Frye Gaillard has recently had the privilege of contributing to two different books featuring the work of good friends. Gaillard edited and wrote the introduction for The Poetry of Faith: Sermons Preached in a Southern Church by Steven Dill, who is one of the South’s most distinguished ministers. Released in April 2013, The Poetry of Faith features twenty of Dill’s meditations, beginning with “a Christian apology for slavery,” which he was asked to deliver to an African-American congregation in Alabama. “The poetry of Dill’s preaching,” Gaillard wrote in the book’s introduction, “caught the quick of my imagination and quietly, inevitably made me think.” In addition, Gaillard wrote a companion essay for renowned photographer Don Stukey’s collection, This Old Wheel Will Roll Around Again: A Pictorial History of the South, 1950-1990. Sturkey, former Southern Photographer of the Year during his time at the Charlotte Observer, recently donated his catalogue of photographs to the University of North Carolina’s Wilson Library in Chapel Hill. The library in turn commissioned Gaillard to write an essay for this book, which features some of Sturkey’s strongest images. “Don Sturkey is the best of the best,” said Gaillard. “What an honor to write this ‘verbal illustration’ for his photographs.”
Frye Gaillard’s latest book from NewSouth Books offers a reader’s tribute to the writings that enriched and altered his life. In a series of carefully crafted, often deeply personal essays, Gaillard blends memoir, history and critical analysis to explore the works of Harper Lee, Anne Frank, James Baldwin, Robert Penn Warren, John Steinbeck, and many others. As this heartfelt reminiscence makes clear, the books that chose Frye Gaillard shaped him like an extended family. Reading The Books That Mattered will make you study your own shelves to find clues into your own literary heart.
“An exuberantly written account of one writer’s leap toward understanding life’s intersection with literature.”
- Kirkus Reviews
The Quilt and the Poetry of Alabama Music, by Frye Gaillard and Kathryn Scheldt