We are pleased to welcome local author Alec Clayton in support of his latest book, Tupelo: A Novel.
Alec Clayton was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, an identical twin and the youngest of six children. He lived in Tupelo until he was twelve years old, at which time he moved to Hattiesburg, sixty miles from the Gulf Coast setting of his Freedom Trilogy books The Backside of Nowhere, Return to Freedom and Visual Liberties.
Alec majored in art at the University of Southern Mississippi and finished his master’s degree in painting and drawing at East Tennessee State University. His writing career began in New York City, where he edited a weekly newspaper called Everything for Everybody. He moved back to Mississippi, where he and his wife, Gabi, published Persons, a weekly newspaper, and later Mississippi Arts & Letters, a statewide literary and arts quarterly. They moved to Olympia, Washington in 1988. Alec has since been editor and writer for periodicals including The News Tribune and the Weekly Volcano in Tacoma, and Oly Arts in Olympia. He has published eight novels and a book of art criticism.
Alec’s latest novel is Tupelo, a fiction inspired by his experiences growing up in Tupelo, the adventures of being an identical twin in a small town, and the confusion of coming of age in the Deep South during the time of lunch counter sit-ins, civil rights marches and the struggles for and against integration of schools and other public institutions.
Alec and Gabi continue to live in Olympia and are the founders of Mud Flat Press.