Literary Friday, Edition 50
We said we’d give stuff away for the 50th Literary Friday, and it’s here. Up for grabs today is a copy of Stephanie McAfee’s “Happily Ever Madder: Misadventures of a Mad Fat Girl,” her sequel to “Diary of a Mad Fat Girl,” and Karen White’s “AAfter the Rain,” about a freelance photographer attempting to hide from her past in the tiny town of Walton, Georgia. To be entered to win, just comment on this post with what book you’re interested in, and we’ll choose two people at random by the end of the day.
Literary News & Blogs
We celebrated two big author birthdays this week: Flannery O’Connor and Tennessee Williams. For O’Connor, intern Kayla Smith compiled a list of literary sites related to her in Georgia, and we tracked Tennessee Williams across the New Orleans French Quarter in a series of photos.
The Rabbit Room also has a birthday message to O’Connor and quotes her as writing to a friend once “I am thirty-five years old and still have all my teeth.”
The Christian Science Monitor had 10 quotes from O’Connor, while her hometown of Savannah celebrated with an annual parade and garden party.
Two movies based on novels by Ron Rash are in the works, according to Asheville’s Citizen-Times.
A pair of handwritten poems by F. Scott Fitzgerald, along with a signed copy of “Tender is the Night,” are up for online auction through April 2. The current bid is $5,900.
The Tennessee Williams Tribute Committee presents “Kingdom of Earth,” the original title of Williams’ “Seven Descents of Myrtle,” April 1-13 at the Old Alford Drug Co. in Columbus, Mississippi.
Oconee Community Theatre will present To Kill a Mockingbird April 12-14 and 19-21 in Seneca, South Carolina, as part of its 2012-2013 season.
The Festival of Words will hold a fundraiser April 13 at Cite Des Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana, with a showing of the new film “Ferlinghetti A Rebirth of Wonder,” beat poetry performances and a silent auction.
The Alabama Writers Symposium presents Rick Bragg (pictured), Cassandra King, Sue Walker and more at Alabama Southern Community College April 25-27.
Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, starts its annual performances of To Kill a Mockingbird April 18 at the Old Courthouse Museum. Shows run Thursday through Sunday, ending May 18.
The Alabama Book Festival will be held April 20 in Montgomery, with a focus on books about food. So far, authors include Sonny Brewer, Michael Morris and Peggy Allen.
To view a more complete list of upcoming literary events, see our 2013 Literary Events Calendar.
New in Southern Voice
They Serve Fried Catfish in Glory, an essay about a mystical piece of property in Mississippi used for Baptist church picnics, by Carrie Allen Tipton.