“Helen Keller in Love” & A Giveaway
Rosie Sultan’s new book about blind and deaf Helen Keller’s secret love affair hits shelves May 1. We talked to Sultan about how she discovered the affair between Helen Keller and Peter Fagan and how she blended fact with fiction in the book for the ultimate love story. Read the interview here.
For a chance to win the book, comment on this post and tell us how you first discovered Helen Keller. (Sultan picked up a book about her at the school library and has been reading about her life ever since.) One winner’s name will be picked at random and announced next Friday.
Inside the App: Helen Keller Birthplace
Home to a miracle, Helen Keller’s birthplace in Tuscumbia, Alabama, is famous for being the site of the water pump where Annie Sullivan taught her the word “water.” The home is open for tours Monday through Saturday, and each summer “The Miracle Worker” is performed on the grounds. Click here to download the Deep South Literary Trail App and find out more about this Alabama landmark, along with sites related to many other Southern authors.
P.S. This app entry has an insider tip about Helen’s personal library inside the home.
New! Literary Friday Board on Pinterest
Each week, we’ll be pinning up topics discussed during Literary Friday on Pinterest – and hoping some of y’all will repin. Pretty please. Click here to see this week’s board.
“The Raven” in Theaters
The wait is over for fans of Edgar Allan Poe. “The Raven” movie opens in theaters today, with John Cusack playing Poe during the last days of his life. Watch the trailer below and see our “South on Screen” story for more Southern films hitting the big screen through next year.
Summer Reading List Debuts May 1
Our Summer Reading List will be up on Wednesday, so get your beach chairs and sunscreen ready. We also suggest perusing the list for Mother’s Day gift ideas, along with two titles from Belle Books, “The Twelve Sacred Traditions of Magnificent Mothers-in-Law” and “The River Witch,” promoted on our site right now.
National Poetry Month Comes to a Close
Monday, April 30, will conclude our “poem a day” for National Poetry Month. In case you missed any of this month’s wonderful poems, all written by Southerners, visit our Poetry section and catch up!
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