Today, I share an interview with Julia Franks, author of Over the Plain Houses, a novel that NPR calls "A spellbinding story of witchcraft and disobedience." Over the Plain Houses is an NPR Book of the Year, Winner of the 2016 Southern Book Prize, winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award 2017, and more. Julia Franks lives in Atlanta, where she runs loosecanon.com, a web service that fosters free-choice reading in the classroom.

Learn more about Julia at http://www.juliafranks.com/ and more about Loose Canon at https://loosecanon.com/

We’ll end this show with a song I wrote inspired by Over The Plain Houses for a project by Shari Smith called Trio, which includes a book, a song, and a work of visual art. You can find out more about Shari Smith and her Trio project at shari-smith.com/ 

Julia opens her novel with "Her Kind" by Anne Sexton. Read "Her Kind" on poets.org: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/her-kind

Come to a live show! My band is playing this week, and every Wednesday at 7pm, at The Kraken, a little roadhouse outside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. My special guest this week will be writer, vocalist, and producer Martha Bassett.

Thursday, April 5th, we're excited to play my birthplace, Fayetteville North Carolina, at The Cameo Arthouse Theater. It's at 225 Hay St, Fayetteville, NC. Buy tickets here. Get more info at www.cameoarthouse.com or call (910)486-6633.

April 21 SAT / Isis Music Hall / Asheville NC / buy tickets

April 22 SUN / Bear on the Square / Dahlonega GA / mainstage schedule

Thanks for listening. Your fan,

JByrd

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Dying to Go to Heaven

I’ve been told I’m not my own.
Who will have me when I’m old?
All my choices turn to scars.   
Aren’t they mine? Aren’t they mine?

I’m not dying to go to heaven.
Is it wild up there?
If these bones have a creator,
don’t you think He made a lifetime
just long enough to bear?

A man will learn. A woman knows.
We’re no higher than the stones.
All this life comes from the dust.
Ain’t that divine? Ain’t that divine?

I’m not dying to go to heaven.
Is it wild up there?
If these bones have a creator,
don’t you think He made a lifetime
just long enough to bear?

You’re not God. You’re not lost.
You have choices. There’s a cost.
You’ve got questions on your mind.
Take your time. Take your time.

I’m not dying to go to heaven.
Is it wild up there?
If these bones have a creator,
don’t you think He made a lifetime
just long enough to bear?

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