Literary Friday, Edition 209
We’re wrapping up summer reading this week by chatting with Erika Marks about The Last Treasure. Fans of the musical “Hamilton” or readers interested in shipwrecks and lost treasure will want to pick up this book and join us tomorrow for our final #southernlit chat of the summer. In her latest beach read, Marks combines the legend of Theodosia Burr — daughter of Aaron Burr who boarded schooner the Patriot in 1813 and was never seen again — with three friends who have a shared passion for shipwrecks. As Liv, Sam and Whit embark on one last salvage mission, they also attempt to solve the mystery of what happened to Theodosia in the waters of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
We talked to Marks this week about the research involved for this novel and how she separated fact from fiction. We also created a location guide of Outer Banks spots for this book and encourage readers to explore this area known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic.”
Chat with Erika Marks on Twitter from 1-2 CST (2-3 EST; 11 a.m.-noon PST) using the hashtag #southernlit, and enter to win a copy of The Last Treasure using the Rafflecopter below.
We’ve rounded up four Southern writers retreats —from the mountains to the sea — that are open for registration now.
Photos of Capote’s Brooklyn Heights in the late 1950s have been unearthed, all outtakes for a piece he wrote for Holiday magazine in 1959.
Oprah’s Book Club is reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead this month.
Publisher’s Weekly also includes The Underground Railroad on its list of The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016, along with Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth.
Literary Events, Workshops & Contests
Flat Rock Playhouse will debut two new plays at the Carl Sandburg Home in North Carolina. “Spink, Skabootch and Swipes in Rootabaga Country” will be performed Wednesdays and Fridays through August 12, and “Rootabaga Express” will be performed Thursdays and Saturdays from through August 13.
The deadline for submissions to the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence is August 15. The contest, which includes a $10,000 prize, is open to fiction (novels or short story collections) published in 2016.
Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik will premiere workshops on a new musical about Carson McCullers, “Lover, Beloved,” August 23 and 26 at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas.
Save the dates for upcoming book festivals, including the Mississippi Book Festival August 20, Decatur Book Festival September 2-4, Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 14-16 and Louisiana Book Festival October 29 in Baton Rouge.
New in Southern Voice
Five Star by Christopher Lowe, a short story about a high school football star trying not to become a cliche.
To find out more about your favorite Southern authors’ haunts and hangouts, download the Deep South Literary Trail App, available direct from iTunes and for Android and perfect for those winter road trips.
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