Announcement: Next Friday, September 7, we’ll be hosting a Twitter chat with Kathy Patrick, owner of Beauty and the Book, the only hair salon/bookstore in the world located in Jefferson, Texas. Kathy will be chatting about the new documentary “For the Love of Books,” about her annual Girlfriend Weekend and Pulpwood Queens Book Club event. Join us from 1-2 p.m. CST time on Twitter!
South on Screen
The books to film trend isn’t slowing down anytime soon, especially with the opening of “Lawless,” based on Matt Bondurant’s book “The Wettest County in the World.” We also had the pleasure of watching “Bernie,” starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey, earlier this week. Based on a Texas Monthly article titled “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,” the independent film tells the real-life story of funeral home assistant director Bernie Tiede who confessed to killing rich widow Marjorie Nugent in Carthage, Texas, in 1997. Read our full review here, but Director Richard Linklater, best know for “Dazed and Confused,” captured the small town of Carthage and its residents perfectly. “Bernie” may not have gotten the big-screen release it deserved, but it’s out on DVD now. See the trailers for both “Lawless” and “Bernie” below.
For more books to movies, check out the “My Book, The Movie” blog, where authors choose who they’d want to play their main characters. Recent entries include Padgett Powell on “You & Me,” Amy Franklin-Willis on “The Lost Saints of Tennessee” and Erika Marks on “Little Gale Gumbo.”
Literary News & Blogs
In the news this week has been Virginia bookshop Tales of the Lonesome Pine’s search for a bookshop sitter. The shop’s owners are going on an author tour for wife Wendy Welch’s October 2 release, “The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap,” and need someone to watch their shop for a few months. Interested sitters should contact them at email@example.com.
Author Kat Kennedy, who won the 2012 Faulkner Wisdom Creative Writing Competition by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society for her novella “Flamingo Funeral” is interviewed in Southern Creatives this week. Find out how Kennedy’s story came about and read an excerpt before she self-publishes her first book this fall.
Flavorwire’s got 10 Contemporary Politicians’ Favorite Books.
What We’re Reading
We’re currently screening books for our Fall/Winter Reading List, which will come out in mid-September. Here are a few that are currently on our bedside table and have a good chance of making the cut:
In the wake of Hurricane Isaac, The Atlantic has a piece on how storms got their names and how men got added to the mix in 1979.
The Oxford American‘s piece on “Why Houston is becoming a top-tier destination to eat and drink” by John T. Edge is a great primer to dining in the Texas city and also includes “Eight Sizzling Hot Trends in Southern Food.”
In case you missed it, we posted a list of Books to Read During a Hurricane earlier this week.
The Decatur Book Festival will take place in and around the Decatur, Georgia, square starting today-September 2, presenting authors Mary Kay Andrews, Meg Cabot, Mark Childress, John T. Edge, Joshilyn Jackson, Karen White and many more. See our guide of what to see and do here.
The 11th annual Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes will be held in Columbus, Mississippi, September 4-9. Special guests include Dr. Kenneth Holditch and Tony Award nominees Alison Fraser and Allison Leyton Brown, in addition to a performance of “The Rose Tattoo” and a Stella Shouting Contest. See the ad on the top right for more info.
Athens, Alabama, holds its first Kudzu Chronicles Southern Writers Event at Art on the Square September 7-8, giving residents access to authors and panel discussions with writers.
Birmingham Public Library’s Eat Drink Read Write Festival will be held September 8-15, a series of free programs bringing food, culinary arts and literature to the table.
100,000 Poets for Change events take place worldwide September 29. Activities include a blues festival in New Orleans, concert in Nashville’s Centennial Park and much more around the South. (More details coming soon.)
The Grand Festival of Art & Books will take place October 5-6 in Fairhope, Alabama, with more than 150 authors and exhibitors will be participating.
Scheduled for October 12-14, the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville will include Gillian Flynn, Lauren Groff, Kimberly Brock, Lydia Netzer, Ron Rash and Bobbie Ann Mason.
The Louisiana Book Festival will be held October 27 in Baton Rouge at the State Capitol. This festival hasn’t announced their lineup yet, but we’ve heard Cory MacLauchlin, Rick Bragg, Ron Rash and Wiley Cash will be there.
A Flannery O’Connor Symposium, co-sponsored by Deep South, is scheduled for November 9-10 in Lafayette, Louisiana, on the UL Lafayette campus. We’ll be releasing more details as it gets closer to the event.
Also that weekend is the Georgia Literary Festival at the new Jekyll Island Convention Center, which will include Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Chef Hugh Acheson, Mary Kay Andrews and Steve Berry.
New in Southern Voice
A Ray of Life, an essay about real-life saints, by South Carolinian Heather Philpot.
Check out the Literary Friday Pinterest board here!