Frye Gaillard, writer in residence at the University of South Alabama, with a joint appointment from the Departments of Communication and English, is a Mobile native and the author of more than 20 books. Gaillard, former Southern Editor at the Charlotte Observer, has written extensively about Southern race relations, politics, religion, and culture. Among his award-winning titles are Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America, The Dream Long Deferred: The Landmark Struggle for School Desegregation in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Watermelon Wine: Remembering the Golden Years of Country Music. Gaillard’s most recent books include The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir, Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters, and a historical novel for young readers, Go South to Freedom. Gaillard has won the Lillian Smith Book Award for Southern non-fiction, the Clarence Cason Award for non-fiction, and the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for literary scholarship. His by-line has appeared in The Oxford American, The Washington Post, the Journal of American History, Parade, Outside, Sojourners, The Progressive, Alabama Heritage, Mobile Bay Magazine and numerous other publications. His wife, Dr. Nancy Gaillard, teaches in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of South Alabama.