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Literary Friday

Twitter Chat Recap

Last Friday we held our first-ever Twitter chat with guest Hunter Murphy, using the hashtag #southernlit. The topic was “Bromances in Southern Literature,” and we had a great group of down-to-earth literati talking about the typical Southern male, our favorite characters and why Mark Twain was the finest bromance writer of all time. We’ll be announcing another chat soon and welcome suggestions for discussion topics. Y’all can also look forward to Hunter’s next piece on the resurgence of the bowtie in Southern fashion next week, just in time for Easter!

Southern Lit Lovers Group on Goodreads 

Starting April 2, Erin will be leading a discussion on Joshilyn Jackson’s new book “A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty” for the Southern Lit Lovers book club on Goodreads. Click here to join in the discussion.

Literary Lunch at Hotel Monteleone

Yesterday, we spent the day in New Orleans at Hotel Monteleone. Thanks to Historic Hotels of America for inviting us to a media lunch in the newly renovated and expanded Carousel Bar. The hotel is listed in our Literary Trail App for being a “literary landmark” and famous haunt of everyone from Truman Capote to Tennessee Williams and Faulkner. The lunch menu featured “A Streetcar Named Desire” theme, starting with an Orpheus Descending Demi Tasse Flight of seafood gumbo, turtle soup and sweet potato bisque, followed by the Summer and Smoke Salad, choice of Beef On A Hot Tin Roof or Vieux Carre Pompano and Sweet Bird of Youth Savarain or A Dessert Named Desire (pictured below). Each course was paired with wine and expertly served, in what resulted in a long and leisurely lunch that would have made Tennessee Williams proud.

“Most of the confidence which I appear to feel, especially when influenced by noon wine, is only a pretense.” – quote from Tennessee Williams printed on yesterday’s lunch menu

Hotel Director of Sales and Marketing Andrea Thornton says all of these dishes and more can be found in the hotel’s new restaurant, Criollo, opening in May. We also had the chance to meet reps from several other historic hotels in the South, including the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Nottoway Plantation outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama, and Smith House in Dahlonega, Georgia. We’ll be telling y’all more about the Hotel Monteleone and these other historic properties in future posts.

National Poetry Month

April is designated as National Poetry Month. Some of you may remember us posting a poem a day last year, and we’ll be doing the same this year. Starting on Sunday, we’ll post a poem by a Southern writer each morning through April 30. We also have a special visual poetry feature by Julie Bloemeke coming up next week.

Slow Books Manifesto in The Atlantic

Sure, we’ve all heard about the Slow Food Movement, but what about Slow Books? On March 26, The Atlantic published an article titled “A Slow-Books Manifesto” that challenges us to turn to literature for entertainment. “Read books. As often as you can. Mostly classics,” the article states. Music to our ears over here.

Taking Summer Reading List Suggestions

Our Summer Reading List will debut May 1! We’re still finalizing the selections, so suggestions are welcome. The only requirements are that the book be by a Southern writer and have come out fairly recently.

April Literary Events

Mobile Writers Group’s monthly meeting on April 5 will feature Alabama Poet Laureate Sue Walker in celebration of National Poetry Month. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. at the West Regional Library and are free and open to the public. The group also has a “Daddy’s Girl Weekend” planned for April 13-15 at the Malaga Inn in downtown Mobile, sponsored by author Carolyn Haines and celebrating characters from her Sarah Booth Delaney Mississippi Delta mysteries.

The Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival celebrates 45 years of promoting excellence in children’s literature at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg April 11-13.

Southern Kentucky Book Fest April 20-21 is one of the state’s largest literary events and held annually in Bowling Green during National Library Week. Special guest this year is Carl Hiaasen.

Alabama Book Festival on April 21 will be held in downtown Montgomery at Old Alabama Town with featured authors including Christy Jordan, Gin Phillips and more.

As always, comment on this post to discuss or make suggestions on any of the topics presented. Thanks for joining us for Literary Friday!


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