What Can’t Fannie Flagg Do?
Who is Fannie Flagg? Fannie Flagg is a lot of things. She’s a best-selling author, an accomplished actress, a comedienne, a television show host, and a former television writer and producer.
The name probably resonates more with folks of a certain generation. Some older citizens of Birmingham, AL may remember her as Patricia Neal on the Morning Show of local WBRC-TV, where she co-hosted the show throughout the 1960s. While national audiences, may recognize Fannie from her time as a staff writer and then co-host for Allen Funt’s Candid Camera in the late 1960s and 70s.
Fannie became famous for her recurring roles of television series and game shows, movies, and on-stage plays throughout the 1970s and 80s. Her acting credits include the original Broadway production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Grease, Crazy in Alabama, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, and the Match Game.
However, most folks know the name Fannie Flagg from her role as an author. And in 1987, she achieved one of her greatest successes to date, the publication of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café.
The book became an instant classic and spent 36 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Harper Lee, the native Alabama legend herself, even gave a glowing recommendation for the book.
It was a triumph only topped by her Academy Award nomination for the screenplay adaption four years later with the release of the movie Fried Green Tomatoes.
So what can’t Fannie Flagg do?
She can’t rest on her laurels.
With her new book The Whole Town’s Talking, Fannie Flagg uses her powerful storytelling chops to tell the entire history of Elmwood Springs, Mo. But don’t expect it to be the standard treatment.
Fannie’s characters are living it up in Elmwood Springs, but not all of them are alive. Using a full cast of living and dead characters, she tells the complete story of the town – with all the town gossip that entails.
The Whole Town’s Talking is a heartwarming and nostalgic story with fantastic reviews. It’s already listed in December’s sneak peak for the Indie Next List.
The book goes on sale today. And readers can pick up one of the limited autographed copies exclusively from BAM.