Life & Arts
2:05 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

"Shoe Burnin'" Collects Stories of Southern Soles

It started one night with a box of shoes. 

Some Alabama artists ran out of firewood and, they surmised, a box of shoes seemed an appropriate enough substitute for traditional kindling. So began the first shoe burning — a well-kept Southern literary tradition of telling stories for each sole burned.  

In Shoe Burnin': Stories of Southern Soul over a dozen authors and songwriters collected their tales in a combination of musical and literary sojourns.

KUT's David Brown spoke with Shari Smith and Chuck Cannon, two writers who contributed to the book.