Literary Friday, Edition 210
Preparing for Fall/Winter Reading
Our summer reading interviews and Twitter chats might be over, but fall doesn’t officially start until September 22. That means there’s still more than a month to cross some more books off of our Summer Reading List. We are also preparing for fall/winter reading over here and will be bringing you a new list, plus more interviews, chats and giveaways next month. Other content coming up includes a special section on Truman Capote for his birthday in September, a Carolina authors reading list and a visit to Omni Grove Park Inn as Fitzgerald Weekend approaches.
The Daily Mail has a photo of Christina Ricci popping champagne in character as Zelda Fitzgerald for “Z: The Beginning of Everything.”
Beth Ann Fennelly (pictured) was named Poet Laureate of Mississippi this week and replaces Natasha Trethewey.
The lists of fall reads are starting to pop up even though the temperature outside is still 100 degrees. Here are some of the latest:
Redbook has 20 Books By Women You Must Read This Fall, including Suzanne Palmieri’s The Witch House of Persimmon Point.
Harper’s Bazaar has Carl Hiaasen’s forthcoming Razor Girl on its 13 Books For Your Back-To-School Reading List.
Popsugar’s 21 Fiction Reads to Add to Your Fall Reading List has several Southerners on it as well.
Literary Events, Workshops & Contests
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.
Today is the last day to register for The Writer’s High Retreat in Young Harris, Georgia, scheduled for September 9-11 with Joshilyn Jackson (pictured) and Michael Morris.
Tinderbox Writers Retreat is scheduled for September 25-29 in Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, with Kimberly Brock and Kristy Woodson Harvey.
And Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat will be October 28-30 in Ossabaw Island, Georgia.
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 andLouisiana Book Festival October 29 in Baton Rouge.
Latest in Southern Voice
Five Star by Christopher Lowe, a short story about a high school football star trying not to become a cliche.
Photo credit: Beth Ann Fennelly from poetryfoundation.org.
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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