One American novelist has come back to his roots right here in Mississippi. Author Snowden Wright was born and raised in Meridian and went to Lamar High School where he found his first love. “While there, I had the fortune of working with a lot of great teachers, especially English teachers. They really imbued me with a love of literature. That made me a veracious reader, which, I think, is the first steppingstone to any future writer,” said Wright.
After receiving his Master’s degree from Columbia University, he spent a decade in New York. Then, he decided to come home. He settled in Oxford, Mississippi where he worked on his novel, American Pop, full-time in honor of his late grandfather. It started out with a hypothetical question: What would a novel about the Kennedys be like if they made their fortune by inventing Coca-Cola? “I invented a fictional family, the Forsters, and a fictional soft drink, Panola Cola,” said Wright. I used that device in order to explore the past 100 years of American cultural history-- the ups and downs and the highs and lows and how that is reflected in the Forsters ups and downs and highs and lows.”
Wright says his time away from the South has really helped shape the writer he is today, and it makes it that much more special to be home. “For a novelist, experience is the fuel for imagination, and by meeting different kinds of people and experiencing different environments, it was really refilling the tank for my capacity as a writer.” He will be at Harry Mayer Clothier on Highway 39 on July 25th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a meet and greet and to sign copies of his novel, American Pop. It’s also available at all major book stores and Amazon. You can keep up with him on Twitter @SnowdenWright and also visit his website: www.snowdenwright.com.