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In Conversation with Pete Candler | A Deeper South

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In Conversation with Pete Candler  |  A Deeper South
In Conversation with Pete Candler  |  A Deeper South

Time & Location

Jul 18, 2024, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Ocean Springs, 510 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS 39564, USA

About The Event

WAMA Director Julian Rankin moderates a conversation and presentation with author and photographer Pete Candler, whose book, A Deeper South: The Beauty, Mystery, and Sorrow of the Southern Road, investigates the complexity and magnetism of the Southern landscape. Free admission; books available for purchase.


In A Deeper South: The Beauty, Mystery, and Sorrow of the Southern Road, Pete Candler offers a travel narrative drawn from twenty-five years of road-tripping through the backroads of the American South. Featuring Candler's own photography, the book taps into the public imagination and the process of both remembering and forgetting that define our collective memory of place. Candler, who belongs to one of Georgia's most recognizable families, confronts the uncomfortable truths of his own ancestors' roles in the South's legacy of white supremacy with a masterful mix of authority and a humbling sense that his own journey of unforgetting and recovering has only just begun.  With the wit of a Southern storyteller and the eye of a photographer, Candler takes the reader on a journey that spans two continents, six states, and countless miles of asphalt. Along the way, we meet the "galaxy's no. 1 Elvis fan," stop to ponder roadside markers and small-town monuments, and contemplate what makes the South both distinct from, and emblematic of, the nation of which it is a part. The stories that he uncovers can only be found off the beaten path, away from the curated tourist experiences and mass culture located near the interstate exit ramp. A Deeper South is about Candler's journeys to see the South and understand it, and he invites us to ride along.


"A beautifully crafted journey through the past and current South that will interest Southerners and readers curious about the region and its history.”

Library Journal

"Part history, part memoir, and part self-discovery, Candler calls on us to face the demons of our past so that we can truly appreciate the region we call home.”

—Karen L. Cox, author of Dreaming of Dixie: How the South Was Created in American Popular Culture  

"Candler explores the truth hidden behind the romance of place and digs deep to seek out harsh truths that have been silenced, overlooked, or obscured by willful blindness. This is a book that will help foster a new way of seeing the South.”

—W. Ralph Eubanks, author of A Place Like Mississippi: A Journey Through a Real and Imagined Literary Landscape. 

 "A beautifully conceived and executed piece of historical reclamation.”

—Margaret Edds, former reporter, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, and author of What the Eyes Can't See: Ralph Northam, Black Resolve, and a Racial Reckoning in Virginia  

"A righteous plumbing of suppressed family histories, a vigorous exorcism of the myths and willful ignorance that trouble the land of his birth, A Deeper South blazes a path through the nostalgia thicket for readers who want to make sense of their inheritances. Candler writes with indignation and empathy, showing us a better way to see the South so that we can better love any place we call home.”

—John T. Edge, author of The Potlikker Papers and host of TrueSouth

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