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Literary Dogs & Their South Carolina Writers

John Lane and Betsy Wakefield Teter, editors

Hub City Press
$19.95 paperback with flaps
9 x 7
140 pages
November 2012 

Why do writers love dogs? Not always for the same reasons as the rest of us do. Dorothea Benton Frank’s dog Henry teaches her about self-righteous indignation every time she leaves on a book tour. Ron Rash learns to appreciate his misanthropic mutt Pepper after he bites his daughter’s suitor. For Tommy Hays the dog is something not even a psychic can separate from the family. For some writers, such as Mary Alice Monroe, a Bernese mountain dog arrives via Swiss Air. For George Singleton, they just wander into his yard.

The connection between dogs and humans in the geographic region known as South Carolina goes back over 10,000 years. There’s even a wild dog in the Lowcountry known as the Carolina dog, whose ancestors may have accompanied the first Americans across the Bering ice bridge.

In Literary Dogs & Their South Carolina Writers, 25 of the Palmetto State’s most beloved authors introduce you to their most memorable dogs. There is Padgett Powell’s “Ode to Spode,” Josephine Humphrey’s paean to a poodle, and Roger Pinckney’s Daufuskie Dog-ageddon. From bird dogs to bad dogs, wild dogs to café dogs, get to know these canines and their literary companions.


  • Elise Blackwell
  • Marshall Chapman
  • Christopher Dickey
  • Lou Dischler
  • Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Mindy Friddle
  • Andrew Geyer
  • Beth Webb Hart 
  • Tommy Hays
  • Josephine Humphreys
  • Dot Jackson
  • Dinah Johnson
  • Drew Lanham
  • Melinda Long
  • Janna McMahan
  • Mary Alice Monroe
  • Kate Salley Palmer
  • Roger Pinckney 
  • Mark Powell
  • Padgett Powell
  • Ron Rash
  • Glenis Redmond
  • Nicole Seitz
  • George Singleton
  • Marjory Wentworth