Holiday Book Signing at Lemuria

Tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 13, Jane Rule Burdine will be signing copies of Delta Deep Down at Lemuria. The signing will begin at 11 a.m.

Delta Deep Down is a collection of Burdine's photos that capture the land, people, and ever-present spirits of the Mississippi Delta. This book was edited by Wendy McDaris and includes an introduction by Indianola native Steve Yarbrough.

Delta Deep Down makes an excellent Christmas gift for anyone on your list.

This book is featured in the Portfolio section of the Chronicle Review (subscription required) this week.

Washington County, 1988 by Jane Rule Burdine

The image that Jane Rule's book both begins and ends on is haunting precisely because it captures the past that's always lurking within the Delta's present. There is something surreal, almost Kafkaesque on display here. A farmer with his back to us drives a tractor straight ahead on a lonely dirt road. Big woods loom on the left. On the right, at the edge of a field of finger-length cotton, a gray-clad horseman moves in the opposite direction, a ghost returning to history.

--Steve Yarbrough