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While "The Help" didn't take home best picture at the Academy Awards last night, and Viola Davis's best actress award went instead to Meryl Streep, it was still a great night for the South. Octavia Spencer was recognized as best supporting actress for "The Help," thanking her family and home state of Alabama, Mississippi got plenty of nods, and a little film made in Louisiana won best animated short.

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In celebration of our Southern Literary Trail App and Southern lit in general, we're excited to kick off "Literary Fridays" every week here at Deep South. We'll be sharing glimpses into the locations featured in our app, plus literary news, websites and blogs, reading material and more that pertains to the South. We hope you'll all join in the conversation as well by commenting on posts, sharing your own literary jaunts and joining us in special, upcoming Twitter chats.

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