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“Diary Of A Mad Fat Girl” Winners

Thanks to all the women who shared their heartfelt and very funny “fat girl” stories with us. Y’all can read all the entries here, but the winners are:

Kasey Clark, who wrote:

“My fat girl story is personal and involves a lot of fried food po’boys and King Cake during the first months after my fiancee and I moved to New Orleans. We dove headfirst into exploring all the culinary delights that the Big Easy has to offer and I also work at a very lively wine bar where customers insisted that I raise a glass with them. (Twist my arm,will ya?) Well, I gained about 25 pounds more than I normally carry and I had barely even noticed, I was having such a good time. Fast forward to January of this year, and I realized it was time to get my fat butt in gear. I have lost 20 pounds since the new year began and I am feeling more motivated than ever to balance every “fat girl” indulgence with some healthy city walks or kayaking excursions on Bayou St. John. Fat girl to fit girl to fleur-de-lis fantastic!”

Judy Hill, who wrote:

“Well, I don’t consider myself ‘fat’ at all – just big boned – the same description my husband gives to our 21 pound cat! I’ve done the usual (and expected)throughout my life – eaten the entire bag (of anything) and quickly erased all evidence, bought a size too small because it was on sale and I knew I’d lose the weight by the time I needed it, covered all forms of ‘sins’ with baggy clothes, etc. But now, I’ve come to love my curves, accepted my faults and grown from my silly mistakes. Now, I simply wear a lower cut top, color block everything and smile a little bigger! Once you discover that you really are fabulous, life is a whole lot sweeter!

Can’t wait to read Stephanie’s book – she sounds much like my twin – our educational background (same degrees), our wide range of jobs and best of all, our love of writing! Congrats on making it to the NYT Best Seller List! That’s on my to-do list, and I’m just MAD enough to do it!”

Amy Hickman, who really deserves a huge bottle of wine for living across the street from her mother-in-law, wrote:

“I lived across the street from my mother in law for 14 years. Need I say more? Anyway, she is quite a piece of work. Having been overweight as a child, I was used to my body & the size it was … a 28w at the time. My mother in law owned the house we lived in. We were in the middle of a remodel. One day while I was washing dishes, she walked in (without knocking, of course). She came into the kitchen where I was steadily washing dishes, pulled a tape measure from her pocket, & stretched it across my shoulders. I turned around & in horror asked, “what are you doing!!??” “I was just making sure you were gonna fit in that 52 inch tub I ordered for the bathroom,” she said. True story & this story is just 1 of many, I assure you!”

We’ll be contacting each of you by e-mail for your mailing address, and the books will come directly from publisher New American Library.

Dinner With Tennessee Williams Giveaway

New Orleans’ annual Tennessee Williams Literary Festival is coming up next weekend. In honor of the festival, we decided to part with our last copy of Troy Gilbert’s book “Dinner With Tennessee Williams.” Including recipes and stories inspired by America’s Southern playwright, the book is a must-have for any TW fan. Since the Deep South Literary Trail App features several sites associated with TW, from his New Orleans apartments to the Key West hotel where he’s said to have finished writing “A Streetcar Named Desire,” we thought we’d see who can answer a bit of trivia using the app.

The first person to answer the following question correctly by commenting on this post wins the book. Hint: You’ll find the answer by sorting by writers’ homes and by state and then clicking on the dropdown menu for Louisiana.

What did one of Tennessee Williams’ feisty New Orleans landlords do in an attempt to stop he and his friends from partying one night? 

Announcing the First Literary Friday Twitter Chat

Mark your calendars for March 23, when we’ll be holding our first Literary Twitter Chat. Special guest will be Hunter Murphy on the topic of bromances in Southern literature. Hunter works at the Birmingham Public Library and has compiled a list of the top 10 best male relationships in Southern lit. Look for his list next week, and follow him on Twitter @HunterMurphyYea. The chat will take place from 1-2 p.m. Central Time, and we’ll be using the hashtag #southernlit.

New in Southern Voice 

Gardenia Blossoms” by Ward Webb, a story of friendship between two spring creatures.

More Literary Movies 

The trailer for “On the Road,” based on Beat writer Jack Kerouac’s novel is out, as is one for HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn, which recounts the romance between Ernest Hemingway and correspondent Martha Gellhorn during the Spanish Civil War and while he was married to his second wife, Pauline. To find out more about Kerouac’s literary connection to the South, see our birthday post on him from Monday.

Literary Events

New Orleans’ Tennessee Williams Literary Festival takes place March 21-25, as does the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville.

Gardenia Blossoms
Tastiest Town Party
  • Judy Hill / March 16, 2012

    Thank you! Thank you! I’m so excited to read “Diary”! Thanks for being a fabulous online magazine! I’m singing your praises everywhere!