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Literary Friday

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BookRiot’s got a list of 20 Awesome (Fake) Literary Band Names submitted by Twitter followers. We especially like Atticus and the Mockingbirds (found in the comments) and Daisy and the Flappers. Got any more Southern-inspired ideas? Comment on this post. And don’t forget about real-life bands like English rockers The Boo Radleys (whose video for “Hey Boo” is featured below), metal band As I Lay Dying and Sufjan Stevens‘ song titled “A Good Man is Hard to Find.”

Summer Reading Update

We know some of you have been eagerly awaiting the release of a few of the books on our Summer Reading List. Mark your calendars and make a date with your local bookstore (or Atlanta-based Better World Books online) for these current and upcoming releases:

“Sea Change” by Karen White – out now!

“Spring Fever” by Mary Kay Andrews – out now and No. 5 on The New York Times Bestseller List!

“Porch Lights” by Dorothea Benton Frank – out now!

“Ocean Beach” by Wendy Wax – out June 26

In other news, Rosie Sultan’s “Helen Keller in Love” recently got a great review in The Washington Post. And, mark your calendar for our next Twitter chat on June 29 with Lynne Bryant, author of “Alligator Lake.” We’ll be chatting with the Mississippi author from 1-2 p.m. CST and giving away a copy of her book!

Other Books to Check Out …

Belle Books’ anthology of short stories from the South, including one by “The River Witch” author Kimberly Brock, Sweeter Than Tea, now available on Kindle.

The Household Tips of the Great Writers, which details how Ernest Hemingway would have hung wallpaper or the techniques Edgar Allan Poe used to board up an attic.


Comment on our Summer Reading List for a chance to win one of the titles.

Enter to win a copy of Atlanta author Tayari Jones’ “Silver Sparrow” through June 20 at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog.

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

(Non)required Reading

“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.” – First line of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

American Book Review’s 100 Best First Lines from Novels. Lots of Faulkner mentions, plus the Hurston above, Hemingway, Alice Walker, Flannery O’Connor and more.

A letter from Larry Brown. The late Mississippi author had a brief correspondence with South Louisiana writer R. Reese Fuller, who discovered a letter Brown wrote him that humorously describes his unpleasant attendance at a Flannery O’Connor conference in Milledgeville, Georgia.

Literary Events

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

Algonquin’s Book Club is having a live webcast of Tayari Jones in conversation with Judy Blume June 19 at 7 p.m. EST.

North Georgia’s first Chattooga River Festival marks the 40th anniversary of the filming of “Deliverance” June 22-24  in Clayton, Georgia, and Long Creek, South Carolina. Click here to read our story on how the festival came to be.

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 accepted 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 city of Oxford remembers William Faulkner July 6, on the 50th anniversary of the author’s death, with a marathon reading of his final novel at Rowan Oak, keynote addresses in the courthouse and a screening of “The Reivers” at The Lyric Theater.

New in Southern Voice 

Dry Grass,” a story about the attempted execution of a man who believes he’s Jesus Christ, by Daniel Payne.

Don’t miss the Literary Friday Pinterest board here. And to find out more about Southern authors like Harper Lee and William Faulkner, download our Literary Trail App and literally follow in their footsteps.

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