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Literary Friday

Summer Reading With Michael Lee West

We’re chatting with Michael Lee West on Twitter this afternoon and talked to her earlier this month about her new book, “A Teeny Bit of Trouble.” The second novel in her Teeny Templeton series has the Southern gal involved in yet another mystery, creating more secret family recipes and traveling to her aunt’s peach orchard. Read our interview with West here and join us on Twitter from 1-2 p.m. CST for the chat, using the hashtag #southernlit.

Upcoming Twitter Chat Schedule

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:

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!

Inside the App: Sloppy Joe’s Bar

In honor of the premiere of “Hemingway & Gellhorn” on HBO next Monday (see the trailer below), we’re offering a sneak peek of the writer’s favorite haunt in Key West. Click here to download the Deep South Literary Trail App and find out more about this Florida landmark, along with other Hemingway sites and those related to many more Southern authors.

Literary Blogs & News

The League of Dead Films’ Guide to Movies About Librarians

NPR’s 15 Summer Reads Handpicked By Indie Booksellers (don’t miss “Hit Lit,” which explains why books like “Gone With the Wind” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” are mega best-selling novels)

Literary Events

The National Black Book Festival takes place June 8-10 in Houston, Texas.

A trio of weekend events for listeners of podcast “Books on the Nightstand,” Booktopia makes a stop in Oxford, Mississippi, June 15-17, presenting authors Ellen Brown, Tom Franklin, Jesmyn Ward and more.

Southern Lit on Film

The Great Gatsby” trailer is out!

Hemingway & Gellhorn” premieres on HBO May 28 at 8 p.m. CST.

See our South on Screen story for more Southern literary works coming to the big screen this year.

New in Southern Voice

A Rocky Relationship,” an essay about the relationship that remains with your hometown no matter how far you move away by Florida native Jamie Berube.

Check out the Literary Friday Pinterest board here!


A Rocky Relationship
Smoke in the South