I saw author Lee Smith speak at this year’s SIBA Trade Show and met her this past weekend at the Southern Festival of Books. Her latest novel, Guests on Earth, releases today from Algonquin Books. The publisher has produced this video about the inspiration for Guests on Earth and Smith’s writing process. I recommend this five-minute video to anyone who loves southern literature. After watching it, I’m sure you’ll understand why I walked away from both of my brief encounters with Smith thinking about the generous and brave soul I’d just met.