The EMRYS Experience

This past Monday, March 28th, I had the chance to read my new book alongside author Joni Tevis, who is also an author of a collection of essays. The reading took place at M. Judson bookstore, an intimate setting that felt right for the reading. Everything went smoothly — the audience was attentive, laughed appropriately, and seemed to appreciate that the past lingers in ways we can’t appreciate until we gain perspective.

I read my essay titled “The Mayor” (Chapter 11 in my book), which was timely given the political climate right now, especially back in Alabama where the governor has just been caught having an affair.

The Q&A session following the reading was great, with Joni Tevis and I asking each other questions. A surprising note, though, was that she compared me to Garrison Keillor. I’ve never seen that!

Also, I am excited to announce that the official launch party for Don’t Date Baptists will happen on April 26th at M. Judson!


After the reading

My reading at Presbyterian College was a great success and I had an incredible time sharing my stories and signing books! Pictures of the event can be found on my Media page, but I wanted to share a couple more here.

Upcoming readings will be at the public library in Bessemer, Ala., at 2 pm on April 2nd, and at YoCup in Clinton, S.C., on April 4th at 5:30 pm.


Reading at PC

This Thursday I’ll be reading essays from my collection Don’t Date Baptists and Other Warnings from my Alabama Mother at Presbyterian College. The reading is open to the public, so all can come and enjoy! The reading will take place in Harper Center Theatre at 7 pm. Afterwards, there will be a chance to ask me questions about my book or about writing in general, and copies of my book will be for sale! $10 for students, $12 otherwise. I can’t wait!

Red Dirt Press Release

Red Dirt Press just announced the release of my new book, Don’t Date Baptists and Other Warnings from my Alabama Mother, on their website! Check it out here for more info.

Here are some quotes on my book from the press release that I would like to share.

Terry tells stories that are uniquely his and at the same time collectively ours. His cast of characters will have you nodding your head and saying, “Yes…I know those people, too!” He peels back his life with mature, discerning, perceptive eyes and invites us into his growing up and home town experience. He’s a story teller who isn’t afraid to share his doubts, joys, anger, sorrows, and soul.

—Wanda Meade, writer/photographer

In Terry Barr’s essays we hear an authentic Southern voice rooted in a particular time and place: Bessemer, AL, beginning in the 1950’s. He brings to bear a historian’s delight in concrete details combined with a probing sensitivity to the psychological tensions and complexities beneath the surface of characters and events.

—Steve Beauchamp, poet

Terry Barr’s beautiful, straight from the heart writings remind us of memory’s healing power; they are evocative of places I know very well but have never been, of people with whom I’m intimately familiar but have never met. These are remarkable personal essays—funny, wistful in the right measure, smart, and heartbreaking.

—Leslie T. White, Professor of English, University of New Orleans

If you want a copy of my book, it’s available now on Amazon!