Daniel Wallace

Daniel Wallace is the author of Big Fish as well as five other novels, including his most recent, Extraordinary Adventures. He directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


A Horseback Trek Through the Mountains of North Carolina

Daniel Wallace takes to the trails on a horse with his name

In Good Spirits

On “Mixologists” and the Delight of Neighborly Drinking

Fractions, fennel pollen, and the art of a well-made cocktail

Food & Drink

Farewell, Crook’s Corner

The Chapel Hill, North Carolina, restaurant closed after nearly forty years of putting Southern food on the map. It also introduced the writer Daniel Wallace to the life—and wife—he dreamed of

Arts & Culture

Daniel Wallace Explores the Art of Mudlarking

Finding peace and pieces in Southern streams

11 Slideshow

Arts & Culture

A Southern Family Portrait

The acclaimed author of Big Fish often draws inspiration—literally—from his offbeat kin. Behold his unparalleled pedigree

S is for Southern

A Brief Guide to Southernisms

The first rule: Include canines

S is for Southern

Mosquitoes: The Scourge of the South

Coming to terms with a small but mighty enemy

14 Slideshow


Inside a Fairy-Tale Virginia Estate


Artist in Residence: Beatrix Ost’s Virginia Estate

At this fairy-tale home, magic awaits behind every door

Arts & Culture

The Stickman

Wild, whimsical, wooden—from his artwork to his home, North Carolina sculptor Patrick Dougherty’s fantastical creations bend the imagination

Arts & Culture

Southern Masters: James Lee Burke

With thirty-five novels, two Edgar Awards, and one of the most enduring characters in crime fiction, James Lee Burke is a titan among mystery writers. But maybe we should just call him a writer

City Portrait

Los Angeles, California

Finding success in the City of Dreams can be a fruitless pursuit. But for Southerners — on the silver screen and beyond — Los Angeles has long proved fertile ground

Land & Conservation

Dwight McCarter: The Tracker

During his thirty years tracking lost souls through the Smokies and beyond McCarter rescued twenty-six people, many of them children. These days he’s still in the mountains, often thinking about those he found—and the few he didn’t


Chef Vivian Howard’s Modern Farmhouse

Opening a small-town restaurant was chef Vivian Howard’s first leap of faith. Her second? The one-of-a-kind farmhouse she now calls home


The Perfect Summer: The Backyard Escape

What it’s like to own a pool

Good Dogs

Alabama’s Coon Dog Cemetery

Deep in the Alabama woods at the base of the Cumberland Mountains lies a cemetery like no other


Southern Masters: Stephen Scott Young

Nearly thirty years ago, the artist discovered his muse in the Bahamas and since then he has remained true to the people, the place––and his incredible talent


Art of the Road Trip

Getting from here to there is one thing. 
What happens in between is the great unknown


Southern Bar: The Crunkleton

A good bar feels like a secret only you know

Arts & Culture

Grainger McKoy: The Bird Artist

Feather by feather, sculptor Grainger McKoy captures the beauty of birds as few artists ever have