Literary Friday, Edition 222
A coming of age story about four friends with the same name in search of “home” within the confined walls of a Catholic convent, Sarah Domet’s The Guineveres is one of the most anticipated books for fall. The Guineveres has received praise from Kevin Wilson, who calls it “some kind of wonderful miracle,” and Brock Clarke, who describes the book as a “revelation” similar to Jeffrey Engenides’ The Virgin Suicides. Domet, who now lives in Savannah, Georgia, weaves what she describes as a “coming of age story” of these four girls with that of the heroic lives of the female saints.
Whether you were supporting Trump or Clinton in this week’s presidential election, many people are looking to history and literature for a glimpse of how the next four years might play out. Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine quoted Faulkner’s short story “Wash” in his concession speech, saying “They kilt is, but they ain’t whupped us yet.”
We also talk to Melanie Benjamin about the downfall of Truman Capote as the 50th anniversary of his Black and White Ball approaches later this month.
Blue Mountain Review interviews Deep South Editor Erin Z. Bass in its Anniversary Issue on page 121.
The New York Times has 6 Books to Help Understand Trump’s Win, including Strangers in Their Own Land about Tea Party supporters in Louisiana.
Literary Events, Workshops & Contests
The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, is accepting entries for a Poetry Contest through today.
The Milton Literary Festival with authors Lynn Cullen, Emily Carpenter, Kimberly Belle, Cassandra King and more is happening this weekend in Georgia.
The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home will continue its lineup of fall lectures in Savannah, Georgia, on Sundays through December 11.
New in Southern Voice
It Hurt to Remember, new fiction by Peauxdunque Writers Alliance founder Susan Vallee.
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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