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Literary Friday

Summer Reading & Twitter Chats 

Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s Twitter chat with Cory MacLauchlin about John Kennedy Toole and “Confederacy of Dunces.” Cory answered lots of questions and shared his insights into JKT’s life and death. To see tweets from the chat, do a search for #southernlit and scroll down.

For the rest of the summer, we’ll be chatting about summer reading and the books on our Summer Reading List. Comment on the list with what you’re looking forward to reading this summer for a chance to win one of the books. Here’s the chat schedule through June:

May 25: Host Michael Lee West, author of “A Teeny Bit of Trouble,” from 1-2 p.m. CST

June 8: Host Kimberly Brock, author of “The River Witch,” from 1-2 p.m. CST

June 29: Host Lynne Bryant, author of “Alligator Alley,” from  1-2 p.m. CST

Would you like to chat with another author on our Summer Reading List? Let us know, and we’ll try to make it happen!

In the News

$100 a day on a Southern Route in The New York Times

Literary Blogs

Avid Reader’s Musings’ Reading the States 

Explore the Literary South

The Huffington Post’s Love Letters: Anne Patchett’s Nashville

‘The River Witch’ Giveaway on Goodreads 

Enter to win a copy of Kimberly Brock’s “The River Witch” through June 15 on Goodreads!

Literary Events 

Knoxville, Tennessee’s International Biscuit Festival is adding a Southern Food Writing Conference this year. To be held May 17-18, the conference will feature New Orleans Times Picayune restaurant critic Brett Anderson, features editor for Southern Living magazine Jennifer Cole, Sheri Castle, author of “The New Southern Garden Cookbook,” and several more speakers.

The South Carolina Book Festival will be held May 18-20 in Columbia with guest authors Wiley Cash, Pat Conroy, Erika Marks, Ron Rash, Wendy Wax and lots more.

Recommended Culinary Reading

John T. Edge’s “The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America’s Best Restaurants on Wheels

Cornbread Nation 6: The Best of Southern Food Writing

New in Southern Voice

True Colors,” a story about a sort of backwoods Thoreau who carves birds in front of a Georgia mall and the birdwatcher who befriends him by Chris Antenen.

To find out more about Southern authors’ haunts and hangouts, click here to download the Deep South Literary Trail App. You can also check out our Literary Friday Pinterest board here.  

Off to Georgia!
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