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Literary Friday

Chat With Kimberly Brock & Giveaway of “The River Witch” 

Author of summer read “The River Witch,” Kimberly Brock will be joining us on Twitter today from 1-2 CST to talk about her book’s recent accolades from the likes of The Huffington Post and its being chosen as the She Reads June Book Club selection. According to She Reads, “Apart from having the prettiest cover (let’s be honest, we all judge books by their covers) it also happens to have the most charming characters and compelling story we’ve read in a long time.”

We agree and were also blown away by Brock’s debut novel. Set on Manny’s Island, one of the Sea Isles in Georgia, “The River Witch” combines a broken woman, tradition of sacred harp music, little girl in need of a mother, chanting alligators and a bit of voodoo. Brock says she’s been a storyteller all her life, and it’s evident she’s a natural.

Read the first two chapters of “The River Witch” here and participate in the chat for a chance to win a copy of the book. If you prefer Facebook, we’ll be chatting there too and will ask Brock to drop in and answer a few questions. She’ll also be updating us on future booksignings and her special collaboration with Anna Kline & The Grits And Soul Band for some of them.

New in Arts & Lit 

Later this month, North Georgia holds its first annual Chattooga River Festival. Centered around a theme that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the movie “Deliverance,” filmed along the river and based on the book by Atlantan James Dickey, the festival will include a special anniversary screening of the movie, dueling banjos competition and more. Rebecca Lynn Aulph has the story of how the festival came to be and why its founders and locals in the area have a love/hate relationship with “Deliverance.”

Literary News

Hunger Games sequel to film in Atlanta. “Catching Fire” will begin filming this summer through the winter in the Atlanta area with a new director and some new faces joining Jennifer Lawrence.

It looks like plans for a movie version of “Confederacy of Dunces” have resurfaced, this time with Zach Galifianakis (pictured on the right) as Ignatius Reilly. Said to be in the works for the past 30 years, a film of New Orleanian John Kennedy Toole’s cult classic novel has never been able to get off the ground. This time, co-creator of “Flight of the Conchords” James Bobin and producer Scott Rudin are reportedly in talks with Paramount, but we’re not getting our hopes up yet.

In other literary movie news, it was announced that Logan Marshall-Green, currently in “Prometheus,” will play Tennessee Williams in “Lonely Hunter,” the story of Carson McCullers’ life, due out in 2013. Jena Malone will play McCullers.

It was reported yesterday that the New U.S. Poet Laureate is a Southerner to the core. A professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta and a native of Gulfport, Mississippi, Natasha Trethewey is the first poet laureate from the South since Robert Penn Warren.

Book Giveaways

Goodreads is giving away 30 copies of Erika Robuck’s “Hemingway’s Girl,” due out in September. Click here to enter through July 20.

Literary Events 

Birmingham Public Library’s exhibit, “Eudora Welty – Exposures and Reflections,” includes 40 photographs and excerpts from the Mississippi author’s short stories and novels, on display through July 20 on the fourth floor.

A virtual version of Key West’s annual “Papa Hemingway Look-Alike Contest” is under way on the Florida Keys’ and Key West’s Facebook page. Photo submissions are being accept through June 22, and the winners gets a five-day trip to Key West to participate in the official Sloppy Joe’s Hemingway lookalike contest during Hemingway Days July 17-22.

The National Black Book Festival takes place this weekend 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.

New in Southern Voice 

A pair of poems about fried chicken. That’s right, fried chicken. And you thought you didn’t like poetry?

Don’t miss the Literary Friday Pinterest board here. And to find out more about Southern authors like James Dickey, John Kennedy Toole, Carson McCullers, Eudora Welty and Ernest Hemingway, download our Literary Trail App and literally follow in their footsteps.

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