Sarah Glaser

Raised in the piedmont of North Carolina by unforgivably Northern parents, Sarah Glaser developed an early love of the South that was at once unconditional and honest. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was free to indulge her passion for both the written word and the Southern region, graduating with honors in English and spending two years breathlessly wandering among stacks of primary source documents while working in the university's Southern Historical Collection. Today she resides in Memphis, Tennessee, where she wallows happily in a sea of books as an assistant librarian at the Memphis Public Library, runs, writes, rock climbs, and shamelessly does everything in her power to elicit a giggle from her (adorable) one-year-old niece.

Mind, Body, and Hot Buttered Soul: The Making of Stax Records

Memphis, Tennessee

In a time and region marked by its racial discord, Memphis’s Stax Records rose in a harmonious note of Soul.

Bottling the American Spirit: The History of Bourbon Whiskey

Louisville, Kentucky

What happens when you take something as celebrated as whiskey, filter it through pure limestone, age it in caramelized oak casks, and throw in a touch of Southern magic?

Birmingham Rising: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

Birmingham, Alabama

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Jailhouse Manifesto embodies the eloquent grace and fire of the man and city it sought to represent.

Christmas Comes but Twice a Year: Old Christmas in the Outer Banks

Rodanthe, North Carolina

Visit North Carolina’s Outer Banks around the end of December, and you’ll find that Christmas comes not once a year, but twice

The Art of Southern Christmas: Part One

Ever wonder why we put citrus in our stockings? Why the Outer Banks celebrate Christmas twelve days late? Find the history behind five of the South’s most perplexing Christmas traditions here.

Syrup, Biscuits, and Basset Hounds: The Southern Food World of Jackie Garvin

Valrico, Florida

Here in the South, food is never just food, and nobody knows that better than biscuit maven Jackie Garvin.

Earnestine & Hazel’s

Memphis, Tennessee

From pharmacy to café to bordello to bar, Earnestine and Hazel’s many incarnations provide the perfect backdrop for local lore, tall tales, and good old-fashioned ghost stories.

A Story to Tell: Discovering Paducah

Paducah, Kentucky

UNESCO Creative City Paducah, Kentucky, knows the time-honored truth well: What is art if not a clever iteration of a story we need to tell?

By Air, Land, and Bea’s: Discovering Chattanooga Top to Bottom

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Whether you’re on top of Lookout Mountain, deep below in Ruby Falls Cave, or somewhere delightfully in between, there’s always something to love in Chattanooga

A Doctor, a Murder, and the Attorney General: Auburn’s Most Unlikely Story

Natchez, Mississippi

Here in the South, we love our old homes, but we sometimes forget they represent the intersection of dozens of lives—and just as many surprising stories

Where the Hearth Is: The Historic Homes of Natchez, Mississippi (Part Two)

Natchez, Mississippi

The story of the South doesn’t stop on the porch: behind the graceful curve of column and cornice, these Natchez homes have a story to tell

Beyond Mardi Gras: Festivals in New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Don’t wait for Mardi Gras to roll around once a year; there’s plenty of festival fun in New Orleans year-round