Win a Mississippi Getaway, read a new book about Mark Twain's comedy tour and meet Flannery O'Connor's No. 1 fan, plus St. Louis's Tennessee Williams Festival this weekend & new fiction.
Ashton Lee's Christmas Gift Author of The Cherry Cola Book Club series and most recently A Cherry Cola Christmas, Ashton Lee guest posts this week about his quirky Mississippi family tradition. Find out how the term "Christmas gift" took on a whole new meaning in his family and share your own traditions when we chat with him on Twitter next week (more details coming soon). And if you're looking for an uplifting holiday read, pick up A Cherry Cola Christmas, where a special meeting of the Cherry Cola Book Club invites the town of Cherico, Mississippi, to a potluck to share food and stories in an effort to raise the townspeople's spirits. Literary News Kiese Laymon writes about Da Art Of Storytellin' in The Oxford American, accompanied by an original portrait of Outkast. The New Yorker compiles The Ten Best Weather Events in Fiction, and y'all know a hurricane made the list. Mental Floss goes Inside FBI Classified Spy Files on 10 Authors. Can you guess which revolution Capote was suspected of having ties to? In honor of Mark Twain's birthday this week, Open Culture discusses his Patented Inventions for Bra Straps and Other Everyday Items. A long lost play written by William Faulkner was discovered at the University of Virginia. And the
Debut of the 2014 Deep South Summer Reading List, Chipotle's author series and 'Goosebumps' the movie in Literary News, plus a Gabriel Garcia Marquez tribute in Georgia and a short short about a hammock. Happy Literary Friday!
Twitter Chat with Janis Owens. New Orleans new literary bar. Erika Robuck reveals the cover of her new book. National Book Award winners. Gillian Flynn's new deal. The Rise of the Guardians in theaters. (Non)Required reading about zombies and working in bed, plus a poem about Thanksgiving. Happy Literary Friday!
Get the Deep South Literary Trail App direct from iTunes. A BBC journalist's love affair with literary New Orleans. Guide to the Decatur Book Festival. Huck Finn Goes Steampunk. Favorite TV characters talking about books. A reading list for becoming an informed voter. Literary events & a new essay and poetry in Southern Voice. Happy Literary Friday!
School starting in many locations across the country today got us thinking about those required reading lists. As an adult, you have a second chance to rediscover some of them - on your own time and with no pop quiz afterward.
by Hunter Murphy Easter is a time for rebirth. Down South, the azaleas and dogwoods are blooming and, although we’re no longer primarily agrarian, we still have plenty of green space. This time of year also ushers in a renewal of fashions. While temperatures in the South can sometimes feel like summer year-round, Easter is a milestone when it comes to the Southern wardrobe. White and seersucker begin making appearances, particularly for the Southern gentleman, and the bowtie, which has kept its traditional audience over the years, is beginning to gain new, and younger, fans.