January Magazine contributing editor Mary Ward Menke chats with “Southern-fried Erma Bombeck” Susan Reinhardt, author of Dishing With the Kitchen Virgin, about the where the belle laughs now, the realities of Southern humor and the Pullitzer that nearly was. Says Menke:

Susan Reinhardt has been called “the Southern Belle’s answer to David Sedaris” and “a modern-day, Southern-fried Erma Bombeck or Dave Barry.”

An award-winning syndicated humor columnist and author of three books — Not Tonight, Honey: Wait ‘til I’m a Size 6 (2005); Don’t Sleep With a Bubba Unless Your Eggs are in Wheelchairs (2007); and Dishing with the Kitchen Virgin (2008) — Reinhardt says there’s no chance such praise will go to her head because, while she appreciates it, she doesn’t fully believe it.

She really should, though. Born and raised in the South, the author and journalist lives in Asheville, North Carolina. She has a knack for telling stories that make readers laugh out loud, both at her own antics — and there are plenty from which to choose — and those of the myriad colorful characters she writes about.

The full interview is here.

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