Mary Helen Stefaniak

Talking with the Eclectic Book Club of Omaha

March 22, 2010

Tags: book club, Cailiffs, Boykin, Spivey, Georgia

On Tuesday, March 16, after a lunch of corned beef and cabbage at the Omaha Field Club, I had the pleasure of visiting with more than sixty members of the Eclectic Book Club of Omaha. (Thank you, Jane, for the invitation!) I gave them a preview of The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia,which will be out in September, by reading a few short passages--introducing them to Miss Spivey, handsome Force Cailiff, and the ingenious Theo Boykin, smartest person in Piedmont County--and by talking about how I came to put "Baghdad" and "Georgia" together in my novel. I was surprised to meet (more…)

Selected Works

Novel
A hidden history of the South emerges when a worldly teacher leads Threestep, GA, to reinvent itself as “Baghdad.”
Hilarious and moving, a masterful debut novel about a Milwaukee immigrant family's secret history.
Short Fiction
"Every story I have ever written is in some sense an argument with Flannery O'Connor, as well as a tribute to her. This story happens to be the only one that mentions her by name."--MHS
Short stories by Nebraska writers edited by Ladette Randolph, with an introduction by Mary Pipher
Fiction (short stories)
In these nine stories, “the familiar world is both funnier and sadder than it seems.”
--Kalamazoo Gazette
Creative Non-Fiction
A rich and comprehensive collection of literary writings about the Midwest.