ladies
  • Bailey White -- Mama Makes Up Her Mind and Other Dangers of Southern Living(NF)
  • Karen White -- Falling Home
  • James Wilcox -- Hunk City
  • Tennessee Williams -- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (play)
  • Thomas Wolfe -- Look Homeward Angel
  • Daniel Woodrell -- Winter’s Bone
  • Steve Yarbrough -- Prisoners of War