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“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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  • Leslie Deason / April 27, 2012

    I’m interested to read about another side of Helen Keller. I just love reading and learning about her other passions and opinions. Her romance with Peter Fagan sounds like a fascinating love story. Helen Keller is certainly an amazing lady.

    I became interested in Helen Keller in elementary school. I began checking out books about her at my school library. We were required to do some reading about her in history class. I visited her home in Tuscumbia, Alabama and was so inspired by her courage.

  • Patti Davis / April 27, 2012

    Like the author, I also picked up a book at the school library and became hooked. Because of Helen Keller, I majored in special education at UF and worked as a teacher’s aide every summer during high school at a special school.

    Helen Keller’s story continues to inspire and encourage me to this day. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book.

  • anna / April 27, 2012

    I first heard about Helen Keller as a child when I watched “The Miracle Worker” on TV, starring Patty Duke and Melissa Gilbert. I was fascinated by her life. Later, as an adult, I worked with someone who is from Tuscumbia, and he talked about the Helen Keller Festival. During that time, I’ve become fascinated about her life, and her insightful thought processes – especially for someone who seems effectively cut off from sights and sounds. Her story is absolutely amazing.

    Hope you have a good Friday!!


  • Jennifer Riley / April 27, 2012

    I first discovered Helen Keller during an SRA activity in 5th grade.

  • Wynne / April 29, 2012

    I’ve known about Hellen Keller’s astonishing journey out of darkness since grade school. She was an amazing woman, but her teacher, Anne Sullivan was the wind beneath her wings. Kudos to Anne, too!!

  • Sherry Perkins / April 30, 2012

    I learned Helen Keller’s story in elementary school about the same time “The Miracle Worker” was released – late 70s, early 80s. I didn’t go to the movies to see it but it opened my eyes to her story. Now, I’m 42-years old and am so motivated and touched by her even after all these years.

  • YvonneJ / May 4, 2012

    I first learned about Helen Keller and her amazing story in elementary school. I’m not sure what the title of the book was but I remember our teacher reading the book to us.

  • Debra Coley / May 5, 2012

    I have always LOVED to read, and during the summer when I was nine, the bookmobile librarian, Miss Burns,
    Introduced me to a series of biographies for young readers. Helen Keller, JohnPhillips Sousa, Louisa May
    Alcott, Daniel Boone, Ben Franklin, and numerous Presidents filled the long summer days for me.
    Deby Coley

  • Gayle Lin / August 25, 2012

    I’m considered elderly, so I can remember reading articles about Helen Keller while she was still living. She’s been dead for over forty years and by time she died, I already had five children.

  • Liz / October 10, 2012

    I learned about Helen Keller as a child. I was very moved by the movie with Patty Duke playing Helen…then later, I also enjoyed the movie about her with Melissa Gilbert starring.